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Cynthia McRae, Ph.D.

Primary Area of Expertise

  • Health psychology concerns
  • Psychosocial/quality of life aspects of Parkinson’s disease
  • Placebo effect

Also qualified to speak on topics in the following areas:

  • Caregivers of persons with health concerns


Cynthia McRae teaches in the counseling psychology department at DU’s Morgridge College of Education.  Her interest is in the area of Health Psychology, specifically the diseases of arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, and kidney dialysis, as well as issues regarding caregivers of persons with chronic illnesses.  McRae has received two grants from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, including a FIRST award.  She has chaired or co-chaired more than 50 dissertations, and was named semifinalist for the Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellowship for 2004.  For four years, McRae represented Division 17 (Counseling Psychology) on the Interdivisional Healthcare Committee of APA, and was Chair of the Counseling Health Psychology Section of Division 17 from 2006-2008.  Her research interests include psychosocial adjustment of persons with Parkinson’s disease, caregiver issues, quality of life in chronic illness, the placebo effect, and behavioral genetics in neurological disorders.

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