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 concluded through her research that repeated risky exposures can desensitize associated negative responses, explaining why teens take risks when they know a behavior is dangerous.
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.
Where Are They Now?
Undergraduate School: Harvard University
- Major: Neuroscience and Public Health Policy