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Lisa Ficker

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Research Associate
Office Location
226 Knapp Bldg. #112
Office Phone
313-664-2530
Bio Sketch

 Lisa J. Ficker received her doctorate in clinical psychology with an emphasis in Health Psychology and Aging from Wayne State University in 2010.  She is currently working as a research associate for both the Institute of Gerontology and Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute after completing her psychology internship at the Detroit Veterans Administration Medical Center.  Previously, she worked as the project manager for the Lifespan Investigation of Family, Health and Environment, a joint collaborative project between the Institute of Gerontology and Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute for Child and Family Deveopment.  One focus of the LIFHE project was grandparents caring for grandchildren.  Dr. Ficker's research interests include caregiving, substance abuse/Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, motivational interviewing, and cognitive assessment of elders. Please feel free to contact Dr. Ficker directly if you have any questions regarding her research interests or the experience of graduate school at WSU.

Research Focus

Dr. Ficker is working with Dr. Peter Lichtenberg's Financial Decision Making Rating Scale Development study the goal of which is to design a screening/interviewing tool to help identify and protect senior's at risk of financial exploitation. She also collaborates with the University of Michigan's Memory and Aging Project of the Michigan Alzheimer's Disease Center to expand recruitment to African American elders in Detroit. Dr. Ficker particularly enjoys her work for the Healthier Black Elders Participant Resource Pool, a program funded by the National Institute of Aging to promote the participation of African American elders in research studies. She is also conducting a program evaluation of Student Leadership Services, a program in over 30 Michigan high schools designed to prevent substance abuse among adolescents.

Areas of Expertise

Caregiving, Substance Abuse/Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Motivational Interviewing, and Perceived Cognitive Impairment in Elders

Courses Taught

Abnormal Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Health Psychology, and Drugs, Behavior, and Society

Education

 

2010
Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan Doctorate Degree in Clinical Psychology

2007-2008
Doctoral Internship at John D. Dingell VA Medical Center

2004
Master of Arts, Clinical Psychology, December 2004

1998 � 2001
University of Michigan, Dearborn, Michigan Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan Post-baccalaureate studies in Psychology

1982 � 1986
Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, Bachelor of Arts, English, 1986

1981 � 1982
University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Washington, Honors Program in Classical Studies

 

Training
Individual therapy, group therapy, marital therapy, and assessment
Certifications

Full licensure pending (Licensed Psychologist)

Professional Service

2013                                                       Guest Reviewer, Journal of Aging and Mental Health

2008 - present                                      Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Task Force

                                                                 2011, certified trainer in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs)

 

2008                                                       Guest Lecture on �Coping with Holiday Blues,� Detroit Parent Advocacy and 

                                                                Support Network.

 

2006 � 2008                                         Fetal Infant Mortality Review (FIMR), Detroit Department of

                                                                Health & Wellness Promotion

 

2004                                                       Recruitment Representative, Institute of Gerontology

                                                                Review Panel Member, Margaret Clark Student Paper Award,

                                                                Association for Anthropology and Gerontology

                                                                Planning Committee Member, Institute of Gerontology Poster Day

 

Professional Associations

� American Psychological Association
� Michigan Psychological Association
� Gerontological Society of America
 

Honors and Awards

2012 - Community Partner of the Year Award, Student Leadership Services
2011 - First Place Award, Graduate Student Poster Day (with Sandra King), Wayne State University
2010 - Norine Johnson Clinical Psychology Award, Department of Psychology, Wayne State University
2006 - Scholarship awarded from the Michigan Group Psychotherapy Association for travel expenses and workshop fees
� 2005 - Graduate Teaching Assistantship, Wayne State University
� 2004 - Scholarship awarded from SeniorCoordinating Aging Network (SCAN) of Oakland County for continuing education in the field of aging
� 2004 - First Place Award, Undergraduate Poster Day (with Wynter Wyrick), Department of Psychology, Wayne State University
� 2003 - 2005 Selected for the National Institute of Health/National Institute on Aging Pre-doctoral Research Training Program in Aging and Urban Health at the Institute of Gertontology, Wayne State University
� 2003 - Professional Travel Award, Department of Psychology, Wayne State University
� 2002 - Graduate Teaching Assistantship, Department of Psychology, Wayne State University
� 2001 - Graduate Research Assistantship, Department of Psychiatry, Wayne State University
� 1985 - Dance Scholarship, Brigham Young University
� 1984 - Humanities Scholarship, Brigham Young University
� 1983 - Humanities Scholarship, Brigham Young University
� 1982 - Presidential Scholarship, Brigham Young University
� 1981 - Ben Cheney Scholarship, University of Puget Sound

