Maya is a developmental cognitive neuroscientist interested in how environmental experiences during childhood—including socioeconomic status, cognitive stimulation, and exposure to violence—are associated with cognitive and brain development in children from diverse backgrounds. She graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Skidmore College with a double major in Neuroscience and Spanish. She went on to receive her PhD in Psychological & Brain Sciences from Boston University, where she won the Kavita Jain Dissertation Award. She is currently a Research Associate at Harvard University and the recipient of two major training grants from the National Institute of Health.
In addition to her work as a researcher, Maya enjoys teaching. She has formally taught several courses, including Physiological Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Introduction to Psychology, and a writing course for psychology and neuroscience students. While she was a graduate student at BU, she was awarded the Outstanding Teaching Fellow Award. She is a passionate and dedicated teacher, mentor, and tutor, entirely committed to finding what works best for each of her individual students. Her specialties include psychology, neuroscience, scientific writing, and graduate admissions.
Outside of research, teaching, and tutoring, Maya enjoys baking, going on hikes with her Boston Terrier, and doing big puzzles very slowly.