3137 Sennott Square
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
About Me: When I’m not at work, I keep busy with my three cats and two dogs! I’ve traveled to parts of Europe and Asia with my family, and hope to continue traveling throughout other countries when I have the opportunity. Lately I’ve enjoyed oil painting, albeit at the novice level, and I love to cook, bake, and host meals with friends.
Research Interest: I’m primarily interested in examining how sleep and circadian systems influence mood and cardiometabolic health. Thus far, I have examined this question using community-based samples and a range of methods including actigraphy-based and subjective measures of sleep and circadian characteristics, genetic association tests, and laboratory based measures of cardiometabolic factors. For example, my work has linked 1) individual variability in sleep duration to differences in glucose metabolism, 2) greater “social jetlag” (a form of circadian disruption) to greater cardiometabolic risk (i.e., more adiposity, insulin resistance, etc.), and 3) a variant in the melatonin receptor gene associated with glucose metabolism. Next, I aim to similarly examine how sleep and circadian characteristics impact mood and mood reactivity to environmental factors.
Faculty Advisor: Stephen Manuck
- B.A., Mount Holyoke College
- M.S., University of Pittsburgh
- Young Investigator Colloquium Scholar, Meeting of the American Psychosomatic Society, March 2016
- Andrew Mellon Pre-doctoral Fellowship, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, August 2015 – May 2016
- Bassell Student Publication Award, Department of Psychology, University of Pittsburgh, June 2015 and June 2016
- First Time Attendee Trainee Travel Award, Annual SLEEP Conference, Sleep Research Society, June 2014
- Abstract Merit Award, Annual SLEEP Conference, Sleep Research Society, June 2015
- A. David Lazovik Research Award, November 2011
- Pineal Cell Biology Poster Award, Gordon Research Conference, February 2012