I am a PGY-4 in the research concentration program of the MGH/McLean psychiatry residency. I’m originally from Massachusetts and attended Cornell University as an undergraduate, where I studied biology and philosophy. After graduating, I worked as a research assistant with Martha Shenton at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, conducting studies of structural neuroimaging in schizophrenia. I went on to complete an MD and PhD at Washington University in St. Louis. In my graduate work with Dr. Deanna Barch, I used functional neuroimaging techniques to examine reward processing and reinforcement learning in schizophrenia, and their relationships to clinical symptoms of anhedonia and amotivation. I also developed an interest in the schizophrenia prodrome, and participated in clinical evaluations of adolescents at risk for psychosis as part of the First Contact Assessment Service.
During residency, my clinical experiences have deepened my curiosity about the role of reward processing abnormalities in the development of psychopathology, particularly in mood and psychotic disorders. During my PGY4 year, I have put together a program of study that allows me to pursue these interests on both clinical and research fronts. As chief resident of the Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorders unit at McLean, I am involved in guiding PGY2 residents through the acute treatment of inpatients with psychotic and affective disorders, as well as gaining some teaching and administrative experience. I am also working with McLean On Track, an interdisciplinary outpatient program specializing in early intervention and functional recovery in young adults with first episode psychosis. From a research standpoint, I am currently working with Dr. Daniel Dillon and Dr. Diego Pizzagalli in the Center for Depression, Anxiety, and Stress Research at McLean, using a combination of functional neuroimaging and computational modeling techniques to examine reinforcement learning in depression. I am also pursuing collaborations within the Psychotic Disorders Division at McLean, with the goal of asking cross-diagnostic questions about anhedonia and motivational deficits in affective and psychotic disorders.
Outside work, I enjoy taking ballet and modern dance classes -- Boston has a thriving community of recreational dancers, and I’ve never had trouble finding drop-in classes that fit into my schedule! I also enjoy working on my Victorian-era home and spending time outdoors with my dog.