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Autumn M. Gallegos Greenwich, Ph.D.

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Biography

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.

Research

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.

Credentials

Faculty Appointments

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

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

Awards

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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Publications

Journal Articles

12/2017
Gallegos AM, Crean HF, Pigeon WR, Heffner KL. "Meditation and yoga for posttraumatic stress disorder: A meta-analytic review of randomized controlled trials." Clinical psychology review.. 2017 Dec 0; 58:115-124.

8/1/2016
Gallegos AM, Moynihan J, Pigeon WR. "A Secondary Analysis of Sleep Quality Changes in Older Adults From a Randomized Trial of an MBSR Program." Journal of applied gerontology : the official journal of the Southern Gerontological Society.. 2016 Aug 1; :733464816663553. Epub 2016 Aug 01.

5/2016
Gallegos AM, Streltzov NA, Stecker T. "Improving Treatment Engagement for Returning Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom Veterans With Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Depression, and Suicidal Ideation." The Journal of nervous and mental disease.. 2016 May 0; 204(5):339-43.

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