VISN 2 Center for Integrated Healthcare (CIH)
April Eaker, BA
Biography: April Eaker is a recent addition to CIH who received her assistantship at the Western New York VAMC shortly after she graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of arts in Psychology from Salem College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. There, she was deeply immersed in community organizing projects, including a student-developed, student-led, school-wide survey examining campus climate on a variety of common student concerns. April also designed and carried out a protocol of her own design, examining spontaneous drawing on recall in a testing environment. She also solely assisted a graduate level research project examining the role of rumination by induction on self-relevant words. She also examined the role of poverty on mental health in five community mental health centers in rural North Carolina and participated in four rotations on psychiatric services at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. April was the recipient of the Sarah Covington Fulcher award, given to one rising senior who has displayed tenacious leadership in her time at Salem, named in honor of a veteran and world record achiever.
April currently works as the site coordinator and assistant for the Buffalo branch of a study examining a web-based CBT protocol for PTSD symptomatic and substance misusing OEF/OIF veterans, and a recruiter for a study examining the experiences of those involved in dementia care at the VA. She looks forward to continuing her education in psychology.
April’s current research interests include mindfulness-based approaches to reducing stress and depression, the development and effectiveness of mixed-method research, grooming behaviors, and community-based approaches to mental health and mental health education in impoverished communities.
Research Assistant: Web-based CBT for substance misusing and PTSD symptomatic OEF/OIF veterans
Research Assistant: Gaps in Primary Care in Veterans with Dementia
Possemato, K., Eaker, A., Pigeon, W., Bergen-Cico, D., Treatman, S., Brooks, E. (2014, October). Randomized Clinical Trial of a Brief Primary Care-Based Mindfulness Intervention for Veterans with PTSD. Poster presented at the 2014 International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies 29th Annual Meeting, Miami, FL.