Lily M. Bowles, M.S.
A lifelong science enthusiast, Lily Bowles has been obsessed with the brain for as long as she can remember. She fundamentally believes that everyone is interested in both psychology and neuroscience when they are explained in a way that is engaging and easy to understand. She is particularly interested in how behaviors shape and change the physiology of the brain and body. In college, she studied both Neuroscience and Psychology at the University of Southern California and worked in the lab of the illustrious Dr. Richard F. Thompson, the first scientist to map classical conditioning in the brain.
After graduating with honors and two degrees (Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience) from USC, she continued on to graduate studies in Behavioral and Systems Neuroscience at Rutgers University in New Jersey in conjunction with the Center for Collaborative Neuroscience. There, she worked in the laboratory of the eminent Dr. Tracy Shors researching various topics surrounding adult hippocampal neurogenesis and sex differences using animal models. For three and a half years, Lily worked in the lab, took courses and taught Undergraduates on a full fellowship. She earned her Master of Science degree in Psychology developing the first animal models of sexual abuse and identifying underlying hippocampal growth deficits and lifelong learning delays as a result of the abuse. Ultimately, she left academia and animal research to pursue her dream of working as a science writer, communicator, and consultant. In 2013 she started her own company, Corpus Callosum Consulting, LLC. Like the part of the brain for which it is named, Corpus Callosum Consulting integrates hemispheres of the academic and public worlds in order to make complex science content easily accessible, fun and engaging. She has worked with a diverse range of clients over the years, including a 4-year exclusive contract with UCSF’s Langley Porter Psychiatric Clinic. There, she helped to develop a new type of therapeutic web experience targeted at young adults. She also wrote course material for and taught online courses for returning veterans called Next Mission and Women Warriors. She continues to consult with UCSF part time and also works with a diverse range of local and international clients. She lives in San Francisco with her family and is excited to be a contributor to Rivers Edge Counselling Centre.