ARIELLE BASKIN-SOMMERS, PHD
- Harvard title(s): Clinical Psychologist
- McLean title(s): Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Cognitive and Clinical Neuroimaging Core
Dr. Arielle Baskin-Sommers is a post-doctoral T32 trainee and clinical psychologist at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Substantively, her research is concentrated on understanding individual differences in cognitive and affective regulation as they relate to vulnerability for maladaptive behaviors. Methodologically, she is interested in integrating a wide range of techniques and technologies to explore this issue. Overall, her professional career goals are based on a desire to develop both innovative theory and research in service of increasing the efficacy of clinical intervention. Thus far, and in line with these interests, she has completed research that explored the influence of impulsivity on everyday behaviors (e.g. smoking, risky sexual practices) and on criminal conduct (e.g. illicit drug use, driving under the influence, and criminal violence). Each of these studies employed either neuroimaging or survey techniques. During graduate school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she focused on characterizing and differentiating the cognitive and affective mechanisms associated with psychopathy and externalizing. Here, she used a variety of methodological techniques ranging from measures of psychophysiology (e.g., startle reflex, EEG/ERP) to neuroimaging to survey. Utilizing findings from her mechanism-based studies, she along with other collaborators, developed a computer-based intervention to remediate the core cognitive skills linked to substance use and self-regulation deficits among psychopathic and externalizing individuals. Preliminary results suggest the efficacy of this approach and highlight the promise of translating basic research into effective treatments.