Kathy Trang

Cohort: 2014

Education

  • BA, Psychology, BS, Biology, California State University, Los Angeles

Research

A psychology/biology dual major in undergrad, I have long been interested in the mechanisms regulating psychosexual differentiation. Initially interested in understanding the biological factors constraining the course of psychosexual development, I delved into epigenetics behavioral neuroendocrinology and studied the genetic underpinnings of sex differences in the rodent brain. However, cognizant of advances made in cultural neuroscience and in neuroanthropology, I became enthralled by projects examining the ways in which cultural difference became bodily difference. This interest led to my research assistantship at the Foundation for Psychocultural Research, which has further developed my interest in sex/gender and commitment to interdisciplinarity. Through current and future endeavors, I hope to bridge the neurosciences with the social sciences in understanding psychosexuality (particularly, gender identity development) and the ways in which sex/gender research can contribute to global mental health.