My doctoral work focuses on risk factors for mood disorders in childhood and adolescent cancer survivors. I am particularly interested in the role of cortisol, and inflammatory processes underlining psychopathology in young cancer survivors. I work on Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC), and soon hope to include other large data sets. I intend to use my findings to develop novel screening tools for psychopathology in pediatric oncological settings.
I obtained a B.S. degree in Psychology from Yale University in New Haven, CT. My thesis focused the on statistical analysis of large data sets from major clinical trials in depression treatment and outcomes. After graduating, I worked as a research assistant in a Psychosis Lab at Yale Medical School in the Department of Psychiatry. I primarily worked on data collection and analysis for a clinical trial on weight gain induced by antipsychotic medication.