I received a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Knox College in 2016 with a focus on addiction. Before enrolling at University of Illinois, I worked as a data systems analyst in the Cannabis retail industry, where I gained hands on management experience of cloud resources and various programming languages.
Can interventions such as fitness training or mindfulness meditation increase scores of executive control and decision making? If so, can behavioral factors and aspects of brain function related to psychiatric illness help predict the effectiveness of these interventions? I am interested in investigating possible means and mechanisms involved in optimizing human cognitive performance. Currently, I am investigating whether there is a behavioral relationship in a non-clinical population between decision making competence and anhedonia, a sub-component of psychiatric illnesses defined as a lack of interest or enjoyment. In doing so, I hope to understand the mechanisms involved in decision making.
I am also interested in finding new ways to use cloud computing resources (e.g. Amazon Web Services) to enable greater speed, reliability, cost efficacy, and ease of use for processing and analysis pipelines in neuroimaging.