Anna Hood

Anna Hood

Psychological and Brain Sciences
Inducted in 2016

Anna graduated with honors in Psychology from California State University San Marcos. She is a former NIGMS MARC scholar and was the recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Dean’s Award. Anna is currently a Chancellor’s Fellow and a fourth year Ph.D. student in the Psychological and Brain Sciences department at Washington University in St. Louis. She conducts research in the Developmental Neuropsychology Laboratory of Dr. Desirée White.  While attending Washington University, Anna has served as a graduate mentor for YMCA scholars. In addition, Anna is devoted to achieving greater diversity in higher education, as such she collaborates with a number of programs who share the same goal to enact long-term and systematic change. She is a member of her department’s Diversity Committee, and has been a graduate mentor for the Summer Leadership Alliance Program, the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Program, and the University’s Young Scientist Program. Her graduate work investigates the development of executive abilities in children with disorders that disrupt function of the prefrontal cortex of the brain, with a focus on phenylketonuria (PKU) and sickle cell disease. She is currently investigating the effect of biological treatment interventions on cognition and the relationship between blood biomarkers and cognition in children with sickle cell disease. Clinical research that focuses on sickle cell disease could dramatically improve mortality and quality of life outcomes for children in this vulnerable population.