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Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of British Columbia

Aussie citizen, I was awarded a PhD in Psychology from the University of Queensland (UQ) in 2019. I am now living in Vancouver, Canada, working as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow supervised by Prof. Ruth Grunau at the University of British Columbia (UBC). Broadly, my research examines how early life stress exposure during the perinatal period (in the womb, as well ex-utero during hospitalization for babies born preterm) can alter the life course, and in particular, put children at increased risk of experiencing early and persistent symptoms of anxiety and depression. I look to understand potential biological pathways (brain, physiological stress) through which early stress may alter child development and how parenting factors, as well as family-centered early intervention strategies, may promote better child outcomes in these vulnerable populations.

Experience

  • 2019–2023
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, BC Children's Hospital Research Institute and School of Pediatrics, University of British Columbia
  • 2015–2019
    PhD Candidate, Mater Research Institute, School of Psychology University of Queensland