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My Skills & Experience

HELLO THERE! I'M ANDREW RAUCH.

 
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PROFESSIONAL OUTLOOK

Where I Am. Where I’m Going.

Dedicated to helping people from an early age, I have always been interested in the field of psychology. From the subtleties of an argument in a coffee shop to the current political atmosphere, the subject matters to which psychological principles apply are abundant. I earned my BS in Management Science and Psychology with a specialization in Clinical Psychology from the University of California, San Diego in 2016. There, I worked with Dr. Amy Jak as an undergraduate research coordinator investigating the effectiveness of physical and computerized interventions in an aging population. Shortly after graduating, I moved to the Bay Area for two years to coordinate for Dr. Claudia Padula’s BRAVE study at Stanford University and the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System, which is investigating neural predictors relating to alcohol addiction in Veterans. In the fall of 2019, I will be starting a PhD in Clinical Psychology at Loyola University Chicago under the mentorship of Dr. Rebecca Silton.

 

MY PROFESSIONAL PROFILE

Many people in the world do not have the opportunity to pursue the career that they love; I have been fortunate enough to have many experiences that have led me to the field that I am passionate about. I have greatly enjoyed evolving my professional career and focus from studying aging research at the University of California, San Diego to substance use research at Stanford University. I have had the most incredible role models to support me along the way including my family, friends, and current and previous PIs and supervisors. I plan to utilize my experiences in the hope to make a significant contribution to the field of clinical psychology while pursuing a PhD.

 

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

GRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANT 

LOYOLA UNIVERSITY CHICAGO 

P.I. REBECCA SILTON, PHD

August 2019 - May 2024

The purpose of the WELL Lab is to better understand the emotional, cognitive, and neurobiological mechanisms related to psychology and physical wellbeing. As a graduate research assistant under the mentorship of Dr. Silton, I aid in multiple ongoing projects.

CLINICAL RESEARCH COORDINATOR

STANFORD UNIVERSITY, DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHIATRY AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES/ PALO ALTO VETERANS AFFAIRS HEALTH CARE SYSTEM

P.I. CLAUDIA PADULA, PHD

August 2017 - July 2019

The purpose of this study is to use functional imaging to identify which brain circuits are involved in predicting relapse rates in Veterans with Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD). We plan to use this information to study these circuits and define dimensions of alcohol use disorder from a neurobiological point of view. As a coordinator, I schedule and call subjects for appointments, prepare, distribute, and process questionnaires, perform clerical duties in the preparation of regulatory documents. I also maintain all forms and documents, including consent forms and master subject logs. I assist with the screening, recruiting, and obtaining consent of study participants and review medical records and perform telephone or in-person interviews to gather data, as needed. I administer standard study questionnaires and neuropsychological tests, score test measurements and questionnaires, and code data for computer entry. I prescribe and run the two hour fMRI protocol with tasks of emotion, reward, executive function, and cue-elicited craving. In the fall of 2017, I was awarded two grants on which I was the lead investigator through Stanford's Center for Cognitive and Neurobiological Imaging in the effort to secure controls for both the BRAVE and BRASS studies.

CLINICAL RESEARCH COORDINATOR

STANFORD UNIVERSITY, DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHIATRY AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES/ PALO ALTO VETERANS AFFAIRS HEALTH CARE SYSTEM

P.I. TIMOTHY DURAZZO, PHD

August 2017 - July 2019

The two BRASS studies aim to use different prescriptions of repeated Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) to treat AUD in Veterans. Participants undergo a day of neurological assessment both before and after treatment to determine the viability of this innovative method and to assess risk of relapse following treatment.  As a coordinator, I schedule and call subjects for appointments, prepare, distribute, and process questionnaires, as well as perform clerical duties in the preparation of regulatory documents. I run the two hour fMRI protocol with tasks evaluating attention, memory, and neurobiological responses to stimuli. I assist with the administration of the Motor Threshold with Dr. Durazzo. I also maintain all forms and documents, including consent forms and master subject logs. I assist with screening, recruiting, and obtaining consent of study participants. Additionally, I review medical records and perform telephone or in-person interviews to gather data. I administer standard study questionnaires and tests, score test measurements and questionnaires, and code data for computer entry. I perform quantitative review of forms, tests, and other measurements for completeness and accuracy. I process study compensation payments to subjects upon completion of trial activities and I assist with post-study activities, as needed.

