|Genetics of Eating Disorders and PTSD||Methods include twin studies, network science, and epigenetics (NIMH K01). Datasets include the Vietnam Era Twin Study of Aging, the Nurses Health Study II, and the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children.|
|Eating Disorders in VA
eating disorders and comorbid conditions, including depression, PTSD,
and other Axis I and II psychopathology, in male and female veterans.
|Yoga for PTSD Symptoms in Women||Randomized trial of yoga for PTSD. Data collection is complete, the parent paper has been accepted for publication, and additional manuscripts are under review.|
|Lab Members: Alumni|
|Brooke Bartlett is
currently a research technician at the Women’s Health Sciences Division
of the National Center for PTSD at VA Boston Healthcare System. She
received a BA in Psychology from the University of California, Irvine
in 2011 and an MA in Psychology from Boston University in 2013. Her
research currently focuses on active duty and veteran populations
suffering from PTSD, as well as eating disorders in the military. In
the future, Brooke plans to obtain her PhD in Clinical Psychology, and
aspires to work as a Clinical Psychologist with military and adult
populations who suffer from severe psychiatric disorders and symptoms
as a result of traumatic events.
Favorite Movies: Man on Fire and The Big Lebowski
|Lab Members: Alumni
DiMartino is a 200 hour certified yoga instructor. She trained at
Kripalu — the largest, most established center for yoga and holistic
health in the United States. By creating awareness of the breath, body
and present moment, Dawn invites students into the inquiry of
yoga and self-discovery. In addition, to her work with Veterans
and people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Dawn instructs at-risk youth in Boston area schools and private
Yoga is an avocation for Dawn. Her personal practice of 8 years led her to the life-changing decision to leave an accomplished marketing career for the opportunity to have a positive and direct impact on people’s lives. Her vision is to combine traditional counseling with yoga therapy. To that end, she is pursuing her MSW at Simmons College. She currently holds a BA from Boston College and an MBA from Simmons Graduate School of Management.
is a current Clinical Psychology graduate student at Suffolk
University and a former research technician at the Women’s Health
Division of the National Center for PTSD at VA Boston Healthcare
holds a BA from Brown University and an MA in Psychology from Boston
University. Ally's research interests include
mindfulness based interventions for anxiety-related disorders,
treatment and etiology of PTSD, effectiveness of evidence-based
therapies delivered in community settings, and reducing barriers to
mental health treatment.
Ally became certified at the 200-hour level to teach Vinyasa Yoga in 2008 at Eyes of the World Yoga in Providence, RI. She has practiced yoga for 8 years and has been a student and practitioner of Buddhist meditation for 10 years.
Favorite Movies: Willow and Shakespeare in Love
is currently a Health Science Specialist at the Bedford VA in Bedford,
MA. She was a Research Technician at the Women’s Health Sciences
of the National Center for PTSD at VA Boston Healthcare System from
2009 to 2011. She completed her BA in Psychology at the University of
Massachusetts- Boston in 2009 and her Masters in
Forensic Psychology (with a concentration in Psychology and Legal
Systems) in 2011. Natasha’s interests include working
Veterans and people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as well
as women from underrepresented and marginalized populations who have
experienced traumatic events.
Natasha is also a Veteran who served for seven years in the Army and has a 2 year-old daughter.
Ancestry: African-American, Sicilian, French, Native-American (Iroquois)
Favorite Movies: The Ten Commandments (Not particularly religious …just love to see Yul Brynner in a skirt!), and Big Trouble in Little China (Being a child of the Eighties, I love the tongue-in-cheek humor)
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