My name is Uma, and I’m so happy that you’re here!
I am a Neuroscience graduate student and a graduate student researcher in the Kolber Lab, currently studying the systems, cellular, and molecular mechanisms driving the amygdala’s lateralized role in modulating comorbid chronic pain and psychiatric disorders. After finishing my M.S., my ultimate research goals include: further elucidating the mechanisms that drive the pathophysiology of disorders such as OCD & PTSD; studying their functionally dynamic comorbidity; and studying psychedelics & the pharmacological mechanisms that underly their unique efficacy in clinical populations!
I am also a board-certified Mental Health Peer Specialist (MHPS), specializing in PTSD, OCD, AYA Cancer, Chronic Illness, and eating disorders. I serve people through my mental health peer support practice, in 1:1 and group capacities.
I am a survivor of metastatic thyroid cancer, autoimmune diseases, and chronic illnesses. My survivorship serves as the bedrock of my advocacy, carried out through my work as a support group facilitator, mental health advocate, public speaker, writer, and legislative advocate.
Welcome to my website, where you will find all of my projects, offerings, and events. I’m so excited to connect with you!