Maria is a graduate student in the developmental psychology program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received her B.S. in neuroscience and education from Bates College in 2018. Following graduation, she worked as a research assistant and imaging coordinator with Dr. BJ Casey at Yale University. Her research aims to explore the impact of biosocial factors and technology on developing brain and subsequent health risk behaviors. In her free time, Maria enjoys dancing, hiking and baking.