Academic Physician - Neurology
Dr Pettersen was born and raised in Prince George and undertook her first 2 years of post-secondary training (University Transfer Program) at the College of New Caledonia. She completed her BSc Honours degree in Biopsychology and MSc degree in Neuropsychology at the University of Victoria, (major areas of research included hippocampal-based memory, recovery of function after brain damage, and sport-related concussion). Subsequently, she received her MD from the University of Toronto, followed by a Neurology residency with FRCPC designation at the University of Calgary. She then completed a 2-year CIHR and AHFMR-supported clinical research fellowship in Cognitive/Behavioural Neurology, with a secondary interest in Stroke under the auspices of Dr Sandra Black at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, University of Toronto. In 2009, Dr Pettersen became a Tenure-Track Faculty member with the Northern Medical Program and the Division of Neurology, Department of Internal Medicine, UBC and adjunct professor, UNBC. Her time is divided between clinical research, teaching, providing input into local and provincial stroke strategy development, and providing clinical care through her role as a Cognititve/Behavioural Neurologist, primarily in the multidisciplinary Memory Clinic at the University Hospital of Northern BC.
Clinical Research Fellowship (Cognitive/Behavioural Neurology, Stroke) - University of Toronto
MD (with Distinction) - University of Toronto
FRCPC (Neurology) - University of Calgary
MSc (Neuropsychology) - University of Victoria
BSc Hnrs (Biopsychology) - University of Victoria
The Role of Nutrition in Memory and Other Cognitive Functions
Small vessel disease and its impact on cognition in normal aging, Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia
Neuroimaging markers of dementia and cognitive decline
University of Northern BC
Dr Donald Rix Health Sciences Centre
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