PhD in Nursing ’17
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
Graduate Certificate in Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, University of Pennsylvania ‘14
“The SCAN program has been a game changer in my career. My long-term goal is to be an independent nurse scientist conducting research on the impact of music on behavioral and psychological symptoms in older adults with dementia. Music has a profound impact on the brain and function of older adults with dementia, yet we know little about the mechanism behind its effect.
Through the SCAN program, I received formal training in neurosciences, which has prepared me to begin my understanding of how brain perceives music. This has led me to propose a project for my postdoctoral studies, which was subsequently funded by the NIH (F32AG060630).
Graduating with the SCAN certificate allowed me to find mentors in neuroscience, with whom I still collaborate today. It has allowed me to think creatively and to approach studying the effect of music on the brain on a much deeper level. Obtaining the certificate has allowed me to gain exposure in neuroscience and to be able to evaluate neuroscientific studies in a rigorous manner. It has also sparked additional interest in the area of music perception in older adults with dementia, which I hope to continue to explore in my career. In summary, obtaining the SCAN certificate has been extremely beneficial for me in my career as an early career nurse scientist.”