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Kaamya is interested in the intersection between music, neural and behavioural development, attachment formation, and caregiver wellbeing. She has just completed her MPhil at the CMS, funded by the Gates Cambridge Scholarship Programme. 

Kaamya is currently studying the potential for infant-directed singing to modulate both caregiver stress and mother-infant communication styles. She is specifically focusing on populations of immigrant mothers, who may be faced with a unique host of stressors during the early postpartum period. Immigrant mothers have also been shown in prior research to exhibit characteristically different communication styles with their infants than non-immigrant mothers in either their home or host countries, and the ways in which singing modulates this interactional style is of special interest.  A presentation of her MPhil research at the American Medical Women’s Association led to the award of the 2020 Young Women in Science Award (see Wolfson News).

Kaamya graduated with an A.B. in Neuroscience, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Princeton University in 2018, where she also received a certificate in classical vocal performance. In 2020 she started her medical training as a Distinguished Student Scholar at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. She hopes to work with music programs in clinical settings such as NICUs and maternity wards throughout her life.

MPhil student, 2018-19
 Kaamya  Varagur

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