Nina Lauharatanahirun, PhD, successfully defended her dissertation on November 21, 2017. Her thesis was titled: "Neuroeconomic predictors of adolescent risky decision making". Nina worked in the lab of Dr. Brooks King-Casas in the Department of Psychology. While pursuing her PhD, Nina was selected to attend the Lindau Meeting on Economic Sciences and was awarded a competitive F31 individual predoctoral National Research Service Award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). She has obtained a joint postdoc position with the University of Pennsylvania and the DoD's Army Research Laboratory, where she will research the relationships between brain function, behavioral changes, risky decision-making, and cognitive performance. Nina advises our scholars to take necessary breaks from their research to relieve frustrations associated with research, such as the analysis of data or writing. She also advises scholars to take advantage of networking and to rely on friends, family and mentors for support.