Karina Powell, PhD

Behavioral & Mental Health

Practices In: Romeoville
Patients Seen: Adolescents and Adults

Much of my train­ing has been in reha­bil­i­ta­tion neu­ropsy­chol­o­gy, and it is from the tenets of this method­ol­o­gy that I aim to encour­age and sup­port opti­mal func­tion­al inde­pen­dence and qual­i­ty of life for all my patients. I approach clin­i­cal prac­tice with a strong belief in the impor­tance of indi­vid­u­al­ized treat­ment and care tai­lored to each patient’s needs. Shared deci­sion mak­ing plays a cen­tral role in my clin­i­cal per­spec­tive. That is, in any inter­ac­tion between a patient and provider, there are two experts in the room; the provider, who brings knowl­edge regard­ing their med­ical spe­cial­ty and best prac­tices with­in their field, and the patient, who is the expert in their own expe­ri­ences, lifestyle, and per­son­al val­ues. It is my phi­los­o­phy that the jour­ney through neu­ropsy­cho­log­i­cal assess­ment is enhanced with col­lab­o­ra­tion and active par­tic­i­pa­tion in a shared deci­sion mak­ing approach.

Clinical Interests

I have expe­ri­ence and inter­est in con­duct­ing neu­ropsy­cho­log­i­cal assess­ments with a broad range of neu­rocog­ni­tive and mood dis­or­ders, includ­ing epilep­sy, stroke and cere­brovas­cu­lar dis­eases, Alzheimer’s dis­ease and oth­er demen­tias, autoim­mune con­di­tions, brain tumors, trau­mat­ic brain injury, depres­sion, and anxiety.

Personal Interests

Out­side of my clin­i­cal prac­tice, I like to spend my time vol­un­teer­ing with FIRST Robot­ics pro­grams, which pro­vide oppor­tu­ni­ties for kids to explore STEM-relat­ed activ­i­ties and com­mu­ni­ty out­reach through learn­ing to build and pro­gram robots. When I’m not vol­un­teer­ing, I enjoy table­top and board gam­ing, attend­ing con­certs and plays, watch­ing movies, read­ing, gar­den­ing, trav­el­ing, explor­ing DIY home repairs and auto main­te­nance, and spend­ing time with friends and family.

APA Division 40 INS APS MPA
lllinois Institute of Technology Graduation Date: 2020 Degree: PhD, MS in clinical psychology, with specialization in rehabilitation psychology and psychiatric rehabilitation
Rush University Medical Center Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan Graduation Date: 2022 Degree: Residency in clinical neuropsychology; Fellowship in rehabilitation neuropsychology
Provider’s Publications
Physical Illness and Wellness Among People with Psychiatric Disability: Challenges and Solutions.
A brewing storm: The neuropsychological sequalae of hyperinflammation due to COVID-19. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
Factors Predicting Help Seeking for Mental Illness Among College Students
Challenging the Stigma of Mental Illness Among College Students
Who comes out with their mental illness and how does it help?
Examining the impact of public service announcements on help seeking and stigma: Results of a randomized controlled trial
Person-Centered Care for Mental Illness: The Evolution of Adherence and Self-Determination
Person-Centered Care for Mental Illness: The Evolution of Adherence and Self-Determination
Does humor influence the stigma of mental illnesses?
Brief battery for measurement of stigmatizing versus affirming attitudes about mental illness
The effects of news stories on the stigma of mental illness
How does stigma affect work in people with serious mental illnesses?
A stress-coping model of mental illness stigma: II. Emotional stress responses, coping behavior and outcome