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Behavioral Neuroscience


Laura Agee

Graduate student

laagee@utexas.edu

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!

Emily Hilz

Graduate student

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

Krystal Schaar Valenzuela

Graduate student, Schallert Lab

ksvalenzuela@utexas.edu

Clinical Psychology


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Scarlett Baird

Graduate student

scarlett.baird@utexas.edu |
CLA 4.600

Education: B.A., Southern Methodist University

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

Alex Birdsill

Graduate student

acbirdsill@gmail.com |
SEA 4.111D

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Emily Carl

Graduate student

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

Graduate student

adamrcobb@yahoo.com

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Justin Dainer-Best

Graduate student

dainerbest@utexas.edu

Education: B.A., Haverford College

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Michelle Davis

Graduate student

mldavis8@gmail.com

Education: M.A., Southern Methodist University

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

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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

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Jolene Jacquart

Graduate student

jolene.jacquart@utexas.edu |
CLA 4.600

Education: B.S., The University of Wisconsin - Madison

Interests: Health Behaviors, CBT & Exposure Therapy, Exercise, Mindfulness, the Relaxation Response

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Ellie Shuo Jin

Graduate Student

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

Education: B.A., McGill University

Interests: Psychoneuroendocrinology

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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

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Natalie Kretsch

Graduate student

natalie.kretsch@gmail.com

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

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Cynthia Lancaster

Graduate student

cindy.lancaster@utexas.edu

Education: B.A., Trinity University

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Travis Mallard

Graduate student

travis.mallard@utexas.edu

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

Elise Marino

Graduate student

emarino@utexas.edu

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Johnna Medina

Graduate student

johnnam@utexas.edu

Education: M.A., Southern Methodist University

Michael Mullarkey

Graduate student

michael.mullarkey@utexas.edu |
Seay 4.310

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

Stephanie Oleson

Graduate student

stephanieoleson@utexas.edu |
SEA 4.111D

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

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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

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Rahel Pearson

Graduate student

rahelpearson@gmail.com

Education: M.S., The University of Amsterdam

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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

Carey Pulverman

Graduate student

pulverman@utexas.edu |
SEA 3.318

Education: MA, Hunter College, CUNY

Interests: Sexual violence and sexual functioning.

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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

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Mikael Rubin

Graduate student

mikaelrubin@utexas.edu

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

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Amelia Stanton

Graduate student

amelia.stanton@gmail.com

Interests: Sexual dysfunction, childhood sexual abuse

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Annie Steele

Graduate student

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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

Emily Wilhite

Graduate student

ewilhite@utexas.edu |
SEA 2.302B

Eric Zaizar

Graduate student

eric.zaizar@utexas.edu

Education: B.A., University of Texas

Interests: Anxiety disorders, exposure therapy, translational research.

Cognitive Neuroscience


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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

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Nathaniel Blanco

Graduate student

nathanblanco@gmail.com |
SEA 4.120

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Jessica Cooper

Graduate student

jessica.cooper@gmail.com |
SEA 4.120E

Interests: Decision-making, learning, cognitive aging, depression, category learning, working memory, cognitive training, computational modeling

Damion Demeter

Graduate student

demeter@utexas.edu

Education: B.F.A Chapman University, M.A. Pacific University

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Guadalupe Gonzalez

Graduate student

lupitagon@utexas.edu

Education: B.A., Bethel College

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Nicholas Griffin

Graduate student

ngriffin@utexas.edu

Education: B.A., Michigan State University

Hyo Jeong Kim

Graduate student

komury2@gmail.com

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Seth Koslov

Graduate student

seth.maddoxlab@gmail.com

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

Remington Mallett

Graduate student

remym@utexas.edu |
314-983-8671 |
SEA 2.218

Interests: working memory

Linnea Marks

Graduate student

lrmarks@utexas.edu

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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

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Sharon Noh

Graduate student

smnoh@utexas.edu

Tehila Nugiel

Graduate student

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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

