Graduate Office Highlight | Jay PatelJay Patel | Clinical Psychology, Graduate | Department of Psychology
Why did you choose graduate school at IUPUI?
I choose IUPUI for three reasons. First, I was interested in working with a mentor that examined the relationship between mental health and chronic illness outcomes. Second, the clinical psychology program offers high quality research training and diverse clinical experiences. Third, during my interview here the graduate students in the clinical psychology program seemed happy.
What has been your favorite academic accomplishment since you’ve been here?
I would say my favorite accomplishment has been the opportunity to be a trainee on the program committee for a behavioral health conference called American Psychosomatic Society. As a part of this opportunity I have learned what it takes to plan a national level scientific conference. I also helped plan and develop trainee focused content for this conference.
What do you enjoy most about life in Indianapolis?
I like to explore Indianapolis’ growing food and brewery scene. I also find comfort in being able to work remotely from one of the many awesome coffee shops downtown.
Please provide some details about your work/research as a graduate student and/or any activities you are involved in.
In general, my work in the lab focuses on the association between depression profiles and vascular disease pathology. I am particularly interested in identifying and exploring health ramifications of cardiotoxic depressive symptoms.