• Biographical Description

  • Dr. McRae received her Ph.D. from the University of Iowa.  She is a member of the American Psychological Association and became a Fellow of the Society of Counseling Psychology in 2013. Dr. McRae is also a member of the Movement Disorder Society and is the only non-MD to be chosen as an Investigator in the Parkinson Study Group.  Her areas of research include psychosocial adjustment of persons with Parkinson's disease, caregiver issues, quality of life in chronic illness, the placebo effect, and the effects of "Dance for PD" on daily lives. Dr. McRae currently serves as as an Advisory Board Member for the Knoebel Institute for Healthy Aging, a collaborative interdisciplinary group at University of Denver with common research and clinical interests in aging. Aside from work, Dr. McRae enjoys spending time with her family and performing music.


  • Dr. McRae Teaching on Fulbright in Uganda
    Dr. McRae Teaching on Fulbright in Uganda



    • Professional Seminar in Counseling Psychology
    • Health Psychology 
    • Spirituality in Psychology and Education
    • Behavioral Neurology
    • Neuropsychological Assessment
    • Research Seminar
    • Adult Development
    • Self-care



  • 2007-2010

    Editorial Board Member

     The Counseling Psychologist


    Ad Hoc Reviewer     

     Health Psychology


    Advisory Board Member

     Dance for Parkinson Disease, 

     Mark Morris Dance Group and Brooklyn  Parkinson Group

     Brooklyn, New York


    Editorial Board Member

     Parkinsonism & Related Disorders


    Invited Participant

     NYSTEM GForce-PD meeting

     International overview of status of  STEM cell research in  Parkinson’s Disease

     New York, Chicago, Sweden    

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • McRae_vita_ 9-3-18.pdf



  • Professional Membership
    • American Psychological Association
      • Divisions 17 and 38
    • Parkinson Study Group
    • International Movement Disorder Society


    • Teaching Grant (Co-Principal Investigator with Kim Newman, Irvin Jones, Engineering and Cathy Reed, Psychology)
      • 2006-2009:  $75,000


    National Science Foundation

    • Fulbright Specialist Award

      Uganda Christian University

      • January, 2010
      • January, 2013
    • Fellow, Society of Counseling Psychology

      American Psychological Association

      • August, 2013


  • Community Service

  • Palliative Care Clinic for PD      

    University of Colorado Hospital, Aurora, CO

    2012 -2014 


    Co-facilitator of the PD Self-efficacy Group  

    Sponsored by Colorado Neurological Institute, Denver, CO 

    2013 – 2015    



    “Fears and Strengths in Women with Parkinson’s Disease”

    Workshop presented with Dr. Judith Wilson

    May, 2016   l   Denver, CO


    “Recent Research and Clinical Applications for Parkinson’s Disease”

    Knoebel Institute for Healthy Aging

    September, 2017   

    University of Denver

    Denver, CO


    “Movement and the Aging Brain”

    Engaging in Aging Conference

    Knoebel Institute for Healthy Aging

    June, 2018        

    University of Denver 

    Denver, CO


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