Alicia Henson, B.S.
I’m the study coordinator for the Brains, Emotion, and Sleep Together (BEST) Study, which investigates the link between sleep, anxiety, and biological processes in childhood anxiety. There is evidence that sleep disruptions are common in anxiety, and one of the goals of this study is to help identify the biological correlates of these sleep issues to lay the groundwork for potential intervention approaches that could improve anxiety symptoms in children. My role is to schedule and run study visits, train undergraduates to do study activities, and coordinate with our collaborators. I graduated from Washington State University with a B.S. in Psychology and Linguistics in 2020. Before I became the BEST study coordinator, I worked with children and adolescents on the Autism Spectrum as a Behavioral Technician. Afterwards, I was a study coordinator for a lab researching rare inherited neurodegenerative diseases. In the future, I will pursue a doctoral degree in clinical psychology, with a focus on the biological mechanisms behind mental illness.