During my years as an undergraduate student, I read The Brain that Changes Itself by Dr. Norman Doidge. I was entirely fascinated by neuroplasticity –our brain´s remarkable ability to change through experience and learning – that I decided right there and then that I wanted to be a neuroscientist and dedicate my life to study the brain. For over 10 years I have worked in academic laboratories and studied how the brain changes with age.
When I experienced the transformation that motherhood is, I became increasingly passionate and captivated by all the brain changes that accompany this powerful transition. It turns out that these neuroplastic changes are driven by powerful biological mechanisms especially designed to attune to our babies, and to respond to them sensitively and appropriately so that they can thrive. We not only give birth to a baby, we also give birth to the knowledge within us! Just like our baby’s brain grows and develops at an astonishing rate, so does our parenting brain, growing, evolving and adapting to the beautiful and challenging experience of parenthood.
– PhD in Neuroscience, University of Ottawa, Canada
– Honours BA with specialization in Psychology, minor in Statistics, University of Ottawa, Canada. Summa Cum Laude
– Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow, Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language, Spain
– Certified Infant Sleep Educator, Bebo Mia Inc (with neuroscientist Greer Kirshenbaum)
– Certified Lactation Counsellor, Edulacta, Spain
– I am currently “retired” from academic research. My research experience includes brain changes in typical and atypical aging, language, bilingualism, memory, executive function, and chemotherapy. For a list of my publications visit google scholar or research gate
-My interest in the parental brain stems from the fusion of my two passions: parenthood and the brain. Since 2021 I have dedicated much of my time to extensively review the scientific literature on the parental brain so that the knowledge can be translated and applied to real life.
– My most important training of all: mother of two!