Ongoing Research

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In collaboration with colleagues at UCLA. Examining the relation between threat-sensitivity, reward-sensitvity, and executive functioning in developing adults.

In collaboration with colleagues at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School.

Research Experience

 
 
 
 
 

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Mood Disorders Laboratory/Institute of Mental Health Research - University of Texas at Austin

May 2017 – Present Austin, TX
Research highlight: Lead an NIMH-funded R33 clinical trial for adults (n = 123) with elevated depression severity and a negative attentional bias.
Faculty Mentor: Christopher G. Beevers
 
 
 
 
 

Postdoctoral Researcher

Anxiety and Depression Research Center -
University of California, Los Angeles

Sep 2015 – May 2017 Los Angeles, California
Research highlight: Studied the contributions of cognitive vulnerability, as well as threat- and reward-sensitivity, to development of depression and anxiety symptoms in young adults.
Faculty Mentor: Michelle G. Craske
 
 
 
 
 

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Behavioral Health Partial Hospital Program -
McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School

Sep 2014 – Aug 2015 Belmont, MA
Research highlight: Examined the interplay between attention, executive functioning, and repetitive negative thinking in the maintenance of depression and anxiety.
Faculty Mentors: Throstur Bjorgvinsson and Courtney Beard
 
 
 
 
 

Doctoral Candidate

Laboratory for Cognitive Studies in Clinical Psychology -
University of Southern California

Sep 2006 – Aug 2014 Los Angeles, CA
Research highlight: Clarified the role of impaired attentional processes in depression risk and maintenance.
Faculty Mentor: Gerald C. Davison
 
 
 
 
 

Bouchet Undergraduate Research Fellow

Yale Depression Research Clinic -
Yale University

Sep 2004 – Jul 2006 New Haven, CT
Research highlight: Contributed to a project studying changes in cortical GABA/glutamate in response to Cognitie Behavioral Therapy.
Faculty Mentor: Gerard Sanacora

Selected Honors and Awards

Scholarship Competition Winner

Advanced MRI Summer Program Fellowship

Alies Muskin Career Development Leadership Program

Chosen for the Clinical Research award track

1st Place Poster

Neurocognitive Therapies/Translational Research Special Interest Group Poster Competition

Leadership Award

Awarded by the Division on Students

Dissertation Competion Fellowship

University-wide competition

Graduate School Travel Award

University-wide competition

Graduated with Distinction in Psychology

Leadership Award

Awarded by the Asian American Cultural Center

Edward A. Bouchet Research Fellowship

Fellowship program for students traditionally under-represented in academia (Yale’s Mellon Mays Fellowship analogue)

Teaching Experience

 
 
 
 
 

Instructor - Diagnostic Assessment/Reliability Seminar

Behavioral Health Partial Hospital Program -
McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School

Sep 2014 – Aug 2015 Belmont, MA
For Clinical Psychology Interns and Practicum Students
 
 
 
 
 

Teaching Assistant - Introduction to Psychology

Department of Psychology -
University of Southern California

Jan 2011 – May 2012 Los Angeles, CA
Discussion section leader
Instructor: Ann Renken (2012); Steven Madigan (2011)
 
 
 
 
 

Head Teaching Assistant - Drugs, Behavior, and Society

Department of Psychology -
University of Southern California

Aug 2010 – Dec 2010 Los Angeles, CA
Organized content for, and led, discussion sections
Instructors: Carol Prescott and John Monterosso
 
 
 
 
 

Teaching Assistant - Developmental Psychology

Department of Psychology -
University of Southern California

Aug 2008 – May 2009 Los Angeles, CA
Discussion section leader
Instructor: Kim Lindsey
 
 
 
 
 

Teaching Assistant - Introduction to Psychology

Department of Psychology -
University of Southern California

Aug 2007 – May 2008 Los Angeles, CA
Discussion section leader
Instructor: Ann Renken (2008); Steven Madigan (2007)

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