Ramzi Maarouf is a first-year Master’s student in the Clinical Psychology program at Ball State University. Broadly, he is interested in substance use and addiction-related behaviors. Ramzi graduated from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. He completed an honors thesis project under the supervision of Dr. Melissa Cyders on the relationship between personality, pornography, and maladaptive sexual behaviors. During the past two years, Ramzi has also worked for multiple Indiana University research labs studying substance use in lab settings and communities.

Currently, Ramzi works as a Graduate Research Assistant in the P2 Lab under the supervision of Dr. Tayla Lee. He is excited to improve his lab management and writing skills as he trains in day-to-day operations of the lab and explores independent research projects. Ramzi is interested in expanding the scope of his research into fields dealing with reorganization of mental and behavioral disorders, such as the Hierarchical Taxonomy of Psychopathology (HiTOP). After completing his Master’s degree, Ramzi plans to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology, where he will continue research on externalizing behaviors and further hone his skills to prepare for a career in academia.

In his spare time, Ramzi enjoys studying philosophy and religion, weight training, cooking to eat, and playing with cats as long as his allergy medicine permits.