B.S., Colorado State University
M.A., University of Missouri-Kansas City
Ph.D., University of Missouri-Kansas City
Clinical Internship, Denver VA Medical Center
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Denver VA Medical Center
Treatment Focus: PTSD/trauma (sexual, interpersonal, combat, etc.), anxiety/OCD, grief/loss, issues related to coping with chronic illness/injury, depression and anxiety related to life transitions, substance abuse, and perfectionism/self-doubt.
Abby Norouzinia, PhD, is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Senior Instructor at the Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Depression Center. She completed her Clinical Internship at the Denver VA Medical Center and subsequently completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Denver VA Medical Center in PTSD/Trauma assessment and treatment. Dr. Norouzinia has worked in a variety of outpatient clinics and residential treatment programs both within and outside the VA. She provides psychotherapy to adults and older adolescents primarily, but also provides anxiety/OCD treatment to children 10+.
Dr. Norouzinia’s clinical approach is grounded in attachment theory and she utilizes compassion, humor, and a collaborative style to help her clients address difficult issues with the use of evidence-based treatments (PE, CPT, EXRP, IFS, EFT, CBT, etc.). Her goal is for clients to better understand the function behind their presenting concerns, learn how to effectively address them, and build compassion for themselves along the way. Her hope is that clients not only learn to alleviate their suffering, but also make changes needed to transform their relationships with self and others to pursue a life in which they will thrive.
Dr. Norouzinia’s research interests include improving treatment outcomes by enhancing self-compassion and emotional tolerance using attachment-based therapies; MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for the treatment of PTSD; use of Internal Family Systems therapy for treatment refractory PTSD; and clinician participation in attachment-based therapies to improve therapeutic relationship and client psychotherapy outcomes.
Recent Research and Publications:
Thelen, J., Bruce, A., Catley, D., Lynch, S., Goggin, K., Bradley-Ewing, A., Glusman, M., Norouzinia, A., Strober, L., & Bruce, J. (2018). Baseline predictors of DMT reinitiation among patients with multiple sclerosis following an MI-CBT intervention. Journal of Behavioral Medicine.
Siengsukon, C. F., Aldughmi, M., Kahya, M., Lynch, S., Bruce, J., Glusman, M., Norouzinia, A., & Billinger, S. (2018). Individuals with mild MS with poor sleep quality have impaired visuospatial memory and lower perceived functional abilities. Disability and health journal, 11(1), 116-121.
Siengsukon, C., Aldughmi, M., Kahya, M., Bruce, J., Lynch, S., Norouzinia, A. N., Glusman, M., Billinger, S. (2017). Randomized controlled trial of exercise interventions to improve sleep quality and daytime sleepiness in individuals with multiple sclerosis: a pilot study. Multiple Sclerosis Journal- Experimental, Translational, and Clinical.
Jarmolowicz, D., Reed, D., Bruce, A., Catley, D., Lynch, S., Goggin, K., Lim, S-L., Strober, L., Glusman, M., Norouzinia, A.N., Bruce, J. (2017). Using EP50 to forecast treatment adherence in individuals with multiple sclerosis. Behavioral Processes.
Bruce, J., Bruce, A., Catley, D., Lynch, S., Goggin, K., Reed, D., Lim, S-L., Strober, L., Glusman, M., Ness, A., Jarmolowicz, D. (2015). Being kind to your future self: Probability discounting of health decision-making Annals of Behavioral Medicine. Annals of Behavioral Medicine.
Ness, A., Bruce, J., Bruce, A., Aupperle, R., Lepping, R., Martin, L., Hancock, L., Patrician, T., Malley, S., Selim, N., Savage, C. R. (2015). Pre-surgical cortical activation to food pictures is associated with weight loss following bariatric surgery. Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases, 10(6), 1188-95. doi: 10.1016/j.soard.2014.06.005.
Bruce, A., Bruce, J., Ness, A., Lepping, R., Malley, S., Hancock, L., Powell, J., Patrician, T., Breslin, F., Martin, L., Donnelly, J., Brooks, W., Savage, C. (2015). A comparison of functional brain changes associated with surgical versus behavioral weight loss. Obesity, 22 (2), 337-43. doi: 10.1002/oby.20630.
Bruce, J., Bruce, A., Catley, D., Lynch, S., Goggin, K., Reed, D., Lim, S.L., Strober, L., Glusman, M., Ness, A., Jarmolowicz, D. (2016). Being kind to your future self: Probability discounting of health decision-making. Journal of Behavioral Medicine.