As an undergraduate research assistant to Drs. Jennifer Peszka and Jennifer Penner at Hendrix College, Rebecca studied the effects of sleep deprivation on mating decisions. She also conducted an independent study under Dr. Tim Maxwell to examine the associations between stimulant abuse and depression, anxiety, and personality facets. Rebecca spent a year as a post-baccalaureate research assistant in the EARL lab and coordinated a study looking at the effects of genetics and fear learning on PTSD symptoms in trauma-exposed veterans.
As a graduate student in the EARL lab, Rebecca is interested in studying the role of sleep disturbance and dysregulated circadian processes in the development, maintenance, and treatment of anxiety disorders. She is currently working on a project examining how sleep disturbance and daily stress may contribute to anxiety symptoms.
Education and Training:
2009-2013 Hendrix College- Bachelor of Arts, cum laude with distinction in Psychology
2014-present Vanderbilt University
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