After graduating from Princeton University with a degree in psychology and neuroscience, Hilary completed a fellowship assessing the impact of education and microfinance programs on adolescents and their families for an NGO in Uganda. She then joined Dr. Bruce McEwen’s lab of neuroendocrinology at Rockefeller University as a research assistant testing a medication that may prevent glutamatergic excitotoxic events responsible for cognitive decline in aging rats. Hilary has come to appreciate the concept of neuroplasticity throughout life as well as the critical impact of the social environment on human development. As a Ph.D. candidate in Child Clinical Psychology, Hilary research how childhood adversity impacts brain, emotional, and cognitive development and how these changes may lead to psychopathology later in life. She is particularly interested in identifying novel neural and cognitive mechanisms underlying treatment-resistant PTSD that could provide novel treatment targets.