Carmen completed her BSc in Psychology at Regent’s University London, after which she moved to the University of Glasgow to complete an MSc in Brain Sciences. Her postgraduate research investigates the acute effects of lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), on resting-state connectivity using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).

Before joining the Scottish Psychedelic Research Group, Carmen was the main research assistant collecting data and researching the effects of psilocybin as an adjunct to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in mental health professionals attending psychedelic retreats.

She is currently the founding president at the University of Glasgow Psychedelic Society, chairing events on psychedelic science. Carmen was a 2021 competitor in the FameLab Cheltenham Science Communication Contest, she won the regional heat, and received second place in the Scottish final.

Following on from her LGBTQ+ charity work and undergraduate research investigating the psychological outcomes of sex reassignment surgery in the transgender community, Carmen hopes to set up multiple studies researching the effects of psychedelic-assisted therapy in transgender and gender diverse patients. She also hopes to study the effects of psychedelic induced brain network alterations in transgender individuals.