lgauthier

GS: Where are you from?
LG: Reading, Massachusetts.

GS: What degree did you/will you receive and when?
LG: I am pursuing a Ph.D. in Medical Psychology with plans to graduate in May 2011.

GS: How long have you been at UAB?
LG: 4 years.

GS: What is your research? 
LG: Neuroplasticity resulting from rehabilitation.

GS: What made you choose UAB for your graduate studies?
LG: The opportunity to work with Dr. Taub, a distinguished member of the neurorehabilitation field.

GS: Have you received any awards or honors?
LG: 1st place in Gradruate Student Research Days 2008;  Outstanding Graduate Student in Medical Psychology. 

GS: What has been your most rewarding experience at UAB?
LG: I have benefitted the most from the opportunity to attend research conferences such as Frontiers in Neuroscience, sponsored by UAB, and the Society for Neuroscience. Interacting with intellectuals pursuing many different lines of research has broadened my focus and enhanced my ability to think creatively about research questions.

GS: Who was your greatest influence here at UAB and why?
LG: My mentor, Dr. Taub, has greatly influenced my research training as well as other faculty and members of the research team (e.g. Dr. Uswatte, Dr. Mark).  Not to be discounted, however, is what I have learned by interacting with other students. 

GS: What is your motivation in your academics/research?
LG: ITo make a major contribution to understanding brain/behavior interactions.  Specifically, I hope to be able to apply knowledge acquired through my research to promote recovery from intractable neurological conditions.

GS: What are your plans after graduating and for the future?
LG: To conduct clinical research.

Lynne’s advice for other graduate students:
Follow your own path.  Don't be afraid to challenge the ideas of others even if it makes you unpopular (but try to do so as gently as possible).  Also, embrace opportunities for others to critique your work because it will make you a better scientist.

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