Matthew Piva is a 3rd year PhD student in the Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program. His research exists at the intersection of behavioral, pharmacological, and neural approaches to studying social interaction between pairs of individuals, using either animal models or human subjects. Recently, he has focused on determining the efficacy of a combination of novel drug treatments for autism spectrum disorder and on exploring the neural systems underlying self- and other-oriented decision-making. He is currently a McDougal Career Fellow at the Yale Office of Career Strategy, an elected senator in the Yale Graduate and Professional Student Senate, and a graduate affiliate at Branford College. He is also the recipient of multiple awards recognizing his work both within and out of science, including a Pre-Doctoral Fellowship from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, a Kavli Neuroscience Fellowship, and the Governor General’s History Award, Canada’s top honor in the field of history and heritage.
Before attending Yale, he graduated from the University of British Columbia with a BS in cellular, anatomical, and physiological sciences. In his spare time, he enjoys skiing, theatre, and attempting to play classical piano pieces far beyond his skill level.