PhD candidate dual specializing in Developmental Psychology and Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience with the Social Cognitive and Affective Lab
Current Areas of Interest/Research
Désirée Lussier’s research interests lie in the investigation of structural volumetrics and connectivity between brain regions in aging, and associated clinical outcomes, using magnetic resonance (MRI) and diffusion tensor imaging (DTI). She is currently investigating how interindividual variation in brain morphology and the oxytocin system is impacted by and contribute to the experience of pain, pain perception, and cognition in older adults. Her master’s thesis at the University of Florida focused on age-differential effects of intranasal oxytocin on “social brain” resting state functional connectivity in women. Her dissertation work investigates the relationship of brain morphology and oxytocin with pain experience in older adults.
Désirée Lussier received her Master of Science in psychology from the University of Florida in the Spring of 2018. Her master’s thesis investigated age-differential effects of intranasal oxytocin on “social brain” resting state functional connectivity in women.