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    • Member Type(s): Expert
    • Title:Professor/Psychologist
    • Organization:UCLA
    • Area of Expertise:Stress effects/Brain health
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My Expertise

    My Expertise

      Area(s) of expertise: Stress effects/Brain health
      Summary of expertise:
      I am a clinical neuropsychologist with expertise in stress effects on the brain and health outcomes. My research examines the effects of "social adversity" which includes discrimination, poverty, and marginalization on the brain as well as drugs of abuse, particularly marijuana. I conduct neuropsychological evaluations for adolescent and adult populations for a variety of issues such as head injury, stroke, medical risk factors, ADHD, and dementia. I also conduct medical-legal evaluations as an expert witness.
      Blog/Web site: snihp.semel.ucla.edu
      White paper/research:

      Research and white papers
      Books/articles published:
      Peer-reviewed papers, book chapters, and invited articles
      Publications list
      Awards/associations/memberships:
      Awards from national organizations in psychology and neuropsychology
      Awards list
      Prior media experience:
      Radio, video series, and educational webinars. Provided commentary for Medscape and Science News related to articles about marijuana use.
      Media experience
      Educational background:
      Ph.D., Clinical Psychology
      Alliant International University, Los Angeles, CA

      Bachelor of Arts, Psychology California State University, Long Beach, CA
      Interests:
      1. Expert Consultation

      2. Speaking as an expert in the areas of stress, health, brain functioning, and social adversity.

      3. Providing commentary on psychological issues such as trauma that impact large communities.

      4. Writing

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