Cecilia McGough is a mental health advocate, writer, and astronomer as a Penn State Schreyer Honors College scholar. Cecilia is the founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of the soon to launch organization Students With Schizophrenia which is the only organization worldwide focused on empowering college students who have schizophrenia. Cecilia also blogs about her experience with schizophrenia in her blog and soon to be published book entitled “I Am Not A Monster: Schizophrenia.” Follow her facebook page here!
People usually first hear the word “schizophrenia” through the media which grossly over sensationalizes and misrepresents the majority of people with schizophrenia. In response, Cecilia is also a creative writer with the purpose to educate her readers and to help break the current image of schizophrenia through her works. She is currently in the sample reader stages of her fantasy fiction novel entitled “Unheard Dialogues” which helps normalize characters depicted with mental health challenges.
Cecilia was the founder of the Penn State Pulsar Search Collaboratory. She participated in pulsar research continuously since December of 2009, co-discovering pulsar J1930-1852 with the widest orbit ever observed around another neutron star, competing in the International Space Olympics held in Russia, and co-authoring her research in the Astrophysics Journal: arXiv:1503.06276v1.
Cecilia McGough is one out of 1000 talents representing 129 countries worldwide who have gathered in Denmark for the UNLEASH Lab 2017 to help reach the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). To learn more about Cecilia, click here.