Rachel Perez


Rachel Perez





I am currently a junior at the University of Central Florida working towards my B.S in psychology. I transferred from Miami-Dade college with my Associates degree in the Fall of 2017. I have made Deans list for seven consecutive semesters, and am also a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and Psychological Society. I am a part of the AAP office in the Research and Mentoring Program for Transfer students. My research interests are the underlying factors in the development and treatment of depression, anxiety, and related disorders. I am interested in looking at components such as personality, stress-coping mechanisms, and cognitive processes related to and emotional intelligence and cognitive complexity. Currently, I hold a research position in the Mood, Personality, and CogniTion (MPACT) Lab with Dr. Jeffrey Bedwell. The research we are working on is looking at the possible relationship between pro-inflammatory cytokines in the saliva with depressed mood and negative symptoms in psychiatric disorders. We will be examining indications of constricted affect, motivation, and reward processing through pupil and facial components involving EMG and EGG. As well as computer ran analyses of speech prosody, and a reward learning task. I plan to enter into a PhD Clinical Psychology program in order to practice as a clinician, as well as conduct research.

Faculty Mentor

Jeffrey Bedwell Ph.D.

Undergraduate Major


Future Plans

Clinical Psychology Ph.D.


Psychology | Social and Behavioral Sciences

Rachel Perez