Edith Brignoni Pérez, Ph.D.

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Health Program Specialist
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Dr. Edith R. Brignoni Pérez is a Health Program Specialist in Team TIE of the NIH BRAIN Initiative since November 2022. Prior to joining the NIH, Dr. Brignoni Pérez completed her Postdoctoral Clinical Research Fellowship at Stanford University School of Medicine. There, she studied the effects of early positive experiences on clinical, cognitive, and brain outcomes, as well as health disparities in the neonatal intensive care unit, in infants born very and extremely preterm. Dr. Brignoni Pérez holds a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Georgetown University School of Medicine, where she investigated the neurofunctional bases of learning abilities in bilingual-biliterate children and young adults. Before her graduate studies, Dr. Brignoni Pérez earned a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras, where she studied the neural circuits supporting active avoidance in rats, relevant to trauma- and stress-related disorders. During her undergraduate summer internship at New York University, she researched the effects of acute stress on extinction recall in young adults. In addition to her scientific contributions, Dr. Brignoni Pérez has a consistent trajectory of outreach commitment, supporting different populations in their STEAM knowledge and career development.