Where were you born?
Albuquerque, New Mexico
What school did you attend?
University of New Mexico-B.S., University of Nevada Las Vegas-M.S., University of North Texas-PhD in progress
What gained your interest in the NIH?
I was accepted into the NIMH Career Opportunities in Research (NIMH-COR) Honors Undergraduate Research Training Program while an undergraduate student at the University of New Mexico. I earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and conducted my undergraduate honors thesis at the NIMH investigating the neuropsychological functioning in patient’s diagnosed with major depressive disorder. Then I went on to earn a master’s of science degree in psychomotor kinesiology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. During my master’s degree I was awarded a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Intramural Research Training Award and conducted my thesis at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke investigating the psychopathology of psychogenic movement disorders.
What kind of work do you do at the NIH?
Presently, I am a doctoral candidate in the Clinical Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine program at the University of North Texas and an NIMH predoctoral fellow at the NIH main campus. As part of the NIH Individual Graduate Partnerships Program, I was awarded a fellowship to conduct my dissertation research at the NIMH. My current research investigates the neurobiology of fatigue. I am also developing the first clinician-administered inventory that assesses fatigue across patient populations.