Dr. Divyangana Rakesh
Divyangana finished her PhD from The University of Melbourne, Australia in 2022. Divyangana's doctoral work focused on examining associations between early adversities (like socioeconomic disadvantage and maltreatment), brain development, and mental health in young people. Her work has shown that early adverse experiences are associated with neurodevelopmental alterations during childhood and adolescence, and that these deviations from typical brain development are in turn associated with mental health. Her work has also demonstrated that positive psychological and environmental factors (such as positive home and school environments as well as temperament) may buffer some of the risk conferred by exposure to socioeconomic disadvantage. With the ultimate goal of making schools more equitable places for learning, Divyangana is interested in exploring the neurobiological mechanisms underlying disparities in mental health and cognitive function, and factors that may buffer these effects during her Postdoc at the Stress and Development Lab. Previously, she completed a Masters in Research (Neuroscience) from University of Bordeaux, France in 2018, an MBA from MICA, India in 2013 and BSc. (Hons) in Biochemistry from University of Delhi, India in 2011.