My name is Mia (she/her), I am a Ph.D. candidate at the Communication Neuroscience Lab at the University of Pennsylvania, graduating in May 2023. I come from an international background, having lived in Spain, North Macedonia, and the United States.

My research integrates health psychology, social neuroscience, and, computational modeling to explain, predict and change behavior. An overarching goal of my work is to improve health and well-being.

I developed my website in .
Interests
  • Health psychology
  • Health behavior change
  • Social neuroscience
  • Longitudinal mobile sampling
  • Machine learning
  • Person-specific models
Education
  • PhD in Communication, University of Pennsylvania, 2023 expected

  • MA in Communication, University of Pennsylvania, 2018

  • BSc in Communication, Cornell University, 2017

Publications & Preprints

Conferences

(2022). Open science, equal citations? Investigating gendered citation practices within open science and communication research. Talk forthcoming at the Annual International Communication Association Conference, Paris, France, May 2022.

OSF pre-registration

(2021). Brain responses to peers moderate peer influence effects on drinking. Talk presented at the International Communication Association, Communication Science & Biology Division, virtual conference.

(2021). Mentalizing and reward brain responses and social influence on drinking. Talk and poster presented to the Social Affective Neuroscience Society, virtual conference.

(2021). Social network position and susceptibility to conversational influence on drinking . Talk presented at the International Communication Association, Health Communication Division, virtual conference.

(2021). Social outcomes of emotion regulation. Talk presented to the Society for Affective Science, virtual conference.

(2020). Brain system integration and message consistent health behavior change [Top paper award*]. Talk presented at the International Communication Association, Communication and Biology Interest Group, virtual conference.

Preprint Paper profile

(2020). A smartphone-based intervention: Using cognitive distance to reduce drinking. Talk presented at the International Communication Association, Health Communication Division, virtual conference.

(2019). Neural mechanisms of health information propagation on social media. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the European Health Psychology Society, Dubrovnik, Croatia.