Lena Skalaban is a Ph.D. candidate in Psychology at Yale University where she has been a teaching fellow for undergraduate courses such as The Human Brain and Research Methods in Psychology. She graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Psychology from New York University. Lena’s research focuses on the development of learning and memory, and what information might be adaptive to remember or forget depending on the particular point in development. She uses cutting-edge neuroimaging techniques like fMRI and EEG to measure how the brain develops these critical cognitive skills. Lena has co-authored research papers in prominent academic journals such as Nature Communications with a team at Yale that is one of only a few in the country conducting fMRI research with awake behaving infants. She also is currently working with data collected from the Adolescent Brain and Cognitive Development Study (ABCD Study) which is a consortium that includes 21 research sites longitudinally tracking the brain development of over 11,000 youth ages 9-10 years old into young adulthood.