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Zach Raiten

Zach Raiten

Curriculum Vitae

I am a second-year undergraduate student from the Pennsylvania State University. I am currently pursuing a B.S. in Psychology and Biology, with minors in Neuroscience and Natural Science. I am visiting American University for the summer of 2018 to work as an undergraduate research assistant under Dr. Anthony Riley in the Psychopharmacology Laboratory. Working in this lab has been a perfect fit for me, as it combines both my passions for psychology and neuroscience. During this time, I worked with doctoral student, Katie Nelson, researching the use and abuse of alpha-pyrrolidinopentiophenone (α-PVP) in a variety of animal models.

I also currently work as an undergraduate research assistant in the Developmental Personality Neuroscience (DEPENd) lab at Penn State under Dr. Michael Hallquist. Here, we research psychopathology and cognitive neuroscience, specifically looking at personality disorders.

My interests in science include psychopathology, neuroscience, addiction and forensic psychology. Outside of the lab, I am passionate about community service, art and basically anything outdoors, specifically hiking and running. I am currently unsure of what I want to do after graduation, but I am considering following the path to becoming a psychiatrist, although I have a lot of time until I have to decide for sure.