LIFE Fellow since 2023, University of Virginia
I am a Ph.D. student working with Tanya Evans in the Educational Psychology – Applied Developmental Science program at the University of Virginia. My research centers on examining how specific differences in children’s early environments associated with their socioeconomic status (SES) may affect patterns in their brain activity, cognitive strategies, and learning processes in the context of their education. My goal is to use biological insights produced using methods including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), electroencephalography (EEG), and epigenetic analysis to promote instructional and home-based practices that better support children’s learning based on their diverse needs. Part of my dissertation work is also aimed at developing novel methods for studying SES more catered to direct intervention compared with current standards. I graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2021 with a B.S. in Neuroscience and Psychology. There, I worked in a lab that used EEG to study language learning among typically developing children with varying linguistic and socioeconomic backgrounds.
Marzoratti, A., Liu, M. E., Krol, K. M., Sjobeck, G. R., Lipscomb, D. J., Hofkens, T. L., Baker, S. M., Pelphrey, K. A., Connelly, J. J., & Evans, T. M. (2023). Epigenetic modification of the oxytocin receptor gene is associated with child-parent neural synchrony during competition. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 63, Article 101302. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dcn.2023.101302