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Autumn Gallegos Greenwich, Ph.D.

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Autumn Gallegos, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC). Dr. Gallegos received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Fuller Graduate School of Psychology and completed her internship and postdoctoral fellowship at URMC. Over the last ten years, her clinical work and research has been dedicated to the delivery of effective interventions for psychological trauma, with a specific focus on complementary health approaches. She is certified in Cognitive Processing Therapy for posttraumatic stress disorder and is an experienced mindfulness-based stress reduction instructor.

Professional Background

Autumn M. Gallegos, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and licensed clinical psychologist. Her research explores the effects of mind-body interventions on posttraumatic stress symptoms among survivors of trauma. She is also an experienced Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) instructor and teaches MBSR courses to faculty and staff of URMC. She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Fuller Graduate School of Psychology. Her pre-doctoral and postdoctoral work in the URMC PRIDE (Program of Research and Innovation in Disparities Education) program, and advanced postdoctoral work at the VISN 2 Center of Excellence, focused on the delivery and study of interventions with traumatized populations.


The substantial need to develop and target effective mental health interventions for underserved and traumatized populations underpins the academic path I have taken. Over the last ten years, my research has focused on the impact of stress among underserved and understudied communities exposed to trauma. My long term goal is to identify interventions that target the cognitive and emotion dysregulation that perpetuates posttraumatic stress symptoms and their health consequences. Specifically, I aim to adapt interventions informed by biological markers that underlie cognitive and emotion regulation using community-based participatory research methods among survivors of interpersonal violence.



PhD | Fuller Graduate School of Psychology

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

01/01/2014 - 12/31/2015
Fellowship in Research at University of Rochester Psych Post Doc Fellowship

01/01/2012 - 12/31/2014
Fellowship in Suicide Prevention Advanced Fellow at Canandaigua VA Medical Center

09/01/2010 - 8/31/2012
Fellowship in Clinical Psychology at University of Rochester Medical Center

9/1/2009 - 8/31/2010
Internship in Clinical Psychology at University of Rochester Medical Center

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2019 - 2021
Loan Repayment Program (LRP) Award
Sponsor: National Institute of Health (NIH) Clinical Research

2017 - 2019
Loan Repayment Program (LRP) Award
Sponsor: National Institute of Health (NIH) Clinical Research

2013 - 2013
Outstanding Poster Award
Sponsor: American Psychological Association Division of Trauma Psychology

2013 - 2013
Travel Fellowship Award
Sponsor: Military Suicide Research Consortium

2013 - 2013
Graduate fellow
Sponsor: OBSSR/NHLBI Summer Institute on the Design and Conduct of RCTs

2012 - 2012
Psychology Research Award
Sponsor: University of Rochester Medical Center

2011 - 2012
Chief Psychology Fellow
Sponsor: University of Rochester Medical Center

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Clinical Trials

Mindfulness Training to Reduce Social Isolation and Feelings of Loneliness in Older Caregivers for Family Members With Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias

Lead Researcher: Autumn Gallegos greenwich

The objective of this pilot study is to provide initial evidence of the role of mindfulness training in improving social disconnectedness - including social isolation and feelings of loneliness - in older caregivers for family members with Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias. Participants will be randomly assigned to one of two study arms where they will use either a (1) smartphone-based MBSR app (Headspace) or (2) active control (breathing app) for 14 days. Loneliness and quality of social interactions will be assessed using end-of-day diaries at initial visit and 14-days after enrollment.

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Journal Articles

Heffner KL, Quiñones MM, Gallegos AM, Crean HF, Lin F, Suhr JA. "Subjective memory in adults over 50 years of age: associations with affective and physiological markers of emotion regulation." Aging & mental health.. 2021 Mar 30; :1-9. Epub 2021 Mar 30.

Gallegos AM, Heffner KL, Cerulli C, Luck P, McGuinness S, Pigeon WR. "Effects of mindfulness training on posttraumatic stress symptoms from a community-based pilot clinical trial among survivors of intimate partner violence." Psychological trauma : theory, research, practice and policy.. 2020 Sep 24; Epub 2020 Sep 24.

Van Orden KA, Bower E, Lutz J, Silva C, Gallegos AM, Podgorski CA, Santos EJ, Conwell Y. "Strategies to Promote Social Connections Among Older Adults During 'Social Distancing' Restrictions." The American journal of geriatric psychiatry : official journal of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry.. 2020 May 18; Epub 2020 May 18.