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Sandra Kletzel, PhD

Dr. Sandra Kletzel’s research interests include cognitive and mental health related issues experienced by people with neurological conditions. Dr. KletzelSandra Kletzel, PhD received her PhD in neuroscience from Loyola University Chicago in 2013. A main focus of her graduate school research was on the development of an animal model of dopamine agonist medication-induced impulse control disorders in a rodent model of Parkinson’s disease. This work has been presented at both national and international scientific meetings. It has also been published in peer-reviewed scientific journals (under the name of Sandra Rokosik).
In her post-doctoral fellowship at CINCCH, Dr. Kletzel is working with Dr. Theresa Pape as her primary mentor and Dr. Frances Weaver as her secondary mentor. She is developing a project to investigate the neurobiological mechanisms that may be driving cognitive and mental health related issues experienced by people with Parkinson’s disease. Such knowledge will be informative to future research aimed at developing treatment/interventions strategies for these behavioral conditions. Sandra is involved with the CINCCH focus area: Improving care and care delivery for Veterans with Neurological Conditions.