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Ana Bilanovic

Ana_BilanovicAna is a doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at York University. Her MA research explored the phenomenon of phantom shocks in patients with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), a device which monitors and restores normal heart rhythm upon detecting a malignant arrhythmia by way of delivering an electrical shock or by painless anti-tachycardia pacing. Phantom shocks, events which were reported by the patient but not recorded by the ICD, were found to be indistinguishable from recorded shocks with respect to the quality of sensation, location, and emotional impact. Ana’s doctoral research focuses on ICD patients undergoing a catheter ablation, a moderately invasive procedure which, when successful, can reduce ventricular tachycardia recurrence and ICD shocks. Catheter ablation is primarily indicated for ICD patients who had experienced multiple ICD shocks. This prospective study is examining the quality of life and psychological well-being in ICD patients undergoing an ablation procedure.

With respect to clinical training, Ana has completed a practicum placement at the Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) in the Department of Surgery, Division of Urology. At PMH, she worked with individuals and couples affected by prostate or testicular cancer. She has also completed a practicum placement in the Schizophrenia Division/Complex Mental Illness Program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). At CAMH, her clinical work encompassed individual and group therapy as well as psychological and neuropsychological assessment.

 

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Updated on July 26th, 2013.