 

� 2012 - Community Partner of the Year Award, Student Leadership Services  

� 2011 - First Place Award, Graduate Student Poster Day (with Sandra King), Wayne State University

� 2010 - Norine Johnson Clinical Psychology Award, Department of Psychology, Wayne State University 

� 2006 - Scholarship awarded from the Michigan Group Psychotherapy Association for travel expenses and workshop fees 

� 2005 - Graduate Teaching Assistantship, Wayne State University  

� 2004 - Scholarship awarded from SeniorCoordinating Aging Network (SCAN) of Oakland County for continuing education in the field of aging

� 2004 - First Place Award, Undergraduate Poster Day (with Wynter Wyrick), Department of Psychology, Wayne State University 

� 2003 - 2005 Selected for the National Institute of Health/National Institute on Aging Pre-doctoral Research Training Program in Aging and Urban Health at the Institute of Gertontology, Wayne State University 

� 2003 - Professional Travel Award, Department of Psychology, Wayne State University 

� 2002 - Graduate Teaching Assistantship, Department of Psychology, Wayne State University 

� 2001 - Graduate Research Assistantship, Department of Psychiatry, Wayne State University 

� 1985 - Dance Scholarship, Brigham Young University 

� 1984 - Humanities Scholarship, Brigham Young University 

� 1983 - Humanities Scholarship, Brigham Young University 

� 1982 - Presidential Scholarship, Brigham Young University 

� 1981 - Ben Cheney Scholarship, University of Puget Sound 

 

 

Publications

                 Ficker, L.J., Lysack, C.L., Hanna, M., & Lichtenberg, P.A. (in press).  Perceived cognitive impairment among African American elders: Health and functional impairments in daily life.  Aging and Mental Health.

                Ficker, L.J., Lauber, C., King, S.L., Akins, J., Knox, D., & Ridella, W.  (2009).  Using motivational interviewing in public health practice to prevent fetal alcohol syndrome.  Michigan Journal of Public Health, 3(2), 11-26.

                Ficker, L.J., & King, S.A.  Health Care Weekly Review.  (Jan, 2008).  The Michigan fetal alcohol syndrome prevention project works to reduce fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.  Health Care Weekly Review, 24(1), 5.

                Kaplan, K.J., Dodge, N., Wallrabenstein, I.,  Theil, K., Ficker, L.J., Laird, P., Folk, M., Smith, J., Goodman, L., & Shchesyuk, M. (2008).  Zenoism, depression, and attitudes toward suicide and physician-assisted suicide:  The moderating effects of religiosity and gender.  Ethics and Medicine, 24(3), 167-187.

                Kaplan, K.J., Ficker, L.J., Wallrabenstein, I., Dodge, N., Theil, K., Laird, P., Folk, M. (2007).  Why does Zeno the stoic hold his breath?  Zenoism as a new variable in studying suicidality.  Omega:  The Journal of Death and Dying, 56(4), 369-400.

                Schafer Johnson, A., Ficker, L.J., & Lichtenberg, P.A.,   (2006).  Reading ability mediates the relationship between education and executive function tasks.  Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 12, 64-71.

                Krishnan, M., Mast, B.T., Ficker, L.J., Lichtenberg, P.A., & Lawhorne, L. (2005).  The effects of pre-existing depression on cerebrovascular health outcomes in geriatric continuing care.  Journals of Gerontology:  Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Scienes, 60A(7), 915-919.

                Ficker, L.J., MacNeill, S. E., Bank, A.L., & Lichtenberg, P.A.  (2002).  Cognition and perceived social support among live-alone urban elders.  Journal of Applied Gerontology, 21(4), 437-451.

