Institute of Mental Research
Institute of Mental Research

Rahel Pearson


Graduate Student,

Mood Disorders Laboratory
Rahel Pearson

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Rahel completed her B.S. and M.S. in psychology at the University of Amsterdam. The research for her master's thesis was conducted at Stanford University, exploring the relationship among 5-HTTLPR, stress, and decision making. After graduating she worked at UCSF where she helped investigate risk factors for the development of psychosis.

Currently, Rahel works in the Mood Disorder Laboratory with Chris Beevers. She is interested in understanding how biological factors, environments and their interaction contribute to the development of mood disorders. Rahel examines how specific environmental stressors or “candidate environments” influence depression and related constructs. Her research also includes new genetic methods, such as genome-wide complex trait analysis and cumulative genetic scores.

 

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