My research program centers around understanding how stress-related changes in key neural circuits during sensitive periods of development contribute to risk and recurrence in depression. I am specifically interested in the period of adolescence because that is when depression commonly emerges and when the brain is especially malleable and likely responsive to positive experiences and effective interventions. I embrace multidisciplinary approaches and aim to integrate cognitive neuroscience methods and principles of affective science and developmental psychology into my research.
For a glimpse of my code (don’t judge), please see my GitHub.
I earned my B.A. in Cognitive Science at UC Berkeley and my Ph.D. in Psychology at UC San Diego. I received postdoctoral training at UC San Francisco in the Department of Psychiatry and at Stanford University in the Department of Psychology.
Under the mentorship of Dr. Ian Gotlib (Stanford University, Psychology) and Dr. Manpreet Singh (Stanford University, Psychiatry), I am launching a new multimodal neuroimaging project to identify predictors of symptom course and episode recurrence in adolescents with depression: Teen Inflammation Glutamate Emotion Research (TIGER). For more information about TIGER please visit the Stanford Neurodevelopment, Affect, and Psychopathology (SNAP) Lab.
In collaboration with Dr. Lauren Salminen (USC), Dr. Lianne Schmaal (University of Melbourne), Dr. Raj Moray (Duke University), Dr. Thomas Frodl (Trinity Dublin College), and Dr. Paul Thompson (USC) through ENIGMA, I am working on meta-analytic investigations of early life stress on brain structure.