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Sarah Kate Bearman

Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology

skbearman@austin.utexas.edu |
(512) 471-0287 |
SZB 254G

Education: Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Dissemination and implementation of treatment into typical service settings; treatment of youth anxiety, depression, disruptive behavior and post-traumatic stress disorders; treatment integrity, the development of therapist competence; clinical supervision.

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Christopher G Beevers

Wayne H. Holtzman Regents Chair in Psychology and Director of the Institute for Mental Health Research

beevers@utexas.edu |
(512) 232-3706 |
CLA 4.528

Education: Ph.D., University of Miami

Interests: Etiology, maintenance, and treatment of unipolar depression in adults; translational behavioral research; integration of genetic and cognitive perspectives.

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Yessenia Castro

Assistant Professor of Social Work

ycastro@austin.utexas.edu |
512-232-0778 |
HLP 295D

Education: Ph.D., The Florida State University

Interests: Development, evaluation, and dissemination of interventions for health risk behaviors; effects of cultural factors, gender, and race/ethnicity on health behavior; Latino health; psychometrics.

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Bharath Chandrasekaran

Assistant Professor of Communication Sciences & Disorders

bchandra@mail.utexas.edu |
(512) 471-2035 |
CMA 4.137

Education: Ph.D., Purdue University

Interests: Sensory and cognitive processes that underlie speech and music perception in normal and clinical populations using functional magnetic resonance imaging and electrophysiological methods.

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Jessica Church-Lang

Assistant Professor of Psychology

church@austin.utexas.edu |
512-475-7009 |
SEA 2.216

Education: Ph.D., Washington University at St. Louis

Interests: Developmental cognitive neuroscience of skill acquisition (e.g. reading) and task control in typical and clinical children; task and rest-based fMRI; consistency/heritability of task control brain activity; influence of behavioral/biological measures (e.g. hormones, circadian rhythms, attention symptom burden) on brain activity.

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Kaya de Barbaro

Assistant Professor of Psychology

kaya@austin.utexas.edu |
CLA 4.520

Education: Ph.D., University of California San Diego

Interests: behavior, social interactions, development, dynamical systems theory, mobile sensing, machine learning, mental health

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Joseph Dunsmoor

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

joseph.dunsmoor@austin.utexas.edu

Education: Ph.D., Duke University

Interests: Research in Dr. Dunsmoor’s lab centers on how emotion and cognition interact to determine how we learn about and remember important events.

Mbemba Jabbi

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

mbemba.jabbi@austin.utexas.edu

Education: Ph.D., The University Medical Center Groningen

Interests: Dr. Jabbi’s current research applies deep behavioral phenotyping and multimodal imaging genetics to better understand the neurogenetic basis for normal and dysregulated affective functioning.

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Robert A Josephs

Professor of Psychology

bob.josephs@utexas.edu |
(512) 471-9788 |
SEA 3.204

Education: Ph.D., University of Michigan

Interests: Person-environment interaction and its contribution to psychopathology, such as depression, anxiety, and alcohol use; human neuroendocrinology, molecular genetics, and social psychology.

Elizabeth Lippard

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

elizabeth.lippard@austin.utexas.edu

Education: Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Interests: Dr. Lippard’s research interests focus on the intersection of behavioral and developmental neuroscience. She studies brain-behavior relationships across development, in clinical and typically developing populations, and how genes and environmental stress influence these processes.

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Marie H Monfils

Assistant Professor of Psychology

marie.monfils@gmail.com |
(512) 471-4139 |
SEA 6.104

Education: Ph.D., University of Lethbridge

Interests: Fear conditioning, learning, memory, consolidation, extinction, reconsolidation, synaptic plasticity, and long-term potentiation

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Rebecca Neal-Beevers

Psychology Research Scientist

rebecca.neal@utexas.edu |
(512) 475-8491 |
CLA 4.526

Education: Ph.D., University of Miami

Interests: Social and communication development in infants and young children; early identification of developmental delay in at-risk populations; autism

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Mark Powers

Psychology Research Associate Professor

mbpowers@utexas.edu |
512-471-4253 |
CLA 4.524

Education: Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Nature, causes, and treatment of PTSD and other Anxiety and Substance Use Disorders

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David M Schnyer

Professor of Psychology

schnyer@utexas.edu |
(512) 475-8499 |
SEA 5.246

Education: Ph.D., University of Arizona

Interests: Cognitive neuroscience in healthy and disordered populations, especially aging and depression; EEG, MEG, fMRI methodologies.

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Jason Shumake

Biostatistician / Research Assistant Professor of Psychology

shumake@austin.utexas.edu |
(512) 232-2206 |
CLA 4.414

Education: Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin

Interests: statistics, machine learning, data mining, individual differences, precision medicine

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Jasper Smits

Professor of Psychology

smits@utexas.edu |
(512) 475-8095 |
CLA 4.522

Education: Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Development of behavioral and integrative treatments for anxiety disorders (e.g., social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder) and related problems (smoking, overeating, physical inactivity)

Stephen Strakowski

Professor, Chair of Psychiatry

steve.strakowski@austin.utexas.edu

Education: MD, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville

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Michael J Telch

Professor of Psychology

telch@austin.utexas.edu |
(512) 475-8488 (Direct) (512) 471-3393 (Secretary) |
SEA 3.102

Education: Ph.D., Stanford University

Interests: In addition to my academic interests (see above), I enjoy travel, boating, health and fitness, music, and many sports.

Marisa Toups

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

marisa.toups@austin.utexas.edu

Education: MD, Tulane University

Interests: Dr. Toups' current research focuses on understanding specific mechanisms of bi-directional communication between the brain and immune system.