Cyrana Gallay is a research assistant at USC's Thompson Institute. Her work involves the investigation of novel pharmacological and clinical interventions for individuals affected by PTSD and suicidality. As a research assistant, Cyrana is involved in data collection and analysis through the use of neurophysiological measures (EEG), neuroimaging (MRI), and qualitative statistics. Her role also includes assisting in the development and implementation of quality control procedures for research methodology.
Prior to joining the Thompson Institute, Cyrana gained clinical experience as a medical examiner and phlebotomist, where she performed cognitive assessments and collected blood samples and biometric data. Her previous work focused on youth mental health, as a graduate research assistant studying child psychosocial stress, and as a private instructor for children 6-18 years of age affected by cognitive impairments and mood disorders.
Cyrana served as Chief Operating Officer for a non-profit organisation which assessed and delivered trauma treatments to communities affected by war and natural disaster. She has over 8 years of experience (2010-present) working with refugee populations, both in the United States and Western Africa. Her professional experience spans both private and non-profit sectors and is driven by the desire to support individuals affected by neurological impairment.
Cyrana holds a Master of Science in Applied Cognition and Neuroscience from the University of Texas Dallas (2017), and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and French from Ohio State University (2012). In September 2018, Cyrana will pursue a PhD at USC, examining the neural correlates underlying brain dysfunction and injury in PTSD.
- International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS)
- American Neurological Association (ANA)
- Golden Key International Honours Society
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Mental health
Cyrana Gallay’s specialist areas of knowledge include post-traumatic stress disorder with an emphasis in veteran and refugee populations, and child psychosocial health and development, particularly within the mother-child dyad.