Sharon is a senior majoring in
Health Policy and Administration at
My research mainly centers on the "Effects of Stress on Cognitive Aging, Physiology, and Emotion (ESCAPE) study," with the goal of better understanding healthy aging and challenges in maintaining cognitive health throughout mid-life to senior years.
I first got involved in the Center for Healthy Aging Lab in the fall of 2013, which was my first semester here at Penn State after transferring from another University. I was introduced to the lab through the Gerontology Club at Penn State.
I would encourage them to inquire about any research opportunities in their major. Research, while it is time consuming and does require dedication, has greatly helped my professional development. It has also allowed me to attend national conferences such as The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) Annual Scientific Meeting that then gave me great networking opportunities.