Joey Ka-Yee Essoe

JKE_GazzLab_2011_08_02Joey, a lover of Deuteronomy, kittens, and Irish Whiskey, was born and raised in Hong Kong under English rule. After completing the infamous HKCEE, she moved to San Francisco, as she longed to be in a society tolerant of quirky and independent women. She has been interested in science and cognition since childhood, and has never envisioned anything but a life in research and science. The fact that research seems to be a natural home for other quirky and independent people was a gratifying surprise.

Joey is a biblical Christian and scientist. She is a member of the University Bible Church, and a post-doc research fellow in the Johns Hopkins Center for OCD, Anxiety, and Related Disorders for Children at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She received her Ph.D. in Psychology (maj: Cognitive Neuroscience; min: Quantitative Psychology) in 2018 from UCLA. She is trained in fMRI, simultaneously EEG/fMRI, psychophysiology, and behavioural experimentation. She specialises in learning and memory enhancement using virtual reality (VR), and has experience in virtual world development and interfaces between VR and experimental software.

She is now applying cognitive neuroscience techniques to clinical research. Her work aims to enhance treatment-related learning in order to improve treatment outcome for youth receiving behavioural therapy for conditions such as tics disorders, OCD, anxiety, and anorexia nervosa.