Ellie Wojcikowski

OUR Ambassador

I am a current undergraduate research assistant in the Mechanisms of Adult and Youth Psychopathology Lab (MAYPL), run by the incredible Dr. McCleery. We use a multimethod approach to identify and understand predictors of schizophrenia-spectrum conditions within a lifespan developmental framework. My work is focused on recorded heart rate and EEG data from MAYPL’s various studies. (https://mccleery.lab.uiowa.edu/)

Before coming to the University of Iowa I had no idea what being a part of research looked like, let alone how I could fit into it. However, I did know I was passionate about improving the lives of individuals affected by severe mental illness. I was lucky enough to connect with OUR about my interests and they pointed me in the direction of MAYPL. Now, I could not feel more grateful to be a part of such a supportive, hard-working, and innovative lab dedicated to uncovering the complexities of severe mental illness.

Outside of class, you can find me making posters for Iowa’s Neuroscience Club, volunteering at the Iowa Farm Sanctuary, admiring the Old Capitol building, or walking along the river with friends. If you have any questions or just want to say hello, don’t hesitate to reach out!