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    Name Elizabeth Silbolboro Mezzacappa
    Organization Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center
    Job Title Psychological Researcher
    Location: New York
    Responsibilities: Psychological Research
    Degrees/School B.A. Psychology and Biology (University of Pennsylvania)
    Ph.D. Medical Psychology (Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences)
    International Space University, Life Sciences Program
    Career Path I am a space medical psychologist working among the space, academic, and lay communities. While I am not in daily contact with space medical and psychological research, I see it as part of my responsibility to inform these communities through my participation in invited workshops, lectures, and presentations on psychological aspects of living in space. For example, I founded the Aerospace Biomedical Association at my university and have presented research relating to space at the Ford Foundation/National Academy of Sciences meeting and the annual convention of the American Psychological Society. My Ph.D. work was supported by a NASA Graduate Student Researchers Fellowship award. Early last year, I was awarded a small grant from the 2111 Foundation for Exploration to investigate cloistered contemplative communities as psychosocial space analogs.
    Why Space? Human psychological and behavioral issues are perhaps the least examined, yet arguably the most important for a permanent exodus into space.
    Words of Wisdom You don�t have to be �in� the space community per se, to make a contribution to the space effort in psychology. One can do meaningful space psychological research outside of NASA or the space industry. There is so much to be done, it can�t be restricted to the typical spaceflight centers.





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