Dr. Jacqueline Peacher Newel, MD, MS

Dr. Newel is a medical and science writer, editor, and artist who graduated from the Loma Linda School of Medicine in Loma Linda, CA, where she also completed a competitive post-sophomore fellowship in pathology (equivalent to a year of residency) between her second and third years of medical school. She migrated from CA to CO for her pathology residency, where she focused on neuropathology and forensics. It is not possible to work in forensic pathology without pondering the human psyche. She became fascinated with the intricacies and sophistication of not just the human brain, but the human mind.

She began the study of psychological and psychiatric disorders while working as a provider in both inpatient and outpatient psychiatric settings, serving a wide variety of patients. In her reading, she learned of Kaiser’s ACE study, and was left stunned by the devastation that adverse childhood events (ACE) occurring during the most formative years in development created chaotic lives, insecure attachment issues and abusive relationships, drug and alcohol use, incarceration, and suicide. It contributes to among the most difficult disorders to treat, including addiction, complex PTSD, and borderline personality disorder. She was most interested in studying addiction.

Following her curiosity, she joined a lab studying synaptic plasticity in neural pathways implicated in the “learning” of addiction at the University of Texas at Dallas, earning an MS in cognition and neuroscience. She stayed on as Senior Electrophysiologist and Associate Researcher, also working on projects investigating the effects of chronic stress and anxiety on migraine headaches, and Alzheimer’s disease. She has contributed to multiple grants, posters, publications, a first-author manuscript, served as a professional peer-review editor, and has delivered numerous presentations and lectures.

Dr. Newel now works as lead medical and science writer and editor at Regenerative Practices of America. She enjoys writing articles for fun, and frequently posts to her website, www.askdrjacci.com.

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