As an undergraduate, Abby found she had a passion for the relationship between neurological functioning and intra/interpersonal behavior. She found the biochemical and structural functioning of the brain fascinating, and longed to learn more about how these aspects were related to emotional wellbeing. This led to a degree in neuroscience and her enrollment at IIT in the Clinical Psychology program with a Rehabilitation Specialization.
While at IIT, Abby learned a vast amount about physical and psychological disabilities through classes and clinical externships. This led to an interest in improving quality of life for individuals with disabilities, specifically serious mental illness. Abby was able to work with Dr. Corrigan and her colleagues on several projects that investigated the impact of mental illness stigma on various factors, including quality of life. She also collaborated with Dr. Corrigan and lab members on projects aimed to better understand stigma.
Through her volunteer involvement at a warming center for homeless individuals, Abby had the privilege to meet many individuals who have been affected by stigma. Abby's goal has become to decrease stigma in the homeless, and to understand how it interacts with social contact in impacting service utilization. Her professional goal is to use her clinical and research skills to provide better treatment to the homeless and mentally ill populations.
Corrigan, P. W., Larson, J. E., Hautamaki, J., Matthews, A., Kuwabara, S., Rafacz, J., Walton, J., Wassel, A., & O’Shaughnessy, J. (2009). What lessons do coming out as gay men or lesbians have for people stigmatized by mental illness? Community Mental Health Journal, 45(5), 366-374.
Corrigan, P. W., & Wassel, A. (2008). Understanding and influencing the stigma of mental illness. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, 46,1, 42-48.
Corrigan, P.W., Wassel, A., & Rafacz, J. (2008). An evidence-based approach to psychiatric rehabilitation. In L. L’Abate (Ed.), Toward a science of clinical psychology: Laboratory evaluations and interventions. Hauppagauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers.
Van Voorhees, B. W., Fogel, J., Reinecke, M. A., Gladstone, T., Stuart, S., Gollan, J., Bradford, N., Domanico, R., Fagan, B., Ross, R., Larson, J., Watson, N., Paunesku, D., Melkonian, S., Kuwabara, S., Holper, T., Shank, N., Saner, D., Butler, A., Chandler, A., Louie, T., Weinstein, C., Collins, S., Baldwin, M., Wassel, A., Vanderplough-Booth, K., Humensky, J., & Bell, C. (2009). Randomized clinical trial of an internet-based depression prevention program for adolescents (Project CATCH-IT) in primary care: 12-week outcomes. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 30(1), 23-37.
Van Voorhees, B. W., Vanderplough-Booth, K., Fogel, J., Gladstone, T., Bell, C., Stuart, S., Gollan, J., Bradford, N., Domanico, R., Fagan, B., Ross, R., Larson, J., Watson, N., Paunesku, D., Melkonian, S., Kuwabara, S., Holper, T., Shank, N., Saner, D., Butler, A., Chandler, A., Louie, T., Weinstein, C., Collins, S., Baldwin, M., Wassel, A., & Reinecke, M. A. (2008). Integrative internet-based depression prevention for adolescents: A randomized clinical trial in primary care for vulnerability and protective factors. Journal of the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 17, 4, 184-196.
Rüsch, N., Corrigan, P. W., Wassel, A., Michaels, P., Larson, J. E., Olschewski, M., Wilkniss, S., & Batia, K. (2009). Self-stigma, group identification, perceived legitimacy of discrimination and mental health service use. British Journal of Psychiatry, 195(6), 551-552.
Rüsch, N., Corrigan, P. W., Wassel, A., Michaels, P., Olschewski, M., Wilkniss, S., & Batia, K. (2009). A stress-coping model of mental illness stigma: I. Predictors of cognitive stress appraisal. Schizophrenia Research, 110(1-3), 59-64.
Rüsch, N., Corrigan, P. W., Wassel, A., Michaels, P., Olschewski, M., Wilkniss, S., & Batia, K. (2009). Ingroup perception and responses to stigma among persons with mental illness. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 120(4), 320-328.
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