Metika Ngbokoli

CFE Graduate Student Fellow (2019-2020)
Department of Psychology and Neuroscience


Metika is currently a third-year PhD student in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience with a focus on Behavioral and Integrative Neuroscience. Her research area of interest focuses on investigating the neurobiology of drug addiction and how decision making is affected. Prior to this, she worked as a Senior Research Support Specialist at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY and obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Neuroscience from Connecticut College in 2015. At UNC, Metika serves as a volunteer for the Pre-Graduate Educational Advising Program, Public Relations Co-Chair for the Black Graduate and Professional Student Association (BGPSA), Lead Coordinator for the Sisterhood of Empowerment in Academe (SEA), Advisory Board Member for the Initiative for Minority Excellence (IME) and is a member of Inspiring Meaningful Programs and Communication through Science (IMPACTS). After completing her degree, Metika aspires to pursue a career as a faculty member at a liberal arts college where she can serve as an educator, researcher, and mentor. She hopes to be able to provide a space in which diversity is not only emphasized, but also valued. Metika is passionate about helping others and as a Graduate Student Fellow, she hopes to gain a deeper understanding of effective mentoring strategies as she wants to learn how to best support fellow first-generation students and increase the visibility of women of color in STEM-related fields.