Samantha Connolly is a student in the Clinical doctoral program, working under the guidance of Dr. Alloy in the Mood and Cognition Lab. After earning a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology from Harvard University, Samantha began her journey at Temple, researching the relationship between executive functioning and cognitive vulnerabilities for depression with a particular focus on rumination. She has received several awards during graduate school, including the Charles and Carol Spielberger Scholarship from APF/COGDOP, the Scott Mesh Honorary Grant for Research in Psychology from APAGS, and a Temple University Fellowship. Samantha is also the recipient of an NRSA F31 Grant from the NIMH, entitled “Interplay between stress and rumination in predicting depression: An EMA study.” She says her “amazing classmates, who have been wonderful friends, sources of support, and research collaborators” have made a great impact on her success at Temple. Samantha is currently interning at the VA Boston Healthcare System, but she likes to unwind by listening to Beyoncé, biking, and baking.