I earned a B.S. in Neuroscience and a B.A. in the History of Art and Architecture from the University of Pittsburgh before earning a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from The George Washington University. I trained with Dr. Istvan Mody at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) to become proficient in electrophysiological techniques to explore the ability of steroid hormones and neurosteroids to modulate GABAergic inhibition and the impact on the epilepsies. At Tufts University School of Medicine, my laboratory focuses on investigating the role of GABAergic signaling and stress in the control of neural networks and the contribution to both physiology and pathophysiology, with a focus on epilepsy and depression.