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Giorgia Picci

Giorgia Picci is in her 5th year of the Developmental Psychology Ph.D. program. Her research interests focus on the unique vulnerability of adolescence as a developmental period for individuals with autism. While in graduate school, Giorgia has been studying the behavioral and neural basis of the processes of social reorientation toward peers in typically developing adolescents, in order to eventually determine how these processes may be altered among individuals with autism. Giorgia’s mentors are Drs. Suzy Scherf and Jenae Neiderhiser.

Giorgia received her Bachelor of Arts (Summa Cum Laude, Honors) from George Mason University in 2012, with a major in Psychology and a minor in Women and Gender Studies. As both an undergraduate student and a graduate student she has received many honors and awards, including the 2015 College of Liberal Arts Raymond Lombra Award for Excellence in Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences (awarded to the graduate student with the best first author publication). She was also awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (2013-2016) and a Social, Life, and Engineering Sciences Imaging Center (SLEIC) Dissertation Award (2016). In addition to her several first-author publications, she has numerous manuscripts under review and in preparation and she has hundreds of hours of research experience dating back to 2009. After receiving her teaching certificate in 2015, she taught a developmental psychology course. Giorgia has participated in many outreach initiatives emphasizing brain awareness and health in children and adolescents, been invited to give presentations, has reviewed manuscripts professionally, and belongs to many professional organizations.

Giorgia is grateful for the Strumpf Scholar Award since it will allow her the dedicated time she needs in order to continue her research. She plans to collect data for her dissertation project, continue pursuing advanced training in fMRI methodology, and submit manuscripts that are currently being prepared, which will all enable her to achieve her goals as a graduate student and in attaining a competitive post-doctoral position.