Christina graduated from Boston College with a double major in Human Development and Education. She continued her studies at Teachers College Columbia University, where she earned her M.Ed. in Psychological Counseling. As a research assistant in Dr. Ronald Cowan’s lab in the Psychiatric Neuroimaging Program at Vanderbilt University, Christina’s research primarily examined the underlying neural mechanisms of reward system dysfunction in drug abuse and obesity. Here at Wash U, Christina is in her first year of the Clinical Psychology program and will be investigating the interaction of serotonin (5-HT) and NMDA with stress and reward processing and how these interactions impact brain structure and function as well as behavior. Outside of her studies, Christina enjoys anything culinary-related, be it cooking or savoring a great meal. But more than that, she loves spending time with her husband and dogs.