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Award Winners

Kashfia Nehrin Rahman

First Place

Making the Mind Matter: Stress Mindset Effects on Sleep Quality, Stress Response, Emotion and Cognition in the Developing Adolescent Brain and the Role of the Prefrontal-Amygdala Circuit

Kashfia Nehrin Rahman

Kashfia Nehrin Rahman

My experience receiving the Addiction Science Awards by Friends of NIDA truly inspired me to study the mind, the brain, and behavior. Additionally, the wonderful opportunity of presenting my research at NIH/NIDA, visiting different labs, and interacting with wonderful and brilliant scientists, I was able to determine how important it is to improve mental health, especially in the period of adolescence, to maintain a healthy society.

About the Project: 

Kashfia found a direct correlation between a teen’s negative outlook on stress and a negative physical stress response that adversely impacts sleep quality, emotion and cognition.

UPDATE (February 2019): Kashfia recently gave a TED Talk about her research and experience as a three-time award winner of the NIDA Addiction Science Award.

Kashfia Rahman standing on a platform before an audience and delivering her presentation. A red TED logo is seen on stage to her right, and a line graph is displayed on a monitor to her left.

Where Are They Now?

Undergraduate School: Harvard University

  • Major: Neuroscience and Public Health Policy