“The power of the patient voice in directing research and partnering with researchers and clinicians is essential in moving forward and pursuing a cure for Parkinson’s. That is why being a part of the Fox Foundation Patient Council is so important to me.”
Rebecca (Becca) Miller is a licensed clinical psychologist and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine. She was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2013 at age 39, though in retrospect she can identify symptoms that started as early as age 26.
Soon after her diagnosis, Becca attended the World Parkinson’s Congress (WPC) in Montreal, Canada, where she was inspired to take an active leadership role after being introduced to the PD community. Since then, she has had spoken and moderated panels at subsequent Congresses in Portland, Oregon and Kyoto, Japan, served on the Parkinson’s Foundation’s (PF) People with Parkinson’s Advisory Council (PPAC), and currently serves as an ambassador for the PF’s Aware in Care program focused on supporting better care for PD patients when hospitalized. She has written articles and blog posts about her experiences and is passionate about promoting and participating in research and education in the Parkinson’s community, especially around the challenges PD patients face when in the hospital.
Becca’s professional career focuses on peer support for persons diagnosed with serious mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, person-centered and recovery-oriented approaches to care, alternative experiential approaches to clinical training, and deprescribing in psychiatry. She has published numerous journal articles and chapters, and co-authored 2 books, most recently “Deprescribing in Psychiatry,” published by Oxford University Press in 2019.
Becca had DBS surgery in 2021. She lives with her 9-year-old daughter and two temperamental cats in New Haven, Connecticut, the town with the world’s best pizza.