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Resident Life: Resident Directory

2017- 2018 INTERNSHIP COHORT

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GENERAL ADULT PSYCHOLOGY

Jenn Belus*

E-mail: belus@uw.edu
Graduate Program: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Clinical/Research Interests: My research and clinical interests center on developing and disseminating culturally-sensitive mental health interventions for low- and middle-income countries. I am particularly interested in developing interventions for couples, and working with couples clinically, for a variety of reasons including to treat relationship distress, when one partner has a psychological disorder (e.g., depression, anxiety, PTSD), and for HIV prevention. I also enjoy working with individuals clinically on a range of issues, using a cognitive-behavioral and values-based approach. I have worked in a variety of outpatient mental health and primary care settings.

Skye Fitzpatrick*

E-mail: skyefitz@uw.edu
Graduate Program: Ryerson University
Clinical/Research Interests: My research follows two related lines of inquiry: (1) understanding the nature of chronic suicide and self-harm, emotion dysregulation, and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and (2) identifying ways to refine existing evidence-based treatments for these problems, with a particular emphasis on Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). To pursue these questions, I am interested in conducting comprehensive, multi-methodological experiments that test key DBT therapeutic strategies or examine emotion processes in the aforementioned populations, as well as clinical trials of treatments for these groups. Clinically, the vast majority of my training has been in treatments for chronic self-harm or suicidality, namely DBT, with much additional training in cognitive behavior therapy for a range of difficulties (e.g., anxiety disorders, mood disorders, eating disorders), and cognitive processing therapy for PTSD.

Libby Marks*

E-mail: ehm4@uw.edu
Graduate Program: University of Washington
Clinical/Research Interests: My research is primarily translational research examining ways in which we can enhance outcomes of exposure-based treatments. I focus specifically on memory reconsolidation, investigating whether retrieval + extinction paradigms shown to make fear extinction learning more robust in the animal and human experimental literature translates to clinical populations and exposure-based interventions. I am also very interested in developing ways to increase therapeutic engagement in refugee communities, given high rates of trauma exposure in these populations as well as stigmatized views of seeking help for mental health issues. Clinically, I have focused largely on Prolonged Exposure for PTSD, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy for high risk individuals with severe emotion dysregulation. I am also interested in eating disorder treatments, particularly given high rates of relapse and lack of really good evidence-based psychotherapies. I have worked mostly in outpatient settings with a diverse range of patients, and also have experience in partial hospitalization / intensive outpatient settings.

GENERAL CHILD PSYCHOLOGY

Jennifer Blossom*

E-mail: jblossom@uw.edu
Graduate Program: University of Kansas Clinical Child Psychology Program
Clinical/Research Interests: My research interests follow two primary themes. My first area of interest is internalizing psychopathology in children and adolescents. My second area of interest is the development and dissemination of evidence-based assessment and intervention in community settings (e.g., community mental health, primary care, school settings) to increase service use and access for youth. My clinical interests mirror my research interests, including provision of evidence-based treatment for anxiety and depression and working in integrated care settings alongside other healthcare professionals. Much of my previous clinical experience has been in outpatient settings, including mental health clinics and hospital settings, and has included both assessment and treatment services.

Stephanie Brewer*

E-mail: sbrewer1@uw.edu
Graduate Program: Loyola University Chicago
Clinical/Research Interests: My program of research focuses on school-based mental health, with the primary goal of increasing the effective implementation of contextually relevant EBTs in schools, and thereby promoting equitable mental health services for historically underserved youth. During my graduate career, I have also focused on developmental psychopathology and Latino mental health. For example, my dissertation examined the relationship between hair cortisol concentrations, attentional bias to threat, and anxiety in children of low-income Mexican-origin immigrants. Clinically, my training has focused on the delivery of evidence-based psychological practice, including behavioral therapy with significant parent involvement for ADHD, disruptive behavior disorders, and autism, and CBT for depression, anxiety, OCD, and PTSD. I have worked in community-based outpatient mental health, multidisciplinary medical settings, and psychiatric inpatient units. As I approach my post-doctoral years, I have become increasingly interested in pediatric psychology and integrated care.

Heather Makover*

E-mail: hmakover@uw.edu
Graduate Program: Temple University
Clinical/Research Interests: My research is focused on the study of factors that impact outcomes of CBT for children and adolescents with anxiety. I am particularly interested in examining the relationship between specific treatment processes and outcomes in order to understand the mechanisms through which treatments impact target symptoms. Clinically, I am committed to improving accessibility for under-resourced communities and increasing awareness and discussion in mental health settings about cultural differences and issues of racism and discrimination. I am interested in implementing empirically supported, integrative treatments for youth internalizing disorders as well as family therapies. I have worked in several hospital and community mental health settings providing outpatient services for youth and adults using individual, family, and group therapies and conducting neuropsychological assessments.

Lexa Murphy*

E-mail: lkmurphy@uw.edu
Graduate Program: Vanderbilt University
Clinical Interests: Clinically, I am interested in addressing behavioral health needs as well as the identification and treatment of mood disorders in the context of pediatric medical conditions. My previous clinical experiences have primarily been in pediatric medical settings, specifically developmental medicine, primary care, and pediatric gastroenterology.
Research Interests: My research interests include family adjustment to pediatric chronic illness. My research has focused on longitudinal relations among coping, parent-child communication, and distress in pediatric oncology. I am also interested in development of behavioral health interventions for pediatric populations.

BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE/NEUROPSYCHOLOGY

Jenn Altman

E-mail: jka44@uw.edu
Graduate Program: University of Louisville
Clinical/Research Interests: My primary research interests are broadly in the overlap of mindfulness, health, and the body. In particular, I am interested in the mechanisms and the functional outcomes associated with how an individual relates to their own body and its functioning, and how the application of mindfulness influences these associations. I am also interested in the mechanisms of present moment awareness, the biological pathways of mindfulness-meditation, and the potential effects on affect, mood, and physical well-being and disease states. Clinically, I am interested in mindfulness- and acceptance-based psychotherapies in both individual and group formats. Through the Center for Mindfulness at UMass, I have earned the designation of “qualified MBSR teacher” and am en route to being fully certified. I have worked primarily in outpatient settings with diverse patients, and also have experience working in a rehab hospital, both inpatient and outpatient.

Robert W. Bailey

E-mail: rwbailey@uw.edu
Graduate Program: University of New Mexico
Clinical/Research Interests: My research and clinical interests are broadly subsumed by health psychology, with particular emphases on chronic pain management and interventions for substance use disorders (including tobacco cessation). This area speaks to my interest in understanding how intentional behavior change can lead to healthier, more values-oriented living. As such, I have tended to focus my efforts on third wave behavioral therapies, including acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and behavioral activation. My research in chronic pain management, for instance, has involved exploring the association between processes of change in ACT and healthy functioning. Clinically, I have worked in a variety of outpatient settings. In addition to various placements in chronic pain management and substance use disorders, I have also worked at a cardiology clinic with heart failure patients and at the VA, providing prolonged exposure to veterans with PTSD.

Shreela Palit*

E-mail: spalit@uw.edu
Graduate Program: The University of Tulsa
Clinical/Research Interests: My research and clinical interests are broadly in the realm of health psychology and behavioral medicine. I am specifically interested in examining the interface of pain and stress/anxiety, investigating mechanisms in pain processing, and developing novel psychological interventions for chronic pain management. Clinically, I am interested in working with diverse individuals across the lifespan in a medical setting, especially those presenting with pain or other acute and chronic health conditions.

Samantha DeDios Stern*

E-mail: sdstern@uw.edu
Graduate Program: Illinois Institute of Technology
Clinical/Research Interests: My research interests are broadly in psychosocial adjustment to disability and chronic illness among individuals with neurocognitive conditions and their caregivers. My recent work has focused more specifically on how cognitive and psychosocial factors (e.g., coping, stress, resilience, social support) may interact to impact psychological outcomes and quality of life among individuals with Multiple Sclerosis. In addition, I am interested in how cognitive interventions, such as cognitive assistive technology, may impact these relationships. Clinically, I am interested in neuropsychological assessment and evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions with individuals experiencing chronic illness and disability. I have experience conducting psychotherapy and neuropsychological assessments in inpatient and outpatient urban hospital settings, and have worked with adults presenting with diverse medical and psychological conditions including brain injury, stroke, dementia, multiple sclerosis, chronic pain, and serious mental illness.

Ariana Tart-Zelvin*

E-mail: astz@uw.edu
Graduate Program: Idaho State University
Clinical/Research Interests: My research aims to provide a better understanding of the physiological underpinnings of behavior. Primarily, my research has focused on cognitive constructs such as working memory and higher order executive functions through the lens of neuroimaging techniques such as fMRI and DTI. I hope to continue collaborative research with direct clinical applications for adult neuropsychological populations while on internship and throughout my career. Clinically, I enjoy working with patients across the lifespan from diverse presentations with cognitive problems related to epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injuries, and various neurodegenerative disorders. Long-term, I hope to work at an academic medical institution with ABPP certification in Clinical Neuropsychology.

Juliann Thompson*

E-mail: jtbshaw@uw.edu
Graduate Program: Brigham Young University
Clinical/Research Interests: My primary research interests are cognition and imaging in patients with TBI, post-concussion syndrome, or other acquired brain injury. I am currently looking at the cognitive and social effects in children and adolescents who have received a life-saving medical procedure for respiratory and cardiac distress, and how these deficits relate to white matter loss. I also have research interests in cognitive assessment and rehabilitation, gender differences in outcome variation, and adherence to treatment plan following medical discharge. Clinically, I have worked with children and adults diagnosed with a variety of neurological deficits and disorders in several different settings, including inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient assessment, forensic assessment, and concussion clinic.

Krystal Trout*

E-mail: troutk@uw.edu
Graduate Program: East Carolina University
Clinical/Research Interests: My research interests center broadly on examining health conditions and disease and illness-related factors, in relation to functioning and potential points of intervention. Currently, I am researching pediatric chronic illness with regard to psychosocial functioning and determinants of health. My dissertation is specifically exploring the multidimensional role of fatigue in pediatric sickle cell disease and the impact of fatigue on quality of life. I aim to continue exploring disease-related factors, including pain, sleep, and fatigue, in other health populations. Clinically, I have worked with adults and adolescents with a range of evidenced-based treatments in outpatient medical, school-based mental health, and psychiatric hospital settings. I am interested in continuing my work in health psychology with both inpatient and outpatient medical populations.



* - Members of the Diversity Advancement Committee


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