Christina was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She graduated from Santa Clara University in June 2013 with a B.S. in Psychology and German Studies. As an undergraduate, Christina led a collaborative project between the SCU Sleep Cognition Lab and Stanford Research Institute which examined the sensory, affective, and cognitive qualities of dreams in peri-menopausal women. Christina also worked for Brain Plasticity Inc. where she developed a script for a neuroplasticity-based training program for individuals with social cognitive deficits. She joined the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Lab in July 2013 and is currently the lab manager for the adult studies conducted in the lab. In her free time, Christina enjoys playing and listening to music, hiking, bicycling, and photography.