Yale Semester and Neuroscience Research Internship

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Class of '18 Psychology major Daniel Gabriel:

Writing with an update from New Haven, says:

“I have been involved in research with Dr. Anticevic and Dr. Bloch at the Connecticut Mental Health Center and the Yale Child Study Center. Research in the Anticevic lab broadly focuses on understanding the mechanisms behind cognitive and affective deficits in disorders like schizophrenia. My project is to run adult participants with schizophrenia, autism, and healthy controls on computerized spatial working memory tasks and neuropsychological tests.

In the Bloch lab, we are testing the efficacy of ketamine as a treatment for social anxiety disorder. Specifically, I rate speech anxiety and effectiveness levels on speech tasks. I also occasionally shadow Dr. Bloch, a psychiatrist, seeing patients with him and discussing treatment options. I have also been working on a manuscript from my previous summer research with Dr. Bloch that is being re-submitted for publication.

In addition to research, I take two classes: 1) Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of Neurological Disease at the Boyer Center for Molecular Medicine and 2) Language, Literacy and Play at the Calvin Hill Daycare Center. Taking these classes has been an interesting way for me to explore growth and development not only through a neurobiological perspective, but also at the physical, cognitive, and emotional levels in children.”

His most recent thoughts:

"I've been at Yale for close to a year conducting research at the Child Study Center (Summer 2015, Spring semester 2016, and this summer). I have done research on a number of psychiatric disorders including schizophrenia, autism, and social anxiety disorder. Last summer, I analyzed data to find predictors of antipsychotic treatment response in child and adolescent schizophrenia. I am currently conducting a meta-analysis on the efficacy of cannabis as a treatment for pain. I am incredibly thankful for this opportunity to not only conduct research on projects that I find interesting, but to have mentors who are truly invested in my success and push me to grow as a scientist."