 

Research Support/Funding

� 2005 - Graduate Teaching Assistantship, Wayne State University 

� 2003 - 2005 Selected for the National Institute of Health/National Institute on Aging Pre-doctoral Research Training Program in Aging  

   and Urban Health at the Institute of Gertontology, Wayne State University
� 2002 - Graduate Teaching Assistantship, Department of Psychology, Wayne State University
� 2001 - Graduate Research Assistantship, Department of Psychiatry, Wayne State University

 

Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

SAMHSA Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) grant participating in the Service to Science Initiative for 2013: Building Capacity for Program Evaluation.  Evaluating Student Leadership Services organization operating in 16 public schools throughout Michigan and aims to increase skills that decrease alcohol, tobacco and other drug use (ATOD) among middle and high-school students.

Principal Investigator, 2013-2014

 

Wayne State University President�s Urban Research Enhancement Program

Site:  WSU, Detroit.  Interdisciplinary study of 501 African American Elders (over age 55) that involved the faculty from psychology, political science, occupational therapy, & economics to assess the nature and extent that the elders experiences of neighborhood stress, mental and physical health, mobility limitations, financial stress, caregiving for grandchildren, and caregiving for other elders.

Project Manager, 2010-2013

 

CDC grant (CDC-NCBDDD-3271)

Site:  Detroit Department of Health & Wellness Promotion.  Project Choices was a successful intervention implemented in nine states that used motivational interviewing to prevent alcohol-exposed pregnancies in at-risk women (n = 459).

Lead Interventionist & Data Management, 2005-2009

 

Teaching Experience

2010                                       Independent Lecturer for Psychology course �Drugs, Behavior and Society�

                                                Wayne State University for Fall semester.

 

2009                                       Independent Lecturer for Lifespan Developmental Psychology course at University of Michigan-Dearborn for Winter semester.

 

2005                                       Independent Lecturer for Lifespan Developmental Psychology course at

                                                Wayne State University for Fall semester.

 

2003                                       Independent Lecturer for Abnormal Psychology course at Wayne

                                        State University for Spring semester.

 

2003                                       Independent Lecturer for Health Psychology at Wayne State

                                        University for Winter semester.

2001                                                           Independent Lecturer for Abnormal Psychology course at Wayne

                                                State University for Spring and Fall semesters.

 

Professional Experience

CE Workshops

Ficker, L.J. (November, 2012). Seasonal depression. Enhancing Life for Older Adults: Mind, Body, Spirit CE Workshop sponsored by WSU Institute of Gerontology. Novi, MI.

Ficker, L.J. (October, 2012). Inner peace, outer purpose: Helping patients cope with chronic pain. Wellness and Healing CE Workshop sponsored by WSU Institute of Gerontology. Southfield, MI.

Ficker, L.J. (April 2011). Life satisfaction for seniors. Enhancing Life for Older Adults: Mind, Body, Spirit CE workshop sponsored by WSU Institute of Gerontology. Canton, MI.

Ficker, L.J. and Weathington, B. (2011, February). Introduction to motivational interviewing: Facilitating readiness to change (full day workshop). Northwest Michigan Infant Mental Health Training Series. Traverse City, MI.

Ficker, L.J. (2010, November). Signs of substance use and long-term effects on children of prenatal alcohol or drug exposure (full day workshop). Northwest Michigan Infant Mental Health Training Series. Traverse City, MI.

Ficker, L.J. (2010, June). Introduction to motivational interviewing: Facilitating readiness to change (1/2 day workshop). Oakland County Nursing Association, Professional Development Series, Waterford, MI.

Ficker, L.J. (2010, January). Substance abuse in parents and long-term effects of prenatal exposure. Professional Development Seminar Series, Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute, Detroit, MI.

Ficker, L.J., King, S., & Idzkowski, J. (2009, September). Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders: The basics. One module taped for Michigan Department of Community Health�s Maternal Infant Health Program (MIHP) Provider Training. http://mediasite.mihealth.org/mediasite/Viewer/?peid=bbd3eef15b6240feaefa8bbbefdd1c66

 

Ficker, L.J., Idzkowski, J., & Hines, S. (2009, August). Introduction to motivational interviewing: Facilitating readiness to change. Five modules taped for Michigan Department of Community Health�s Maternal Infant Health Program (MIHP) Provider Training. http://mediasite.mihealth.org/mediasite/Catalog/pages/catalog.aspx?catalogId=6932ba5a-c055-4b6e-8e02-9067fd72ae20

 

Ficker, L.J. (2009, June). Signs of substance use and enhancing motivation for change. Parental chemical addiction: Implications for child development and the treatment process. Two presentations at Explorations in Infant Mental Health conference sponsored by Wayne State University�s Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute and Metro-Detroit Association for Infant Mental Health, Detroit, MI.

