Jessica Jones

2014 Hellman Graduate Awardee

UC Berkeley

After taking an elective psychology class at The College of New Jersey for undergrad, Jessica Jones decided to switch her major from Biology to Psychology. “Through my coursework and exposure to research, I became very interested in the brain and body’s roles in behavior at the inter- and intrapersonal level, and how that relationship may be affected by life experiences,” Jones says. She decided to join UC Berkeley after studying the work of several professors whose research interests aligned with her own.

Jones is now a second-year student in the Psychology Ph.D. program, Social-Personality Area, where she is examining how prior and chronic exposure to stressful life events affect one’s cognitive and emotional regulatory abilities. She says that the Hellman Graduate award is allowing her to explore her various interests and grants her “the flexibility to pursue the projects I am excited by.”