Yasmin Zakiniaeiz

School: 
Hunter College
Graduation Status: 
Graduated

Description:

I am in a doctoral training at Yale University in the BBS-Neuroscience program. I am conducting research in impulse control in gambling and behavior in Dr. Marc Potenza's laboratory. During my undergraduate career, I completed an honors thesis in Dr. Cheryl Harding’s lab at Hunter College pertaining to the effects of mold exposure on behavioral and cognitive function. I will be completing a second honors thesis with Dr. Mariann Weierich at Hunter College on age-related differences in default mode network brain activity during emotion processing. My primary research interests are affective and behavioral neurosciences, particularly, neural networks underlying addiction and other neuropsychiatric disorders. I hope to merge my interests in the field of biology, psychology research and education through investigation of the human brain.

Awards and Honors: 

  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program. (2014)
  • Gruber Science Fellowship Program Scholar for the advancement of science, global justice and women’s rights at Yale University. (2013)
  • Ford Foundation Fellowship Honorable Mention. (2013)
  • Publications: 

    Zakiniaeiz, Y., Solorzano, M., Potenza, M. N. (2015). Impulse Control Disorders: Diagnosis. The SAGE Encyclopedia of Abnormal and Clinical Psychology. Article submitted."

    Zakiniaeiz, Y., Solorzano, M., Potenza, M. N. (2015). Impulse Control Disorders: Gender and Sex Differences. The SAGE Encyclopedia of Abnormal and Clinical Psychology. Article submitted."

    Zakiniaeiz, Y., Potenza, M. N. (2015). Iowa Gambling Task. The SAGE Encyclopedia of Abnormal and Clinical Psychology. Article submitted."

    Presentations: 

    • Zakiniaeiz, Y., Cusmano, A., Millon, E. & Weierich, M. R. (2013, April) Age-related differences in affective brain response to positive information. Poster session presented at the meeting of The 41st Annual Hunter College Psychology, Hunter College, New York, NY.
    • Zakiniaeiz, Y., White, T. (2012, November) Amphetamine disrupts default mode network activity during emotional processing. Manuscript in preparation.
    • Zakiniaeiz, Y., Clark, U., Sweet, L., & White, T. (2012, October). Amphetamine effects of default mode network during emotional processing in healthy young adults. Poster session presented at the meeting of Diversity in Neuroscience Poster Session and the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience (FUN) Poster Session at the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) Conference. New Orleans, LA.
    • Zakiniaeiz, Y., Clark, U., Sweet, L., & White, T. (2012, August). Reduction of default mode network activity during amphetamine use in emotional processing. Poster session presented at the Leadership Alliance National Symposium and the Brown University Summer Research Symposium. Hartford, CT and Providence, RI.
    • Zakiniaeiz, Y., Lyu, S. A., Arango, T., & Weierich, M. R. (2012, April). Age-related differences of affective brain response to novel faces. Poster session presented at the meeting of The 40th Annual Hunter College Psychology Convention and The 16th Annual NorthEast Undergraduate Research Organization for Neuroscience (N.E.U.R.O.N), Hunter College, New York, NY.
    • Zakiniaeiz, Y., Prater, K., Rabinak, C., De Witt, H. & Phan, K. L. (2012, March). Reduction in connectivity of the default mode network during marijuana use in an emotion task. Poster session presented at the meeting of Hunter/SciMON (Science Mathematics Opportunities Network) Science Poster Day, Hunter College, New York, NY.
    • Zakiniaeiz, Y., Prater, K., Rabinak, C., De Witt, H. & Phan, K. L. (2011, November). Δ⁹-THC reduces connectivity between default mode network regions during non-task periods within an emotion task. Poster session presented at the meeting of Diversity in Neuroscience Poster Session and the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience (FUN) Poster Session at the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) Conference. Washington DC.
    • Zakiniaeiz, Y. & Harding, C. F. (2011, April). The effects of mold exposure on learning and spatial memory in mice. Talk presented at The 39th Annual Hunter College Psychology Convention and The 15th Annual N.E.U.R.O.N Conference. New York, NY.