Rachael graduated from the University of Michigan Honors College in 2021 with a B.S. in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience. During her time as an undergrad, she developed her skills in psychology as a research assistant for both Dr. Ethan Kross’ Emotion and Self Control Lab, as well as Dr. Robin Edelstein’s Relationships and Hormones Lab. Within each, respectively, she helped to facilitate and present research regarding early adolescent emotional regulation, as well as testosterone changes in adolescent romantic relationships.
In 2019, Rachael was awarded a competitive research fellowship to examine mental health disparities in South Asia. There, she completed an independent research project while living in Kolkata, India, for the summer, focusing on underdeveloped aspects of therapeutic availability for Indian schoolchildren, in order to aid in the implementation of potential solutions for structural change. Inspired by her time there, Rachael’s research interests have since shifted toward an adolescent developmental focus.
For her Honors Thesis, she worked alongside Dr. Daniel Keating on an Adolescent Health Risk Behavior Study, examining childhood maltreatment and its effects on adolescent rule-breaking behavior. Rachael is interested in investigating the ways in which trauma and stress in family and school environments lead to psychopathology later in life, particularly for young adolescents. In the future, Rachael hopes to pursue a career in clinical psychology to continue advocating for youth. When not in the lab, Rachael enjoys acrylic painting, long-distance running, and listening to live music with friends.