Brigitta is a first-year graduate student at UCCS in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program with an emphasis in Trauma Psychology. She graduated from Endicott College with a Psychology B.A. focused in Neuroscience. Brigitta conducted research for four years at the Translational Research Center for Traumatic Brain Injuries and Stress Disorders (TRACTS), part of the Boston VA Healthcare System and Harvard Medical School. At TRACTS she worked with combat veterans as well as female survivors of intimate partner violence to better understand the relationship between brain structure and functioning along with overall health outcomes. Under the mentorship of Dr. Colin Mahoney, she aspires to better understand the mechanisms of resiliency and the risk factors surrounding PTSD and substance use disorders. Brigitta’s long-term goal is to continue working with survivors of trauma to advance therapeutic interventions for PTSD and comorbid disorders. In her free time, Brigitta enjoys baking, hiking, and competing in triathlons.