M.D. Candidate at Michigan Medicine, Psychiatric research assistant specialized in posttraumatic stress & neuroimaging.
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Citations since 2016
16 Research Items
July 2019 - August 2021
Wayne State University School of Medicine
- Research Assistant
- Detroit Trauma Project: psychiatric research assistant specialized in trauma interviewing, neuroimaging processing and analysis, fear conditioning processing and analysis, and physiological data collection. Assistant for the AURORA Study - Institute for Trauma Recovery, Critical Periods in Brain Development, Detroit Trauma Project, the SchooBe Study, and Transition from Acute to Chronic Pain After Thoracic Surgery translational research.
August 2018 - January 2019
- Research Assistant
- Clinical trial to determine the efficacy of ketamine in mitigating symptoms of chronic pain and posttraumatic stress disorder in veterans.
October 2017 - June 2019
- Research Assistant
- Psychiatric Affective Neuroimaging Laboratory at Michigan Medicine
Our previous work has linked childhood violence exposure in Black youth to functional changes in the hippocampus, a brain region sensitive to stress. However, different contexts of violence exposure (e.g., community, home, school) may have differential effects on circuitry. We investigated the unique effect of community violence in predicting resti...
Objective: To date, treatment options (i.e. psychotherapy, antidepressant medications) for patients with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), are relatively few, and considering their limited efficacy, novel therapies have gained interest among researchers and treatment providers alike. Among patients with chronic pain (CP) about one third experi...
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is associated with lower gray matter volume (GMV) in brain regions critical for extinction of learned threat. However, relationships among volume, extinction learning, and PTSD symptom development remain unclear. We investigated subcortical brain volumes in regions supporting extinction learning and fear-potenti...
Background Cross-sectional studies have found that individuals with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) exhibit deficits in autonomic functioning. While PTSD rates are twice as high in women compared to men, sex differences in autonomic functioning are relatively unknown among trauma-exposed populations. The current study used a prospective design...
Introduction Childhood trauma is strongly associated with fear-related psychopathology, like anxiety and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Atypical fear extinction and neural responses to social threat (i.e., negative emotional faces) may serve as intermediate phenotypes preceding the emergence of fear-related psychopathology during childhood a...
Intolerance of uncertainty is a transdiagnostic risk factor for fear-related disorders and is associated with higher levels of anxiety in children and adolescents. It is unclear how uncertainty relates to development of psychopathology in children who have experienced trauma in early life. The present study used a fear-potentiated startle paradigm...
Although many children experience trauma, few receive diagnoses and subsequent care despite experiencing trauma-related sequelae. At age nine (M = 9.11), children (N = 62; female = 46.4%) who predominantly identified as Black (78.7%) were enrolled in this first study examining how skin conductance as captured by mobile technology, eSense, related t...
Heal-Move-Shift is a nonprofit organization that aims to Heal the community, Move the conversation towards a healthier direction, and Shift the stigma away from pressing cardiovascular, nutritional, and mental health concerns. Middle Eastern/North African youth face barriers towards health education and access due to cultural stigma and health disp...
In Spinocerebellar Ataxia Type 7 (SCA7), a neurodegenerative disease which affects the cerebellum and related brain regions, Purkinje neurons undergo degeneration and eventual death. We found that SCA7 Purkinje neurons have dendritic atrophy by 40 weeks of age, and that this effect was largest in the posterior of the cerebellum. These data may supp...