As a Clinical Research Specialist for the Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development, Hunter assists with laboratory preparation for clinical assessments, as well as maintaining study materials subject information for the Duke IMPACT study. She works to ensure that visits are positive and impactful for participants, families, and study clinicians.
Hunter received her B.S in Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience from the University of California, San Diego in June of 2019. While at UCSD, Hunter participated in several experiences that stemmed her interest in a career in mental healthcare. She first became interested in helping those with intellectual and developmental disabilities after working as a camp counselor for adults with these disabilities. She also volunteered with a peer mentor club on campus which went to high schools and helped to teach students with disabilities. Hunter spent two years working under Dr. Leslie Carver at UCSD's Developmental Neuroscience lab conducting EEG's and looking at children's (with and without autism) anticipation for social and nonsocial stimuli.
In the future, Hunter hopes to improve care and treatment for underserved populations such as those with developmental or intellectual disabilities and continue to improve the lives of children and adolescents. Hunter has plans to pursue a Ph.D. in clinical psychology.