My name is Laura Fischer. I was born and raised in Newport, Rhode Island, and went to Rogers High School, where I took my first psychology class. I began college at Syracuse University undecided upon a major, but quickly chose psychology when I transferred to URI. I was interested in taking a pre-med course load, but chose psychology because I wanted to be able to interact with people on a more personal level. During my first semester at URI, I gained a research assistant position at Pro-Change Behavior Systems, which I maintained for two years. Prior to working at Pro-Change, I was more interested in clinical work, but I quickly gained an interest in research. I also volunteered for a summer at Butler Hospital during my junior year. This past year, I volunteered as a research assistant in Rhode Island Hospital's Pediatric Anxiety Research Clinic. With an interest in anxiety disorders, I applied to both graduate schools and research positions, ultimately deciding upon a position in Boston. Currently, I am working as a clinical research coordinator in Massachusetts General Hospital's Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders. After two years in this position, I intend to pursue a doctorate degree in clinical psychology.