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I am a neurologist at the MGH and assistant professor at Harvard Medical School. I also direct digital initiatives at the Benson Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine and am active in clinical practice and teaching of neurologyI received a BA from Whitman College, an MS in experimental psychology from Purdue University and a Ph.D. in neurobiology from the University of North Carolina. I then chose to attend medical school at UNC and completed a residency in neurology at UCLA. My clinical interest is in the care of patients with epilepsy. I helped found Braintalk.org, a collection of over 200 separate online support groups for individuals with neurologic disease. I am a member of a group formed by the late Dr. Tom Ferguson to promote participatory health care. I am a founding member of the Society of Participatory Medicine and its fledgling publication, the Journal of Participatory Medicine. I am also a member of the American Academy of Neurology where I serve as an associate editor of AAN.COM, managing AAN.COM for patients and caregivers.
A small study from MGH researchers found that online virtual communities may be an effective way to train patients in meditation and other mind/body techniques. The ability to learn and practice approaches that elicit the relaxation response in a virtual environment could help surmount several barriers that can restrict participation.
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