CLINICAL RESEARCH COORDINATOR

UCSD DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHIATRY

P.I. AMY JAK, PHD

May 2016 - August 2017

This interventional aging study involves three interventions including a computer cognitive program, increased exercise via use of a pedometer, or a combination of the both to see the effectiveness of the interventions in an aging population. Under supervision of Dr. Jak, I performed several duties including recruitment, screening, and assessment of elderly research participants with normal aging to mild cognitive impairment. Specifically, I was responsible for IRB maintenance and submissions, identifying potential participants, scheduling assessments, obtaining informed consent, maintaining weekly phone contact with participants to collect exercise and cognitive training information, completing health histories, and administering a battery of neuropsychological assessments. General duties also included entering data, analyzing, and interpreting the data via SPSS, supervising two research assistants, collaborating with the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center (ADRC), managing participant payments and regular attendance, and contributing to research team meetings.

CLINICAL RESEARCH ASSISTANT

VETERANS MEDICAL RESEARCH FOUNDATION

P.I. AMY JAK, PHD

June 2016- August 2017

This study tested a modification of Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, (PTSD) in which CPT is augmented with compensatory cognitive rehabilitation principles from the Cognitive Symptom Management and Rehabilitation Therapy (CogSMART) intervention to create a hybrid treatment, SMART-CPT. This study investigates the efficacy of SMART-CPT in improving PTSD and post-concussive symptoms, cognition, quality of life, and treatment compliance in those with a history of mild to moderate TBI and persistent cognitive complaints.  I primarily aided in database management, scoring of neuropsychological tests, subject recruitment and scheduling, assisting with fMRI scans, and I was involved in several projects headed by our graduate student and research staff.

CLINICAL RESEARCH ASSISTANT

UCSD DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHIATRY

P.I. AMY JAK, PHD

June 2015 - May 2016

As stated above, this interventional aging study involves three interventions including a computer cognitive program, increased exercise via use of a pedometer, or a combination of the both to see the effectiveness of the interventions in an aging population. Before being promoted to a research coordinator position in this lab, I focused on neuropsychological test administration, database management, subject scheduling, and general research coordinating. I utilized computer-based cognitive training programs (Brain HQ), performed statistical analysis of study data utilizing SPSS, recruited participants, managed outreach, screened for eligibility; confirmed medical records, and contributed to poster presentations at scientific conferences. Additionally, I collaborated with the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC) in order to efficiently schedule participant testing.

 

VOLUNTEER WORK

Lending a Helping Hand

 

FRIENDS OF THE URBAN FOREST

March 2018 - July 2019

Friends of the Urban Forest helps individuals and neighborhood groups plant and care for street trees and sidewalk gardens in San Francisco. This "green infrastructure" improves the city by beautifying neighborhoods, cleaning the air, raising property values and reducing polluted stormwater runoff. Since 1981, FUF has planted more than 60,000 trees, totaling almost half of the city's street tree canopy. I specifically aid in tree planting and maintenance throughout the city.

PROFICIENCIES

Neuropsychological Test Administration

Prescribing and running a protocol using functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI)

Diagnostic Test Administration

SPSS, Excel, Microsoft Word, Redcap, STATA, MatLab, and Powerpoint

Aiding in rTMS Motor Threshold Administration

Manuscript and Abstract Preparation

 

PRESENTATIONS

Claudia B. Padula, Andrew A. Rauch, Candice Dwyer, Timothy C. Durazzo, Leanne M. Williams. (October 2018). Neural Correlates of Relapse in Veterans with Alcohol Use Disorder. Poster presented at annual Stanford Neurosciences Institute Symposium, Stanford, CA.

Carlos E. Araujo, Michelle Lee, Victoria C. Merritt, Andrew Rauch, Nicole DeFord, Amy Jak. (August 2018). Ecological Validity and Functional Assessment of Self-Reported Cognitive Complaints in Older Adults. Poster presentation at the 2018 Annual American Psychological Association Convention, San Francisco, CA. Winner of the Blue Ribbon Award.

Rauch, A.A., Williams, L.M., Davis, B., Padula, C.B. (June 2018). Convergent Validation of a Computerized Neurocognitive Assessment Battery to Standard Measures in Veterans with Alcohol Use Disorder. Poster presentation at the meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism, San Diego, CA.

Davis, B., Rauch, A., Lulla, R., & Padula, C.B. (June 2018). Exploring the Reward and Relief Drinking Model and its Relationship with Mood Symptoms. Poster presentation at the meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism, San Diego, CA.

Padula, C.B., Lulla, R., Rauch, A., Williams, L.M. (June 2018). Demographic, Psychiatric Symptom, And Neural Correlates of Relapse in Treatment Seeking Veternas With AUD. Poster presentation at the meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism, San Diego, CA.

