Amy Ratto Parks, EdD
Congratulations to Ridge Scholar, Cali Caughie!
Cali is a doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at the University of Montana, specializing in Neuropsychology. She received her undergraduate degree in Neuroscience from Western Washington University and worked in fields of neurobiological research, neuropsychology, neurodevelopmental intervention, and wilderness therapy prior to entering graduate school. Her current professional interests include examining the biopsychosocial factors which affect aging and community-based education. Outside of academia, Cali is an avid outdoorswoman and takes great joy in the rivers and mountains throughout Montana.
Cali’s Ridge Research project is titled, “The Experience of Age: A Multimodal Approach to Understanding the Psychosocial Influences on Aging.” The project is an integration of qualitative research on older adults’ experiences of aging and audio art. She aims to communicate the experiences and perspectives of older adults on aging through audio which presents qualitative data, personal quotes, music, and sound. Cali’s project is motivated by the many older adults she has been privileged to work within her graduate studies who have graciously shared their lives, time, and wisdom. She is a firm believer in the incredible worth of listening to the expressions of others and communicating the knowledge that comes from the experiences of humans across cultures and generations.
You can learn more about her and her work on Linkedin.