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Sasha Baghdadi, BS

Research Assistant,Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress
Department of Psychiatry
Uniformed Services University

Sasha Baghdadi is a research assistant at the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress (CSTS). She graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park in May 2022 with a BS in Molecular, Cellular, and Physiological Neuroscience. There, she gained a stronger understanding of neuroscience through rigorous training in the interdisciplinary study of brain and behavior. During her time as an undergraduate, she interned at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore in the Neuro ICU under Dr. Melissa Motta. During her time there, she collaborated with Dr. Motta to develop a family engagement application tool to be implemented by the ICU with the goal of improving physician and family interactions. She tested the application and published the research at the hospital's annual research summit. In addition, she aided the ICU in the permanent implementation of the application. During her junior year she worked as an undergraduate research assistant through the School of Public Health under Dr. J. Carson Smith to investigate the impact of exercise on brain health in senior citizens. In the future, she aims to continue pursuing her passion for neuroscience by attending Physician Assistant school with a specialty in neurology.