Trauma and addiction neuroscientist with 11 years of experiencing working with rodent models.
Skills include asceptic rodent stereotaxic survival surgery, intravenous catheter implantation, self-administration paradigms, immunohistochemistry, mouse oximetry, blast mild TBI induction, wireless fiber photometry, working with viral preps, husbandry, a vast array of operant-related and anymaze behaviors to probe affective disorders, executive dysfunction, and pain.
My research often focuses on either the risks involved in trauma and addiction related behaviors, or eludcidatng possible treatments for those impacted by substance use and trauma. I work from a translational lens, collaborating with clinicians any time possible to inform and direct my studies.
Within the research lab, I take great pride in mentoring the next generation of scientists, helping them to develop their strengths and give them any and all opportunities I am aware of to help their career. I've also taught two courses on the the opioid epidemic, teaching from an equity lens, and continue to take courses and get involved in programs to improve my teaching style.
I also am heavily involved in neuroscience outreach through our Neuroscience Program at UW where I helped plan Brain Awareness Week, Art Neureau, and volunteered at schools and the science museum. I also edit for the undergraduate Neuroscience journal, am a peer mentor within the program, was a member of the taskforce to improve student representation in our program, am the student feedback coordinator for our representation committtee, have chaired out recruitment committee, read and scored applications for the graduate program, represent our program in UW's Graduate and Professional Student Senate as both an executive senator and a mental health liason to our doctor's office on campus, am an active member in our DEIA learning group, and am helping to develop and run a student mentor training for the graduate program of neuroscience.