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Therese Verkerke Cash

Therese Verkerke Cash

Clinical Psychology Doctoral Student

Location

Billy Reynolds Jr. Building, First Floor
6605 W. Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23230

“The opportunity to do work that is both intellectually challenging and has the potential to make a difference in other individuals’ health and well-being is what excites me about the field of psychology. The PDC is a very unique place where research and patient care intersect. It’s the perfect environment to develop and translate scientifically supported treatments to meet the real-world needs of patients and their loved ones.”

Education

  • B.A. in Psychology, University of Virginia

Research interests

I’m interested in developing quality of life enhancement interventions for individuals with chronic illnesses and their support persons. My specific intervention interests include the effects of expressive writing and mindfulness-based therapies on psychological functioning, physical health, and cognitive processes.

Professional affiliations

  • American Psychological Association (APA) Student Affiliate Member
  • Society for the Advancement of Psychology (SAP) at VCU
  • Society for Psychophysiological Research (SPR)

Recent achievements

  • Vice President of Society for the Advancement of Psychology at VCU
  • Dean’s List
  • Research Excellence Award, University of Virginia
  • John T. Harrison III Undergraduate Research Award, University of Virginia

Publications, abstracts and presentations

  • Konig, A., Eonta, A.M., Pitts, S.R., Verkerke, T.K., & Vrana, S.R. (2011, September). Initial heart rate reactivity to emotional disclosure predicts health outcomes for those with response training. Poster session presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Psychophysiological Research, Boston, MA.
  • Verkerke, T.K., Konig, A., Eonta, A.M., Pitts, S.R. & Vrana, S.R. (2011, September). Trait mindfulness moderates the effect of response-training on heart rate during emotional    disclosure. Poster session presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Psychophysiological Research, Boston, MA.
  • Verkerke, T.K. (2010, April). Using mindfulness to reduce interpersonal bias. Presented at the L. Starling Reid Undergraduate Psychology Conference.

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