I am an aspiring physician scientist (MD/PhD student) in the field of psychiatry with the goal to better understand the neural underpinnings of human behavior in psychopathological states like schizophrenia. I have gained research experience during the work for my medical doctoral (MD) thesis in Heidelberg (Germany), where I graduated from medical school, and at the Department of Psychiatry of Harvard Medical School (research fellow for one year). Currently, I am working on my PhD at the School of Psychology of UNSW, investigating inner speech abnormalities in schizophrenia and gaining insights into the phenomenology of auditory-verbal hallucinations. Additionally, I have gained clinical experience through various internships in the fields of internal medicine, psychiatry and otolaryngology (Massachusetts General Hospital, HMS). My expertise beside my clinical knowledge and experience includes teaching of statistical research methods (PSYC2001) and Perception & Cognition (PSYC2071), data analysis and interpretation, the implementation of research tools, experimental design of studies of perception and critical analysis and reviewing of scientific literature. I am also teaching basics of psychology (PSYC1001 and PSYC1011) and Social & Developmental Psychology (PSYC2061). I am driven by my passion for the mechanisms of human perception and information processing and also enjoy coming up with new ideas to approach more global problems, especially when it comes to the destigmatization of psychiatric diseases. My colleagues would describe me as a highly motivated individual with a positive and optimistic attitude. My specific field of interest includes medical residency opportunities in the US in psychiatry, combined with high-level research where I can use my strong scientific background after completion of my PhD program.
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