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Jazmin M

- Research Program Mentor

PhD at St. John's University


neuropsychology, psychology, neuroscience, neuroanatomy, personality psychology, health behavior change, public health, brain tumors, concussions, epilepsy


I am currently a post-doctoral fellow in neurosurgical neuropsychology at Northwestern Medicine, where I incorporate both clinical and research work into my practice. Clinically, I conduct comprehensive neuropsychological assessments for a variety of neurological, medical, and psychiatric diagnoses. I evaluate cognitive functioning using measures of attention and working memory, executive functions, language, visuospatial processing, learning and memory, and social cognition. I currently specialize in pre-operative and intraoperative neuropsycological testing for patients with brain tumors and epilepsy. In regard to research, I have eagerly consumed and produced scientific research over my academic years, immersing myself in several areas of investigation, including neurobiology, neuroscience, and psychology. With time, I progressively sought research that informed my clinical practice in neuropsychology. I most recently completed research on predicting recovery from post-concussion symptoms in collegiate athletes. My current research interests are in the impact and role of neuropsychology on cognitive and emotional outcomes in patients with brain tumors. In my spare time, I enjoy traveling, hiking, camping, reading, making (and eating) cheeseboards, fitness, running, and playing sports.

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.

Predicting Return to Play and Class for Concussed Collegiate Athletes

Each year approximately 1.6 to 3.8 million people suffer a sports-related traumatic brain injury (Langlois, Rutland-Brown, & Wald, 2006). Concussions, a common form of mild traumatic brain injury, account for 75% of total brain injuries in the United States (Faul, Xu, Wald, & Coronado, 2010). Overall, concussion symptoms typically remit within one to four weeks from injury (McCrea, 2007); however, conflict exists surrounding the duration of time that would be safe for a concussed student-athlete to return to functioning, both to sport and to class. The aim of this study is to critically examine post-concussive symptoms within a collegiate athlete sample and identify existing relationships between symptom clusters (cognitive, physical, emotional, and sleep) and recovery times. Identifying such relationships could be the first step in understanding symptom-based markers of concussion duration.

The Role of Neuropsychology in Determining Capacity for Informed Consent for Neurosurgery

For any clinical intervention, informed consent requires an explanation of the procedure: Nature, degree, duration, probability of risks and benefits, and alternatives. This process presents multi-dimensional legal and ethical challenges in patients with intellectual disabilities and low health literacy. Neuropsychologists evaluating cognitively impaired candidates for surgery (e.g., epilepsy, brain tumors) often face further considerations, as neurosurgical intervention (while considered standard-of-care), may not be considered “medically necessary” and offers no guarantee of cure. Future research can examine the ethical and legal responsibilities of neuropsychologists assessing patients undergoing elective pre-operative testing, as well as identify strategies for evaluating competency to consent to surgery.

Teaching experience

I have been teaching, tutoring and mentoring students of all ages for over a decade. While in graduate school, I instructed a course on statistical methods in psychology for an undergraduate class of students, which focused on the analysis and interpretation of research data. I have been a peer mentor for several underclassman in psychology, as well as a peer supervisor for graduate students in clinical neuropsychology practicum. I also have a substantial amount of tutoring experience in a variety of academic subjects (e.g., Mathematics, Science, Psychology, English, SAT/ACT). Lastly, I previously led an annual mentorship program entitled "Annual Brain Awareness Week" for elementary schools in the Boston area.


Work experience

Northwestern Medicine (2021 - Current)
Post-Doctoral Fellow in Neurosurgical Neuropsychology
Rush University Medical Center (2020 - 2021)
Clinical Psychology Resident


Boston College
BS Bachelor of Science (2013)
St. John's University
MA Master of Arts (2018)
Clinical Psychology
St. John's University
PhD Doctor of Philosophy
Clinical Psychology (Neuropsychology)

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