Graduate Students

Stephanie Robinson

Stephanie is a rising third year Ph.D. student and is currently studying physical activity, cognition, and successful aging. Specifically, she is interested in psychological and social barriers that impede adults from engaging in physical activity and how these influence age-related declines. At Brandeis, she is examining how perceived control can be modified to promote activity in middle-aged and older adults. She hopes that by developing such interventions she can continue to explore the relationships between physical activity, perceived control, and cognition. Before coming to Brandeis, she graduated from Elon University with a B.A. in Psychology where she explored strategies to improve episodic memory. She then graduated with honors from the Catholic University of America with an M.A. in General Psychology. 

Stephanie Robinson

Salom Teshale

Salom is interested in decision-making and well-being across the lifespan, specifically strategies and methods older adults use to make life decisions. Her dissertation work examines within-person changes in reports of selection, optimization and compensation strategies across the lifespan, and how usage of these strategies relates to emotional memory and well-being within a healthcare decision making context.

Photo of Salom Teshale by Lori DeSantis Photography

(Image Credit: Lori DeSantis PhotograpY)

Nicholas Brisbon

Nick is a fourth-year Ph.D. student whose research interests involve the concept of mindfulness. He is currently exploring the effects of mindfulness practice on intrusive thoughts, stress, sleep quality, and memory. However, his interests regarding mindfulness are quite broad. Nick graduated from UMass Amherst with a B.A. in psychology and most recently earned an M.S. in clinical psychology from Springfield College. Prior to enrolling at Brandeis, Nick was engaged in clinical work in Northampton, MA.

Nick Brisbon