Justus Liebig University
Lorilei Alley is a fifth-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.
Loyola University, Chicago
Amy Rapp is a graduate of the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She is currently a postdoctoral research fellow in Mood, Anxiety, and Related Disorders at Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute. Her research focuses on identifying neural correlates of self-regulatory processes related to the development of anxiety disorders.
New York University
Kelsey Moty is a third-year doctoral student in the Cognition and Perception area in the Department of Psychology at New York University. Her research explores the unintended consequences of the things we say, specifically as it relates to children’s early conceptual and socio-cognitive development. Currently, her work examines the role of generic language (e.g., statements like “Girls wear dresses”, “Boys play sports”) in transmitting social stereotypes to young children and contributing to political polarization in adults.
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Michigan State University
Brooke Slawinski is a sixth-year 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.
New York University
Tim Valshtein is a fourth 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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University of California, Riverside
Serena Zadoorian is a first-year doctoral student in the Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience Psychology program at University of California, Riverside. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from 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, multimodal integration, and face perception.
Tran H. Le
Texas Tech University
Tran H. Le is a fourth-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.
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Case Western Reserve University
Amanda Merner is a third-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.
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Chandler Puhy is a fourth-year doctoral student in the clinical psychology program at Drexel University. Her research interests include the development and evaluation of school-based early intervention programs for at-risk youth in low income, urban areas, specifically focusing on social and emotional skill building. She is also interested in early childhood trauma and the utilization of participatory action research (PAR) in work with youth and communities