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Dr. Victoria Liou-Johnson

Research Fellow, Adjunct Professor, Clinical Psychologist/Neuropsychologist

VA Palo Alto/Stanford University/Palo Alto University

Follow Your Passion, There's More Than One Way to Get There!


This presentation will discuss some of the different careers I've had on my path and how I found out about neuropsychology and what exactly a neuropsychologist does.
Often as a high school student, you are told there is only one path to achieve your dreams of working in a science and/or math field. However, there are many ways to get there, first and foremost is finding your passion and your \"why?\" This may start with searching your values and the things you find most important to the core of your being. You are all taking the first step today by exposing yourselves to people from different fields of study and learning their stories and paths to achieving their goals.

Meet the Speaker:

Dr. Victoria Liou-Johnson is currently an Advanced Research Fellow in the VA Palo Alto Healthcare System's Polytrauma Department and in the Department of Neurosurgery at Stanford University. Additionally, she is an Adjunct Professor in the Clinical Psychology PhD program at Palo Alto University, and also maintains a private practice.

Dr. Liou-Johnson’s research aims to elucidate the biopsychosocial and neural mechanisms involved in the sequelae and treatment of traumatic brain injury (TBI); specifically, cognitive (short- and long-term), depression, anxiety, posttraumatic stress, and sleep disorders. Her research focuses on individual differences in cognitive (e.g., memory, executive function, attention, cognitive control), psychiatric factors (e.g., depression, anxiety, PTSD), and socialization experiences (e.g., attachment, community, culture) as they contribute to TBI sequelae.

In particular, Dr. Liou-Johnson’s research focuses on gender differences, race/ethnic differences (specifically Asian American/Pacific Island, and Alaska Native/Native American peoples), older adult cognition, health disparities, and most recently, mental health and neurological/cognitive sequelae resulting from the COVID pandemic. Her research utilizes interdisciplinary collaboration (e.g., neuroscience, neuroimaging, physical and rehabilitation medicine, neurosurgery, social work) and non-invasive neuromodulation techniques (e.g., transcranial magnetic stimulation, virtual reality) to explore these topics. As a clinical scientist and practitioner, she is particularly interested in the translational implications and accessibility of her research to improve current treatments and outcomes for TBI.

Dr. Liou-Johnson studied American Literature and American Indian Studies during her undergraduate education at University of California, Santa Cruz. She received her Master of Science in Clinical Psychology and Clinical Gerontology from Notre Dame de Namur University and her PhD in Clinical Psychology with emphasis in Neuropsychology from Palo Alto University. Her pre-doctoral neurological and neuropsychological clinical training includes the Departments of Neurology and Neurosurgery at the VA Palo Alto, Kaiser Permanente, and the University of California, San Francisco. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the University of Colorado School of Medicine (integrated primary care, neuropsychology) and clinical residency at VA Pacific Islands Health Care System (outpatient PTSD clinic, CLC, outpatient neuropsychology). She then worked in primary care psychology with predominantly indigenous populations before returning to research at VA Palo Alto/Stanford. Her private practice is trauma-focused and primarily serves indigenous populations.

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