Current Research and Scholarly Interests
I was trained as a child psychiatrist at the Nes-Ziyyona - Beer Yaakov Mental Health Center, affiliated to Tel Aviv University in Israel. As a clinician I have had extensive opportunities to work with children with a range of mental disorders. In parallel to my clinical work I joined the Behavioral Neurogenetics Clinic at Sheba Medical Center, Israel and began conducting neurogenetics research with specific focus on velocardiofacial syndrome and Williams syndrome. My clinical background has fostered my interest in research questions that have immediate relevance to improving the quality of life of children who suffer from psychiatric and neurodevelopmental disorders. In September 2012, I joined the Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences Research at the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University working under the mentorship of Dr. Allan Reiss. In my current research, I am studying the brain structure and function of girls who suffer from Turner syndrome. My main research focuses on attention and executive function (a cognitive domain underlying the ability to plan, organize and maintain attention) deficits in Turner Syndrome and other neurogenetic syndromes.