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Andrei Amatuni

Graduate student

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

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

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Amy Arndt

Graduate student

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

Paola Baca

Graduate student

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

Interests: Imagination, Impossible Beliefs, Religious Cognition

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Eliya Ben-Asher

Graduate student

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

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Serena Brandler

Graduate student |
SEA 3.426A

Education: B.A., Rice University

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Emily Carl

Anxiety & Health Behaviors Lab |
CLA 4.600

Education: M.A., Boston University

Interests: Novel treatments, PTSD, depression, exercise, treatment matching, VR, mobile apps

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Julia Chafkin

Graduate student |
SEA 3.412

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

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Margaret Clapp

Graduate student

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

Interests: behavioral genetics, psychopathology, personality

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Gabriela Coello-Reyes

Graduate student |
SEA 6.128A

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

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Courtney Crosby

Graduate student |

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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Pelin Cunningham-Erdogdu

Graduate student

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

Interests: Dehumanization, comedy, political psychology.

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James Daly

Graduate student |
SEA 1.212C

Education: B.A., Stanford University

Interests: Conceptual development, belief revision, language

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Maria Dekhtyar

Graduate student |
SEA 4.111D

Education: B.A., Boston University

Interests: neuropsychology, aging, neuroimaging

Abby deSteiguer

Graduate Student

Education: MSc Global Mental Health, King's College London; London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Interests: Behavioral genetics, child and adolescent mental health, childhood adversity

Madeline Divine

Graduate student

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

Interests: neuroendocrine, suicide, STBs, stress, women's mental health, menstrual cycle, PME, HPA, HPG

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Ian Douglas

Graduate student

Education: M.S. Applied Statistics, Columbia University

Interests: Human/Machine learning, Cognition, Development, Social behavior

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Patrick Durkee

Graduate Student

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

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Christy Dutcher

Graduate student

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 |
Seay 4.310

Education: B.S., Yale University

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Dariella Fernandez

Graduate student

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

Interests: Aging, dementia, neuropsychology

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Caitlin Fischer

Graduate student |
SEA 3.112C

Education: B.A., University of Southern California

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

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Janelle Foret

Graduate Student |
SEA 4.111D

Education: B.S., Trinity University

Interests: cognitive aging, women's health

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Anna Alban Foulser

Graduate Student |
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 |
SEA 3.318

Education: M.S.W., UC Berkeley

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

Laura Gamboa

Graduate student

Rebecka Hahnel-Peeters

Graduate student |
SEA 3.324D

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Faiz Hashmi

Graduate student |
SEA 1.316D

Education: Masters in Developmental Studies, Xavier Institute of Social Services (XISS), India

Interests: Cross-Cultural Differences and Similarities, Causal Reasoning, Belief , Ritual, Public Health

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Brennan Hickson

Graduate student |
SEA 4.111

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

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Ajna F. Kertesz

Graduate student |
SEA 1.316E

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

Interests: cognitive development, social identity, norms, learning, accented speech, cross-cultural differences and similarities

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M. Nicole Kunkel

Graduate student

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

Interests: 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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Tyler Larguinho

Graduate student |
SEA 2.204

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

Interests: Sleep, ADHD, Executive function, Control networks, Default mode network

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Sydney Lee

Graduate student

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

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

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Lewis Leone

Graduate student

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

Interests: Treatment Development; Psychosomatics; Idiographic Methodology; Network Analysis; Psychiatric Nosology

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Andrew Levihn-Coon

Graduate student

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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Yanrong "Momo" Li

Graduate student |
SEA 4.111D

Education: B.A., Psychology & Neuroscience, University of Southern California

Interests: Dementia, Neurodegenerative Disease, Cerebrovascular Functioning, Aging, Structural/Functional MRI, Arterial Spin Labeling

Diego A Londono-Correa

Graduate student |
SEA 1.322

Education: MSc in Evolution, Ecology and Systematics (EES), Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

Interests: Behavioral genetics; Evolutionary Psychology; Evolutionary Anthropology; Gene-Culture Coevolution or Dual-inheritance theory

Felicia Lu

Graduate student

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Dillon Luke

Graduate student

Education: M.A., Wake Forest University

Interests: Moral Judgment and Behavior, Social Cognition, Personality

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Hannah Lunkenheimer

Graduate student |
SEA 1.316E

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

Interests: Causal reasoning, belief, ritual, religious cognition

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Anna Madden-Rusnak

Graduate student |
4.106 RLP

Education: M.A. Psychological Research, Texas State University

Interests: Methodology, Statistics, Development

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James Madole

Graduate student

Education: M.A. Clinical Psychology, UT-Austin

Interests: biological psychiatry, lifespan development, philosophy of science

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Zachariah Marrero

Graduate student |
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.

