Overcoming Schizophrenia: Cecilia McGough
Cecilia McGough is a mental health activist, writer, and radio astronomer located in the United States and does not let having schizophrenia define her. Cecilia is the founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of the nonprofit Students With Schizophrenia. She also currently serves as the president on the Students With Schizophrenia nonprofit board. Cecilia is the vlogger for the I Am Not A Monster: Schizophrenia project, a TED speaker with over 2 million views on YouTube, a Special Books By Special Kids interviewee with over 12 million views on Facebook, and a film script consultant on an upcoming Hollywood film depicting a character who has schizophrenia. In addition, Cecilia is an UNLEASH talent who traveled to Denmark in August of 2017 to be an active voice towards attaining the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Cecilia was the founder and president of the Penn State Pulsar Search Collaboratory. She had participated in pulsar research continuously since December of 2009 until December 2017 while co-discovering pulsar J1930-1852 at the age of 17 with the widest orbit ever observed around another neutron star. A pulsar is a super dense neutron star which emits dipole electromagnetic radiation. Cecilia was a Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholar through the NASA Langley Research Center and the Virginia Space Grant Consortium. She competed in the International Space Olympics held in Russia and was named “Miss Space Olympics 2012.” Cecilia is listed as a co-author for her pulsar research through the Pulsar Search Collaboratory in the Astrophysics Journal: arXiv:1503.06276v1. It is Cecilia McGough’s personal mission to help ensure a day where no one worldwide is afraid to say the words “I have schizophrenia.” Together, we can change the face of schizophrenia, and Students With Schizophrenia is apart of that solution.