 

Ficker, L.J. (2008, December). Introduction to motivational interviewing. All Day Workshop presented to Maternal Infant Health Services at Detroit Department of Health and Wellness Promotion, Detroit, MI.

 

Ficker, L.J. (2008, September). Introduction to motivational interviewing I and II. Two-session Workshop presented at the Association of SIDS and Infant Mortality Programs National conference, Dearborn, MI.

 

Ficker, L.J., & Knox, D. (2007, June). Motivational interviewing and public health. Workshop presented at the Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies conference, Ypsilanti, MI.

Presentations

                      Ficker, L.J. (November, 2013).  Results of Program Evaluation of Student Leadership Services.  Presentation given at the annual conference of Student Leadership Services, Bellaire, MI.

                Ficker, L.J., Lichtenberg, P.A., & Lysack, C.L. (November, 2012).  Older African Americans caring for grandchildren: A normative study in an urban context.  Presentation given at the Gerontological Society of America Annual Conference, San Diego, CA.

                Ficker, L.J., Lichtenberg, P.A., Herring, M., Kruman, M., Lysack, C.L., & Hannigan, J.H. (March, 2012).  The link between private and public helping behavior: Caregiving and citizenship among African American urban elders.  Presentation given at the Center for the Study of Citizenship annual conference, Detroit, MI.

                Lichtenberg, P.A., Ficker, L.J., Chiodo, L.M., Delaney-Black, V., & Hannigan, J.H.  (2010, August).  Urban Adolescents Raised by Grandmothers: Fluid Family Structure and Behavioral Problems.  Presentation given at American Psychological Association Annual Conference, San Diego, CA. 

                Lichtenberg, P., & Ficker, L.J.  (2010, May).  Caring for an older adult loved one.  President�s Commission on the status of Women lecture series, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI.

                Ficker, L.J. & King, S. (2008, August).  Results of Michigan�s fetal alcohol syndrome prevention project, CDC Annual National Grantee Meeting, Atlanta, GA.

                Ficker, L.J., Lauber, C.,  & King, S. (2007, September).  Results of Michigan�s fetal alcohol syndrome prevention project, CDC Annual National Grantee Meeting, Atlanta, GA.

                Ficker, L.J., Schafer Johnson, A., & Lichtenberg, P.A.  (2005, September).  Relationship of perceived racism, coping and health among African American urban elders.  Paper presented at WSU IOG Colloquium, Detroit, MI.

                Ficker, L.J., Matei, A., Espiritu, D.A., Keller, S., & Lichtenberg, P. A. (2004, November).  Predictors of psychiatric referral and outcome of psychopharmacological intervention among elderly nursing home residents.  Paper presented at Roundtable Discussion at Gerontological Society of America, Washington, D.C.

                Ficker, L.J., Matei, A., Espiritu, D.A., Keller, S., & Lichtenberg, P. A. (2004, November).  Predictors of psychiatric referral and outcome of psychopharmacological intervention among elderly nursing home residents.  Paper presented at WSU IOG Colloquium, Detroit, MI.

                Ficker, L.J., & Wyrick, W.  (2004, April).  How does living with grandchildren relate to health status:  Normative data on urban elders.  Paper presented at the WSU Children�s Bridge Conference at Wayne State University, Detroit MI.

                Kalman K., Dodge, N., Ficker, L.J., Wallrabenstein, I., & Thiel, K. (2003, April).  Catastrophizing, demoralization and suicide:  The moderating effects of religiosity and gender.  Paper presented at the American Association of Suicidology Annual Conference, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

                Kalman K., & Ficker, L.J. (2001, April).  Demoralization:  Lethal generalizing of misfortune.  Paper presented at the American Association of Suicidology Annual Conference, Atlanta, Georgia. 

 

Projects

 LIFHE Project Director