Fred Ayres graduated from Wesleyan University with a B.A. in Neuroscience & Behavior and Economics, and a Certificate in Civic Engagement. He was inducted into Wesleyan’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa in spring 2017.
He currently serves as a City Year AmeriCorps member in Detroit Public Schools Community District, providing academic and emotional-behavioral support to third and fourth graders.
He also works with participants in a public health intervention in Flint, Michigan to reduce substance abuse and violence through the University of Michigan Medical School. On weekends, he leads MCAT courses and tutors for Kaplan Test Prep.
He has previously conducted research on the effects of a high-fat diet on risk-preference in rodents, the components that forge healthy communities, and the use of techniques from behavioral economics to increase up-take of health insurance.
Fred ultimately aims to play an active role in health care and education policy and craft solutions to reach social equity in the United States. He is most interested in translating findings from social and behavioral science into effective public policies and clinical interventions that mitigate health disparities.
His life goals serve as guiding principles around which he shapes his day-to-day activities and priorities.
He also created TL;DR MCAT to improve access to MCAT preparation materials for low-income students.