About Me

I am a Fulbright postdoctoral fellow at Yale University, focusing on Affective & Clinical Neuroscience. Inspired by personal motivation, my overarching research goal is to better understand the neural mechanisms of Stress, Anxiety, and PTSD, to advance better personalized treatments for individuals suffering from these debilitating conditions.

My research involves two different labs. First, the Decision Neuroscience Lab, led by Prof. Ifat Levy, which investigate the neural mechanisms of decision-making under uncertainty. Second, the PTSD Research & Treatment Lab, led by Prof. Ilan Harpaz-Rotem, which aims to improve treatment of PTSD by better understating the neurobiological & psychological factors related to the trauma exposure. My scientific work aims to combine these two worlds, by examining how individual differences in decision-making processes linked to anxiety- and stress-related disorder?

Over the last decade, I have obtained my educational and research experience in the Sagol School of Neuroscience at Tel-Aviv University, where I completed both my B.Sc. (Biology, Psychology & Neuroscience) and my Ph.D. in Neuroscience. As part of my doctoral studies at the Sagol Brain Institute, led by Prof. Talma Hendler, I have led a large-scale longitudinal fMRI study of recent trauma survivors during the first critical year following trauma exposure (2015-2020). This study was founded by NIH and in collaboration with NYU and University of Michigan. By linking observed clinical symptoms with cognitive functioning and neural alternations, finding from this work contributed to our understating of the nature of traumatic stress responses and its aftermath, informing both the pathogenesis of PTSD and the science of resilience and recovery from trauma. Results of my work were published in leading journal in the field of Neuroscience and Psychiatry (e.g., Biological Psychiatry, Translational Psychiatry & Neuroimage).

My experience in research methodologies include structural and functional MRI, EEG, Neurofeedback and Brain Stimulation methods (tDCS). I’m knowledgeable in analysis of neuroimaging data using SPM, FSL, Matlab, R & SPSS. I have over 7 years of teaching experience, serving as a teaching assistant at Tel-Aviv University, and conducting private lessons for student groups and individuals. I also held and hold different roles in both professional organizations (e.g., Yale Postdoctoral Association, The Human Brain Project, Reviewer in Scientific Journals) and social groups (e.g., Birthright Project, Buddies Program, International Week).