Gennarina (Genna) Santorelli is a 5th year graduate student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Genna is currently collecting data for her dissertation, which investigates emotional functioning in older adults with amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI). Specifically, she will examine differences in the emotional trajectories of older adults with aMCI relative to cognitively-healthy older adults following negative mood induction and the contribution of cognitive dysfunction to these trajectories. Genna was the recipient of a pre-dissertation fellowship from the Center for Research on Families at UMass, as well as a dissertation research grant, for this study. In addition to this project, Genna recently published a paper in Aging & Mental Health on differential perceptions of the emotional experiences of familiar younger and older adults in younger, midlife, and older adults, and is currently engaged in several follow-up studies related to this work. Her master’s thesis on alexithymia and executive function in older adults was published in The Clinical Neuropsychologist.
Genna has worked as a neuropsychology extern in multiple settings. Last year, she completed an externship at the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at NYU Langone Medical Center. At this site, she conducted neuropsychological evaluations of adults with epilepsy and other neurological conditions on an inpatient unit during continuous video EEG monitoring. She also saw outpatients with a range of neurological conditions, including brain tumor, neurodegenerative disorders, and stroke. Genna is currently engaged in a neuropsychology practicum at an outpatient practice, where she conducts evaluations with children and adults with a range of neurological and psychiatric conditions, including ADHD, traumatic brain injury, and dementia. She has also worked as a neuropsychology trainee at UMass’s low-fee community mental health clinic, where trainees primarily work with clients who are underserved by the mental health system. She is now a student supervisor at this site for junior trainees conducting neuropsychological evaluations. Genna also conducts psychotherapy from a primarily cognitive-behavioral framework at UMass’s community clinic.
In addition to her research and clinical endeavors, Genna currently serves on the SCN/Div. 40 Women in Neuropsychology subcommittee as the student representative. On this subcommittee, she coordinates a monthly mentoring program on the listserv and helps plan subcommittee events at conferences (most recently at INS 2017). She is also a board member on the Psychology Graduate Student Diversity Committee at UMass, whose mission is to facilitate ongoing training and dialogue about issues related to diversity and multiculturalism. In 2013, Genna received her division’s Outstanding Student Service Award for her role in coordinating the psychology department’s graduate student orientation and interview weekends for several years in a row.
Genna’s “near” future goals are to obtain an internship and postdoctoral fellowship in neuropsychology. She would eventually like to become board-certified in neuropsychology, practice in a medical research center with adults and older adults with neurological conditions, and supervise trainees at all levels. She would also like to continue to engage in research with older adults with MCI and dementia, and is very much looking forward to continuing her involvement in professional organizations as she moves forward in her career. Lastly, she hopes to eventually have the time and resources to adopt a puppy.
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