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 lateralization of neuropeptide pathways in the amygdala and their subsequent roles in modulating both chronic pain and comorbid mental illnesses. My further research interests include the neurobiology of memory processing, psychedelic studies, and translational interventions through leveraging neuroplasticity mechanisms.
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!