Akhila Veerubhotla is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at NYU-Grossman School of Medicine. She completed her post-doctoral fellowship jointly at the Center for Mobility and Rehabilitation Engineering at the Kessler Foundation and in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Rutgers – New Jersey Medical School. She has a PhD in Rehabilitation Science from the University of Pittsburgh and a Masters degree in Biomedical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. Her research focuses on using technology to help improve mobility, balance, and physical activity in individuals with neurological impairments. Her work primarily is focused toward individuals with stroke, traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury.
The following items were discussed in Part 1: whether devices used in her studies also are available commercially for patients to use at home; a systematic review study involving wearable devices for tracking physical activity in the community after an acquired brain injury; why the transition of wearable devices from the laboratory to the community has gained momentum slowly in recent years; and the value of having a wider representation of participants from different population subgroups in clinical studies.
Dr. Kathleen Isaac is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Assistant Professor at NYU Langone Health. As a Haitian-American, cis-gender female, she directs the Medical Student and House Staff Mental Health program, which provides individual, couples, and group psychotherapy to medical students, residents, and fellows. She also has a part-time private practice focused on serving BIPOC and LGBTQ+ clients with integrative treatment approaches, where she specializes in trauma, health psychology, and cultural issues. Dr. Isaac also is an adjunct lecturer in the City College of New York’s doctoral program in clinical psychology where she teaches an advanced practicum on intersectional therapy and a Group Psychotherapy course. She has been featured on multiple media platforms, including NBC and the New York Times. Recently, she has published in the journal Psychiatry Annals and in a book chapter dealing with Her Clients’ Racial Identity Development During the Pandemic and the Black Lives Matter Movement.
The following items were discussed in Part 2: whether NYU offers any standardized screening to identify residents who may be struggling with mental health and burnout concerns; if NYU has a mentorship program for residents; kinds of differences that may occur in the types of pressures and challenges that may arise depending on the medical specialty; cultivating resilience to increase an ability to cope with various everyday pressures; and enhancing self-management skills in self-monitoring, recognizing, and reporting symptoms of any mental health problems.