Education & Certifications


  • B.A., Wellesley College, Cognitive and Linguistic Sciences (2013)

Work Experience


  • Senior Research Associate, The University of Chicago (2019 - Present)

    Manage two cognitive and developmental psychology laboratories with over 20 ongoing
    studies investigating human cognition, learning, language, culture and morality. Direct and develop community, school, and museum partnerships. Oversee team of 24 lab members. Supervised by Drs. Alexander Shaw and Katherine D. Kinzler.

    Location

    Chicago, IL

  • Research Manager, Cornell University (2016 - 2019)

    Led a mid-sized developmental psychology research lab focused on social cognition and mechanisms of human thinking including leadership, gender bias, group attitudes, and wealth perceptions. Developed and established local and national collaborative partnerships with K-12 public and private sector schools. Supervised by Dr. Katherine D. Kinzler.

    Location

    Ithaca, NY

  • Arts Director, Fall Creek School Age Program (2015 - 2016)

    After-school enrichment program for children ages five to eleven focused on creating an environment of independence, creativity, respect, and acceptance.

    Location

    Ithaca, NY

  • Neuropsychology Research Assistant, Harvard Medical School (2013 - 2015)

    Project Coordinator for study titled "A novel approach to identifying the behavioral and neural markers of active suicidal ideation: Effects of cognitive and emotional stress on working memory in OEF/OIF/OND Veterans" funded by the Military Suicide Research Consortium (MSRC). Supervised by Drs. Melissa Amick and Beeta Homaifar.

    Neuropsychology Research Assistant for the Translational Research Center for Traumatic Brain Injury and Stress Disorders, Harvard Medical School, Boston VA Healthcare System. Supervised by Dr. William P. Milberg and Dr. Regina McGlinchey.

    Location

    Boston, MA

  • Research Assistant, M.I.T. Saxelab of Social Cognitive Neuroscience (2013)

    Facilitated behavioral studies exploring the neural correlates of empathy through the use of fMRI scanning.
    Topics under investigation included empathic accuracy and flexibility, reactive devaluation, in-group/out-group biases, and oxytocin's influence on intergroup conflict resolution.

    Location

    Cambridge, MA

All Publications


  • Associations among posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms, substance use, and affective attentional processing in OEF/OIF/OND veterans. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease Liverant, G. I., Amick, M. M., Black, S. K., Esterman, M., Wisco, B. E., Gibian, M. C., McGlinchey, R. E. 2017; 205 (9): 725-731
  • The bidirectional relationship of stress and executive functioning. Cognitive Sciences Homaifar, B. Y., Gibian, M. C., Petrik, M. L. 2014; 9 (2): 117-130