Dr. Roman Palitsky

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Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Brown University Medical School

Dr. Palitsky’s academic training includes a Master of Divinity from Harvard University with a focus in South Asian religions, and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Arizona with a concentration in Behavioral Medicine/Health Psychology. He completed clinical internship at Brown University Warren Alpert Medical School’s behavioral medicine track.

Dr. Palitsky’s research program investigates the pathways through which culture and health interact by examining the biological, psychological, and social processes that constitute these pathways. His research interests include the development of culturally adaptive evidence-based interventions, focusing especially on cultural determinants of response to mindfulness-based and mind-body interventions. He is also interested in the mechanisms for cultural influence on health and health disparities, including appraisal processes, self-regulation, and chronic health outcomes (especially in cardiovascular disease). One of the cultural variables Dr. Palitsky has focused on is religion. His research has been supported by the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion and the International Network for the Study of Science and Belief in Society, as well as the Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling.

Dr. Palitsky’s clinical training comprises evidence-based treatments such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy. He has particular experience applying these modalities in behavioral medicine to address mental health challenges in the context of chronic illness, palliative care, pain management, and insomnia. He incorporates an existential orientation into his clinical approach, and has experience addressing existential and spiritual concerns that arise in therapy.

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Dr. Kristina Eichel

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Kristina did her Diploma in Psychology at University of Cologne in 2012. She finished her PhD in 2016 on mindfulness and error processing focusing on event-related component analyses with electroencephalogram (EEG). In 2015, she was already a visiting research fellow at the Clinical Affective Neuroscience lab for six months, when she helped to collect and analyze the EEG data of the “Dismantling Mindfulness” project and helped with the development of the codebook of influencing factors of the VCE project. In 2016, she worked for eight months in the Social Cognition Center Cologne, doing research on social comparison, envy and mindfulness. During the same time, she was a lecturer in inference statistics at Fresenius College Cologne. While working on her PhD, Kristina started doing a master in Cognitive Science at Ruhr-University Bochum to deepen her knowledge in philosophy of mind. She started as a postdoc at the lab in February 2017, working on several projects with all the research assistants, analyzing the EEG data and doing statistical analyses. When she is not working in the lab, Kristina likes to think about social justice, go out dancing, explore NYC, write stories and paint pictures or take photos.