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Alicia Smith
Graduate Student
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I am a PhD student supervised by Camilla Nord and Caitlin Hitchcock, studying the cognitive, neural and inflammatory basis of intrusive memories.  My PhD project will use experimental methodologies to elucidate the maladaptive mechanisms underlying intrusive memories, and transition insights from basic science to the identification of treatment approaches. Currently, the ability for research to uncover these links is hampered by the common use of standard psychiatric diagnostic categories. These disorder categories are highly correlated and heterogeneous in terms of their defining symptomology, and lead to categorical lines being drawn that lack biological specificity. Throughout my PhD, I will adopt a transdiagnostic approach to enable us to establish clear links between symptoms and their underlying cognitive and neurobiological mechanisms, and critically move towards improved treatments for intrusive memories.