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Laura Agee

Graduate student

laagee@utexas.edu

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Emily Hilz

Graduate student

emilyhilz@yahoo.com |
903-821-7665

Education: PhD, University of Texas at Austin

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

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M. Nicole Kunkel

Graduate student

mnicolekunkel@utexas.edu

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

Interests: rat models, hormones and behavior, reward, sexual development and behavior, mate choice / preference, women's sexual health and wellness, female reproductive health, health equity, Culture of Health, health policy, accessible science, sex workers' occupational health

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Sydney Lee

Graduate student

sydney.lee@utexas.edu

Education: B.S. in Psychology, Minnesota State University - Mankato

Interests: Spinal cord injury, neuroinflammation, neuropathic pain, circadian rhythms, anxiety

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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

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Tyler Milewski

Graduate student

milewski@utexas.edu |
SEA 4.126

Education: M.S. Biochemistry, University of Scranton

Interests: Social Neuroscience, Neural Plasticity, Animal Cognition, Social Communication

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Kevin Moran

Graduate student

kevin.moran@utexas.edu |
SW7 Office 201

Education: B.S. in Psychology, University of Iowa

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Victoria Nemchek

Graduate student

vnemchek@utexas.edu |
SEA 6.130

Education: B.A. in Neuroscience, Illinois Wesleyan University

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Evan Nudi

Graduate student

etnudi@gmail.com

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Courtney O’Donnell

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!

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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

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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.

Sydney Seese

Graduate student

sydney.seese@utexas.edu

Education: Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience, Michigan State University

Interests: behavioral neuroscience, learning and memory, social influence, plasticity, fear

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Kylee Smith

Graduate student

kyleesmith@utexas.edu |
SEA 5.108

Education: B.S in Neuroscience and Psychology, Bowling Green State University

Interests: Traumatic brain injury, Long-term recovery, Fear conditioning, Learning and memory

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Adriana Vasquez

Graduate student

avasquez97@utexas.edu |
SEA 6.114B

Education: B.S. Psychology, University of Texas at El Paso

Clinical Psychology


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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

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Avery Campos

SAHARA Lab

avery.campos@utexas.edu |
SEA 2.302B

Education: B.A., Kenyon College

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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

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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

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Maria Dekhtyar

Graduate student

SEA 4.111D

Education: B.A., Boston University

Interests: neuropsychology, aging, neuroimaging

Madeline Divine

Graduate student

madeline.divine@utexas.edu |
3143153848 |
SEA 3.318

Education: B.S.,B.S., University of Missouri, University of Tulsa

Interests: cyclical exacerbation of psychopathological symptoms, neuroendocrinological mechanisms implicated in psychopathology, psychology and psychophysiology of womxn’s sexual functioning and arousal

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Christy Dutcher

Graduate student

cdutcher@utexas.edu

Education: M.Ed., University of Houston

Interests: Effect of emotion dysregulation in the treatment of anxiety and substance use disorders, novel interventions for anxiety and mood disorders

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Avtalya Feldman

Graduate student

talya.feldman@utexas.edu |
Seay 4.310

Education: B.S., Yale University

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Dariella Fernandez

Graduate student

dariella.fernandez@utexas.edu

Education: B.A. in Cognitive Science, UC Berkeley

Interests: Aging, dementia, neuropsychology

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Caitlin Fischer

Graduate student

cmfischer@utexas.edu |
SEA 3.112C

Education: B.A., University of Southern California

Interests: PTSD; anxiety disorders; protective factors; gender differences; interventions

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Anna Alban Foulser

Graduate Student

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

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

Interests: PTSD, assault-related PTSD, shame, safety behaviors, self-compassion

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Bridget Freihart

Graduate student

bfreihart@utexas.edu |
SEA 3.318

Education: M.S.W., UC Berkeley

Interests: Sexual satisfaction in couples, physiological coregulation, psychometric development

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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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Brennan Hickson

Graduate student

bhickson@utexas.edu |
SEA 4.111

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

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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

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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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Lewis Leone

Graduate student

lewisleone@utexas.edu

Education: M.S. Clinical Research Methods, Fordham University

Interests: Integrative treatments for anxiety disorders; Physical & Mental Health; Idiographic Research Methodology

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Andrew Levihn-Coon

Graduate student

alevihncoon@utexas.edu

Education: B.A., Psychology & Philosophy, Claremont McKenna College

Interests: Depression, Intervention Development, Behavioral Change, Exercise, Sleep, Diet, Mobile Sensing, Stigma of Mental Illness

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James Madole

Graduate student

jmadole@utexas.edu

Education: B.A., New York University

Interests: Biological contributions to psychopathology

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Travis Mallard

Graduate student

travis.mallard@utexas.edu

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

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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

