Department of Psychology
Department of Psychology
Search for people

Behavioral Neuroscience


Laura Agee

Graduate student

laagee@utexas.edu

Photo of Courtney Alexander

Courtney Alexander

Graduate student

calexander3@utexas.edu

Education: M.S. in Psychological Sciences, Pacific University

Interests: Long distance running, soccer, international travel, copious amounts of coffee, reading and keeping up to date with the latest Neuro research!

Eric Hart

Graduate student

ehart004@gmail.com

Photo of Emily Hilz

Emily Hilz

Graduate student

emilyhilz@yahoo.com |
9038217665

Education: PhD, University of Texas at Austin

Interests: learning and memory, psychopharmacology, sex differences, appetetive conditioning/extinction

Marcela Kunkel

Graduate student

mnicolekunkel@utexas.edu

Education: B.S. in Behavioral Neuroscience, St. Edward's University

Interests: Behavioral neuroscience, rat models, hormones and behavior, reward, sexual development and behavior, mate choice / preference, drugs of addiction, stimulants

Photo of Julia Martz

Julia Martz

Graduate student

jmartz@utexas.edu |
512-471-0272 |
SEA 6.114B

Interests: Neural-endocrine regulation of motivated behaviors and associated disorders such as addiction, anxiety, and depression

Evan Nudi

Graduate student

etnudi@gmail.com

Kaila Parker

Graduate Student

parkerk@utexas.edu |
SEA 5.226

Education: Ph.D, University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Traumatic Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, Concussion, Concussion Animal Modeling, Concussion and Traumatic Injury Biomarkers

Celeste Saucedo

Graduate student

celestesaucedo@utexas.edu

Education: B.S. Psychology, University of North Texas

Interests: Transcranial infrared stimulation, cognitive enhancement in healthy and clinical populations, mild cognitive impairment, Alzheimer's disease.

Krystal Schaar Valenzuela

Graduate student, Schallert Lab

ksvalenzuela@utexas.edu

Interests: Stroke, MCAo, motor function, rehabilitation, axonal sprouting, neural plasticity

Clinical Psychology


Photo of Scarlett Baird

Scarlett Baird

Graduate student

scarlett.baird@utexas.edu |
CLA 4.600

Education: M.A., The University of Texas at Austin

Interests: CBT, Veteran Reintegration, Determinants of Treatment Adherence, Physical Activity

Alex Birdsill

Graduate student

acbirdsill@gmail.com |
SEA 4.111D

Interests: neuropsychology, aging, neuroimaging

Photo of Emily Carl

Emily Carl

Anxiety & Health Behaviors Lab

emilycarl@utexas.edu |
CLA 4.600

Education: M.A., Boston University

Interests: Novel treatments, anxiety treatment, GAD, exercise, eating, smoking, rumination, mindfulness, personalized medicine, ecological momentary assessment, augmentative treatment strategies

Julia Chafkin

Graduate student

Julia.Chafkin@utexas.edu |
SEA 3.412

Interests: Neuroendocrinology, Perinatal Mental Health, Postpartum Mental Health, Neonatal and Child Development, Adolescent Endocrinology

Adam Cobb

Adam R. Cobb, MA, LPC

adamrcobb@utexas.edu |
SEA 3.112e

Education: MA, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

Interests: Etiology and treatment of anxiety, fear and traumatic stress-related disorders.

Photo of Justin Dainer-Best

Justin Dainer-Best

Graduate student

dainerbest@utexas.edu

Education: B.A., Haverford College

Photo of Michelle Davis

Michelle Davis

Graduate student

mldavis8@gmail.com

Education: M.A., Southern Methodist University

Photo of Darius Dawson

Darius Dawson

Graduate student

dariusblake@utexas.edu |
512-471-9116 |
SEA 2.314

Education: M.A., San Diego State University

Interests: Ethnic Differences in Substance Use Behaviors; Behavioral Change Mechanisms

Photo of Alexandra Dowd

Alexandra Dowd

Child Development in Context Lab

alexandradowd@utexas.edu |
(512) 471-5414 |
CLA 4.102

Avtalya Feldman

Graduate student

talya.feldman@utexas.edu |
Seay 4.310

Education: B.S., Yale University

Photo of Anna Alban Foulser

Anna Alban Foulser

Graduate Student

afoulser@utexas.edu |
781-572-9675 |
SEA 3.112B

Education: B.S., The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Interests: Anxiety disorders, anxiety treatments

