top of page


We are conducting an IRB-approved study to determine if Parkinson's Pals can clinically improve Parkinson's Patient outcomes.  

Article by the Davis Phinney Foundation Supporting our efforts

Peer-Reviewed Commentary

We published a commentary titled “Parkinson’s Pals: A Student-Led Program to Facilitate Intergenerational Connections and Promote Psychosocial Well-Being Among Persons with Parkinson’s Disease” in the Journal of Parkinson’s disease. In this paper, we introduce a new student-led program to improve psychosocial well-being among persons with PD by pairing them with college students.

Screenshot 2024-05-21 at 6.31.41 PM.png

Society for Neuroscience

Jaskeerat Gujral presented an abstract titled “Parkinson’s Pals: Teaching College Students About Parkinson’s disease Through Patient Interaction” at Society for Neuroscience (SfN), the largest neuroscience conference in the world. Jas received funding to attend the conference via the Trainee Award funded by Eli Lilly!

Screenshot 2024-05-21 at 6.21.51 PM.png

Penn Institute on Aging

We presented at the University of Pennsylvania's Institute on Aging (IOA). Our abstract, titled "Exploring Parkinson's Disease: A Synergistic Approach to College Education through Personal Patient Encounters," garnered significant attention from Penn faculty and professors from other institutions.

Screenshot 2024-05-21 at 6.39.32 PM.png

American Psychological Association Conference

We recently presented our abstract titled "Promoting Psychosocial Health in Nursing Home Residents via an Undergraduate Mentoring Program" at the American Psychological Association (APA) Conference. In this study, we qualitatively evaluated the potential of our mentoring program to combat loneliness and improve the psychosocial health of individuals with Parkinson's disease residing in nursing homes. Our findings suggest that social engagement through this program may elevate mood and reduce feelings of isolation, while also being a cost-effective model. The program appears to be beneficial for both participating students and nursing home residents.

Parkinson’s Foundation

Our mentor, Dr. Whitley Aamodt, presented our abstract titled “Fostering Student Clinical Awareness of Parkinson’s Disease Through Telehealth: A Qualitative Study” at the “Parkinson’s Study Group & Parkinson’s Foundation Future of PD Conference”!

bottom of page