Patricia is second year Postdoc in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in the School of Medicine. She was born in Princeton, New Jersey, and completed her University studies at the University of Ottawa, in Ontario, where she earned her Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology, with a concentration in Neuroscience. Back in the USA to conduct her postdoctoral research, she headed to join the lab of Dr. Anthony Kline here at the University of Pittsburgh of the Safar Center for Resuscitation Research at the University of Pittsburgh. Patricia’s primary research focus is in determining the impact of stress exposure on neurobehavioral and neurochemical alterations observed after experimental traumatic brain injury, and in pharmacotherapies targeting the neuroendocrine and endocannabinoid systems, which may be used as therapeutic strategies relevant to cognitive and emotional impairments observed in brain injured patients.
Patricia cherishes the Pitt Postdocs community that she got to know as former UPPDA Networking chair of the UPPDA, through professional and social events that she and other board members organized during the 2017 academic year. As the current Communications chair of the 2018 UPPDA Executive Board, Patricia will continue to use social media to help build professional and friendly connections between fellow Pitt Postdocs, and is committed to maintain regular communication via email, in addition to providing up to date information on the UPPDA website. Community involvement and outreach are important to Patricia who is grateful to have worked with outstanding Postdocs in the 2017 term, and is excited to expand on the goals of the Association with the incoming 2018 board, dedicated to representing and supporting, and promoting the professional development of postdocs, towards enhancing the postdoctoral experience at the University of Pittsburgh.