BBCS (PhD 1)
Dr. C. Pukall
I'm a first year PhD student in Brain, Behaviour, and Cognitive Science psychology. My research focus is in women's sexual health and pain disorders. My Master’s thesis investigates changes in pain processing within the brain and spinal cord using fMRI. I also have collaborative projects examining internal clitoral changes during states of arousal using fMRI and a biopsychosocial investigation of those who experience idiopathic anal pain. Currently I work with Dr. Caroline Pukall as my supervisor and Dr. Pat Stroman from the neuroscience department as my co-supervisor, as well as collaborating with Dr. Meredith Chivers.
I am an international student from the University of Alabama at Birmingham where I studied psychology. Previously in my undergraduate degree, I worked in two different research laboratories, both studying pain processing. I worked with fish, rat, and mouse models of pain to examine how diet affected the development of chronic pain. In the human clinical laboratory, I worked with a population of HIV infected individuals to analyze alterations in their pain processing in relation to healthy individuals using quantitative sensory testing. For both the previous and current year I have been a teaching assistant for Principles of Psychology and am the treasurer for the Association of Graduate Students in Psychology.
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