Studying the Mind dj1480
In the Research Laboratory
I work in a research lab at McLean Hospital, which is a psychiatric teaching hospital and research center affiliated with Harvard Medical School. As part of the Brain Imaging Center, our lab takes pictures of the chemical changes inside the brain (using MRS, Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy). Our particular interest is in mental illness and addiction in adolescents.
While working in McLean's Genetics lab in 2005-2007, I co-authored two papers on prenatal stress as a risk factor for autism. The first contains original research prenatal stress as a factor in the recently increasing prevalence of autism, and was published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders in 2007. The second paper, published in Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, gives a broader review of evidence for a possible role of prenatal stress in autism. I've co-authored more papers since then, but those are the best.
Beyond the Laboratory
At the end of the day, I'm interested in how people really are and how wicked mental illness can be. Here are some videos that keep me from getting lost in the abstract world of the laboratory.
In the University

I am in the Masters degree program at Harvard's extension school, studying Psychology. I have begun to put up some material from my courses.