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PhD, Developmental Psychology concentration, 2018

Career: Scientist, UAB Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurobiology

Dr. Jose O. Maximo, a California native, graduated from San Diego State University (SDSU) with a B.A.& Sc. in Psychology. While at SDSU, he was under the Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) research training program, which main goal is to develop a diverse pool of scientists earning a Ph.D. and increase the number of underrepresented people in science. He then moved to Birmingham, AL. to complete his M.A. and Ph.D. in Psychology with a concentration in Developmental Psychology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. While at UAB, Dr. Maximo was involved in serving as a mentor for students, a judge for several conferences, and a speaker for talks to undergraduate students. He was part of the Neuroscience Roadmap Scholar programs, which seeks to provide the necessary tools for underrepresented graduate students to succeed in science. He was also active in the community by serving as a science advocate to K-12 students during Brain Awareness Week and other events. Dr. Maximo graduated in the Fall of 2018 and started a postdoctoral position in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurobiology at UAB. His research examined the neural correlates of first episode psychosis (FEP) patients using various neuroimaging techniques such as functional, structural, spectroscopy, and diffusion weighted imaging. After his postdoctoral training, he secured a scientist position in the same department and continues his research in FEP.