As a Behavioral Research Scientist with Delos Labs, Carolina investigates the impact of the built environment on human health, behavior, and well-being. Carolina also supports other divisions of Delos as a consultant and collaborates with the Well Living Lab.
Prior to joining Delos, Carolina was a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her primary research focus was investigating the effect of naps on cognition in preschoolers. She also examined how environmental factors; such as television exposure, diet, and exercise impacted preschooler’s sleep and potential links between brain maturation, sleep, and napping frequency in early childhood. Carolina’s PhD research focused on the benefits of sleep on cognitive functioning in adults, and more specifically, on memory and emotional processing. In addition to her sleep research, Carolina’s PhD research broadly focused on memory formation and consolidation. Specifically, she investigated the effects of emotion on memory and the development of autobiographical memory. Carolina has also collaborated on research investigating the neurobiological correlates of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, schizophrenia, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Carolina received her PhD and MA in Psychology, with an emphasis on human cognition and development, from Emory University and her BS in Biology from Purdue University.