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. She is interested in gene-environment interactions, specifically whether individuals with certain "vulnerability" genes are more sensitive to both negative and positive environments. She is especially excited to learn how this phenomena, known as differential susceptibility, relates to mechanisms implicated in the onset and maintenance of depression (e.g., cognitive bias). Rahel is originally from the Netherlands and when not at work she can often be found on Skype talking to friends and family over-seas, eating stroopwafels (a traditional Dutch candy), or spending time with her husband Bertie.

 

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