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Ollie F

- Research Program Mentor

PhD candidate at Northwestern University

Expertise

Clinical Psychology, Psychology, Neuropsychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, Neuroscience, Neuropsychological Assessment, Neuroimaging, Dementia, Alzheimer's Disease, Primary Progressive Aphasia, Traumatic Brain Injury, Epilepsy

Bio

My name is Ollie, and I am currently a Master's Student at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, studying Clinical Psychology. I will be starting my PhD in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in Neuropsychology this fall, also at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. I work in the Mesulam Center for Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer's Disease, and I am passionate about using neuropsychology and neuroimaging to better understand different forms of dementia and how they affect neurobiology/neuroanatomy and cognitive functioning. Clinically, I am interested in understanding how different interventions can be used to improve the lives of individuals with dementia. I also have experience working with people with traumatic brain injury and epilepsy. When I'm not working in the research lab, I enjoy running, rock climbing, hiking, camping, and exploring Chicago! I love chocolate ice cream, dogs, Diet Dr Pepper, and being in the sun! I spent 18 months living in Tahiti and am fluent in French and Tahitian, and love Tahitian food and being at the beach - I'm happy to teach anyone a few Tahitian phrases so I have someone to speak Tahitian with! :)

Project ideas

Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.

Working Memory Decline and Psychological Distress in Men and Women with Alzheimer's Disease Dementia

Organizations like AlzPossible, ADNI, and NACC provide access to open-source databanks with Alzheimer's-related data from around the country (neuroimaging, neuropsychological outcomes, disability status, neuropsychiatric symptoms, demographic variables, etc.). One way to analyze these data could be to look at the working memory differences in men and women with Alzheimer's Disease, differences in psychological distress in men and women with Alzheimer's Disease dementia, and to evaluate if correlations exist between working memory decline and psychological distress in men and women with Alzheimer's Disease. Is the correlation between working memory and psychological distress different in men and women with Alzheimer's disease? Understanding this association could lead to differential interventions for men and women with Alzheimer's Disease that target working memory differentially, based on how working memory decline affects psychological distress.

Coding skills

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Languages I know

French, Advanced; Tahitian, Intermediate

Teaching experience

I was a Head Teaching Assistant at Brigham Young University for the following courses: Behavioral Neurobiology Cognition Research Design and Methods Psychological Science My responsibilities included giving lectures, supervising 20 other teaching assistants, grading papers and homework assignments, and planning and giving weekly review sessions.

Credentials

Education

Brigham Young University
BS Bachelor of Science (2020)
Psychology
Northwestern University
MA Master of Arts
Clinical Psychology
Northwestern University
PhD Doctor of Philosophy candidate
Clinical Psychology; Major Area of Study: Clinical Neuropsychology

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