Yuri-Grace graduated from Harvard University in 2021 with a B.A. in Psychology and a secondary in Classical Civilizations. During her undergraduate career, she conducted research under the guidance of Professor Matthew K. Nock, doctoral candidate Shirley B. Wang, and Dr. Rebecca Shingleton, which largely covered themes of self-harm, disordered eating, and body dissatisfaction with a focus on adolescent and athletic populations.
In completion of her honors thesis, Yuri-Grace investigated identity, social pressure, and body image in the development of disordered eating among pre-professional adolescent ballet dancers. Through this endeavor, she served as principal investigator for the Discerning Attitudes towards Norms, Control, & Eating (DANCE) Study and was awarded a 2021 Psychology Faculty Prize and Highest Honors. Formerly, she worked as a research assistant with Project EMBODY headed by Shirley Wang, for which she completed independent analyses on the control functions of disordered eating. Thus far, Yuri-Grace has presented at the ABCT and APS annual conferences, as well as AED’s International Conference on Eating Disorders. She has received institutional grants including a 2019 summer fellowship with the Harvard Kennedy School’s Decision Science Laboratory and has been invited to speak on panels hosted by the Harvard FAS Science Education Office and Department of Psychology.
With the Stress & Development Lab, Yuri-Grace intends to continue exploring her interests spanning harm, trauma, and psychopathology before pursuing a doctorate in clinical psychology. Furthermore, she is curious to better understand the biopsychosocial factors unique to specific at-risk populations in the development and treatment of mental disorders. Ultimately, she sees a path forward to use her experiences in research and advocacy to influence policy on mental health care and access. Outside of the lab, Yuri-Grace enjoys dancing, cooking, and adventuring outdoors!