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Please tell us about yourself
Sodhi received his BSc in Behavioural Neuroscience in 2016, and is currently pursuing his Master’s of Science in Experimental Medicine at UBC. His research focuses on the analysis of prescription drugs, working to explore the safety and power of prescription medicine across millions of patients. Sodhi’s findings have been published in a number of top medical journals.
Alongside his studies, he is a behaviour interventionist for children with autism
What is your degree and what year did you graduate?
I completed by BSc in Behavioural Neuroscience in 2016.
What is your current career?
I am a Master’s of Science student in Experimental Medicine (in neuro-ophthalmology and neuropharmacology). I conduct large phase IV drug studies using databases of millions of patients to determine the safety and efficacy of many prescription drugs. To date, I have 7 publications, some of which are in the world’s top medical journals in their respective fields (such as Neurology and Clinical Infectious Diseases). I also work as a behaviour interventionist for kids with autism, an event paramedic, and co-founded a charity, YNOTFORTOTS, that helps out underprivileged schools and kids in the lower mainland.
Why did you choose to study an offbeat and unconventional areas such as behavioural neuroscience at UBC?
Ever since I was a kid I was always interested in neuroscience and neurology. I was inspired at a young age to pursue this career path because of my 19-year-old sister who is a quadriplegic with Cerebral Palsy, Autism Spectrum Disorder, seizures, and sensory perception disorder. I felt that this degree was the only one at UBC which best fit my interests and expectations for a degree and to an extent, it helped me understand my sister’s disabilities on a more scientific level.
Was there a psychology professor who inspired you? How were you inspired?
I have to say I was most inspired by Dr. Stan Floresco. I was totally star-struck when I first met him after reading about some of the work he’s done in his lab. His charisma when teaching and speaking really made me love learning in his class (PSYC 462) and he made a great keynote speaker at the 2016 Psychology Undergraduate Research Conference.
What is the most important thing you learned during your time as a psychology student?
Never underestimate the power of true friendships. Whenever venturing into new waters, it’s so important to have at least one person you can trust to go along in your journey. It makes the venture so much more fun, productive, worthwhile, and less scary.
What advice would you give to students considering studying psychology?
Do what you love and love what you do. If you don’t do what you love, you’re not going to enjoy yourself and not feel like you’re getting anywhere with what you’re doing. Nothing beats the feeling of waking up every morning and looking forward to your life and work.
In your experience, how does the value of a psychology degree translate into the real world?
I feel my undergrad degree had a really good balance of looking into neurobiological mechanisms of behaviour and touched upon other aspects of psychology and human behaviour. It helped me understand why people do what they do.