APSSC Executive Board

Officer History


Amanda Merner
Case Western Reserve University

Amanda Merner is a fourth-year doctoral student specializing in affective neuroscience, in the Developmental, Cognitive, and Affective Sciences program at Case Western Reserve University. Her research focuses on the neural underpinnings of emotion regulation and how individual differences in executive functioning impact the ability to regulate emotion in both healthy populations, and those with various neurodegenerative diseases.


Lorilei AlleyLorilei Alley
Agilent Technologies

Lorilei Alley completed her PhD at Justus Liebig University in Giessen, Germany. Her research used 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.

Graduate Advocate

Kelsie Dawson
University of Alabama

Kelsie Dawson is a fifth-year doctoral student in the Educational Psychology program with a concentration in Educational Neuroscience at the University of Alabama. In general, her research focuses on exploring the discrepancy between how people think they will behave morally and how they actually behave in reality. Currently, her work explores how selfhood and moral identity influence how we judge moral issues and how we establish our moral values.

Communications and Marketing Officer

Anna DrozdovaAnna Drozdova
University of Texas

Anna Drozdova is a second year Legal Psychology doctoral student at the University of Texas at El Paso. Her research focuses on how incarcerated juveniles’ social relationships impact their institutional offending and recidivism patterns. Currently, she is exploring changes in characteristics of adolescents’ social networks both during and after incarceration.

Undergraduate Advocate

Tim ValshteinTim Valshtein
New York University

Tim Valshtein is a fifth 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.

Membership and Volunteers Officer

Serena ZadoorianSerena Zadoorian
University of California, Riverside

Serena Zadoorian is a second-year doctoral student in the Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience Psychology program at the University of California, Riverside. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Irvine and her M.A. in Psychology from California State University, Los Angeles. Her areas of research interest include audiovisual speech perception, multisensory perception, and face perception.​

RISE Coordinator

Tran H. LeTran H. Le
Texas Tech University

Tran H. Le is a fifth-year Experimental Psychology graduate student at Texas Tech University. She received her MA from Texas Tech University and BAs in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Generally, her research examines the interplay between individual and situational factors (e.g., narcissism and types of social information available) to better understand and reduce aggression targeted toward marginalized groups.

Student Notebook Editor

Ryan C. Thompson Ryan C. Thompson
Palo Alto University

Ryan C. Thompson is a fourth-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.

Student Research Award Coordinator


Luiz Henrique Santana
University of Sao Paulo

Luiz H. Santana is a fifth-year doctoral candidate in Experimental Psychology at the University of Sao Paulo (Brazil) and is currently a visiting scholar at the University of California, Los Angeles. His research focuses on the learning and perceptual basis of creativity in a comparative perspective. He is also interested in the evolution and individual development of complex cognition using problem-solving models.