Ph.D., University of Tennessee, 2018
B.A., Kent State University, 2011
Office: Garland Hall 419
Phone: (414) 229-4979
I started my academic journey at Kent State University where I received a B.A. in Psychology in 2011. As a post-baccalaureate research assistant in the laboratory of Dr. Aaron Jasnow, I studied the effects on social defeat stress on subsequent Pavlovian fear learning. Later, I joined the laboratory of Dr. Matthew Cooper at the University of Tennessee as a doctoral student. In 2018, I completed my Ph.D. in Biological Psychology, and my dissertation research focused on the neurochemistry and neural circuitry of stress resilience. Although I enjoyed studying the neurobiology of stress and resilience, I really wanted to return to the field of learning and memory. Thus, I joined the Helmstetter Lab after completing my doctoral work, where I’m now studying the neurobiology of memory, with an emphasis on age-related memory deficits and synaptic plasticity mechanisms underlying reconsolidation. I am currently supported by a F32 NRSA for my work on synaptic plasticity.