Marisa is a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology with an interest in identity, trauma, and Ehlers-Danlos syndromes/hypermobility spectrum disorders. Chronic pain and illness are two of her professional passions and she has helped establish multiple support and therapy groups for individuals experiencing isolation due to their health. Previously, she served as the Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator (2020-2021) and Research and Registry Coordinator (2019-2020) for the Ehlers-Danlos Secretary. She has also served as a regional leader and board member for the Dysautonomia Support Network for 2016-2017. Marisa’s current research focuses on understanding personality factors in Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes. She also serves as the Student representative on the Disability Committee for the National Council of Schools of Professional Psychology, researching barriers and discrimination within the licensing process.