University of California, Los Angeles
Amy Rapp is a sixth year doctoral candidate in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and is currently completing her predoctoral psychology internship at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. Her research focuses on neural mechanisms of anxiety risk in adolescents. She is additionally interested in examining the influence of culture on internalizing psychopathology and implications for treatment development for underserved populations.
Amy Heard Egbert
Loyola University, Chicago
Amy Heard Egbert is a fifth-year doctoral student in the clinical psychology program at Loyola University, Chicago. Her research is on the etiology and prevention of childhood obesity and eating disorders, including biological, environmental, and social factors. She is also interested in the public health impact of the current food environment and its impact on children and families from underrepresented populations.
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
Lauren Drandorff is a fifth year Clinical Psychology doctoral student at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. She earned her B.S. in Psychology from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling from Illinois Institute of Technology. Her areas of research interest include anxiety disorders, emotion regulation, individual differences, statistical methods, motivational interviewing, and client adherence.
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Michigan State University
Brooke Slawinski is a fifth-year Clinical Psychology doctoral student at Michigan State University. She is especially interested in investigating the etiology of social aggression and related antisocial behaviors using behavior genetic and psychophysiological methodologies. Brooke’s current research uses advanced twin models to make precise estimates of etiology across informants, examine the etiological overlap between social and physical aggression, and to unravel sex difference in these behaviors.
Eastern Connecticut State University
Kelly Bielonko is a senior undergraduate student in the B.S. Industrial-Organizational Psychology program at Eastern Connecticut State University. Kelly has undertaken research assistantships at ECSU and Sanford Research. Broadly, her research interests fall into several areas: occupational health, diversity in the workplace, organizational culture, research methodology and psychometrics. Her research focuses on understanding the transactional nature of occupational health in terms of individual and organizational factors. Her current work includes three studies: (1) how individuals buy time in relation to happiness and personality variables; (2) whether Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) moderate workplace engagement and occupational health outcomes such as burnout and work-life balance for underrepresented employees; (3) the factors and outcomes of burnout-related teacher attrition in tribal and rural schools in the U.S.
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Iiona Scully is a fifth-year cognitive psychology doctoral student at Lehigh University. Her research focuses on understanding the dynamic nature of memory. More specifically she is interested in examining the various circumstances that can affect memory change. Iiona’s current project examines memory modification as a mechanism of attitude change.
New York University
Tim Valshtein is a third year doctoral student in the social psychology program at New York University. His research focuses on goals and motivation across a variety of contexts including health behavior and romantic relationships. Currently, his work focuses on the motivational function of future thought in obsessive thinking and romantic stalking behaviors.
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Ryan C. Thompson
Palo Alto University
Ryan C. Thompson is a second-year doctoral student in the clinical psychology program at Palo Alto University. His research interests include the cognitive and affective effects of traumatic brain injury (TBI) across the lifespan. He is currently working on projects aimed at comparing TBI symptom presentation in veterans across gender, identifying the longitudinal effects of pediatric sports concussion, and the role of multilingualism in attenuating cognitive deficits after a TBI.
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Justus Liebig University, Giessen
Lorilei Alley is a 5th year doctoral student at Justus Liebig University in Giessen, Germany. Her research uses psychophysical, eye tracking, and fMRI techniques to study how the human visual system perceives not only objects, but the materials these objects are composed of. While we can rapidly (and successfully) recognize that a table is made of wood, a spoon is made of metal, and Jell-O is made of Jell-O-like “stuff”, exactly how the brain performs these computations is not well understood.