Allison is currently a first-year postdoctoral fellow at the University of Michigan in the department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Division of Rehabilitation and Neuropsychology.
Currently on fellowship, Allison is greatly enjoying her duties, which include assessing her patient’s psychological and neuropsychological functioning, providing evidence-based treatments to patients and families, collaborating with rehabilitation team members for individuals presenting with traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, encephalopathies, brain and spinal tumors, hematological cancers, limb loss, orthopedic injuries, burns, multiple sclerosis and rare autoimmune disorders. She conducts comprehensive outpatient neuropsychological assessments at the U-M MedRehab clinic and is also involved in the Functional Wellness Initiative of the U-M Brain Tumor Program (FWI), where she conducts neuropsychological assessments as part of the FWI’s collaborative, interdisciplinary team and research program.
Allison completed her internship at the Vanderbilt University-VA Consortium in the Neuropsychology Track. While on internship, Allison completed major rotations in Neuropsychology, Organ Transplant Psychology, and Geropsychology/Hospice at the Alvin C. York VA Medical Center and the Nashville VA Medical Center along with a year-long secondary rotation in the Social Emotional NeuroScience Endocrinology (SENSE) lab with Blythe Corbett, Ph.D. at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center where she conducted neuropsychological evaluations with children with autism spectrum disorder. She was excited to merge her love for neuropsychology and creative arts while at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center by particiating in the SENSE lab theatre program, an innovative theatrical intervention research program designed to improve the social and emotional functioning of children with autism and related neurodevelopmental disorders. Additionally, she took the lead role for a research project investigating cognitive changes pre/post subthalamic nucleus deep brain stimulation in patients with Parkinson’s disease through the Vanderbilt Cognition and Movement Disorders group in the Vanderbilt Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery.
Allison serves on the International Neuropsychological Society (INS) Student Liaison Committee (SLC) as the Annual Meeting Programs Representative. She is looking forward to the upcoming annual meeting in New Orleans and hopes students and trainees come to the exciting SLC programming! Allison completed her doctorate at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, IL and completed pre-doctoral practica at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), Jesse Brown VA Medical Center (JBVAMC) in Chicago, IL, and the Chicago Center for Cognitive Wellness in Evanston, IL. While a pre-doctoral student, Allison was awarded a 2015 Dissertation Microgrant by the Illinois Psychological Association for Graduate Students (IPAGS), was inducted as a fellow into the Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honors Society at Yale University, won a Travel Abroad Scholarship and was awarded a research fellowship through her institution’s Community Partnerships program. Allison served as her institution’s ANST Interest Group Representative and developed and organized multiple educational and professional development events for fellow students.
In her free time, Allison enjoys music (as a former classically-trained musician and board-certified music therapist) and maintains a strong interest in music-based cognitive rehabilitation interventions for individuals with acquired brain injury. She is also an avid traveler and recently completed a 4000 mile cross country road trip this summer from Chicago to the Western states with her husband and faithful foster-fail pitbull, Meatball.
ANST In-Focus Member Highlight
Just a reminder that the ANST Member Highlights are due soon. The 2/20/2017 deadline has been extended until 2/28/2017. Don't miss out on national recognition!
Every 3 months, ANST highlights the hard work of one of our members on the main page of the ANST website. You could be the next ANST In-Focus Highlight! The call for submissions is now open and we're looking forward to your application.
The submission period will close on February 28th, 2017. To apply, please complete the brief form that is attached to this announcement and submit to the ANST email account at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name saved as part of the document title.
After an ANST member is selected, they will be featured on the main page of the ANST website until the next member is selected. We look forward to hearing from you!
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