Photo of Bridget Freihart

Bridget Freihart

Graduate student

bfreihart@utexas.edu |
SEA 3.318

Education: M.S.W., UC Berkeley

Interests: Sexual psychophysiology, sexual arousal and function, neuroendocrine sources of sexual dysfunction, sexual trauma, sexual agency, sexual psychometric development

Photo of Ariel Handy

Ariel Handy

Graduate student

arielbhandy@gmail.com |
SEA 3.318

Education: BA, University of Vermont

Interests: Brief interventions for sexual dysfunction, sexuality in special populations, sexuality across cultures

Photo of Brennan Hickson

Brennan Hickson

Graduate student

bhickson@utexas.edu |
SEA 4.111

Education: B.S., Neuroscience; B.A., Philosophy, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Photo of Kean Hsu

Kean Hsu

Postdoctoral Fellow, Mood Disorders Laboratory

keanjhsu@utexas.edu |
512-471-4825 |
CLA 4.604

Education: Ph.D., University of Southern California

Interests: The role of non-valenced (e.g., attention and executive functioning) and valenced cognitive processes (e.g., cognitive biases) in the etiology, maintenance, and treatment of adult unipolar depression and anxiety; mechanisms underlying psychotherapeutic interventions; general models of psychopathology.

Photo of Jolene Jacquart

Jolene Jacquart

Graduate student

jolene.jacquart@utexas.edu |
CLA 4.600

Education: M.A., The University of Texas - Austin

Interests: Health Behaviors, CBT & Exposure Therapy, Exercise, Mindfulness

Photo of Ellie Shuo Jin

Ellie Shuo Jin

Graduate Student

ellieshuojin@utexas.edu |
512-232-2215 |
SEA 3.426D

Education: B.A., McGill University

Interests: Psychoneuroendocrinology

Photo of Chelsea Kilimnik

Chelsea Kilimnik

Graduate student

chelseakilimnik@utexas.edu |
SEA 3.318

Education: M.Sc, Trent University

Interests: Sexual violence, non-consensual sexual experiences and subjective identification, sexual well-being and functioning, sexual self-schemas

James Madole

Graduate student

jmadole@utexas.edu

Education: B.A., New York University

Interests: Biological contributions to psychopathology

Photo of Travis Mallard

Travis Mallard

Graduate student

travis.mallard@utexas.edu

Interests: Genetics, alcohol and drug abuse, addiction, externalizing psychopathology

Elise Marino

Graduate student

emarino@utexas.edu

Photo of Ciara McAfee

Ciara McAfee

Graduate student

ciara.mcafee@utexas.edu |
607-592-1391 |
SEA 3.412

Education: B.A., Goucher College

Interests: Neuroendocriniology, Performance Anxiety, Personalized Medicine, Epigenetics, Sleep & Performance, Mindfulness

Photo of Michael Mullarkey

Michael Mullarkey

Graduate student

michael.mullarkey@utexas.edu |
Seay 4.310

Interests: Emotion Regulation, Distress Tolerance, Beliefs About Emotions, Brief Interventions

Photo of Stephanie Oleson

Stephanie Oleson

Graduate student

stephanieoleson@utexas.edu |
SEA 4.111D

Education: MA, San Diego State University

Interests: Vascular mechanisms of cognitive decline; identifying modifiable risk factors for dementia

Photo of Santiago Papini

Santiago Papini

Graduate student

spapini@utexas.edu

Education: MA, CUNY-City College

Interests: experimental psychopathology, latent growth mixture modeling, network analysis, machine learning

Megan Patterson

Graduate student

mwp241@nyu.edu

Photo of Rahel Pearson

Rahel Pearson

Graduate student

rahelpearson@gmail.com

Education: M.S., The University of Amsterdam

Photo of Derek Pisner

Derek Pisner

Graduate student

dpisner@utexas.edu |
703-200-8389 |
CLA 4.600

Education: B.A., The University of Virginia

Interests: Clinical Diagnostics and Treatment, Personalize Medicine, Machine Learning/ Data Mining, Diffusion Tensor Imaging, rsfMRI, BCI's, Connectomics

Photo of Leslie Rice

Leslie Rice

Graduate student

lrice@utexas.edu

Education: B.A., Wake Forest University

Interests: Neuropsychological rehabilitation, neuropsychoendocrinology, stress-linked mental illness, first responders, CBT and functional impairment

