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Joseph Sexton

Psychology, Medicine, Health, and Society, Minor in Quantitative Methods, Mathematics, and Scientific Computing

Joseph is a junior at Vanderbilt from Cumming, Georgia, majoring in Psychology and Medicine, Health & Society with minors in Quantitative Methods, Mathematics, and Scientific Computing. His interest in research began in high school, where he presented both locally and nationally on molecular approaches to depression. Today, he is primarily intrigued by suicidal thoughts and behaviors (STBs). In particular, Joseph takes evolutionary, cognitive, and computational approaches to STBs in order to advance theory and treatment. To this end, he conducts research under Professors Judy Garber, PhD, Steven Hollon, PhD, and David Isaacs, MD, MPH; and he was recently selected as a 2021 Goldwater Scholar, one of the nation’s most premier honors for undergraduate STEM researchers. Joseph has further interests in mental health reform, meta-science, and the anthropology of psychiatry, and he heads the mental health policy working group within Vanderbilt Active Minds. When he isn’t reading or doing research, Joseph is probably playing video games or going down a Wikipedia rabbit hole.