Laura graduated with a B.S. in Integrative Neuroscience from Binghamton University in 2017. She got her start as an undergraduate RA in the Translational Affective Neuroscience lab using EEG-based tasks to study the negative symptoms of schizophrenia. In her senior year, she also joined the Binghamton Anxiety Clinic as an RA focused on studying OCD and social anxiety disorders. Following her graduation, Laura completed an internship with the Recognition and Prevention (RAP) Program at Zucker Hillside Hospital in Queens, NY. As one of the nine research sites of the North American Longitudinal Prodrome Study (NAPLS), the RAP program's aim is to identify the environmental triggers and biologically based risk factors leading to the schizophrenia prodrome and psychosis.
Currently, Laura is a Research Assistant in the Division of Schizophrenia Research at Rutgers UBHC. She is primarily working on a study using EEG to understand the neural processes associated with visual attention and working memory impairments in schizophrenia, as well as a study using fMRI to assess the neural basis of abnormal perceptual organization in schizophrenia and bipolar populations.