I earned my BA in Psychology at St. Mary's College of Maryland, where I first became interested in behavioral neuroscience. After graduating in 2014 I worked as a technician at University of Maryland School of Medicine and Johns Hopkins University, using behavioral assays in rats and mice to explore topics ranging from antidepressant-efficacy to reward circuitry during Pavlovian and instrumental learning. I am interested in studying the neural mechanisms behind attention and decision-making, and how these processes are disrupted by addiction. 

Areas of Interest

  • Reward learning
  • Addiction
  • Decision-making


  • BA
    Psychology, minor in Neuroscience
Graduate Student
hpribut [at] umd.edu