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Megan McMahon

Graduate Student

mcmahonmc@utexas.edu |
SEA 2.210A

Education: B.S., Neuroscience, College of William and Mary

Interests: fMRI, sleep, memory, cognitive aging

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Mary McNamara

Graduate student

molly.mcnamara@utexas.edu

Education: B.A. Human Biology, Stanford University

Interests: depression; attention bias; translational research

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Megan Micheletti

Graduate student

m.micheletti@utexas.edu

Education: B.S., University of California, Los Angeles

Interests: infant and toddler development, social interactions, quantitative analysis of behavior

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Michael Mullarkey

Graduate student

michael.mullarkey@utexas.edu |
Seay 4.310

Interests: Brief Intervention Development; Predicting Treatment Response; Symptom Level Analysis

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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

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Megan Patterson

Graduate student

mwp241@nyu.edu

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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

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Mikael Rubin

Graduate student

mikaelrubin@utexas.edu

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

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Aditi Sabhlok

Graduate student

aditi.sabhlok@utexas.edu |
SEA 5.128

Education: B.S., Duke University

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Mackenzie Sears

Graduate student

mackenzie.sears@utexas.edu |
SEA 3.318

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

Interests: Sexual satisfaction in romantic relationships, sexual dysfunction, dyadic communication, non-consensual sexual experiences

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Emma Siegel

Graduate student

eysiegel@utexas.edu |
SEA 3.112B

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

Interests: PTSD, treatment outcomes, treatment enhancement, anxiety

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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

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Estrella Thomas

Graduate student

estrellathomas@utexas.edu

Education: B.A., Southwestern University

Interests: PTSD; anxiety disorders; protective factors; preventative treatment; intervention

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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

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Valeria Tretyak

Graduate Student

valeria.tretyak@utexas.edu |
SEA 2.302B

Education: M.Sc. Industrial/Organizational Psychology, City, University of London; M.Res. (Master of Research) Brain Sciences, University College London (UCL)

Interests: Substance use in young adults, bipolar disorder, translational research, evidence based interventions, public health

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Cherry Youn

Graduate student

youncherry@utexas.edu

Education: B.A., University of California, Berkeley

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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, safety behaviors, dissociation, cognitive enhancers, translational research.

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Mackenzie Zisser

Graduate student

Education: B.A., University of California Berkeley

Interests: depression; treatment development; internet-based intervention; ecological momentary assessment

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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Eliya Ben-Asher

Graduate student

ebenasher@utexas.edu

Education: B.S. Cognitive Science, University of California, Davis

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Damion Demeter

Graduate student

demeter@utexas.edu

Education: M.A., Pacific University

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

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Ian Douglas

Graduate student

idouglas@utexas.edu

Education: M.S. Applied Statistics, Columbia University

Interests: Machine learning; functional connectomics; individual differences

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Guadalupe Gonzalez

Graduate student

lupitagon@utexas.edu |
SEA 3.312

Education: B.A., Bethel College

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

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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

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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

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Dillon Luke

Graduate student

lukedm@utexas.edu

Education: M.A., Wake Forest University

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Remington Mallett

Graduate student

mallett.remy@gmail.com |
SEA 2.218

Education: B.S., University of Missouri at St. Louis

Interests: neural representations of working memory; the interaction between memory and perception; circadian fluctuations of cognition

Francois Martel

Graduate student

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Sharon Noh

Graduate student

smnoh@utexas.edu

Patrick O'connor

Graduate student

Cognitive Science


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Eumie Jhong

Graduate student

ejhong@utexas.edu |
SEA 5.130

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

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Fanni Ajna Kertesz

Graduate student

akertesz@utexas.edu |
SEA 1.316E

Education: B.A. in Psychology and Anthropology, Skidmore College

Interests: cognitive development, social development, learning, language development, bilingualism, cross-cultural differences and similarities

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Tyler Larguinho

Graduate student

tyler_larguinho@utexas.edu |
SEA 5.130

Education: B.S. Psychology, University of Rhode Island

Interests: Decision making, Similarity, Consumer choice/behavior

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Hannah Lunkenheimer

Graduate student

hannahlunkenheimer@utexas.edu |
SEA 1.316E

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

Interests: Causal reasoning, belief in afterlife, ritual, religious cognition

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Jesse Peregrino

Graduate student

jesse.peregrino@utexas.edu |
SEA 1.316D

Education: B.A. in Psychology and Philosophy, California State University, Northridge

Interests: Causal Reasoning, Scientific Reasoning, Explanations, Beliefs, Social Cognition, Science Denial

Developmental Psychology


Andrei Amatuni

Graduate student

andreiamatuni@utexas.edu

Education: B.S., Brain and Cognitive Science, University of Rochester

Interests: attention, representation learning, embodied cognition, language learning

