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Valerie Hoover, PhD is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who specializes in working with medical populations, particularly cardiac patients. Areas of expertise include assessment and treatment of medical trauma/PTSD, health anxiety, psychological factors interacting with cardiac diagnosis and treatment, and emotional eating. Dr. Hoover completed her doctorate in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Health Psychology at the University of Florida, clinical residency at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, and post-doctoral fellowship at the San Francisco VA Medical Center. Dr. Hoover is drawn to this line of work because of her passion for helping individuals to move forward from difficult experiences, challenge unhelpful beliefs and make enduring behavioral changes.
Dr. Hoover's research interests focus on developing novel assessment tools and interventions to improve biopsychosocial outcomes in Cardiology.