Monday, 30 January 2012
Danielle Goldman of Queens, New York, was recently named a finalist in the Intel Science Talent Search contest for her research on anxiety and depression. Goldman is now one of 40 finalists, selected from a pool of 300 semi-finalists, who will travel to Washington, D.C., in March for a chance to win a scholarship of up to $1.25 million.
Since her sophomore year, Goldman, a 17-year-old senior at Bronx High School of Science, has been working with her mentor, Dr. Vilma Gabbay, at the NYU Child Studies Center. There, Goldman investigates the role of the neurotransmitter GABA in major depressive and generalized anxiety disorder in adolescents. Previous research has established a clear link between GABA and depression and anxiety but there is currently little evidence showing that GABA actually reduces symptoms of those disorders.
Goldman has wanted to be a psychiatrist since she was young, stating “I wanted to help other children with their problems.” She plans to attend Columbia University next year and continue her research in neuropsychology. Read more about Danielle Goldman
Goldman’s story is a great example of how teens can get involved in the field of mental health research, helping to expand and improve it. Here at Families for Depression Awareness, we encourage and empower teens to play an active role in speaking up about depression. Learn more about how we work with teens by visiting our Teen Speakers section. If you like what we're doing, help us keep the program going.