Senior, Harvard University
Malila is a current senior at Harvard University concentrating in psychology with a secondary in Spanish. She has been a part of the Stress and Development lab since sophomore year and has worked on various projects for the lab including the STAR study, the Deprivation-Threat study, and the COVID-19 impact study. She grew up in Idaho on an organic garden and has always been interested in hiking, backpacking, and the outdoors, which inspired her interest for studying the intersection of nature and mental health. To that effect, she is currently writing her thesis under the advisory of Maya Rosen examining the protective effects of spending time in nature and the outdoors on stressors related to COVID-19. After graduating, Malila is hoping to attend a master’s program for mental health counseling or social work with the hopes of eventually opening up her own practice. Outside of the lab, Malila also enjoys dancing and is a member of the Crimson Dance Team.