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About Amina Flowers, M.A.

Amina Flowers is currently a doctoral student of clinical psychology at Pepperdine University in the Graduate School of Education and Psychology. Her interests lie in the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) approaches to improve the emotional and cognitive sequelae of enduring physical and neurological challenges. Additionally, she has a strong interest in incorporating somatic experiencing and mindfulness based interventions to assist individuals in achieving holistic health.

Background

Ms. Flowers earned both her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and her Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology at California State University, Northridge. Ms. Flower’s clinical experiences include working with individuals with a wide range of diagnoses which include but are not limited to anxiety, depression, psychotic, and personality disorders. She has worked in outpatient community mental health clinics where she worked under pristine supervision to assist individuals with various disorders by utilizing CBT, ACT, and Mindfulness based approaches.

In addition to her clinical experiences, Ms. Flowers has worked in a National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded neuropsychology dementia and multicultural laboratory since 2012, where she has conducted research to examine relationships between neuropsychological performance, and activities of daily living amongst individuals affected with Mild Cognitive Impairment and Alzheimer’s disease. She also participated in projects to examine cultural factors that affect neuropsychological test performance amongst people from ethnically diverse backgrounds.  

Ms. Flowers has a strong interest in providing neuropsychological assessments to individuals with various neurological and medical diagnoses. In addition, she is passionate about increasing her knowledge of the intersection of mental health disparities, neuropsychology, and medically related psychiatric illnesses. Amina hopes to continue learning various techniques to produce knowledge to assist underrepresented populations experiencing various psychological difficulties.

Ms. Flowers is providing individual therapy services under the supervision of Dr. Angela Williams, Psy. D. (PSY23374), a clinical psychologist and founding partner of the Rowan Center for Behavioral Medicine.

Recent Publications and Presentations

Publications:

  1. Avila, J., Flowers, A., Shivley-Scott, T., Quilici, J., Apostolova, L. G., Woo, E., Ringman, J., & Razani, J. Daily activity abilities in MCI, Alzheimer’s disease and healthy controls. Journal of Gerontopsychology and Geriatric Psychiatry.
  2. Avila J., Flowers, A., Razani, J., (in preparation). The Effects of Acculturation on Neuropsychological Test Performance in English-Speaking and Farsi-Speaking Iranian Individuals

Presentations:

  1. Flowers, A., Meza-Gonzalez, I., Avila, J., Razani, J., (April, 2012). Mild Cognitive Impairment and the California Verbal Learning Test. Poster session presented at the annual Western Psychological Association Conference in San Francisco, CA, Poster Session.
  2. Meza-Gonzalez, I., Flowers, A., Razani, J., (April, 2012). Effect of Mild Cognitive Impairment on Daily Activities in Seniors. Poster session presented at the annual Western Psychological Association Conference in San Francisco, CA, Poster Session
  3. Flowers, A., Cohen, J., D’Esposito, M., (July, 2012). Emotion, Impulsivity, and Cognitive Task Performance. Poster session presented at the annual Summer Research Opportunity Program, Berkeley, CA
  4. Flowers, A., Avila J., Razani, J., Woo, E., Ringman, J., Lu P., Apostolova, L., (February, 2013). Mild Cognitive, Impairment, Frontotemporal Lobe Damage, and Alzheimer’s Disease and their relation to Activities of Daily Living. Poster Session presented at the annual International Neuropsychological Society, Waikoloa, Hawaii.
  5. Flowers, A., Avila J., Razani, J., Woo, E., Ringman, J., Lu P., Apostolova, L., (February, 2014) Performance of Patients with Different Subtypes of Mild Cognitive Impairment on Activities of Daily Living Tasks. Poster Session presented at the annual International Neuropsychological Society, Seattle, Washington.
  6. Murcia, M., Flowers, A., Avila J., Razani, J.,(April, 2012). Quality of Education and Its Effect on WASI Test Performance in Ethnically Diverse Individuals, Poster Session, presented at the annual, Western Psychological Association, Reno, Nevada. 
  7. Flowers, A., Avila J., Razani, J., Woo, E., Ringman, J., Lu P., Apostolova, Liana M.D., (July, 2014). One-Year Follow Up Examination of Functional Status on an Activity of Daily Living Task in Mild Cognitive Impairment and Alzheimer’s Disease, Poster Session presented at the annual Alzheimer’s Association International Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark.
  8. Flowers, A., Avila J., Razani, J., Woo, E., Ringman, J., Lu P., Apostolova, L., (August, 2014). Sensitivity and Specificity of the Direct Assessment of Functional Status, Poster Session presented at the annual American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C.
  9. Flowers, A., Avila J., Razani, J., Woo, E., Ringman, J., Lu P., Apostolova, L., (August, 2014). The Influence of Cultural Variation on the Performance of Cognitive Tasks, Poster Session presented at the annual American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C.
  10. Flowers, A., Avila J., Razani, J.,Woo, E., Ringman, J., Lu P., Apostolova, L., (February, 2015). Gender and its effect on an Activities of Daily Living Task in Mild Cognitive Impairment. Poster Session presented at the annual International Neuropsychological Society, Denver, Colorado.
  11. Flowers, A., Avila J., Razani, J., Woo, E., Ringman, J., Lu P., Apostolova, L., (February, 2015). CVLT and its Prediction of Deficits in Activities of Daily Living. Poster Sessionpresented at the annual International Neuropsychological Society, Denver, Colorado. 
  12. Flowers, A., Avila, J., Razani, J., (May, 2015). Performance of Patients with Cognitive Impairment on the California Card Sorting Task, Poster Session presented at the annual Association of Psychological Science, New York, New York.
  13. lowers, A., Michel, S., Razani, J., (February, 2016). Neuropsychological tests and functional ability, Poster Session presented at the annual International Neuropsychological Society, Boston.
  14. Flowers, A., Michel, S., Razani, J., (April, 2016). Cognitive and functional impairment in older Adults with MCI and Dementia. Paper presented at the annual Western Psychological Association, Long Beach, CA. 

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

  • American Psychological Association, Graduate Student Affiliate
  • Western Psychological Association, Graduate Student Affiliate
  • APA Division 40- Clinical Neuropsychology, Graduate Student Affiliate
  • APA Division 45- Ethnic Minority Issues, Graduate Student Affiliate
  • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People