TTP #70: Dr. Jenni Pacheco – RDoC: Research to Guide Diagnosis

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How do we arrive at a certain diagnosis? What are the underlying molecular, neurological, and behavioral components of a given disorder? Well, Dr. Jenni Pacheco and her RDoC team at the NIH are working hard to answer these questions. Join us today as she talks all about RDoC and their highly nuanced, research-driven model of psychological functioning!

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About Dr. Jenni Pacheco

Jenni Pacheco, Ph.D., is a Scientific Program Manager for the Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) Unit at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), and a Program Officer for the Attention Deficit, Disruptive Behaviors, and Disorders of Behavioral Dysregulation Program within the Division of Translational Research. She received her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from Clark University in Worcester, MA, received her PhD at the University of Texas at Austin, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institute on Aging. Her background, prior to joining the RDoC unit, has been using techniques of neuroimaging to look at the cognitive and neural changes that occur in healthy aging, dementia, and TBI. Studying such complex and heterogeneous disorders primed her well for a career with RDoC. A member of the RDoC Unit since 2015, Jenni focuses mostly on the information in the RDoC matrix, and how it can be utilized by, and updated from, mental health researchers.

About Dr. Jeremy Sharp

I’m a licensed psychologist and Clinical Director at the Colorado Center for Assessment & Counseling, a private practice that I founded in 2009 and grew to include nine licensed clinicians, three clinicians in training, and a full administrative staff. I earned my undergraduate degree in Experimental Psychology from the University of South Carolina before getting my Master’s and PhD in Counseling Psychology from Colorado State University. These days, I specialize in psychological and neuropsychological evaluation with kids and adolescents.

As the host of the Testing Psychologist Podcast, I provide private practice consulting for psychologists and other mental health professionals who want to start or grow psychological testing services in their practices. I live in Fort Collins, Colorado with my wife (also a therapist) and two young kids.

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