I am a second year graduate student, earning my Master of Arts degree in General Experimental Psychology at California State University Northridge (CSUN). I am also a research assistant in the Researching Emotions Across Childhood Lab, led by Dr. Sara R Berzenski. My master's thesis, "Investigating the Efficacy of Methylphenidate (Ritalin) in the Treatment of Depersonalization/Derealization Disorder," is the study for which I am currently seeking funding.
I began my research career as an undergraduate research assistant, assisting on a study that investigated autonomic heart rate variability in a traumatized and non-traumatized athlete sample. This work sparked an enduring fascination with psychobiology and informed my decision to pursue a career in research.
I have since co-authored three publications: "Violent Crime in the Lives of Homeless Female Ex-offenders," in Issues in Mental Health Nursing, "Quality of Life Among Women Living with HIV in Rural India," in Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, and "Correlates of Treatment Readiness Among Formerly Incarcerated Homeless Women," in Criminal Justice and Behavior. I am currently authoring a manuscript, "Maltreatment Chronicity and Personality Disorder Development: Contributions of Physiological and Emotion Regulation," which was recently presented as a poster at the 2018 American Psychological Association.