I am a PGY-3 in the MGH/McLean Integrated Adult-Child & Adolescent Psychiatry program. I graduated from Harvard College, where I majored in neuroscience and completed my thesis on inner ear development with Dr. Albert Edge at The Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. During my time at Harvard, I also completed an internship in stem cell biology at Novartis Pharmaceuticals in Shanghai, China.
I ultimately enrolled at Yale School of Medicine, and during my first few years there, I completed metabolomics research with Dr. Tore Eid, comparing the biochemical profiles of recurrent tumor and radiation necrosis following gamma knife radiosurgery, with the goal of differentiating these two outcomes with neuroimaging rather than the current standard of care: brain biopsy. Following my third year of medical school, I was awarded a Howard Hughes Medical Research Fellowship through which I completed a Master of Health Science working with Dr. Michael Girardi examining the mechanisms through which innate immune cells facilitate photocarcinogenesis.
After realizing that I loved psychiatry, as well as the intersections of gender, sexuality, and mental health, I started my first foray into clinical research, studying associations between digital sex-seeking, psychopathology, and compulsive sexual behavior with Dr. Marc Potenza at Yale.
I later became interested in the mental health of transgender and gender diverse youth, and during my time at MGH and McLean, my research has focused on the determinants of mental health among this population with Dr. Sari Reisner (Harvard School of Public Health) and Dr. Alex Keuroghlian (MGH and The Fenway Institute). Our interests include the adverse effects of gender identity conversion therapy, associations between access to gender-affirming medical care and mental health outcomes, and associations between LGBT-related public policies and mental health outcomes. I am extremely grateful for the physician scientist training program (PSTP) for providing me with the time and resources to continue this work.
Outside of work I enjoy indoor spinning, yoga, and travelling with my partner.