Francois Martel

Graduate student

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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

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Ciara McAfee

Graduate student |
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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Makenna McGill

Graduate student |
SEA 3.312E

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

Interests: traumatic brain injury, aging, neuropsychology

Leah McMahon

Graduate student |
SEA 3.318

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

Interests: vaginal photoplethysmography, sexual arousal, sexual dysfunction

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Megan McMahon

PhD Candidate |
SEA 3.312E

Education: MA Clinical Psychology, The University of Texas at Austin

Interests: episodic memory, cognitive aging, sleep and circadian rhythms, neuroimaging, actigraphy

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Mary McNamara

Graduate student

Education: B.A. Human Biology, Stanford University

Interests: depression; attention bias; translational research

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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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Megan Micheletti

Graduate student

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

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

Miriam Mikhelson

Graduate student

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Tyler Milewski

Graduate student |
SEA 4.126

Education: M.S. Biochemistry, University of Scranton

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

Soroush Mirjalili

Graduate student |
SEA 3.416E

Education: M.S. Psychology, Georgia Institute of Technology

Interests: Brain-Computer Interfaces, Computational Neuroscience, Cognitive Neuroscience, Episodic Memory, Machine Learning

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Kevin Moran

Graduate student |
SW7 Office 201

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

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Shaina Munin

Graduate student

Education: B.S. Neuroscience, Johns Hopkins University

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

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Victoria Nemchek

Graduate student |
SEA 6.130

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

Nyx Ng

Graduate student

Education: MSc Social Cognition, University College London

Interests: Morality, Norms, Social Cognition

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Jenny Nissel

Graduate student |

Education: B.A., Yale University

Interests: Development of imagination, fantasy-reality distinction

Patrick O'connor

Graduate student

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Ronan O'Shea

Graduate student

Education: Bachelors of Science; Neuroscience, Brown University

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Sydney Okland

Graduate student |
SEA 3.426HA

Education: B.A., English & Psychology, Vanderbilt University

Interests: Relationships, social rejection, rejection language, and social observation

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Can Oluk

Graduate student

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Marcelle Olvera

Graduate student

Education: B.S in Psychology, University of Houston

Interests: Learning, Memory, Alcohol Abuse Disorder Research

Daniel Panfili

Graduate Research Assistant |
SEA 4.330

Education: B.S., Drexel University

Interests: XR, Visual Perception, Visuomotor Planning, Biometrics, Human-Computer Interaction, Big-Data Analytics, Machine Learning. Game Design & Development

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Kaila Parker

Graduate Student |
HDB 5th Floor

Education: B.S. in Biology, DePaul University

Interests: Traumatic Brain Injury, early-life stress, early-life adversity, injury markers, outcomes after TBI

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Jesse Peregrino

Graduate student |
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

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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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Blaire Porter

Graduate student

Education: B.A., Trinity University

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Shaden Powell

Graduate student

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

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

Issac Rhim

Graduate student

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Mikael Rubin

Graduate student

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

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Aditi Sabhlok

Graduate student |
SEA 5.128

Education: B.S., Duke University

Annissa Saleh

Graduate student

Education: B.A., Individualized Study, New York University

Interests: Language acquisition, parent-child interaction, cross-cultural learning, motor development

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Sara Schroer

Graduate student

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

Interests: caregiver-infant interactions, word learning, attention, motor development

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Mackenzie Sears

Graduate student |
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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Anna Sedlacek

Graduate student |
7327353911 |
SEA 3.324E

Education: BA, Rutgers University, New Brunswick

Interests: Psychology of mating cues & signals, flirting, intersexual conflict, sexual harassment, individual differences in mating strategies

Sydney Seese

Graduate student

Education: Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience, Michigan State University

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

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Sarah Seraj

Graduate student |
SEA 3.426C

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

Interests: language, social upheavals, collective upheavals

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Miti Shah

Graduate student |
SEA 3.426G

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

Interests: Language, motivation, prosocial behavior, collective action, group dynamics, social impact

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Emma Siegel

Graduate student |
SEA 3.112B

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

Interests: PTSD, treatment outcomes, treatment enhancement, anxiety

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Kylee Smith

Graduate student |
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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Aliza Stein

Graduate Student |
CLA 4.600

Education: B.A., Boston University

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

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Nicole Steiner

Graduate student

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.

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Estrella Thomas

Graduate student

Education: B.A., Southwestern University

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

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Valeria Tretyak

Graduate Student |
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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Adriana Vasquez

Graduate student |
SEA 6.114B

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

Rachel Weisenburger

Graduate student

Education: B.S., B.A., University of Washington

Interests: depression; social cognition; social anhedonia; mobile sensing; translational research; psychiatric nosology

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Jake Whritner

Graduate student

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

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Katherine Williams

Graduate student |

Education: B.A. in Psychology, Skidmore College

Interests: learning, language acquisition, pragmatics, conceptual development

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Cherry Youn

Graduate student

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

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

Ziyao Zhang

Graduate student

Education: MS, Lehigh University

Interests: Memory, Attention, Cognitive control

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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

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