Meet Carly, a former behavioral technician, and an aspiring clinical psychologist. She joined our READi lab team just before the holidays, and we’re so excited to have her! Learn a bit about her below.
You’re new to the team! What are your motivations for joining the READi lab?
I have known that I’ve wanted to pursue a graduate degree in clinical psychology since my third year in undergrad, but I knew that I needed more research experience before jumping into school again. After working as a behavioral technician with children with autism for the last few years, I knew that I wanted to continue doing so. The READi lab is doing some amazing work, and getting to be a part of a team as great as this and learning from some incredible researchers made it the perfect place for me!
Will you tell us a bit about your favorite experiences as a behavioral technician?
Working as a behavioral technician was overall an incredible experience, but the best part was watching the kids learn and grow in real-time! I was able to teach skills that the kids will use for the rest of their lives, which felt impactful and made the job that much more fulfilling. Working directly with kids made for lots of laughs which kept everyday fun and exciting!
Do you have any pets?
Yes! I have two cats who I adopted through a cat cafe when I was living in Santa Barbara. They are sisters named Ygritte and Yara and they definitely have loved moving up here!
Did you pick up any new hobbies during the COVID quarantine?
I didn’t pick up anything new, but I did rediscover my love for reading and have acquired quite the library over the past year or so!
Share with us two truths and a lie!
I’ve never broken a bone
I was the first person in my family to graduate with a college degree
I spilled soup on Rob Lowe
(It wasn’t soup, it was salsa!)