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Behavioral Neuroscience

Laura Agee

Graduate student

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Courtney Alexander

Graduate student

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

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Emily Hilz

Graduate student |

Education: PhD, University of Texas at Austin

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

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Julia Martz

Graduate student |
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

Celeste Saucedo

Graduate student

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

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

Clinical Psychology

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Scarlett Baird

Graduate student |
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 |
SEA 4.111D

Interests: neuropsychology, aging, neuroimaging

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Emily Carl

Anxiety & Health Behaviors Lab |
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 |
SEA 3.412

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

Adam Cobb

Adam R. Cobb, MA, LPC |
SEA 3.112e

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

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

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Justin Dainer-Best

Graduate student

Education: B.A., Haverford College

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Michelle Davis

Graduate student

Education: M.A., Southern Methodist University

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Darius Dawson

Graduate student |
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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Alexandra Dowd

Child Development in Context Lab |
(512) 471-5414 |
CLA 4.102

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Ariel Handy

Graduate student |
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 |
CLA 4.600

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

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

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Ellie Shuo Jin

Graduate Student |
512-232-2215 |
SEA 3.426F

Education: B.A., McGill University

Interests: Psychoneuroendocrinology

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Chelsea Kilimnik

Graduate student |
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

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

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Travis Mallard

Graduate student

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

Elise Marino

Graduate student

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Michael Mullarkey

Graduate student |
Seay 4.310

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

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Stephanie Oleson

Graduate student |
SEA 4.111D

Education: MA, San Diego State University

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

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Santiago Papini

Graduate student

Education: MA, CUNY-City College

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

Megan Patterson

Graduate student

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Rahel Pearson

Graduate student

Education: M.S., The University of Amsterdam

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Derek Pisner

Graduate student |
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

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Leslie Rice

Graduate student

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

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

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Amelia Stanton

Graduate student

Interests: female sexual dysfunction, childhood sexual abuse

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Aliza Stein

Graduate Student |
CLA 4.600

Education: B.A., Boston University

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

Emily Wilhite

Graduate student |
SEA 2.302B

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Eric Zaizar

Graduate student

Education: B.A., University of Texas

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

Cognitive Neuroscience

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Mary Abbe Roe

Graduate student |
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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Jessica Cooper

Graduate student |
SEA 4.120E

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

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Damion Demeter

Graduate student

Education: M.A., Pacific University

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

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Guadalupe Gonzalez

Graduate student |
SEA 3.312

Education: B.A., Bethel College

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

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Nicholas Griffin

Graduate student |
SEA 2.210B

Education: B.S., Michigan State University

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

Hyo Jeong Kim

Graduate student

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Seth Koslov

Graduate student |
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 |
SEA 2.218

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

Interests: neural representations of working memory

Linnea Marks

Graduate student

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Robert Molitor

Graduate student |
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

Emily Viehman

Graduate student

Cognitive Science

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Justin Busch

Graduate Student, Legare Lab

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

Lydia Crooks

Graduate Student, Gilden Lab |
SEA 5.118E

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

Frances Morales

Graduate Student, Legare Lab |

Evan Stein

Graduate student

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Nicole Wen

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

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Jessie-Raye Bauer

Graduate Student, Booth Lab |
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

Jessica Jankowitsch

Graduate Student, Langlois Lab

Education: B.S., Carnegie Mellon University

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Kelsey Kelley

Graduate Student, Woolley Lab |
SEA 1.316 C

Education: B.A., University of San Francisco

Interests: Supernatural explanations across development; Individual differences in belief

Haeyeon Lee

Graduate student |
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

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Fortunato Medrano

Graduate student

Education: B. S., Northwestern University

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

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Brooke Miller

Graduate Student, Woolley Lab

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Jenny Nissel

Graduate student |

Education: B.A., Yale University

Interests: Development of imagination, fantasy-reality distinction

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Joseph O'brien

Graduate student

Education: B.A., North Carolina State University

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Mayra Chantal Ramirez

Graduate student |
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 |
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

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Margaret Shavlik

Graduate Student, Booth Lab |

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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Jessie-Raye Bauer

Graduate Student, Booth Lab |
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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Daniel Conroy-Beam

Graduate student

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

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Laura Engelhardt

Graduate student |
512-471-2221 |
SEA 2.204

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

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Anna Sedlacek

Graduate student |
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 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

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Can Oluk

Graduate student

Issac Rhim

Graduate student

Social and Personality Psychology

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Amy Arndt

Graduate student

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

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Ashwini Ashokkumar

Graduate student |
SEA 3.426A

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

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Skylar Brannon

Graduate student

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

Leah Fredman

Graduate student |
SEA 3.426F

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Kayla Jordan

Graduate student |
SEA 3.426 E

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

Haesung Jung

Graduate student

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Anastasia Rigney

Graduate student

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

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Sanaz Talaifar

Graduate student |
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 |
SEA 3.426 C

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

Postdoctoral and other Research Personnel

Katherine Blackburn

Postdoctoral Fellow |

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

Interests: language, close relationships, technology

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Ryan Boyd

Postdoctoral Fellow

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

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Alejandro De La Vega

Postdoctoral Fellow, Psychoinformatics Lab |

Education: PhD, University of Colorado Boulder

Tracy Wang

Postdoctoral Fellow, Lewis-Peacock Lab

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