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Professor Virginia Westerberg
PhD Medicine - ongoing
University of Otago - Wellington; Professional Member of the NZ Royal Society
PhD Researcher - Medicine
sciencewb@gmail.com, wesvi080@student.otago.ac.nz,
sciencewb@gmail.com

IN A NUTSHELL
I advocate science remaining skeptical and away from politics. Critical thinker. ITF TaeKwonDo, aviation, ESNZ, MRSNZ. Illuminare maius quam lucere.

MY CAREER GOALS
• Engage in public health research and policy development.
• Lecture in Neuropsychology, Neurobiology, Human Development, Public Health Policy.
• Keep developing free, tertiary-level, eLearning contents and tools.

MY ACADEMIC BACKGROUND
University of Otago – Wellington
Jun 2016 – Jun 2021
PhD in Medicine
"Post-discharge intervention outcomes for stroke patients across DHBs: National Ethnic and Geographic Differences”

Massey University Feb 2013 – Feb 2015
Qualification Name: Master’s Degree in Health Sciences (Psych) by Thesis (Hons). "Traumatic Injury and Early Dementia in New Zealand” at Palmerston North Hospital.

My other relevant research studies:

• “Volatile Organic Solvent Neurotoxicity Assessment in New Zealand”
• “Neuromodulation through Theta Brainwave Entrainment: Effects on Memory Enhancement” [see the Publications section below]
• "Mindfulness therapy vs. Computer-Based Cognitive Therapy in a Case of Severe Traumatic Brain Injury”
• “Psychological Assessment in Childhood”
• “Brief Home-Based Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy for Parkinson’s Disease-Related Depression.”
• “A Biomedical and Social Approach to Obesity: A Sizeable Personal Trouble, a Larger Public Health Issue”.
• “Community Health Assessment of the Palmerston North Hospital Area”
• “Generalized Anxiety Disorder: A Lifetime Concern.”
• “How Political Traditions Influence Health Service Provision and Health Outcomes in New Zealand and Spain”
• “The Biological Basis of Criminal Behaviour”

University of Alcala XII Promotion
Qualification Name: Bachelors Degree in Medicine and Surgery

Neuromodulation Consultant
Aug 2014 – Nov 2015
Pacific Neurotherapy Ltd.
Non-invasive neuromodulation (brainwave entrainment). Learning, memory, and motivation specialist.

Postgraduate Student Representative Feb – Jun 2014
New Zealand Psychological Society [NZPsS] Executive Board

Clinical Research Associate Dec 2013 – May 2014
Massey University Psychology Clinic
“Development of a distress thermometre for the cancer, diabetic, and respiratory populations”

Health Sciences Qualification Executive Board Member Aug 2013 – Mar 2014
Massey University

Tutor-Marker in Human Development Feb 2012 - Nov 2013, Apr 2016 - Dec 2016
Massey University

Tertiary Education Contributor Feb 2011 - Present
LinkedIn-SlideShare

LinkedIn-SlideShare is the world’s largest community for sharing academic and professional contents. The site averages 60 million visitors a month and 215 million page views. With over 75k views, I am one of the most prolific and downloaded contributors of academic contents and my publications are among the top 5% most viewed on LinkedIn-SlideShare.

Programme Developer & Editor Apr 2010-Present
United Nations Organization – Online Volunteer Services

Medical English Quality Control Manager
Jan 2005 - Sep 2009
Telemedicine Clinic Pty Ltd in Sydney and Barcelona

Tutor in Anatomy & Histology Apr 2000 - Jun 2002
CCI-CEPU Madrid

Integrated Wellbeing Inventory [IWI]© Dec 2013 - Feb 2014
Creator and copyright holder of a NZ-specific tool to assess for distress in the non-communicable disease population using WHO and DSM-V criteria.

MY AFFILIATIONS
• Professional Member of the Royal Society of New Zealand for excellence in Sciences.
• Member of the Neurological Society of New Zealand
• Member of the NZ Association of Scientists
• Member of the Australia and New Zealand Psychiatry, Psychology and Law Association.
• Member of the American Medical Writers Association
• Member of the American Association of Handwriting Analysts

LANGUAGES I SPEAK
English, Spanish, Catalan, French, German, Swedish, Italian.
Intermediate classical Latin and basic classical Greek.

LEISURE
ITF TaeKwonDo, aviation, horse riding, body pump, pilates - yoga, good olde pubs.

Neurobiology research (dementia; cerebrovascular accidents; multilingualism and memory; brain, mind, and behaviour), Human Development, Tertiary Education.