Dr. Sip is a neuroscientist with versatile expertise combining the fields of psychology, psychiatry and behavioral economics. Her work focused on investigating risk-based decision-making in humans to fulfill her passion of furthering our understanding of the human brain and behavior. In this process, she has sought opportunities both inside and outside of academia to become a proficient project manager with interdisciplinary and cross-functional experience both in and out of academic settings.
Dr. Sip earned her B.A. in English Philosophy and Linguistics from Wroclaw University in Poland (2002) and then earned her M.S. in Pragmatics, Rhetoric, and Language Manipulation from the same institution (2004). She was awarded a full scholarship at Aarhus University in Demark to pursue a Ph.D. in Neuroscience. In the course of her training, she developed a neurocognitive framework for investigating deception experimentally bridging her training in human communication with psychology and neuroscience. Dr. Sip graduated in 2009, and then completed two postdoctoral research positions at Rutgers University and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) respectively.
During her postdoctoral training she investigated the link between risk and reward in decision-making in social and economic contexts, and in psychiatric disorders with the overall aim of using her findings to improve behavioral and pharmacological treatments for patients. With over 10 years of international neuroscience training, she has gained invaluable insight into the different behavioral changes that stem from and are ingrained in the neurophysiological system.
The combination of her scientific expertise and leadership aptitude lead Dr. Sip to her current position as Assistant Director of the Postdoctoral Program at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City. She advocates for and leads the organization of comprehensive training options that allow growth beyond academic settings to prepare young academics to take on positions that require executive skills, communication and leadership. During her tenure at ISMMS, she was as co-Chair of the Postdoctoral Executive Committee. Coupled with her international experience, this gave her a unique awareness of the needs of the diverse postdoctoral community and various career options available to this population. In this role, Dr. Sip has had the privilege of directing many service committees, guiding content development, and organizing the work of multiple contributors. She has successfully executed and directed several programs, including an innovative and comprehensive conflict resolution program specifically tailored for postdoctoral trainees. She uses her combination of skills to assist young scientists in the pursuit of their chosen careers, and to empowering them in recognizing their skills and value in the current market.