Hello! I’m a third-year Developmental Psychology Ph.D. student and Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellow at the University of Minnesota’s Institute of Child Development. My research examines how the type and timing of poverty influence child self-regulation and neurodevelopment. Under the mentorship of Drs. Dan Berry and Katie Thomas, I’m leveraging a blend of longitudinal, econometric, and neuroimaging methods to build a greater understanding of the neurobiological mechanisms underlying self-regulation. I take an adaptation-focused, individual differences approach that aims to elucidate greater nuance in both the promotive and deleterious ways economic hardship and structural inequalities affect children’s development. Through this work, I hope to inform and strengthen efforts that foster resilient communities, schools, and families.
Outside of research, I am deeply committed to mentoring the next generation of scientists and created and currently oversee the Next Gen Psych Scholars Program (NPSP). Coming from a low-income background and becoming the first person in my family to earn a college degree, I aim to be an advocate for first-gen and underrepresented students by providing a space where unique perspectives are embraced and celebrated.