I am a research fellow in cross-cultural developmental science at the Institute of Human Development and part of the Adolescent Research Collaborative (PI: Ron Dahl) at University of California, Berkeley. I lead Transitions a researcher-practitioner partnership project to understand technology use and wellbeing in children and adolescents in Latin America. Alongside my colleagues (Innova Schools and Common Sense Education), we have developed a large-scale culturally and developmentally informed intervention to foster healthy digital habits in schools in Perú and México.
I originally trained as an MD in the National Autonomous University of México, followed by an MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience and then a PhD in Experimental Psychology studying adolescent cognitive development in University College London. My PhD focused on how motivation interacts with cognitive control, our ability to keep necessary information “in mind” and use it to appropriately guide and control behavior. I investigated how this interaction changes between adolescence and adulthood with behavioral and neuroimaging techniques, under the supervision of Dr Iroise Dumontheil and Dr Ruud Custers. My postgraduate education was generously supported by CONACYT.