Samantha N. Sallie, MSc

MPhil Student – RAISE Study

What are your research interests? 
  • Childhood Adversity (ACEs)
  • Stress Resilience
  • Anti-Social Personality Disorder (ASPD)
  • Impulsive Aggression
  • Empathy-Building
What current projects/studies you are involved with?
I am assisting with the RAISE study. This research body focuses on the differential mental health trajectories of individuals who have faced adversity (e.g., trauma) as children. Why are some individuals who have faced childhood adversity resilient to stress and possess strong mental health, while others- who have undergone similar forms of adversity-do not? What interventions can be utilised to promote positive outcomes for individuals who have faced childhood adversity?
Please tell us a bit about your background 
I was born and raised in a small town in the north-west United States. I received my BA in psychology, philosophy, and classics from University of California, Santa Barbara. Immediately after graduating from UCSB, I attended University of Pennsylvania to obtain an MS in psychometrics and psychological research methods. The following year, I attended the London School of Economics for an MSc in philosophy of social science. My two master’s dissertations focused largely on the relationships between and among ACEs, ASPD, and aggression predisposition.
What inspires you to come to work/placement? 
I am inspired by the idea that the research I am involved with will – in the future – be used to help individuals who are from more challenging backgrounds. I am also inspired by the effort of my colleagues who are driven towards the same goal.
What has been the most challenging aspect of your work? 
So much to do, so little time!
Please tell us about one thing you are proud of professionally 
 I am proud to be working in a lab which is dedicated to helping children and adolescents achieve positive life outcomes in spite of being placed in more challenging early life situations.
Please tell us about one thing you are proud of personally
Two years ago, I rehabilitated my crippled arm to full function, after I was told by medical professionals that I may not be able to even write again. Through many months of constant effort, my once crippled arm has never been stronger!
What’s great about working and/or living in Cambridge?
The diversity of research at Cambridge is unparalleled by any other university. It is a place where individuals are motivated to change the world for the better; and have the means, resources, and drive to do so.
Describe the life of a researcher in 3 words!
Curious, Driven, Inspired!