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Elizabeth M

- Research Program Mentor

PhD candidate at Seattle Pacific University


Clinical psychology, neuropsychology, trauamtic brain injury, creative writing


I'm a fourth-year PhD student working towards my degree in clinical psychology. My clinical and research interests are in the area of neuropsychology. Recently, I've focused on exploring various facets of attention in mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) patients. Other research topics I've worked on include investigating the stigma attached to help-seeking behaviors among Asian Americans, analyzing the interrelation between perfectionism and intrinsic religiosity, and examining the factors contributing to grit among sexual minority first-generation college students. In my personal life, I enjoy being outdoors as much as possible (usually hiking). I also enjoy traveling when I can, going to concerts and theater performances, and spending time with friends. I also have two cats :)

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.

Social Isolation as a Contributor of Depression Among Alzheimer's Patients

Many individuals who are diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease also experience symptoms of depression. People with memory decline also tend to reduce social interaction as these memory issues contribute to interpersonal difficulties. Organziations like ADDI provide access to open-source databases data related to Alzheimer's. One way to analyze these data could be to look at the relationship of social isolation as it related to depression symptoms among these patients.

Coding skills


Teaching experience

Course instructor for undergraduate psychology courses, teaching assistant to doctoral level clinical foundations, ANOVA, and psychometrics courses. Youth mentor for Seattle Good Business Network Summer Green Job Pathways Internship Program where I provided 45 hours of individual mentorship to students. Previous professional dancer and dance teacher to students ages 2-adult in ballet, tap, jazz, and modern dance.


Work experience

Office of Forensic Mental Health (2023 - Current)
Pre-Internship Student
Neuropsychology and Cognitive Health (2022 - Current)
Practicum Student


Hunter College
BA Bachelor of Arts (2018)
Creative Writing
New York University
MA Master of Arts (2020)
Seattle Pacific University
MS Master of Science (2022)
Psychological Science
Seattle Pacific University
PhD Doctor of Philosophy candidate
Clinical Psychology

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