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Erin Ozturk, M.S.

Pronouns: she, her, hers

Doctoral Student

SDSU / UC San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology

San Diego

Areas of Research

Mild Traumatic Brain injury (mTBI), Investigating both Protective and Risk factors for Outcomes Following Injury


Erin is currently pursuing her Ph.D. at SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, with a focus in neuropsychology. Erin’s research utilizes the Veterans Health Administration’s TBI Screening and Evaluation Program and Million Veteran Program to further understand long-term clinical and functional repercussions of mTBI. The findings of this research have the potential to inform targeted interventions and strategies for improving patient outcomes, minimizing the long-term impact of TBI, and enhancing the overall well-being of this vulnerable patient population.


Victoria Merritt, Ph.D., UC San Diego


  1. B.A., Cognitive Neuroscience and Evolutionary Psychology
    Harvard University
  1. Clark, J. M. R., Ozturk, E. D., Chanfreau-Coffinier, C., Merritt, V. C., & VA Million Veteran Program (2024). Evaluation of clinical outcomes and employment status in veterans with dual diagnosis of traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury. Quality of life research : an international journal of quality of life aspects of treatment, care and rehabilitation, 33(1), 229–239.
  2. Ozturk, E. D., Zhang, Y., Lai, M. H. C., Sakamoto, M. S., Chanfreau-Coffinier, C., & Merritt, V. C. (2023). Measurement Invariance of the Neurobehavioral Symptom Inventory in Male and Female Million Veteran Program Enrollees Completing the Comprehensive Traumatic Brain Injury Evaluation. Assessment, 10731911231198214. Advance online publication.
  3. Clark, A. L., McGill, M. B., Ozturk, E. D., Schnyer, D. M., Chanfreau-Coffinier, C., Merritt, V. C., & VA Million Veteran Program (2023). Self-reported physical functioning, cardiometabolic health conditions, and health care utilization patterns in Million Veteran Program enrollees with Traumatic Brain Injury Screening and Evaluation Program data. Military Medical Research, 10(1), 2.
  4. Ozturk, E. D., Chanfreau-Coffinier, C., Sakamoto, M. S., Delano-Wood, L., Merritt, V. C., & VA Million Veteran Program (2021). Characterization of Million Veteran Program (MVP) enrollees with Comprehensive Traumatic Brain Injury Evaluation (CTBIE) data: An analysis of neurobehavioral symptoms. Journal of psychiatric research, 145, 230–242. Advance online publication.
  5. Ozturk, E. D., Aaron, S.E., Hunt, D.L., Daniels, R., Meehan III, W.P., Howell D.R., Hamner, J. W., Tan, C. O. (2020). “The Development of Cerebrovascular Function in Adolescence.” Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow & Metabolism. In Review.
  6. Herget, L., Aaron, S.E., Howell D. R., Ozturk, E. D., James, K. A., Roy, E. D., Zafonte, R., Iaccarino, M. A., Tan, C. O. (2020). “Boston Bike Exercise Test: The Link between Post-Concussion Symptom Burden at Rest and in Response to Progressive Exercise.” J Neurotrauma. In Review.
  7. Ozturk, E. D., Lapointe, M.S., Kim, D., Hamner, J. W., Tan, C. O. (2020). “Impact of 6-Month Exercise Training on Neurovascular Function in Persons with Spinal Cord Injury.” MSSE.
  8. Ozturk, E. D. & Tan, C. O. (2018). “Human Cerebrovascular Function in Health and Disease: Insights from Integrative Approaches.” Journal of Physiological Anthropology.
  1. National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2020 – 2025