My current research is about changes in motivation for cognitive and physical effort in depression, utilizing the Rutgers-Princeton Center for Computational Cognitive Neuropsychiatry. At Princeton I served on the Graduate Student Government Executive board and spent 3 years advocating for graduate students, then I joined local government and was elected as a Mercer County Committee Member. I've mentored for a number of summer programs geared towards historically excluded groups in academic research. I am Latina, and am passionate about promoting academic diversity. I am a University of Pennsylvania alum (2014) and former McNair scholar. I majored in the Biological Basis of Behavior, and minored in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's studies. I also did snowboard racing in college, and play in ultimate frisbee leagues as a grad student!
"My dream is to help people to realize their goals, whatever those goals may be. Especially for those who are struggling to obtain goals due to psychiatric disabilities. I use computational cognitive neuroscience methods to understand motivation and goal-related cognitive processes and aim to leverage these insights towards improving treatments.
I earned the certificate for participating in the Inclusive Leadership Learning Cohort. I also participated in Tell Me More: Humanizing Our Research Learning Cohort and am a mentee in the GradFUTURES mentorship program."
I have participated in the following GradFUTURES Programs:
- GradFUTURES Mentorship Program
- Star Lessons in Leadership
- GradFUTURES Learning Cohort
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