Social Science/Humanities Research Associate IV
Raven Garuda (they/them) is a data analyst motivated to reduce human suffering. They began their career as a mathematician researching algebraic combinatorics at Texas State University, but their plans were interrupted by life circumstances. With the academic route no longer an option, they took a boot camp in data analysis and found work in biotechnology, where they spent several years working on pre-clinical trials for treatments of autoimmune and inflammatory conditions. More recently, they have been working on the world’s first reversible gene therapy treatment aimed at reversing the effects of aging and improving outcomes in muscular dystrophy patients. Their involvement with TIEMH as a social science research associate is the beginning of a dream to use their mathematical background to be in service to the mental health of others.
Raven has simultaneously been studying addictions counseling and is a Level 1 NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM) Informed Professional. Their top interests in mental health include: neurodiversity advocacy, LGBTQIA+ issues, attachment theory, and the movement for trauma informed care. Raven has lived experience as an autistic, trans/non-binary person in recovery, and spends much of their free time helping other marginalized people on the path of healing from addiction and trauma.
In their free time, Raven enjoys meditating, spending time with close friends, moving their body through dance/yoga/jogging, listening to music, and getting enough sleep.