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James Daly

Graduate student

jdalybro@utexas.edu |
SEA 1.212C

Education: B.A., Stanford University

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Melanie Gonzalez

Graduate student

msgonzalez@utexas.edu |
SEA 1.326E

Education: B.S., M.A., Cornell University

Interests: Adolescent development; Academic motivation and engagement; Social group disparities in motivational support; Quantitative and qualitative research methodologies

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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

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Fortunato Medrano

Graduate student

fmedrano@utexas.edu

Education: B. S., Northwestern University

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

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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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Shaden Powell

Graduate student

shaden.powell@utexas.edu

Education: M.Ed in Counseling and Human Development, George Mason University

Interests: Caregiver- child interactions, Development, Language, Mental health interventions

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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

Sara Schroer

Graduate student

saraschroer@utexas.edu

Education: M.A. Psychological & Brain Sciences, Indiana University

Interests: caregiver-infant interactions, language acquisition and word learning, attention, cross-cultural research

Nicole Steiner

Graduate student

nicole.steiner20@utexas.edu

Education: BA in Psychology & Linguistics; BA in English, Emory University

Interests: cognitive development, language and thought, concept formation, metaphor, prelinguistic cognition, language for pain, abstract thought, time.

Individual Differences and Evolutionary Psychology


Margaret Clapp

Graduate student

mclapp@utexas.edu

Education: B.A., Washington University in St. Louis

Interests: behavioral genetics, psychopathology, personality

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Courtney Crosby

Graduate student

clcrosby@utexas.edu |
3.324C

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

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

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Patrick Durkee

Graduate Student

pdurkee@utexas.edu

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

Interests: Evolutionary Psychology, Social Status, Personality, Social Cognition, Emotions

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Anna Sedlacek

Graduate student

agbs@utexas.edu |
7327353911 |
SEA 3.324E

Education: PhD, University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Sexual harassment, intersexual conflict, individual differences in mating strategies

Perception, Brain and Behavior


Yoon Bai

Graduate student

yoonbai@utexas.edu

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Gabriela Coello-Reyes

Graduate student

reyes.gabriela09@utexas.edu |
SEA 6.128A

Education: B.S. Biology: Neurobiology, The University of Texas at Austin

Eric Hart

Graduate student

ehart004@gmail.com

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Ronan O'Shea

Graduate student

ronan_oshea@utexas.edu

Education: Bachelors of Science; Neuroscience, Brown University

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Can Oluk

Graduate student

cnoluk@gmail.com

Daniel Panfili

Graduate Student

dan.panfili@utexas.edu

Education: B.S., Drexel University

Interests: Visual Perception, Virtual Reality, 3D Motion, Eye Tracking

Issac Rhim

Graduate student

issacrhim@utexas.edu

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Jake Whritner

Graduate student

jake.whritner@utexas.edu

Education: B.A., New York University;, M.A., The University of Kent

Interests: Vision science, perception, motion processing, 3D motion, eye tracking, natural scene statistics, computer vision

Social and Personality Psychology


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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

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Serena Brandler

Graduate student

smbrandler@utexas.edu |
SEA 3.426A

Education: B.A., Rice University

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Skylar Brannon

Graduate student

skylar_brannon@utexas.edu

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

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Pelin Cunningham-Erdogdu

Graduate student

pelince@utexas.edu

Education: Psychology, B.A., The University of Houston

Interests: Goal pursuit, power, fear, political psychology.

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Kayla Jordan

Graduate student

kaylajordan@utexas.edu |
SEA 3.426 E

Education: M.S., Experimental Psychology, Missouri State University

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

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Haesung Jung

Graduate student

hsjung@utexas.edu

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Zachariah Marrero

Graduate student

Zachariah.marrero@utexas.edu |
SEA 3.246C

Education: B.S. Psychology, 2017, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Interests: PERSONALITY: Structure, processes and development; The manifestation of personality in everyday life and diagnosticity; Person perception; Self-knowledge and well-being; Decision-making; Group personality composition; Latent emotional experiences on moral judgments (Moral heuristics and biases) NOVEL RESEARCH METHODS: Mobile sensing; Machine learning; Localization; Geofencing ECOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY: Enviornment selection and manipulation; Environmental impacts on psychology and behavior.

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Shaina Munin

Graduate student

smunin@utexas.edu

Education: B.S. Neuroscience, Johns Hopkins University

Interests: Individual differences, emotional experience, self, social cognition, social neuroscience

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Sarah Seraj

Graduate student

sarahseraj@utexas.edu |
SEA 3.426C

Education: MS, Environmental Engineering, University of Texas at Austin

Interests: language, group bias, close relationships

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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.

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Sanaz Talaifar

Graduate student

stalaifar@gmail.com |
SEA 3.426 D

Interests: identity fusion, the self, well-being, morality, political psychology, psychology of architecture

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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


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