Can you introduce yourself and what you’re currently studying in college?
Lindsay (she/her/hers) is a rising junior at Georgetown University majoring in classics and minoring in both cognitive science and medical humanities. On campus, she is involved with advocacy groups, women’s health, the university’s newspaper, and peer advising. She has enjoyed interning on the Hill and is excited to shift gears to work with FABBS on science policy advocacy.
What interested you about FABBS and how might this align with your professional plans?
She is passionate about education, science, and social advocacy, and found that FABBS was a perfect triad intersecting these realms. Increased funding for the social & behavioral sciences is an essential component to combatting the disproportionate effects of a lack of research focus on marginalized groups and those of low-socioeconomic status. The impact of underfunding extrapolates to the health system as a whole, and having the opportunity to advocate for science policy that directly correlates with health equity is work that she hopes to continue throughout her professional career in public policy.
What do you expect to work on during your time with FABBS?
Lindsay plans to help represent FABBS at coalition meetings with other nonprofit science organizations, draft and edit articles for publication on the website and in the newsletter, manage manuscripts for publication in the Policy Insights from the Behavioral & Brain Sciences research journal, cover updates in policy decisions, government affairs, and other activities related to scientific advancement, conduct informational interviews, and continue compiling a research project started by her predecessors advocating for increased funding for psychological research focused specifically on behalf of systemically disenfranchised minority groups.
What are your plans post-graduation?
She hopes to either matriculate into a master’s program for public policy, attend law school, or perhaps enroll in a joint-degree program where she may pursue both simultaneously. She is also interested in cognitive science and political psychology and would love to integrate those fields heavily into whatever paths the future may hold.