Johanna Walker

Johanna grew up in San Diego, California and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.A in Cognitive Science in 2017. During her time at UC Berkeley, Johanna worked as a research assistant in Dr. Alison Gopnik’s Cognitive Development and Learning Lab in the Department of Psychology. After graduating, Johanna spent two years as the lead coordinator of the Teen Inflammation, Glutamate, Emotion Research study under Dr. Tiffany Ho in Dr. Ian Gotlib’s SNAP Lab. She then spent six months as a research coordinator and assessor for the Behavioral Health Tracking of Depression and Perinatal Mood and Behavioral Tracking studies under Dr. Nelson Friemer with the UCLA Depression Grand Challenge. Johanna has since returned to the SNAP lab as lab manager and research coordinator for the Early Life Stress, Puberty, and Neural Trajectories study. Her research interests include neurocognitive models of emotion regulation and information processing in adolescent and young adult mood disorders. More specifically, she is passionate about how these deficits can lead to suicide with the goal of discovering preventative measures. In the future, she hopes to pursue at Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. When Johanna is not in the lab, you can find her exploring the Bay Area, trying new restaurants, or fostering animals alongside her cat Ivy.