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Veronica is a graduate research assistant completing her fifth year of study in the developmental psychology doctoral program at ASU. She received bachelor's degrees in Psychology (B.S.) and French (B.A.) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Broadly, Veronica's research examines genetic and environmental mechanisms underlying parent-offspring transmission of physical and mental health. Using the data of twin offspring and their parents, she attempts to determine the level of specificity at which symptomology clusters within families and whether environmental factors explain familial aggregation above and beyond the influence of shared genetics. Veronica is particularly interested in the role sociocultural factors play in the etiology and manifestation of symptomology. Considering high rates of comorbidity across physical and mental health conditions, her research also elucidates shared genetic and environmental etiology across the two domains.