My academic pursuits are driven by a fascination with the the uniqueness of the adolescent period, as more than a linear step in a progression from childhood to adulthood. My research aims to address how behavioral patterns are learned based on an individual’s past experience and current environment (including the ‘environment’ of adolescence). I completed my PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience, under the mentorship of Dr. David Bucci at Dartmouth College, studying the development (across adolescence) of behavioral inhibition in the face of appetitive cues. I am currently a postdoc at Weill Cornell Medicine, working with Dr. Francis Lee, where my research is focused in the domain of fear and anxiety. I am currently exploring how adolescents learn to discriminate safety from potential danger, and furthermore how exposure to explicit safety signals may serve as a mechanism for reducing fear.
Read a summary of my latest research here! Ventral hippocampus interacts with prelimbic cortex during inhibition of threat response via learned safety in both mice and humans