What do you do?
I split my time between conducting research on how to improve treatment outcomes for anxious youth and treating anxiety disorders in anxious youth (ages 7-17).
Why did you choose this field?
I took AP Psychology in my senior year of high school and was immediately intrigued. By the time college application season rolled around, I knew I wanted to major in psychology. Both research and treatment interested me, and I knew I would need to find a way to do both in some capacity in order to have a fulfilling career.
What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?
Developing a dissertation idea that is truly interesting to me. Even first-year-of-grad-school me wasn't quite sure that would be possible!
Why do you love working in STEM?
I love being able to contribute to our understanding of people in general, and more specifically, our understanding of how to make people function and feel "better." I love that my scientific work has actual real world applications that can be almost immediately helpful to people.
Best advice for next generation?
Seek out research experiences! It's never too early, and there are both paid and volunteer positions available at universities and hospitals around the globe!
Inspo quote / fun fact / role model
The New York Times website will always be a favorite. I like to keep up with the news and read some lighter material (think, the Modern Love column).