Lisa Domenico, PhD, RN

T32 Postdoctoral Fellow

Bachelor of Science, Nursing, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Doctor of Philosophy, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Hometown: Orillia, Ontario, Canada
Research Interests: Neurocognition, addiction, and the self-concept
Long-term career goals: Over the coming years I plan to continue to develop my current model and line of research focused on identifying the neurocognitive networks undergirding impaired problem recognition in addictions. Ultimately, I plan to transition this research into developing more effective neurocognitive interventions to assist persons in overcoming impaired problem recognition and improve long-term abstinence.
What philosophy guides your education? Gestalt theory embodies what has become the core of my teaching, research, and education philosophies: when the human mind forms a percept or gestalt, the whole has a reality of its own, independent of the parts. I believe that pieces of information can be studied in isolation; however, understanding and new discovery is found when chaos becomes integration.
What do you see as the most pressing public health problems facing the world today? I believe that the prevalence of substance abuse and dependence is one of the mose pressing public health problems facing the world. Alcohol abuse alone has been linked to disease in nearly every body system including heart disease and strokes, digestive diseases, live disease, reproductive problems and birth defects, polyneuropathy, psychoses and depression; in addition to cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, liver, stomach, colon, breast, prostate, rectum, and ovaries. Furthermore, the societal consequences of excessive alcohol use are significant. Alcohol use has been linked to work accidents, absenteeism, decreased work productivity, unemployment, poverty, domestic violence, injury, rape, assault, and divorce. Since addiction lays the foundation for so many other pressing public health problems, developing more effective strategies to decrease the prevalence of addiction is critical.