Alumnae Spotlight

Maria Misiura

Maria Misiura '14

Psychology

Maria Misiura graduated from Agnes Scott in 2014 with a major in Psychology and a minor in Sustainability.  Although she was originally from Pennsylvania, she grew up in the Metro Atlanta area.  She currently is a graduate student at Georgia State University and is pursuing a PhD in Neuropsychology.  She works under the PREDICT-HD project analyzing fMRI task-related data in a prodromal Huntington’s Disease population.  She also works with the Grady Behavioral Health Outpatient Clinic collecting imaging data for a study investigating brain inflammation and schizophrenia.  She enjoys learning about novel statistical approaches that can improve the analysis and interpretation of imaging data.  While at Agnes Scott, Maria conducted research in Dr. Hopkins’ lab all four years and worked for the Sustainability program.  She believes that Agnes Scott provided her with valuable research and professional experience, and a complete educational foundation to pursue both psychology and neuroscience in graduate school.  Beyond academia, Agnes Scott instilled within her a sense of empowerment and self-efficacy.  She wrote: “it is such a comfort to know that my previous Agnes Scott professors are just an email away, ready to offer guidance when I need it.”  Maria’s photo was taken at Georgia State.