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Social Science Research • Database management utilizing Filemaker Pro and the Microsoft Of�ice Suite • Running and editing scripts in Matlab • Organizing and preprocessing collected fMRI images with AFNI


Bachelor of Arts in Cognitive Sciences and Psychology, 2010 Rice University, Houston, Texas


Graphic Design and Publishing • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign, Captivate, Flash, Premiere, Bridge, Dreamweaver) NCIRE: Stress & Health Research Program (August 2011-Present day) Staff Research Associate II Supervisors: Dr. Thomas Neylan, Maryann Lenoci • Coordinated outreach efforts for clinical trial recruitment • Organized participant and outreach information in Filemaker Pro databases • Designed announcements and advertisements for ongoing studies

Research Experience

Baylor College of Medicine: Computational Psychiatry Unit (June 2010 – Dec 2010) Research Technician III Supervisors: Dr. Pearl Chiu and Dr. Brooks King-Casas • Responsible for directing participants: screening for eligibility, obtaining informed consent and relaying instructions for various tasks • Collected saliva samples for genetic analysis and urine samples for drug screening • Designed recruitment �liers and brochures for a range of protocols • Aligned functional and structural fMRI images and adjusted for motion with AFNI • Planned and coded a website for one of the primary investigators Rice University Psychology Department: Language & Memory Lab (Jan 2010 – May 2010) Research Assistant Supervisors: Dr. Randi Martin and Dr. Robert Slevc • Instructed participants on behavioral tasks for a variety of studies • Transcribed and scored voice-recordings in spreadsheets Rice University Psychology Department: Industrial/Organizational Lab (Dec 2009) Research Assistant Supervisor: Dr. Margaret Beier • Assisted in instructing and administering tasks for a pilot study • Answered participant questions; facilitated testing session

Independent Sociology Research (May 2008 - May 2010) Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow Supervisors: Dr. Bridget Gorman and Dr. Roland Smith • De�ined research questions and submitted projects for IRB approval • Conducted interviews with students and then transcribed recordings for analysis • Presented preliminary results at MMUF Southeastern Regional Conference in Nov 2009

Research Experience Continued...

Other Work Experience

Rice University Web Services (Jan 2010 – May 2010) Content Editor • Migrated information to upgraded websites using CMS400 • Edited web content using HTML and CSS • Tested web pages for browser-compatibility and scripting errors

The Rice Thresher (Aug 2009 – Apr 2010) Backpage Editor • Wrote and edited content for satire section of Rice University newspaper • Used multiple programs of the Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop, Indesign)

Catalyst: Rice Undergraduate Science and Engineering Review (Nov 2009 – May 2010) Graphic and Layout Designer • Laid out student articles and created images to accompany them • Worked with a team to design the magazine’s color palette and thematic organization Jesse H. Jones Business School, MBA for Executives (Nov 2006 – Jan 2010) Undergraduate Assistant • Assisted EMBA coordinators and students with general of�ice duties • Stocked utilities for program sessions on alternating weekends • Remained a dedicated part-time staff member for 3.5 years


Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, Fellow “Your Life at Rice” student video contest, 1st in Academic category, 2nd overall

Graphic and Web Design Experience (2008 – Present) • Created logos for Houston Read Commission and Hoot • Designed t-shirts and posters for various Rice University clubs and activities • Wrote up and animated a short educational video on the Default Mode Network • Illustrated a comic set in Pavlov’s research laboratory • More details and work are available online [www.ctortfolio.com]