Emily Viehman

Graduate student

evman@utexas.edu

Cognitive Science


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Jessie-Raye Bauer

Graduate Student, Booth Lab

jessie.raye@utexas.edu |
512-471-2055 |
SEA 1.318E

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

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

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Justin Busch

Graduate Student, Legare Lab

justin.ta.busch@gmail.com

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

Lydia Crooks

Graduate Student, Gilden Lab

lydiacrooks@utexas.edu |
SEA 5.118E

Interests: embodied cognition, human time perception, philosophy of science / queer science, affect theory

Taylor Mezaraups

Graduate Student, Gilden Lab

taylormez@utexas.edu

Frances Morales

Graduate Student, Legare Lab

frmorales@utexas.edu |
1.316B

Evan Stein

Graduate student

estein@utexas.edu

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Nicole Wen

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

nicole.wen@utexas.edu |
512-232-1289 |
SEA 1.318B

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

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

Daniel Willard

Graduate Student, Markman Lab

daniel.fx.willard@gmail.com

Developmental Psychology


Jessica Jankowitsch

Graduate Student, Langlois Lab

jessjank@utexas.edu

Education: B.S., Carnegie Mellon University

Kelsey Kelley

Graduate Student, Woolley Lab

kelsey.kelley@utexas.edu |
SEA 1.316 C

Education: B.A., University of San Francisco

Interests: children's explanatory preferences; reasoning about the natural and supernatural; teleological reasoning

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

Fortunato Medrano

Graduate student

fmedrano@utexas.edu

Education: B. S., Northwestern University

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

Brooke Miller

Graduate Student, Woolley Lab

brooke.schepp@gmail.com

Jenny Nissel

Graduate student

jenny.nissel@utexas.edu |
1.316C

Education: B.A., Yale University

Interests: Development of imagination, fantasy-reality distinction

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Joseph O'brien

Graduate student

joseph.obrien@utexas.edu

Education: B.A., North Carolina State University

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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

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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

Margaret Shavlik

Graduate Student, Booth Lab

margaretshavlik@utexas.edu |
1.316B

Education: B.A., Northwestern University

Interests: Early language learning, individual differences, and the effects of socioeconomic status on school readiness and literacy

Individual Differences and Evolutionary Psychology


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Kelly Asao

Graduate student

kasao@utexas.edu |
SEA 3.324B

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Daniel Conroy-Beam

Graduate student

dconroybeam@gmail.com

Interests: Evolutionary psychology, mate preferences, mate selection, agent-based modeling

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

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Frank Mann

Graduate student

frankdmann@utexas.edu |
518-471-3516 |
SEA 3.314

Education: PhD, University of Texas at Austin

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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

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Joy Wyckoff

Graduate student

jwyckoff@utexas.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

Can Oluk

Graduate student

cnoluk@gmail.com

Issac Rhim

Graduate student

issacrhim@utexas.edu

Social and Personality Psychology


Amy Arndt

Graduate student

amynarndt@gmail.com

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

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Ashwini Ashokkumar

Graduate student

ashwinia@utexas.edu |
SEA 3.426A

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

Ryan Boyd

Graduate student

ryanboyd@utexas.edu

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

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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

Haesung Jung

Graduate student

hsjung@utexas.edu

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Anastasia Rigney

Graduate student

ana.rigney@gmail.com

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

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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

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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


James Ashenhurst

Postdoctoral Fellow, SAHARA (Fromme) Lab

james.ashenhurst@gmail.com |
512-471-7276 |
2.302F

Education: PhD, UCLA

Jessica Koski

Postdoctoral Fellow, Self Regulation Lab

jessica.koski@utexas.edu

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Rachel Watson-Jones

Postdoctoral Researcher, Legare Lab; Project Coordinator, Booth Lab

watsonjones@austin.utexas.edu |
936-217-2466 |
SEAY 1.214 and 1.308B

Education: Ph.D., University of Oxford

Interests: Cognitive and evolutionary approaches to understanding religion, cultural transmission, social learning, and ritual.

Aiyana Willard

Postdoctoral Fellow, Cognition, Culture, and Development Laboratory

aiyana.willard@gmail.com


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    The University of Texas at Austin
    SEA 4.208
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    Austin, TX 78712-1043
    512-471-1157