Chelsea is a first year Postdoctoral Scholar in the Psychiatry Department. She obtained her B.A. in Psychology and Chemistry from Colby College in Waterville, Maine in 2010 and moved to DC shortly after to pursue a PhD. in Psychology (Lifespan Cognitive Neuroscience) at Georgetown University. After defending her dissertation in August of 2015, Chelsea moved to Pittsburgh to begin a postdoctoral fellowship in Dr. Kirk Erickson’s Brain Aging and Cognitive Health Laboratory. Her research at Pitt focuses on ways to promote brain plasticity and cognitive health in late life. Specifically, she studies how lifestyle interventions, such as diet and exercise, can change the structure and functioning of the brain and prevent and reverse age-related physical and cognitive decline. In her spare time, Chelsea enjoys cooking and exploring the Pittsburgh fitness scene. Chelsea is excited to be a member of the 2016 Executive Board and is looking forward to her new role as Advocacy Chair.