Elena is a PhD student under the supervision of Paul Griffiths and Dominic Murphy at The University of Sydney. Her dissertation develops a theoretical framework which explains how emotional dispositions are constructed in individuals over time. Her work takes a broadly naturalistic approach and draws on psychology, neuroscience, dynamical systems theory, and developmental systems theory. In the future, she hopes to apply this framework to understanding the developmental origins of health and disease phenotypes. Her other philosophical interests include predictive processing models of mind and Buddhist philosophy. Elena is currently acting as research administrator for the Theory and Method in Biosciences team and is course coordinator for the unit 'How Biology Matters to Philosophy'. She has previously worked in the government sector as a policy analyst, and as a researcher at the Australian Institute for Public Policy and Governance and the Practical Justice Initiative (University of New South Wales).