Natalia completed their undergraduate degree at UW-Madison, earning a Bachelor of Science in both Psychology and Neurobiology. They are currently a fourth-year Clinical Psychology graduate student, and their research interests are regarding stress and childhood traumatic events, specifically how stress/trauma may affect one's substance use later in life. They are interested in the occurrence of poly-substance use, and the motivations that underlie use of multiple substances at once. Natalia hopes to leverage epigenomic data to further understand the biological mechanisms of childhood trauma, developing PTSD, substance use problems, and depressive symptoms. They are currently using data from the Grady Trauma Project to examine the relationship between childhood maltreatment, DNA methylation, and comorbid symptoms of PTSD, AUD, and MDD.
Natalia is not currently accepting undergraduate students to mentor.