I am a PGY-3 at MGH/McLean Adult psychiatry residency program. I am originally from Villa Tapia, a small town in the Dominican Republic (DR), where I was born and raised. I went to Medical School in my home country and graduated in 2012 from Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo, Facultad de Ciencias de la Salud.
After graduating from Med School, I obtained a Fulbright Fellowship to complete a PhD in Neuroscience at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. During my PhD at Illinois, I was mostly devoted to the implementation of innovative behavioral, neuroimaging and electrophysiological techniques (e.g., clinical and neuropsych assessments, MRI-VBM, fMRI connectomics, EEG), in order to better understand the neural mechanisms of both neurological and psychiatric conditions. On the neurology side, I had the lead role of an international collaboration between the US and the DR in which implemented MRI/fMRI in order to understand the impact of Zika virus in the brain structure and functional organization of human adults suffering from severe neurological complications associated with the virus. On the psychiatry side, I am interested in using the NIH Research Domain Critera (RDoC) approach, along with these advanced techniques, to study cognitive flexibility in psychiatric populations, particularly with patients suffering from depression and anxiety.
During residency, I am planning to combine my research experience with the exceptional clinical training and research resources at MGH/McLean and Harvard Medical School, to develop neuroimaging and electrophysiological biomarkers for treatment selection and response in resistant depression. In addition to research, I also have strong interests in global psychiatry. After Medical School, I had the opportunity of working as the Youth Delegate of the Dominican Republic to the Third Committee of the United Nations General Assembly in New York where I had the role of an Ambassador for social, cultural and humanitarian affairs. I hope I can use my background as a physician, diplomat and neuroscientist in the fields of global research, capacity-building, technical assistance and international cooperation, to advocate for the outreach and awareness of mental health in armed conflicts and in the creation of affordable diagnostic and therapeutic methods for developing countries.