LIFE Fellow since 2023, University of Michigan
I am a PhD candidate working with John Jonides and Priti Shah in the Department of Psychology at the University of Michigan. My current research centers around Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The purpose of my research is to help better understand how ADHD presents itself to further aid children, adolescents, and adults, with ADHD to experience improved cognitive, academic, and functional outcomes. Currently, my research focuses on understanding if individuals with ADHD are equally susceptible to different forms of distraction (e.g., external distraction, mind-wandering, intrusive thinking) or are they especially vulnerable to one type of distraction. Additionally, I have a second line of research that stems from my OB/GYN research prior to graduate school. I have continued this work in collaboration with Beth Bailey where we examine how prenatal experiences (e.g., in-utero tobacco or marijuana exposure) impact perinatal birth outcomes and cognitive development. My research interests also include: executive functioning, neuroimaging, and cognitive training. I would love to eventually combine these two lines of research by longitudinally examining the relationship between prenatal experiences and later onset ADHD. I completed my Bachelor of Science in psychology at the University of Denver in 2018, where I also competed as a Division I Student-Athlete on the Women's Basketball team.