THE MENTALLY MINDED TEAM
TEODORA STOICA, PHD
Greetings! My name is Teodora Stoica (she/her/hers). For the past decade, I have immersed myself in the study of the brain, and more specifically, the fascinating process by which the 3 lb pink slab of tissue inside our skulls creates both harmony and discord in our emotional lives. I received my PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Louisville in Kentucky in May 2021, where I investigated the neural processes underlying emotional intelligence. I currently reside in Tucson, where I am a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Arizona, studying why our aging brain gives rise to a more positive outlook on life. Throughout my graduate training, I have been passionate about science communication and outreach, and hope Mentally Minded serves as a place of respite that comes from science-backed knowledge about mental health. If I am not looking at brain data, you can find me eating, cooking, running, hiking, playing cello or trying very hard to grow tomatoes in a desert climate.
Land acknowledgment: I reside on the indigenous lands of the unseated Yaqui and O'odham tribes who lived here for many generations.