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Research Program Mentors

Polygence mentors are selected based on their exceptional academic background, teaching experience, and unique ability to inspire the next generation of innovative thinkers and industry leaders.

Psychology
Noel

Noel

PhD

Expertise

psychology, education, counseling, mental health, radical acceleration, intelligence, giftedness, mental illness, therapy, mental health treatment, counseling

Vicky

Vicky

PhD candidate

Expertise

Clinical Psychology, Community Psychology, Mental Health, Adolescence, Culture, Parent-child relationships, Coparenting relationships, Minority mental health, Racial disparities, Public policy, Nonprofits

Maira

Maira

PhD

Expertise

adolescent development; adolescent brain development; empathy; prosocial behavior; helping behaviors; sleep

Kaitlin

Kaitlin

DNP candidate

Expertise

Public health, healthcare, child health policy, resilience, child development

Alexandria

Alexandria

PhD

Expertise

Cognitive psychology, cognitive training, learning and memory, working memory, music cognition, aging

Kathryn

Kathryn

PhD candidate

Expertise

Neuroscience, Psychology, Psychiatry, Biology, Addiction, Substance Use, Anxiety, Depression, Mood Disorders, Trauma, EEG, MRI, Neural development, Maternal Development, Child Development, Developmental Disorders, Pregnancy, Postpartum

Dewey

Dewey

MA candidate

Expertise

clinical psychology, working memory, executive functions, mood/affect.

Lydia

Lydia

EdD candidate

Expertise

Education, Educational leadership, Cultural Diversity and Inclusion, Organizational Policy and Procedure

Elizabeth

Elizabeth

PhD candidate

Expertise

Clinical psychology, neuropsychology, trauamtic brain injury, creative writing

Nkatha

Nkatha

PhD candidate

Expertise

Neuroscience of compulsive disorder, behavioral neuroscience, neurodegeneration

Shana

Shana

MPH candidate

Expertise

Global/Public Health, Community Advocacy, Writing, Spanish, Diversity/Equity/Inclusion, Decolonization, Trauma-Informed Care, Community Health

Cayla

Cayla

MS

Expertise

Interdisciplinary or Exploratory Projects, Writing/Research, Music and Recording/Music Production, Journalism, Creative/Fiction and Nonfiction Writing, Psychology/Sociology Research

Laura

Laura

PhD candidate

Expertise

Neuroscience, Neurodegenerative diseases, Psychology, Cancer biology, Cancer therapeutics, Cellular & Molecular Biology, Scientific communication

Luisa

Luisa

PhD candidate

Expertise

Neuroscience, neurobiology, psychology, neurophysiology, brain plasticity, neuroanatomy, methods in neuroscience, animal research, psychobiology, critical thinking, science communication, mental health, anxiety, depression, stress, impostor syndrome, and dance

Stacey

Stacey

DPT

Expertise

Physical Therapy

Roula

Roula

MD candidate

Expertise

psychology, biology, public health, social sciences, biochemistry

Irene

Irene

PsyD

Expertise

LGBTQ+ Affirmative Care, BIPOC LGBTQ+, BIPOC, Music Therapy, Clinical Psychology

Cindy

Cindy

PhD candidate

Expertise

Counseling psychology, minority youth and families, immigrant mental health, adolescent mental health and risk factors, Asian American mental health, cultural identity, bilingualism, parent-child relationships and intergenerational conflict, academic/research writing

Elizabeth

Elizabeth

MD candidate

Expertise

Inorganic Chemistry, Neurobiology, Neuroscience of fear and attachment, Psychopathology, Psychology

Stephanie

Stephanie

PhD candidate

Expertise

Clinical Neuroscience; Applications of Neuroimaging; The Emotional Human Brain: Integrating Neuroscience and Psychology