Katie Thorne

ABCD Study Team

What is your name? Where were you born? Where did you go to college? 

My name is Katie Thorne and I grew up in Westland, Michigan. I moved to Ann Arbor to study neuroscience at the University of Michigan where I graduated in the spring of 2020 (Go Blue!)

What interests you about the ABCD Study/research?

The ABCD Study is unique because it’s the largest long-term study of brain development and adolescent health in the United States! What I find most interesting about the study is its unlimited potential to help the research community improve healthcare and public policy to benefit adolescents everywhere.

How long have you worked in the department and what does your work focus on / what area do you work in?

I’ve been working with the ABCD Study since November 2020. Throughout my time here I’ve worked with countless families, administering surveys and fMRI tasks, conducting semi-formal clinical interviews, exploring ABCD publications, and much more.

What are your plans after ABCD (grad school, etc.)

My goal is to earn my Ph.D. in clinical psychology and spend my career learning, conducting research, and helping patients optimize their quality of life.

Fun fact about yourself! What are your hobbies?

Fun fact – I’ve swam over a 170-year-old shipwreck in Lake Huron! My hobbies include swimming, playing softball and water polo, and exploring the outdoors.

Do you have any pets?

I do! I have two cats and their names are Franklin and Miles.

What’s your favorite food or restaurant?

Brunch at Bobcat Bonnies in Ypsilanti!