Photo of Mikael Rubin

Mikael Rubin

Graduate student

mikaelrubin@utexas.edu

Education: M.A., The City College of New York

Photo of Aditi Sabhlok

Aditi Sabhlok

Graduate student

aditi.sabhlok@utexas.edu |
SEA 5.128

Education: B.S., Duke University

Photo of Emma Siegel

Emma Siegel

Graduate student

eysiegel@utexas.edu |
SEA 3.112B

Education: B.A., University of California, Santa Cruz

Interests: PTSD, treatment outcomes, treatment enhancement, substance use

Photo of Amelia Stanton

Amelia Stanton

Graduate student

amelia.stanton@gmail.com

Interests: female sexual dysfunction, childhood sexual abuse

Photo of Aliza Stein

Aliza Stein

Graduate Student

atstein@utexas.edu |
CLA 4.600

Education: B.A., Boston University

Interests: Novel Interventions for Mood and Anxiety Disorders, PTSD, CBT, Expsosure Therapy

Janelle Thompson

Graduate Student

janellethompson@utexas.edu |
SEA 4.111D

Education: B.S., Trinity University

Interests: neuropsychological assessment of individuals with cognitive impairment, modifiable risk factors for dementia

Valeria Tretyak

Graduate Student

valeria.tretyak@utexas.edu |
SEA 2.302B

Education: M.Res. (Master of Research) in Brain Sciences, University College London (UCL)

Interests: Substance abuse and binge drinking in young adults, childhood maltreatment/trauma, bipolar disorder, translational research, evidence based interventions, public health

Emily Wilhite

Graduate student

ewilhite@utexas.edu |
SEA 2.302B

Photo of Eric Zaizar

Eric Zaizar

Graduate student

eric.zaizar@utexas.edu

Education: B.A., University of Texas

Interests: Anxiety-related disorders, clinical trials, experimental psychopathology, mechanisms of exposure therapy, translational research.

Cognitive Neuroscience


Photo of Mary Abbe Roe

Mary Abbe Roe

Graduate student

maroe@austin.utexas.edu |
SEA 2.204B

Education: B.S., University of Rochester

Interests: Developmental disorders, neuroimaging, brain networks, typical and atypical developmental trajectories of executive functions

Photo of Damion Demeter

Damion Demeter

Graduate student

demeter@utexas.edu

Education: M.A., Pacific University

Interests: Neuroimaging, functional connectivity MRI, developmental trajectories of brain organization, developmental disorders

Photo of Guadalupe Gonzalez

Guadalupe Gonzalez

Graduate student

lupitagon@utexas.edu |
SEA 3.312

Education: B.A., Bethel College

Interests: Racial Bias, Ethnic Bias, Cognitive Neuroscience, Attention, Memory

Photo of Nicholas Griffin

Nicholas Griffin

Graduate student

ngriffin@utexas.edu |
SEA 2.210B

Education: B.S., Michigan State University

Interests: Memory distortion, attention bias, depression, EEG.

Hyo Jeong Kim

Graduate student

komury2@gmail.com

Photo of Seth Koslov

Seth Koslov

Graduate student

Koslov@utexas.edu |
SEA 2.218

Education: B.A., The University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Mechanisms of working memory and prospective memory, individual differences in learning and decision-making

Remington Mallett

Graduate student

remym@utexas.edu |
SEA 2.218

Education: B.S., Univ of Missouri - St. Louis

Interests: neural representations of working memory

Photo of Robert Molitor

Robert Molitor

Graduate student

rjmolitor@utexas.edu |
NHB 3.340

Education: B.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Interests: Cognitive neuroscience of memory, attention, category learning

Neal Morton

Postdoctoral Fellow

neal.morton@austin.utexas.edu |
3.356

Education: Ph.D., Vanderbilt University

Interests: Episodic memory; fMRI; ECoG; EEG; tDCS; computational modeling

Photo of Sharon Noh

Sharon Noh

Graduate student

smnoh@utexas.edu

Cognitive Science


Photo of Justin Busch

Justin Busch

Graduate Student, Legare Lab

justin.ta.busch@gmail.com

Interests: causal reasoning, science understanding, reasoning about the supernatural, folk biology

Photo of Eumie Jhong

Eumie Jhong

Graduate student

ejhong@utexas.edu |
SEA 5.130

Education: B.A. Liberal Arts, The New School

Neal Morton

Postdoctoral Fellow

neal.morton@austin.utexas.edu |
3.356

Education: Ph.D., Vanderbilt University

Interests: Episodic memory; fMRI; ECoG; EEG; tDCS; computational modeling

Evan Stein

Graduate student

estein@utexas.edu

Photo of Nicole Wen

Nicole Wen

Graduate Student; Cognition, Culture, & Development Lab (Legare)

nicole.wen@utexas.edu |
512-232-1289 |
SEA 1.316E

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

Interests: Cognitive development, cultural learning, social cognition, mechanisms of cultural transmission

