Adrián Medina (they/he)
Adrian graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a B.S. in Cognitive/Behavioral Neuroscience and Psychology with minors in Biology and Arabic Language & Culture in 2021. At Loyola, Adrian worked in both the Children Adapting to Stress & Adversity Lab and the Wellbeing and Emotion Lab. In the CASA lab, Adrian worked under Dr. Catherine DeCarlo Santiago on a study that evaluates how family coping serves as a protective factor against immigrant stress in families of Mexican origin followed by a separate study that focuses on a school-based CBT intervention for newly arrived immigrant/refugee students. Under the tutelage of Dr. Rebecca Silton, Adrian worked in the WELL lab on a longitudinal, translational study using Electroencephalography (EEG) methods to observe how mindfulness-based interventions enhance positive emotions, savoring, and improve attentional functions in individuals who experience high levels of stress.
Throughout their undergraduate career, Adrian worked diligently to promote diversity and inclusion across various groups at Loyola. As the founding president of a advocacy/support organization for queer and/or trans people of color, they placed a special emphasis on promoting wellness for the community within the organization’s programming. Adrian also became very involved in a mentorship program that was specifically catered to meet the needs of men of color and trans or gender non-conforming students of color as a peer mentor. In this role, they also placed an emphasis on understanding way to promote wellness within the community, as well as offering insight on topics like understanding the gender spectrum, as well as intersectionality and discrimination.
In the future, Adrian hopes to join a medical scientist training program that will allow them to obtain formal medical training as means of directly assisting patients with complex trauma via pharmacological interventions, neurotherapeutics, as well as psychotherapy. They’d complement the medical training with doctoral-level training in neurobiological research of neurodevelopmental implications following experiences of complex trauma. After years of formal education, they intend to pursue specialty training in neuropsychiatry and behavioral neurology. They hope to develop an intervention program that focuses on the needs of queer and/or trans youths of color who experienced multiple, pervasive traumas via multimodal treatments.