Nicky Dietz, Ph.D., M.D.
Nicky graduated from the University of Virginia in 1994 with a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies. After working as a laboratory research assistant at UVA for a couple of years, she entered the M.D./Ph.D. Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience at Georgetown University School of Medicine. Under Dr. Guinevere Eden's mentorship, she completed her thesis work at Center for the Study of Learning. Nicky used fMRI to investigate the neural anatomy and mechanisms of deriving the sound structure of a word from its written form, a process referred to as phonological decoding in reading. In addition, she worked on a study comparing the advantages and drawbacks of two different methods of fMRI image acquisition, especially in relation to experiments involving overt speech. Nicky completed her MD/PhD in May 2006 and went on to conduct an internship in Internal Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania as well has her residency in Neurology. In 2011 Nicky returned to Georgetown University Medical Center, this time as a fellow in the Department of Neurology, where she is specializing in patients with movement disorders.