Mary Katherine (Osborn) Ray

Update: Dr. Ray completed her Ph.D. in 2018 and is currently a post-doc at Washington University in St. Louis.

What are you doing now?

I am a Ph.D. student in the Behavioral Neuroscience Program in the Department of Psychology at The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). I just received an NIH T32 training fellowship through the UAB Nutrition Obesity Research Center to study the use of a neuromodulation technique as a treatment tool for obesity and binge-eating disorder and, coupled with EEG, as a tool to identify neural markers for treatment response and neuroplasticity.

How did UNA's Psychology program help you achieve what you have become?

The UNA Psychology Program was absolutely indispensable to my success as a graduate student. The mentorship, research opportunities, and extracurricular activities gave me confidence and thoroughly prepared me for my step into graduate school. The professors were always incredibly encouraging, willing to help, and sincerely invested in my current and future success. As a research assistant, I discovered my love for answering scientific questions which I am now pursuing as a career. Additionally, through my involvement in the Psychology Club, I made some of the best friends that always pushed me to pursue my goals.

What advice would you give students who are interested in becoming UNA Psychology majors?

Get involved! Being a part of the Psychology Club made my college experience! You will meet great friends, travel to exciting conferences, get to know your cool professors, and learn a lot about Psychology and your career opportunities.