Chris is a Neuroscience PhD candidate at Stanford University School of Medicine. His current research focuses on using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to investigate the underlying neural basis of psychiatric disorders such as major depressive disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder and to explore how this information can be used clinically to guide diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental illness. Chris has published several academic papers, including a recent meta-analysis of neuroimaging studies of depression in youth (JAMA Psychiatry, 2015) and a review paper of a subtype of obsessive-compulsive disorder (Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 2008) that was highlighted by the New York Times as one of the “Year’s Best Ideas” in 2008.
Chris graduated in 2009 with a B.S. in Psychology and Political Science while also completing the Neuroscience and Pre-Medical programs. After his undergraduate education, he taught high-school science for three years at Carver Early College in downtown Atlanta through Teach for America. He currently teaches neuroscience and psychology courses to undergraduate and medical students at Stanford University as well as several science outreach programs to high-school and middle-school students from underrepresented minority and low-income backgrounds living in the Bay Area through Stanford’s Pre-Collegiate Studies Office and other non-profit organizations. In his personal time, Chris enjoys bicycling in the foothills, listening to hip-hop music, playing frisbee with his dog Titan, and relaxing on the beach with his friends.