B.A., Barnard College, Columbia University
B.S., Carnegie Mellon University
Rachel joined the Mood and Cognition Lab as a graduate student in the fall of 2019. She graduated from Carnegie Mellon in 2015 and then joined the Genetic Epidemiology Branch as a post-baccalaureate Intramural Research Training Awardee where she worked with Dr. Kathleen Merikangas on a family study of mood and anxiety disorders. In particular, she investigated endophenotypes for bipolar disorder, with a specific interest in understanding how activity patterns and circadian rhythms relate to mood episodes. Then she spent two years at Bradley Hospital of Brown University working in the Adolescent Mood and Behavior Lab under the mentorship of Richard Liu on studies examining the underlying mechanisms of teen suicidality, specifically how impulsivity, life stress, neurocognitive indices confer risk for self-injurious thoughts and behaviors (SITB). As a 2019 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, Rachel is interested in using ambulatory assessment methodologies like ecological momentary assessment (EMA) and actigraphy to understand how sleep and circadian rhythms increase risk for mood episodes and help predict SITB in adolescents. In her free time, Rachel enjoys travelling, spending time with friends, and watching Grey’s Anatomy. Catch me on academic twitter!