Laura-Joy Wins the L’Oréal Unesco For Women in Science Fellowship

Dr Laura-Joy Boulos, Assistant Professor at Saint-Joseph University in Beirut, R&D consultant at onepoint, and expert in psychology, neuroscience and artificial intelligence, is among the “six most brilliant women scientists” awarded the 2019 L’Oréal – Unesco For Women in Science Levant fellowships.

Established in 1998 by the L’Oréal Foundation and the UNESCO, the For Women in Science international programme works to identify, support, and empower remarkable women scientists across the world. By improving their recognition and raising their profiles, the programme seeks to counter the underrepresentation of women in scientific careers.

Over the last decade, Dr Boulos’s primary research interests have been cognitive functions and their brain underpinnings, with a recent focus on decision-making under uncertainty. She aims to draw on the unfortunate post-war context in her region to study how normalised stress and prolonged uncertainty can affect our decision-making processes and associated brain mechanisms.

She uses her interdisciplinary background to create tools at the intersection of mental health, neuroscience, and artificial intelligence. She has recently released a mobile application that detects choice patterns and extracts algorithms to assist users in their decisions.

By creating an exemplary partnership between academic research (USJ) and private productive sectors (onepoint), her work has the ambition to propose concrete solutions to the current living situation in the Levant or in any context where the stress is high and the outcome uncertain

Dr Boulos is an Assistant Professor at Saint-Joseph University (USJ) in Beirut and an R&D Consultant at onepoint in Paris/Bordeaux. She received her BSc in Clinical Psychology at Saint-Joseph University (Lebanon, 2010), her MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience at Unistra (France, 2013) and her PhD in Neuroscience at McGill (Canada, 2017).

Dr Boulos is the recipient of multiple grants, among which the Valedictorian BSc Award from USJ (2010), the MENRT PhD fellowship from the French Government (2013-17), the Boehringer Ingelheim Foundation award (2016) and the Returning fellowship from McGill (2016-17).

She has published several peer-reviewed articles and presented her findings in international conferences, namely in Washington, San Diego, Montreal, Toronto, Strasbourg, Bordeaux, Ulm, and Beirut.