Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine
I am a postgraduate neuropsychology fellow in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. I currently serve as the consultation-liaison for the inpatient neuropsychology service at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. As a trained scientist-practitioner, I strive to integrate clinical practice, education, and empirically supported research to guide my assessment, conceptualization, and treatment approaches. Conducting research in multiple departments at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, NorthShore University HealthSystem, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, and the Captain James Lovell Federal Health Care Center has allowed me to experience the benefits of interdisciplinary collaboration in psychological research. Collaboration among disciplines has enabled me to explore the intersection of health, behavior, and cognitive functioning. My previous research has focused on innovative treatment approaches to improving health behavior. Through designing and implementing research projects, I have learned the importance of translating empirical inquiry into improved assessment and conceptualization in the clinical setting. During my postdoctoral training, I continue to examine the intricate relationship between cognition and health by better understanding how different cognitive abilities impact functional independence and post-hospitalization outcomes. Through my clinical training, I have established a strong foundation of skills that I plan to strengthen during fellowship with the goal of becoming a board-certified clinical neuropsychologist in a large academic medical center.
I have conducted research and published on topics in two broad areas:
1. Innovative treatment approaches to improving health behavior (e.g., feasibility of pairing behavioral activation with exercise for women with type 2 diabetes and depression; whether an online social network could increase walking in dog owners; stress management for cardiac rehabilitation; factors that promote active video game use; mechanisms of change in behavioral activation among obese women with major depressive disorder).
2. Clinical Neuropsychology (e.g., rehabilitation tools for military personnel who experienced a mild traumatic brain injury; factor analysis of executive functioning measures in adults with ADHD).