Developmental Psychology


Photo of Jessie-Raye Bauer

Jessie-Raye Bauer

Graduate Student, Booth Lab

jessie.raye@utexas.edu

Interests: scientific literacy, STEM, causal reasoning, executive function, early childhood education, early intervention

Photo of Kelsey Kelley

Kelsey Kelley

Graduate Student, Woolley Lab

kelsey.kelley@utexas.edu |
SEA 1.316 C

Education: B.A., University of San Francisco

Interests: Supernatural explanations across development; Individual differences in belief

Haeyeon Lee

Graduate student

haeyeon.lee@utexas.edu |
SEA 1.318A

Education: B.A. in Psychology, Seoul National University

Interests: Adolescent social cognitive development; Social/academic stress and health outcomes in adolescence; Sensitivity to social status; Psychological intervention and behavioral change in adolescence

Photo of Fortunato Medrano

Fortunato Medrano

Graduate student

fmedrano@utexas.edu

Education: B. S., Northwestern University

Interests: Social Cognitive Development; Adolescent Psychological Interventions; Scalable Interventions; Psychological Measurement

Photo of Jenny Nissel

Jenny Nissel

Graduate student

jenny.nissel@utexas.edu |
1.316C

Education: B.A., Yale University

Interests: Development of imagination, fantasy-reality distinction

Photo of Joseph O'brien

Joseph O'brien

Graduate student

joseph.obrien@utexas.edu

Education: B.A., North Carolina State University

Photo of Mayra Chantal Ramirez

Mayra Chantal Ramirez

Graduate student

mayrachantal@utexas.edu |
SEA 1.318C

Education: B.A., Texas A&M University

Interests: Bilingual language processing and development, learning strategies in early bilinguals and second language learners, dual language education

Photo of Dolly Rojo

Dolly Rojo

Graduate student

drojo@utexas.edu |
SEA 1.318C

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

Interests: Social and Cognitive Psychology, Language Development, Language Processing, Spanish-English Bilinguals, Dual-Language Education

Individual Differences and Evolutionary Psychology


Photo of Courtney Crosby

Courtney Crosby

Graduate student

clcrosby@utexas.edu |
3.324B

Education: B.A. in Psychology, The University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Human mating, sexual arousal, sexual disgust, sexual decision-making behaviors in women

Patrick Durkee

Graduate Student

pdurkee@utexas.edu

Education: M.A. Experimental Psychology, California State University, Fullerton

Interests: Evolutionary Psychology, Bargaining Power, Aggression, Mating, Cooperation

Photo of Laura Engelhardt

Laura Engelhardt

Graduate student

lauraeng@utexas.edu |
512-471-2221 |
SEA 2.204

Education: B.A. Indiana University, M.A. University of Texas at Austin

Photo of Anna Sedlacek

Anna Sedlacek

Graduate student

agbs@utexas.edu |
7327353911 |
SEA 3.324F (E as of Fall 2016)

Education: PhD, University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Evolutionary psychology of self-esteem, perceptions of physical attractiveness, religiosity, and much more

Photo of Joy Wyckoff

Joy Wyckoff

Graduate student

jwyckoff at utexas dot edu |
SEA 3.324

Education: BA, MA, PhD, University of California Santa Barbara, The College of William & Mary, University of Texas at Austin

Perception, Brain and Behavior


Yoon Bai

Graduate student

yoonbai@utexas.edu

Photo of Can Oluk

Can Oluk

Graduate student

cnoluk@gmail.com

Issac Rhim

Graduate student

issacrhim@utexas.edu

Photo of Jake Whritner

Jake Whritner

Graduate student

jake.whritner@utexas.edu |
SEA 4.128G

Education: M.A., The University of Kent

Interests: Vision science, perception, eye tracking, natural scene statistics, computer vision, motor control

Social and Personality Psychology


Photo of Amy Arndt

Amy Arndt

Graduate student

amynarndt@gmail.com

Interests: prosocial behavior, perspective taking, media influence and interaction

Photo of Ashwini Ashokkumar

Ashwini Ashokkumar

Graduate student

ashwinia@utexas.edu |
SEA 3.426A

Interests: identity fusion, group identity, intergroup conflict, morality, online research methods

Photo of Skylar Brannon

Skylar Brannon

Graduate student

skylar_brannon@utexas.edu

Interests: Social Cognition, Belief Updating, Cognitive Consistency, Morality, Impression Formation

