Fourth Year

Iris Ka-Yi Chat, M.A.

M.A., Boston University
B.A., University of California, Los Angeles


Iris joined the Mood and Cognition Lab as a graduate student in the fall of 2018. She received her B.A. in Psychology from UCLA in 2012 and a M.A. in Psychology from Boston University in 2015. After graduation, she spent three years working on a NIMH-funded R01 study examining reward and threat related neurocircuits and dimensions of mood and anxiety symptoms as a lab manger at Northwestern University, where she developed skills in psychoneuroimmunology, neuroimaging, and psychophysiology. Iris’s current research examines the connections between inflammatory biology, stress, and the neurobiology of reward processing, and their implications for the onset and maintenance of mood disorders from a developmental perspective. When not in the lab, Iris can be found traveling, enjoying nature, cooking, and trying new restaurants in Philly.