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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
Examining 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
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.
Fun Facts:
  • Was a very competitive tennis player her entire life, and received a full athletic scholarship to play for Division I UC Irvine

  • Loves owls and collects as much owl memorabilia as possible

Favorite Movies: Man on Fire and The Big Lebowski

Lab Members: Alumni

Dawn DiMartino
Dawn 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 clients. 

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.

Fun facts:
  • Won a watermelon eating contest against all boys
  • Can roll tongue and pat head and rub belly at the same time
    Favorite Movies:  Depending on my mood ... Sound of Music or My Cousin Vinny

    Ally Dick
    Alexandra Dick is  a current Clinical Psychology graduate student at Suffolk University and a former research technician at the Women’s Health Sciences Division of the National Center for PTSD at VA Boston Healthcare System.  She 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.

    Fun facts:
    • First professional experience was at age 8 as a Spanish doll in the Boston Ballet’s Nutcracker
    • Can roll tongue into a “three leaf clover”

    Favorite Movies:  Willow and Shakespeare in Love

    Natasha Cook
    Natasha Cook is currently a Health Science Specialist at the Bedford VA in Bedford, MA.  She was a Research Technician at the Women’s Health Sciences Division 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 with 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)

    Fun facts:
    • Loves rollercoaster’s (Front seat!)
    • Went to Disney World for the 1st time 2 years ago and punched Goofy for getting a little too "fresh"

    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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