Adrian Ke

Adrian Ke

Research at Penn may seem overwhelming, but it can be an extremely fulfilling and valuable experience once you get started! I was able to find Dr. Mackey’s lab after looking at research projects which interested me on the psychology department’s website. As a pre-health student, the blend between psychology, neuroscience, and child-related paradigms really interested me. The lab as a whole focuses on child brain development and how the environment affects it, but my interests are specific to parent-child interactions and MRI analyses. My current project examines how normative harsh parenting style impacts brain structure (specifically cortical thickness) of children. I have also worked in the past with Dr. Schmidt about incentivizing participation in COVID vaccine trials for underrepresented populations in health studies--a valuable and interdisciplinary experience connecting my interests in public health and psychology. Throughout this past summer, I’ve been able to grow my quantitative skillset, in R programming and brain scan editing, as well as learn a ton about neuroscience research. If you’re at all interested in neuroscience, healthcare, or pediatric research, feel free to reach out!

  • University Scholar
  • Research Assistant, Dr. Allyson Mackey, Changing Brain Lab (2019 - Present)
  • Research Assistant, Dr. Harald Schmidt, Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics (2020-2021)

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