Clinician Researcher Receives NIH Loan Repayment Award

Friday, July 29, 2016

michelle-patriquin-webMichelle Patriquin, PhD, who works in Outpatient Services and serves as the director of Adolescent Research, has been awarded a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Loan Repayment Program (LRP) award. 


The award comes with up to $35,000 annually of a recipient's qualified educational debt in exchange "for a commitment to engage in NIH mission-relevant research," according to the LRP website. 


The LRP was established by Congress as a means of encouraging qualified health professionals to continue in biomedical or biobehavioral research careers.


An assistant professor at Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Patriquin is a licensed psychologist who specializes in assessing and treating childhood psychiatric disorders, including autism spectrum disorder, anxiety, depression, ADHD and childhood trauma.


Her research interests are in the biological bases of psychiatric conditions. She is particularly interested in the biological precursors of childhood psychiatric disorders.


She earned two Bachelor of Science degrees in psychology and business management from Virginia Tech as well as a master's degree and a doctorate degree in clinical psychology. After earning her doctorate, Dr. Patriquin completed a pre-doctoral internship in clinical child and pediatric psychology at the University of Alabama-Birmingham and a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Houston.