Graduate Students



Ph.D. Candidates

Erin Bishop

Area: Social Development
Lab: Child and Adolescent Research in Development
Advisor: Malcolm Watson
Location: Rabb 117
Email: ebishop@brandeis.edu
Phone: 781-736-3252

Undergraduate Institution: Hamilton College

Erin is interested in the link between parent-child relationships and child aggression and victimization. Her previous research focused on the link between parents' beliefs about aggression and their children's beliefs about aggression and acts of aggression. Currently, she is examining parent strategies for dealing with their children's victimization in high school.

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Erin Bishop

 
Hasmik (Jasmine) Boshyan
Area: Social Development
Lab: Face Perception
Advisor: Leslie Zebrowitz
Location: Brown 18
Email: jboshyan@brandeis.edu
Phone: 781-736-3278

Undergraduate Institution: University of Wisconsin, Madison

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Nicholas Brisbon
Area: Social Development
Lab: Lifespan Developmental Psychology
Advisor: Margie Lachman
Location: Brown 117
Email: nbris@brandeis.edu
Phone: 781-736-3251

Undergraduate Institution: University of MA at Amherst

Brittany Cassidy
Area: Social Development
Lab: Aging, Culture & Cognition
Advisor: Angela Gutchess
Location: Brown 24
Email: bcassidy@brandeis.edu
Phone: 781-736-3031

Undergraduate Institution: Boston University

Brittany's research uses fMRI and behavioral methods to study the neuroscience of human social behavior and memory throughout the lifespan.  Her current work focuses on how encoding context modulates the way people are able to remember impressions of others, and how the neural correlates of impression formation change with increasing age.  She is also interested in how different facial characteristics interact with behavioral information when encoding first impressions.
Brittany Cassidy

Xuejie Chen
Area: Social Development
Lab: Health Psychology
Advisor: Nicolas Rohleder
Location: Brown 25
Email: xjchen@brandeis.edu
Phone: 781-736-3437

Undergraduate University: Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine

Xuejie is interested in exploring the influence of psychological factors on health. Currently she is participating in a project on how the immune system responds and habituates to repeated acute social stress (TSST) and the difference of these pattern between age groups (young adult and old adult). She is also interested in the role of cognitive appraisal as the moderate/mediator factors between stress and health outcomes.

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Veronica Flores
Area: Cognitive Neuroscience
Lab: Behavior, Learning and Electrophysiology of Chemosensation
Advisor: Donald Katz
Location: Bassine 344
Email: vlflores@brandeis.edu

Undergraduate Institution: University of California, San Diego

Veronica's research interests use behavioral methods and electrophysiology to study learning and behavior using rats. Her current work involves the investigation of neural system dynamics and behavioral changes that occur with learning using conditioned taste aversion. She is particularly interested in understanding how and why prior exposure to one stimulus can influence the level of aversion attained to a later novel stimulus.

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Ashley Geiger
Area: Social Development
Lab: Health Psychology
Advisor: Jutta Wolf
Location: Brown 322a
Email: ageiger@brandeis.edu
Phone: 781-736-3280

Undergraduate Institution: University of Arizona

Ashley Geiger

Danielle Gianferante
Area: Social Development
Lab: Health Psychology
Advisor: Nicolas Rohleder
Location: Brown 25
Email: dgia@brandeis.edu
Phone: 781-736-3437

Undergraduate Institution: University of MA Amherst

Danielle does research in the Health Psychology lab. She is primarily interested in the role that stress hormones have in immune system functioning, particularly as people age. She is also interested in cognitive processes, such as rumination, that can affect hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis activity.

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William Goodman
Area: Social Development
Lab: Health Psychology
Advisor: Jutta Wolf
Location: Brown 4
Email: wgoodman@brandeis.edu
Phone: 781-736-3262

Undergraduate Institution: California State University, East Bay

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Franklyn Graham
Area: Social Development
Advisor: Raymond Knight
Location: Brown 15
Email: fjgraham@brandeis.edu
Phone: 781-736-3298

Undergraduate Institution: Washington State University

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Nadya Greenberg
Lab: Gutsell Lab
Advisor: Jennifer Gutsell
Location: Brown 24
Email: ngreenbe@brandeis.edu

Undergraduate Institution: Colgate University

Nadya is interested in topics related to character trait perception, especially in faces.  Her most recent project examined which early visual pathways are related to processing dominance in faces.  She has also looked into differences in perceived personality traits for female political leaders from different political parties.

