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Jessica Magidson

Jessica Magidson

I graduated from Dartmouth College in 2006 with a degree in Psychology and Women & Gender Studies. After graduating, I worked in health care research and consulting in Washington D.C., and I am now completing my PhD in clinical psychology at the University of Maryland, with a particular focus on health behavior change. My specialization is in developing and testing behavioral intervention strategies to improve depression, substance use, as well as other self-care behaviors. I have a particular focus on chronic health conditions, such as HIV, and understanding how to improve management of these conditions. I have received federal funding from the NIH to support this line of work and have published 15 papers and book chapters on these topics. In addition to research, I also provide direct clinical services to patients suffering from depression, substance abuse, as well as chronic health conditions at an inpatient substance abuse treatment center and an outpatient medical clinic in Washington, D.C. For two years I also taught a global health study abroad course in Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa. In my free time, I absolutely love doing anything fitness or outdoors-related, including tennis, skiing, hiking, yoga, and weight training. I was formerly a tennis instructor and once trained to teach a sports conditioning class that was as hard core as its name, Body Attack. It was a blast, although I quickly learned I was a whole lot better at teaching clinical psychology than I was sports conditioning!

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