C.V. 

Education 

Boston University

Psychological & Brain Sciences, September 2014 - May 2018

Boston, Massachusetts 

National Institutes of Health 

Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences Graduate Courses

Bethesda, Maryland 

Graduated Summa Cum Laude, with Honors 

Phi Beta Kappa

Minor: Japanese

NIH courses include Applied Machine Learning, Deep Learning for Healthcare Image Analysis, AFNI Bootcamp

Experience 

Department of Human Behavior in the Social Environment

Boston University

Fall 2016

Advisor: Prof. Renee Spencer 

Beyond Your Perception Critical Media Collective 

Boston University

Spring 2017

Advisor: Dr. Sherell McArthur 

Veterans Legal Services 

Yawkey Foundation Undergraduate Fellow

May 2016 - December 2016

Visual Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory

Boston University

December 2016 - May 2018

Advisor: Dr. Robert Reinhart 

Childhood Experiences & Adult Outcomes Laboratory

Boston University

January 2017 - May 2018

Advisor: Prof. Kathleen Malley-Morrison

The Affective Neuroscience and Pain Laboratory 

National Institutes of Health 

June 2018 - Present 

Advisor: Dr. Lauren Atlas 

I currently work as a Postbaccalaureate Fellow at the NIH. My responsibilites include running behavioral & fMRI human subjects experiments, designing & programming experiments, and data analysis. 

My honors thesis in undergraduate in Dr. Robert Reinhart's lab was on local phase coherence of oscillatory rhythms elicited by feedback learning. I designed and programmed tasks and analyzed neural oscillatory dynamics. 

In the CEACs lab, I collected, processed, and analyzed data for a large-scale cortisol study, and went on to present results at conference and prepare manuscripts for publication. 

As a researcher and teacher at BYP, I taught and assessed middle-school girls at an on-site research project on critical media literacy. 

As a research assistant, I coded qualitative data and analyzed and verified subject interviews. 

I was awarded a Yawkey Fellowship for my work with Veterans Legal Services, a non-profit dedicated to providing free legal services to homeless and low-income veterans. 

Conference Presentations, Papers & Posters 

Amir, C., Hong, F., Tarullo, A., Mercurio, A., Song, J., Lin, Y., Liu, S., Rapoport, S., & Malley- Morrison, K. Childhood maltreatment, limbic system dysfunction, resiliency, and eating disorders in young adults. Talk Presented at New England Psychological Association Annual Meeting 2017

Amir, C., Necka, E.A., & Atlas, L.Y. Modeling Pain Responses: Influence of Expectation, Physiological Indicators. Flash Talk Presented at National Institutes of Complementary and Integrative Health Annual DIR Retreat 2019

Mercurio, A., Amir, C., Hong, F., Tarullo, A., Song, J., Lin, Y., Liu, S., Rapoport, S., & Malley- Morrison, K. Childhood maltreatment, limbic system dysfunction, resiliency, and eating disorders in females

Amir, C., Hong, F., Tarullo, A., Mercurio, A., Song, J., Lin, Y., Liu, S., Rapoport, S., & Malley-Morrison, K. Relationships Among Childhood Maltreatment, Eating Disorders, and Perceived and Physiological Stress in Young Adults. In Preparation – Undergraduate Research Opportunities Award Recipient

Amir, C., Necka, E.A., & Atlas, L.Y. Perceptions of Healthcare Provider Competence Affect Pain Expectations. Building Bridges Award Recipient; Poster Presented at Association for Psychological Science Annual Convention 2019

Amir, C., Hong, F., Tarullo, A., Mercurio, A., Song, J., Lin, Y., Liu, S., Rapoport, S., & Malley- Morrison, K. Relationships Among Childhood Maltreatment, Eating Disorders, and Perceived and Physiological Stress in Young Adults. Poster Presented at Association for Psychological Science Annual Convention 2018

Senior Honors Thesis: Relationship Among Frontal Theta and Beta Rhythms and Feedback- Based Learning. Received Highest Honors

Amir, C. Noseless Heads and Proxy-Dead: On Pain Structures and Construction in Tanizaki’s Writings. Published in The Alexandria 2019

Amir, C., Necka, E.A., & Atlas, L.Y. Do Perceptions of Providers Affect Pain Expectations? Poster Presented at The National Institutes of Health Postbaccalaureate Poster Day 2019

Necka, E.A., Oretsky, O., Amir, C., & Atlas, L.Y. Cue and Treatment Expectations in Pain Modulation. Presented at The NIMH Julius Axelrod Symposium 2019

Necka, E.A., Oretsky, O., Amir, C., & Atlas, L.Y. Cue and Treatment Expectations in Pain Modulation. Poster Presented at The Maryland Neuroimaging Retreat 2019

Amir, C., Necka, E.A., & Atlas, L.Y. Do Perceptions of Providers Affect Pain Expectations? Presented at The National Institutes of Health Postbaccalaureate Poster Day 2019

Rapoport, S., Graf, D., Hong, F., Tarullo, A., Mercurio, A., Song, J., Lin, Y., Liu, S., Amir, C., & Malley-Morrison, K. Sex Differences in Spontaneous Emotion Regulation, Physiological, Psychological, and Behavioral Responses to Acute Social Stress. Presented at New England Psychological Association Annual Conference 2019

Awards, Honors, & Leadership 

President of the Undergraduate Psychology Association

Boston University, 2017-2018

College Award Recipient, Psychological & Brain Sciences 

Boston University 2018

Undergraduate Research Opportunitites Award Recipient 

Boston University 2017 & 2018

Yawkey Foundation Undergraduate Research Fellowship 

Veterans Legal Services 2016

Brendan Gilbane Award

Boston University 

Colin Kerr Award 

Boston University 

Organized mental health awareness events; invited and coordinate with guest speakers. 

Awarded to the student with the highest departmental impact. 

Recipient for Beyond Your Perception research (2017) and Childhood Experiences & Cortisol Laboratory research (2018).

Fellowship awarded for nonprofit work with Veterans/Shelter Legal Services 

Professor-panel nominated merit award and scholarship 

Awarded for highest grade-point average 

Relevant Skills 

Certifications 

Experienced with fMRI collection & preprocessing of fMRI data using AFNI; physiological data analysis using Ledalab, Autonomate, Biopac, Acqknowledge, Mindware; developed processing pipeline for SCR data and much more. 

Proficient in Matlab (including Signal Processing Toolbox, FieldTrip Toolbox, Psychtoolbox), Python (including sci-kit-learn, tensorflow, seaborn), R, Google Scripts, Psychopy, Psytoolkit, proprietary languages & softwares 

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) 

National Institutes of Health 

June 2018-June 2020

MRI Safety Certified, 3T & 7T 

National Institutes of Health 

 2018-June 2020