Margarita Meza-Whitlatch, MA

Margarita Meza-Whitlatch, MAMargarita Meza-Whitlatch, MA

Clinical Research Associate II
Emotional Neuroscience Research Laboratory

Munroe-Meyer Institute, UNMC
985450 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-5450

Professional Summary

Margarita Meza-Whitlatch, MA is a Clinical Research Associate and Undergraduate Coordinator in the Blackford Emotional Neuroscience Research Lab at the Munroe-Meyer Institute. Additionally, she manages undergraduate student research volunteers at MMI during the academic school year. She earned her Master’s in Psychological Sciences from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. Prior to joining MMI, Margarita was an International Student Advisor at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri, and taught courses related to international student success with curriculum rooted in her psychological research background.

As she was earning her Master’s degree, Margarita investigated how emotion beliefs may impact emotional coping strategies. Additionally, she tested the efficacy of positive psychological interventions on second-language learners’ anxiety. In the Blackford Emotional Neuroscience Research Lab, Margarita assists Dr. Blackford in conducting experiments related to anxiety in adults who are in early abstinence from alcohol use disorder, and experiments related to anxiety throughout development. As a manager for undergraduate student volunteers, Margarita helps to place students in research labs at MMI and mentors students in the Blackford Emotional Neuroscience Lab.



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