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Postdoc (Grace Lab) - Dopamine neurophysiology University of Pittsburgh - 2020
PhD - Neuroscience and Physiology New York University Medical Center - 2015
BS - Biology University of Puerto Rico- Mayaguez (RUM) - 2009
Animal models of psychiatric disorders
Maternal mental illness
Sex differences in addiction-relevant behavioral outcomes in rodents following early life stress 2023 - Journal Article
Dopamine downregulation in novel rodent models useful for the study of postpartum depression 2022 - Journal Article
Adult stress exposure blunts dopamine system hyperresponsivity in a neurodevelopmental rodent model of schizophrenia 2022 - Journal Article
Postpartum scarcity-adversity disrupts maternal behavior and induces a hypodopaminergic state in the rat dam and adult female offspring 2022 - Journal Article
Bidirectional control of infant rat social behavior via dopaminergic innervation of the basolateral amygdala 2021 - Journal Article
Adaptations in reward-related behaviors and mesolimbic dopamine function during motherhood and the postpartum period. 2020 - Journal Article
Enhancing Executive Functions Through Social Interactions: Causal Evidence Using a Cross-Species Model. 2019 - Journal Article
Female rats are resistant to the long-lasting neurobehavioral changes induced by adolescent stress exposure 2019 - Journal Article
Early Career Achievement Award - International Behavioral Neuroscience Society (IBNS) 
Rafaelsen Young Investigator Award - International College of Neuropsychopharmacology (CINP) 
Postdoctoral Fellow - Ford Foundation 
NRSA F32 Postdoctoral Fellow - National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH) 
Dissertation Award - International Society for Developmental Psychobiology (ISDP) 
Sackler Dissertation Prize - New York University School of Medicine 
Graduate Research Fellow - National Science Foundation (NSF) 
Assistant Professor Department of Neuroscience, School of Behavioral Brain Sciences at UTD [2022–Present]
Normative and adversity-induced changes in reward-related and mesolimbic dopamine function
How does becoming a mother change reward-related brain function? How do these normative changes interact with postpartum adversity?
Dopaminergic mechanisms underlying intergenerational transmission of maternal behavior
How do early life experiences with a caregiver program later life maternal behavior?
Ontogeny of reward-related brain and behavioral responses: modulation by sex and stress
How does developmental stress exposure alter brain development and reward-related responses?
R03: Impact of early life adversity on caregiving behaviors and reward-related brain function: testing a mechanistic role for corticosterone
- NICHD [2023/04–2025/03]
K01: Environmental modulation of maternal behavior and mesolimbic DA function
- NIMH [2022/05–2026/04]
Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship
- National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine [2020/06–2021/06]
F32 Postdoctoral Fellowship
- National Institute of Mental Health [2016/09–2018/06]
T32 Postdoctoral Fellowship
- National Institute for Mental Health [2015/06–2016/08]