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Luke Hanlin
Area: Social Development
Lab: Health Psychology
Advisor: Nicolas Rohleder
Location: Brown 322a
Email:  lhanlin@brandeis.edu
Phone: 781-736-3280

Undergraduate Institution: Purdue University

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Sonja Krstic
Area: Social Development
Lab: Knight
Advisor: Raymond Knight
Location: Brown 15
Email: skrstic@brandeis.edu
Phone: 781-736-3298

Undergraduate Institution: University of Belgrade

Sonja Krstic

Yuliya Kuras
Area: Social Development
Lab: Health Psychology
Advisor: Nicolas Rohleder
Location: Brown 4
Email: ykuras@brandeis.edu
Phone: 781-736-3262

Undergraduate Institution: University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Yuliya is a member of the Health Psychology Lab. In the past, she has studied the connections between early life stress and negative mental and physical health outcomes in adults. Her current research centers around the effects of psychological and physiological stress on the immune system. More specifically, she is interested in the mechanisms underlying resilience to acute and chronic stress.

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Amanda Lash
Area: Cognitive Neuroscience
Lab: Memory & Cognition
Advisor: Arthur Wingfield
Location: Volen 356
Email:  aml9743@brandeis.edu
Phone: 781-736-3274

Undergraduate Institution: University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Amanda's interests are in perception, cognition, and successful aging. Her work examines the effects of age, hearing acuity, and linguistic context on spoken word recognition. She is currently investigating the interaction between the cognitive and perceptual declines associated with aging.

Amanda Lash

Monika Lohani
Area: Social Development
Lab: Emotion
Advisor: Derek Isaacowitz
Location: Rabb 118
Email: mlohani@brandeis.edu
Phone: 781-736-3240

Undergraduate Institution: M.J.P. Rohilkhand University

Monika’s research focuses on studying individual and age-related differences in managing emotions.  She has used different measures to assess emotional response including self-report, expression, eye tracking, and psychophysiology.  She is interested in understanding more efficient ways of managing emotions through the use of multiple methods.

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Sarah Lupis
Area: Social Development
Lab: Health Psychology
Advisor: Jutta Wolf
Location: Brown 25
Email: slupis@brandeis.edu
Phone: 781-736-2437

Undergraduate Institution: Boston University

Sarah's research focuses on investigating the effects of emotion experience on the physiological stress response.  She is currently using facial coding analysis to determine the role of self-conscious emotions experienced during an acute psychosocial stressor, and the ways that body esteem may mediate this relationship.  Sarah also serves as a phlebotomist for the the Brandeis Health Psychology laboratory.

Sarah Lupis

Sujala Maharjan
Area: Cognitive Neuroscience
Lab: Visual Cognition & Neuroscience
Advisor: Robert Sekuler
Location:Volen 242
Email: sujmaha@brandeis.edu
Phone: 781-736-3266

Undergraduate Institution: Wesleyan College

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Abigail Noyce
Area: Cognitive Neuroscience
Lab: Visual Cognition & Neuroscience
Advisor: Robert Sekuler
Location:Volen 242
Email: anoyce@brandeis.edu
Phone: 781-736-3266

Undergraduate Institution: University of New Hampshire 

Abby is interested in how people learn and monitor expectations for future events. She uses behavioral methods, eye tracking, and EEG source localization to study how neural activity changes as expectations develop, which systems react when an unexpected event occurs, and how such events influence future learning.

Abigail Noyce

Laura Paige
Area: Social Development
Lab: Aging, Culture & Cognition
Advisor: Angela Gutchess
Location: Brown 24
Email: paigel@brandeis.edu

Undergraduate Institution: Boston College

Laura's past research has used EEG and behavioral methods to study the influence of misinformation in the frequency of false memories.  Building off of that, her current work focuses on how influential misinformation is when presented in a social context, particularly within and across cultures.  She is interested in how memory strategies can change both individually and within cultural norms when false information comes from another person.

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Alexander Panic
Area: Social Development
Lab:Ashton Graybiel Spacial Orientation
Advisor: Paul DiZio
Location: Rabb 5
Email: panics@brandeis.edu
Phone: 781-736-2033

Undergraduate Institution: Technische University Delft

Sacha's primary research interest is how the central nervous system uses visual cues, in addition to vestibular and proprioceptive cues, to produce a sense of spatial orientation. He intends to investigate this during his PhD study.

During his Master's study in Psychology he investigated the process of motor adaptation to unusual force environments, such as altered gravity.

Another research interest is in factors that mediate the experience that people have when interacting with machines. During his Master's study in Man Machine Interaction he investigated how virtual reality based neurocognitive rehabilitation exercises can be designed and engineered so that they explicitly take the patient's motivation into account.

