Jessica Marino is a doctoral student in health psychology at the University of California, Merced. She obtained her B.A. in Psychology from UC Merced in 2016 with a minor in Cognitive Science. Marino’s research focus is on the development and expression of maternal behavior. Specifically, she studies how hormones impact maternal behavior, and the intergenerational effects that the mother-child relationship can have on health. Her ultimate goal is to find protective maternal factors that may mitigate health risks in vulnerable children.