Olesya Iosipchuk is a research assistant at the Center for Traumatic Brain Injury Research at Kessler Foundation. She graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) in 2021 where she obtained a BS degree in psychology with minors in biology and chemistry. While at UNC, Olesya was a part of the Developmental Social Neuroscience Lab (DSN Lab) directed by Dr. Eva Telzer. At DSN Lab Olesya worked on several projects such as a longitudinal study “NeuroTeen” that looked at the importance of peer and parental relationships on neurodevelopment of adolescents, and a study “Adolescent Brain and Technology” that weighed the influence of technology and media use on the developing brain. Moreover, Olesya was able to complete an honors thesis program where she conducted her own research on racial discrimination experiences and neural sensitivity to social threat.
Olesya’s current research interests are finding ways to improve lives of people with disabilities and neurodevelopmental issues. She is also interested in functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) research. The most recent studies Olesya is involved in are, “MRI Markers of Feedback Timing during Learning in Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) with or without Clinical Depression,” and “Exercise Training Effects on Cognition and Brain Function in Multiple Sclerosis: A Systematically Developed Randomized Controlled Trial.”