Faculty adviser: Joseph Porter, Ph.D.
I completed my bachelor’s degree in psychology at Northern Michigan University in 2014 and my master’s degree in psychology at NMU in 2016. My thesis, "Effects of Optogenetic Activation and Pharmacological Modulation of Dopaminergic Neurons," was conducted at NMU. I joined the doctoral program in health psychology at VCU in 2016. My research interests include functional neuronal changes in response to antidepressant and antipsychotic agents. I am currently working with the optical enantiomers of ketamine and will hopefully begin work with an active ketamine metabolite. I plan on utilizing an array of behavioral assays, whole-cell patch clamping techniques to measure AMPA/NMDA postsynaptic currents, and paired-pulse measurements to examine presynaptic efficacy to discern the locus of ketamine's antidepressant effects.