Brittany earned her M.S. from the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont.
In graduate school, Brittany worked with Dr. Hugh Garavan and Dr. Rob Altoff to study the brain correlates of adolescent personality using one of the largest neuroimaging (MRI) studies in the world, the IMAGEN project. Her thesis provides a novel and comprehensive examination of the neural anatomy of personality.
Prior to moving to Vermont, Brittany conducted research with Dr. Owen Wolkowitz, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco in the UCSF Depression and Wellness Program. She investigated major depressive disorder and cellular stress with an emphasis on molecular mechanisms. This work spans many disciplines including neuroscience, psychiatry, psychology, and genetics. She has also worked in the laboratory of Dr. James Gross in the Stanford Psychophysiology Laboratory at Stanford University.
Brittany also worked as an after-school & substitute teacher for grades pre-K through 8th at Woodland School in Portola Valley, California. During the summers, she was a wilderness field instructor for a travel company called the Road Less Traveled where she traveled throughout the US and Tanzania. Brittany earned her B.A. in Philosophy and Animal Ecology from Pitzer College (2011) and her Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Program Certificate from SF State University and UC Berkeley (2013).