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|| Elizabeth Silbolboro Mezzacappa|| Organization
|| Columbia Presbyterian
|| Job Title
|| Psychological Researcher
|| New York
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.
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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