Rachel grew up in The Woodlands, Texas and graduated from the University of Washington, Seattle, with a B.S. in Psychology and a B.A. in the Comparative History of Ideas. During her time at UW, Rachel worked as a research assistant in Dr. Kate McLaughlin’s Stress and Development Lab and in the Department of Psychiatry’s Division of Public Behavioral Health and Justice Policy. After graduating, Rachel spent a year serving as an AmeriCorps Volunteer in Nashville, TN, where she worked as a college access counselor. At SNAP, Rachel is one of the lab managers and is a full time research coordinator for the Early Life Stress, Puberty, and Neural Trajectories study. Rachel’s research interests broadly include developmental psychopathology (particularly depression and suicidal thoughts and behaviors), emotion regulation, and health risk behaviors in children, adolescents, and emerging adults. She’s passionate about the intersection of psychological research with education, public health, and juvenile justice policies. In the future, she hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in Child Clinical Psychology or a Masters in Public Health. When Rachel’s not in the lab, you can find her either hiking, exploring all the Bay Area has to offer, or cuddling with her cat, Naomi, while reading a good book.