Jessie Pappagianopoulos's master’s thesis focused on the relationship between risk perception and smoking behavior among adolescents impacted by chronic illness through a family systems lens. During graduate school, she contributed to the design of community-based projects targeting health disparities and the promotion of mental health literacy through the Child Health Equity Research Lab and worked as a research assistant through Boston Children’s Hospital Labs of Cognitive Neuroscience on an intervention study investigating the impact of computer games on self-regulation, brain function, and executive control among children on the autism spectrum. Following graduation, JPappagianopoulos transitioned to working as an associate program manager at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Aspire Program, where she conducted intake assessments, facilitated social groups, and directed summer intervention programs for adolescents and adults on the autism spectrum. She began her graduate studies in the fall of 2021 under the mentorship of Professor Micah Mazurek.
Pappagianopoulos welcomes questions from prospective students about the application process or her research interests, which include social skill development and improving long-term outcomes for individuals on the autism spectrum.
M.A., Tufts University
B.A., Stonehill College