Hoffman, S. N., Jurick, S. M., Crocker, L. D., Steele, N. J., Keller, A. V., Rauch, A. A., DeFord, N. E., Sanderson-Cimino, M., & Jak, A. (February 2017). Patterns of Performance and Symptom Validity Tests in Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury History. Poster presented at the International Neuropsychological Society Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

Jurick, S. M., Crocker, L. D., Sanderson-Cimino, M., Keller, A. V., Hoffman, S. N., Rauch, A. A., Trenova, L. S., Boyd, B., Schiehser, D., Aupperle, R., Twamley, E. W., Rodgers, C. S., & Jak, A. J. (Feburary 2017). Contributions to Executive Dysfunction in Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF) Veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury History. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society, New Orleans, LA.

Rauch, A. A., Hoffman, S., Jurick, S. M., Keller, A., Sanderson, M., Crocker, L., Johnson, C., Trenova, L., & Jak, A. J. (August 2016). Examination of social relations and working memory in Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans with a history of mild to moderate TBI and PTSD. Poster presentation at the American Psychological Association Conference, Denver, CO.

Keller, A.V., Jurick, S.M., DeFord, N.E., Sanderson-Cimino, M.E., Crocker, L.D., Rauch, A.A., Hoffman, S.N., Trenova, L.S., Boyd, B.L., Jak, A.J. (August 2016). Depressive symptom clusters and cognitive functioning in OEF/OIF Veterans with comorbid PTSD/TBI. Poster submitted for presentation at the 2016 Annual Convention, Denver, CO.

Jurick, S. M., Sanderson, M., Crocker, L., Johnson, C., Trenova, L., Keller, A., Rauch, A. & Jak, A. J. (Feburary 2016). Examination of cut scores on the validity subscale of the Neurobehavioral Symptom Inventory in Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans with a history of mild to moderate traumatic brain injury. Poster presented at the International Neuropsychological Society Annual Meeting, Boston, MA.

Sanderson, M., Jurick, S., Crocker, L., Keller, A., Rauch, A., Johnson, C., Jak, A. (2016). Use of the TOMM Response Consistency Indices in Veterans with History of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and PTSD. Poster presented at the International Neuropsychological Scoiety Meeting, Boston, MA.

 

PUBLICATIONS

Rauch, A.A. Williams, L.M., & Padula, C.B. Convergent Validation of a Computerized Neurocognitive Assessment Battery to Standard Measures in Veterans with Alcohol Use Disorder. (In Preparation)

Nguyen, L.N., Durazzo, T.C., Rauch, A.A., Dwyer, C.L., Padula, C.B. Cigarette Smoking is Related to Increased Risk of Relapse in Veterans After Treatment for Alcohol Use Disorder. (In Submission)

 

EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE

 

LOYOLA UNIVERSITY CHICAGO

September 2019 - Present

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, LOS ANGELES

Summers of 2013 and 2014

UCLA Travel Study Spain (six credits): International Business Law, International Taxation. July-August 2013.

UCLA Travel Study Greece (six credits): History in Ancient Mediterranean World, History and Monuments of Ancient Greece. July-August 2014.

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SAN DIEGO

September 2012 - June 2016

B.S. Psychology with a specialization in Clinical Psychology

B.S. Management Science

I wanted to combine both my interests in Psychology and Econometrics. Major Academic Highlights: Abnormal Psychology, Cognitive Science, Computer Science Engineering, Econometrics, Spanish, and Statistics.

AWARDS

 

Co-lead investigator on an awarded a Seed Grant from Stanford University’s Center for Neuroimaging Institute. The grant is titled “Follow-Up Assessments for a Healthy Comparison Group”

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Co-lead investigator on an awarded a Seed Grant from Stanford University’s Center for Neuroimaging Institute. The grant is titled “Healthy Control Comparison Group for Neural Mechanisms of Reward and Emotion Brain Circuitry"

NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL TESTING EXPERIENCE

 

Rivermead Behavioral Memory Test (RBMT)

Everyday Cognition (ECog)

Community Healthy Activities Model Program for Seniors (CHAMPS)

Clinical Dementia Rating (CDR)

Boston Naming Test (BNT)

Quality of Life in Alzheimer ’s Disease (QOL-AD)

American Version of the New Adult Reading Test (ANART)

Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA)

Hopkins Verbal Learning Test (HVLT)

Independent Living Scales (ILS)

  • Money Management

  • Health and Safety

Symbol Digit Modalities Test (SDMT)

Test of Memory Malingering (TOMM)

Wide Range Achievement Test (WRAT-4)

California Verbal Learning Test (CVLT-II)

Wisconsin Card Sorting Test (WCST: Modified & 64-version)

Delis Kaplan Executive Functioning System (D-KEFS)

  • Verbal Fluency

  • Category Fluency

  • Design Fluency

  • Color-Word Interference

  • Sorting

Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale-Fourth Edition (WAIS-IV)

  • Digit Span

  • Symbol Search

  • Digit Symbol Coding

  • Block Design

"There was no one near to confuse me, so I was forced to become original"

Joseph Haydn

 

Chicago, IL

 
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