Daniel Gabriel, C ’18, has been at Yale this semester as part of the Sewanee-At-Yale Directed Research Program which gives select students the opportunity to take courses and pursue extended research over a semester and a summer under the mentorship of one or more Yale faculty members. Daniel has been working with Dr. Alan Anticevic, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and of Psychology, and Dr. Michael Bloch, Assistant Professor at the Yale Child Study Center.
Writing with an update from New Haven, Daniel says:
“I have been involved in research with Dr. Anticevic and Dr. Bloch at the Connecticut Mental Health Center and the Yale Child Study Center. Research in the Anticevic lab broadly focuses on understanding the mechanisms behind cognitive and affective deficits in disorders like schizophrenia. My project is to run adult participants with schizophrenia, autism, and healthy controls on computerized spatial working memory tasks and neuropsychological tests.
In the Bloch lab, we are testing the efficacy of ketamine as a treatment for social anxiety disorder. Specifically, I rate speech anxiety and effectiveness levels on speech tasks. I also occasionally shadow Dr. Bloch, a psychiatrist, seeing patients with him and discussing treatment options. I have also been working on a manuscript from my previous summer research with Dr. Bloch that is being re-submitted for publication.
In addition to research, I take two classes: 1) Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of Neurological Disease at the Boyer Center for Molecular Medicine and 2) Language, Literacy and Play at the Calvin Hill Daycare Center. Taking these classes has been an interesting way for me to explore growth and development not only through a neurobiological perspective, but also at the physical, cognitive, and emotional levels in children.”