Leah Fredman

Graduate student

leahafredman@gmail.com |
SEA 3.426F

Photo of Michelle Harris

Michelle Harris

Postdoctoral Fellow, Self-Regulation Lab

michelleaharris@utexas.edu |
SEAY 3.414

Education: Ph.D., University of California, Davis

Interests: self-esteem formation, development, and measurement; personality development; experimental methods

Photo of Kayla Jordan

Kayla Jordan

Graduate student

kaylajordan91@gmail.com |
SEA 3.426 E

Interests: language, political psychology, morality, health, computational psychology

Haesung Jung

Graduate student

hsjung@utexas.edu

Lara Kroencke

Graduate student

lara.kroencke@utexas.edu |
SEA 3.426C

Education: B.Sc., University of Hamburg

Interests: personality and individual differences, well-being, ecological-momentary assessments

Photo of Anastasia Rigney

Anastasia Rigney

Graduate student

ana.rigney@gmail.com

Interests: social cognitive neuroscience, self-perceptions, motivated biases

Miti Shah

Graduate student

mitishah@utexas.edu |
SEA 3.426A

Education: M.Sc Clinical Psychology, Christ University, India

Interests: Prosocial, helping and altruistic behaviour. Influencing and increasing compliance in rule following behaviour.

Photo of Sanaz Talaifar

Sanaz Talaifar

Graduate student

stalaifar@gmail.com |
SEA 3.426 HA

Interests: identity fusion, the self, relationships between health and identity, morality, psychology of physical spaces

Photo of Mohini Tellakat

Mohini Tellakat

Graduate student

mtellakat@utexas.edu |
SEA 3.426 C

Interests: social behaviors, social perception, mental health, computational psychology, language

Postdoctoral and other Research Personnel


Katherine Blackburn

Postdoctoral Fellow

k8blackburn@gmail.com |
3.424F

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

Interests: language, close relationships, technology

Photo of Ryan Boyd

Ryan Boyd

Postdoctoral Fellow

ryanboyd@utexas.edu

Education: PhD, The University of Texas at Austin

Interests: language, social processes, behavioral assessment of personality, motivational processes, mental health, computational psychology

Christine Coughlin

Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Learning & Memory

cacoughlin@utexas.edu

Photo of Alejandro De La Vega

Alejandro De La Vega

Postdoctoral Fellow, Psychoinformatics Lab

delavega@utexas.edu |
5.108C

Education: PhD, University of Colorado Boulder

Photo of Michelle Harris

Michelle Harris

Postdoctoral Fellow, Self-Regulation Lab

michelleaharris@utexas.edu |
SEAY 3.414

Education: Ph.D., University of California, Davis

Interests: self-esteem formation, development, and measurement; personality development; experimental methods

Photo of Kean Hsu

Kean Hsu

Postdoctoral Fellow, Mood Disorders Laboratory

keanjhsu@utexas.edu |
512-471-4825 |
CLA 4.604

Education: Ph.D., University of Southern California

Interests: The role of non-valenced (e.g., attention and executive functioning) and valenced cognitive processes (e.g., cognitive biases) in the etiology, maintenance, and treatment of adult unipolar depression and anxiety; mechanisms underlying psychotherapeutic interventions; general models of psychopathology.

Hui Li

Postdoctoral Fellow, Imagination and Cognition Lab

huilipsy@gmail.com |
SEA 1.224E

Education: Ph. D., Central China Normal University

Interests: Media and children's cognitive development in preschool, fantasy-reality distinction and fNIRS

Photo of Margherita Malanchini

Margherita Malanchini

Postdoctoral Fellow

m.malanchini@utexas.edu

Education: PhD, University of Texas at Austin

Neal Morton

Postdoctoral Fellow

neal.morton@austin.utexas.edu |
3.356

Education: Ph.D., Vanderbilt University

Interests: Episodic memory; fMRI; ECoG; EEG; tDCS; computational modeling

Christopher Robison

Postdoctoral Fellow

robison@utexas.edu |
6.114

Education: Ph.D., Florida State University

Interests: Neuroendocrine regulation of motivated behavior, Biological factors underlying individual differences, Gasotransmission

Katherine Sherrill

Postdoctoral Fellow

ksherrill@utexas.edu

Education: Ph.D., Boston University

Interests: Spatial cognition, navigation, episodic memory, fMRI, ECoG

Tracy Wang

Postdoctoral Fellow, Lewis-Peacock Lab

tracy.wang@utexas.edu


  •   Map
  • Department of Psychology

    The University of Texas at Austin
    SEA 4.208
    108 E. Dean Keeton Stop A8000
    Austin, TX 78712-1043
    512-471-1157