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Heather Douglas-Palumberi, MA


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Heather Douglas-Palumberi, MA

Heather Douglas-Palumberi, MA

Health Science Officer

Clinical Neurosciences Division

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  • Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara, CA: Clinical Psychology, Ph.D., in progress
  • Fielding Graduate University: Psychology, with an emphasis in Clinical Psychology, M.A., 2013
  • Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT: Psychology, M.A., 2007

Expertise and Interests

  • Risk and resilience factors in PTSD
  • Impact of subjective experience of trauma on epigenetic functioning
  • Epigenetic effect of trauma on mental and physical health throughout lifespan
  • Impact of culture on experience of trauma and PTSD

Awards and Honors

  • Pro Humanitariate Literary Award, 2006.
  • University Scholastic Award, Spring, 1995. Southern Connecticut State University Selected Publications

Selected Publications

Weder, N., Zhang, H., Jensen, K., Yang, B.Z., Simen, A., Jackowski, A., Lipschitz, D., Douglas-Palumberi, H., Ge, M., Perepletchikova, F., O'Loughlin, K., Hudziak, J.J., Gelernter, J., & Kaufman, J. (2013). Child abuse, depression and methylation in genes involved with stress, neural plasticity, and brain circuitry. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. doi:10.1016/j.jaac.2013.12.025

Southwick, S.M., Douglas-Palumberi, H. & Pietrzak, R.H. (in press). Resilience. In M.J. Friedman, T.M. Keane & P.A. Resick, (Eds.). Handbook of PTSD: Science and Practice. (2nd Ed.).

Yang, B. Z., Zhang, H., Ge, W., Weder, N., Douglas-Palumberi, H., Perepletchikova, F., Gelernter, J., & Kaufman, J. (2013). Child abuse and epigenetic mechanisms of disease risk. American Journal of Preventative Medicine, 44, 101-107. doi:10.1016/j.amepre.2012.10.012

Perepletchikova, F., Axelrod, S. R., Kaufman, J., Rounsaville, B. J., Douglas-Palumberi, H. & Miller, A. L. (2011). Adapting dialectical behavior therapy for children: Towards a new research agenda for pediatric suicidal and non-suicidal self-injurious behaviors. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 16, 116-121. doi:10.1111/j.1475-3588.2010.00583.x

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