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RACHEL VANDERKUIK, PLD, PSYCHOTHERAPY INTERN

781-691-9071     |     rachel@pwcboulder.com

Rachel is currently a 3rd year PhD student in Clinical Psychology at University of Colorado Boulder. As an intern at the PWC/B, Rachel is able to serve our clientele in need of a reduced fee. She has received training in several psychotherapeutic approaches, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Behavioral Activation (BA), Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).  As one of Dr. Sona Dimidjian's graduate students in the CREST lab, has been pursuing advanced training in qualitative and community-based participatory research methods; her Master’s thesis was a study of  Latina mothers in rural Colorado and their experience of depression, barriers to care, and openness to innovate care models.  She is currently working on multiple clinical projects, including a large NIMH-funded study investigating a web-based intervention for the treatment of residual depressive symptoms in the context of primary care, and a study of peer-delivery of behavioral activation for depression among women during pregnancy and early parenting.

Before joining the Dimidjian Lab, Rachel worked for 3 years as an Analyst in the Department of Applied Research and Evaluation at National Institute for Children's Health Quality (NICHQ) in Boston, MA.  She received her Masters in Public Health from Harvard University where she concentrated in Maternal and Child Health (MCH) as well as Obesity Prevention and Epidemiology. Her work has focused on promoting breastfeeding among mothers in the US and internationally, preventing eating disorders and promoting health body image among young women, and enhancing implementation of public health programs broadly.  

Rachel's work in perinatal mental health started after she graduated from Bowdoin College and joined the Center for Women's Mental Health at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA.  Here, Rachel worked as a Research Coordinator on several projects focused on postpartum depression and the treatment of bipolar disorder during pregnancy and postpartum.  She also has experience working on global maternal health and  served as a Consultant on a 5-year project focused on maternal morbidity led by the Reproductive Health Research division of the World Health Organization. 

In her free time, Rachel enjoys staying active and getting outside - particularly hiking, playing soccer and running. 

Education:

PhD Candidate, University of Colorado at Boulder

MA Clinical Psychology, University of Colorado at Boulder

MSc, Harvard University School of Public Health

BA Biology and Psychology, Bowdoin College

Memberships: 

Postpartum Support International

Association for Psychological Science (APS)
Academy for Healthcare Improvement (AHI)
Member of American Public Health Association (APHA)
American Psychological Association (APA)