Stephanie Spies-Upton, is a Neuropsychology postdoctoral fellow at Neuro Hope, who’s interests primarily lie within the intersection of forensic psychiatric neuropsychology, specifically with those who have persistent serious mental illness and with neurodegenerative diseases. She completed her MA from Sam Houston State University in Clinical Psychology and then taught at the university after graduating. She also worked for a private practice who held contracts with Social Security and the Department of Rehabilitative Services, providing psychological assessment and tailored recommendations for clients. She earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Palo Alto University with specialized training in Neuropsychology and Forensic Psychology and completed her internship at the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo with a neuropsychology rotation. Her research interests are focused on psychopathy, mental illness, race, trauma, executive functioning, and biomarkers (e.g., cortisol) within legally-involved individuals. She is also interested in cultivating cultural competence within the field of psychology for working with oppressed and marginalized populations, specifically with gender and sexual minorities. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her partner, two daughters (1 and 3-years), and her three dogs in the outdoors and creating artwork from her own photography.
Sophie grew up in Fort Worth, Texas and graduated from University of Texas at Dallas with a BS in Psychology and minor in neuroscience.
Before graduating, she completed a year-long internship in psychometry at the University of Texas Southwestern and Parkland Hospital. She has worked in inpatient, research, but mostly outpatient psychometry since 2015.
In her free time, Sophie enjoys hiking, road trips, and spending time with her family, husband, and two beloved pets. She recently moved to Colorado Springs and is excited to settle in!