Miji UmGraduate Student, Department of Psychology
I am a fourth-year graduate student in the RISC Lab directed by Dr. Melissa Cyders. Broadly, my research interest is in neurocognitive mechanisms underlying impulsivity and risk-taking behaviors (e.g., substance use). Specifically, I am interested in examining the relationship between positive urgency (i.e., a tendency to act rashly under extreme positive emotions) and alcohol-related risk-taking. I received an F31 fellowship from NIAAA (F31AA026767) to examine this relationship using oral alcohol administration and emotion induction methods as well as complex whole-brain connectomic analyses using resting-state fMRI data.
My master's thesis examined neural correlates of negative urgency (i.e., a tendency to act rashly under extreme negative emotions) between tobacco users and non-tobacco users using resting-state fMRI data. I received the University Distinguished Master's Thesis Award, which recognizes my thesis as the highest evaluated "truly outstanding" thesis in the IUPUI campus.
2013 B.S. Psychology, University of Maryland
2013-2015 Post-baccalaureate fellow, National Institute on Drug Abuse
2017 M.S. Clinical Psychology, IUPUI
Honors, Awards and Grants
- 2018-2020. NIAAA F31 Predoctoral Research Fellowship (F31AA026767)
- 2018. University Distinguished Master's Thesis Award, IUPUI
- 2017-2018. NIAAA T32 Predoctoral Research Training Award (T32AA07462)
- 2016. Honorable Mention, NSF Graduate Research Fellowship