I am currently a fifth year graduate student and Behavioral Neuroscience Ph.D. candidate in Dr. Michael McDannald’s lab at Boston College. I earned my B.S. in Psychological Sciences in 2016 from Kansas State University where I worked in Dr. Charles Pickens’ lab. At Kansas State University, I studied the effects of voluntary ethanol consumption and orbitofrontal cortex lesions on flexible decision making. I received my M.A. from Boston College in 2018. My thesis work focused on the roles of the orbitofrontal cortex and nucleus accumbens core in rapid fear discrimination. Currently, I am using a variety of techniques including in-vivo electrophysiology and optogenetics to examine the nucleus accumbens core and its involvement in adaptive scaling of fear to various threat probabilities.
Check out my latest cover article in the Journal of Neuroscience!