Sacha Panic

Kenneth Pitts
Area: Cognitive Neuroscience
Lab: Health Psychology
Advisor: Jutta Wolf
Location: Brown 25
Email: kppitts@brandeis.edu
Phone: 781-736-2437

Undergraduate Institute: University of Massachusetts Lowell

Ken Pitts

Michael Polito
Area: Social Development
Lab: Lifespan Developmental Psychology
Advisor: Margie Lachman
Location: Brown 3
Email: mpolito@brandeis.edu
Phone: 781-736-2797

Undergraduate Institution: SUNY, Fredonia

Mike's research focuses on examining anxiety and the biological markers of stress from a social-developmental perspective. He studies both antecedents to stress reactivity, such as trait vulnerability and situational demands, as well as consequences of stress on physical and cognitive health. Mike also does work in the Rohleder/Wolf Health Psychology wetlab, helping to prepare saliva and blood for analysis.

Michael Polito

Carrie Robertson
Area: Social Development
Lab: Knight
Advisor: Raymond Knight
Location: Brown 15
Email: carrob@brandeis.edu
Phone: 781-736-3298

Undergraduate Institution: Kenyon College

Carrie is interested in looking at the characteristics of psychopathic and sadistic sexual offenders. For her Master’s thesis, Carrie addressed the predictive nature of the psychopathy facets and sadism in both sexual and non-sexual violence.

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Stephanie Robinson
Area: Social Development
Lab: Lifespan Development
Advisor: Margie Lachman
Location: Brown 2
Email: srobins1@brandeis.edu
Phone: 781-736-3357

Undergraduate Institution: Elon University

Stephanie is interested in cognition and successful aging. Specifically, she is interested in factors that affect cognitive declines that accompany aging and how they can be modified to prevent, delay, or ameliorate such declines.

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Yile Sun
Area: Cognitive Neuroscience
Lab: Visual Cognition & Neuroscience
Advisor: Robert Sekuler
Location: Volen 242
Email: ylesun@brandeis.edu
Phone: 781-736-3266

Undergraduate Institution: University of California at Davis

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Salom Teshale
Area: Social Development
Lab: Lifespan Developmental Psychology
Advisor: Margie Lachman
Location: Brown 104
Email: salom@brandeis.edu
Phone: 781-736-3251

Undergraduate Institution: University of Chicago

Salom is interested in decision-making across the lifespan, specifically strategies and methods older adults use to make life decisions. She graduated with honors from the University of Chicago with a B.A. in Psychology; her undergraduate work focused on the role of emotion in autobiographical memory accuracy in older adults.

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Master's Degree Candidates

Sarah Bassett
Advisor: Jutta Wolf
Location: Schwartz 2
Email: sbassett@brandeis.edu
Phone: 781-736-3322

Undergraduate Institution: University of Kansas

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Ariel Berman
Advisor: Raymond Knight
Location: Brown 15
Email: akberman@brandeis.edu
Phone: 781-736-3298

Undergraduate Institution:
Brandeis University

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Keyi Cai
Advisor: Xiaodong Liu
Email: caiky@brandeis.edu
Phone: 781-736-3285

Undergraduate Institution:
Ohio State University

Anna Carmichael
Lab: Aging, Culture & Cognition
Advisor: Angela Gutchess
Location: Brown 24
Email: amc@brandeis.edu
Phone: 781-736-3283

Undergraduate Institution: Texas A&M University

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Chuchu Cheng
Advisor: Xiaodong Liu
Email: ccc@brandeis.edu

Undergraduate Institution:
Beijing Normal University

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Wanli Cheng
Lab: Ashton Graybiel Spatial Orientation
Advisor: Paul DiZio
Location: Rabb 16
Email: wanli@brandeis.edu
Phone: 781-736-2040

Undergraduate Institution:
Fudan University

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Andrew Erhart
Lab: Ashton Graybiel Spatial Orientation
Advisor: Paul DiZio/James Lackner
Location: Rabb 16
Email: aerhart@brandeis.edu
Phone: 781-736-2033

Undergraduate Institution: Washington University in St. Louis

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Margaret Fahey
Lab: Child and Adolescent Research in Development
Advisor: Malcolm Watson
Location: Rabb 16
Email: faheym09@brandeis.edu
Phone: 781-736-3252

Undergraduate Institution: Boston College

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Katherine Finkelstein
Lab: Knight
Advisor: Raymond Knight
Location: Brown 15
Email: kfinkel@brandeis.edu
Phone: 781-736-3298

Undergraduate Institution: Muhlenberg College

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Jacob Lehrhoff
Lab: Cunningham
Advisor: Joseph Cunningham
Location: Brown 319
Email: jlehr@brandeis.edu
Phone: 781-736-3281

Undergraduate Institution: Wesleyan University

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Jia Liu
Advisor: Raymond Knight
Location: Brown 15
Email: jialiu@brandeis.edu
Phone: 781-736-3298

Undergraduate Institution:
Zhejiang University

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Irina Orlovsky
Lab: Aging, Culture & Cognition
Advisor: Angela Gutchess
Location: Brown 24
Email: iorlovsk@brandeis.edu
Phone: 781-736-3283

Undergraduate Institution: University of Massachusetts Amherst

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Cecelia Palow
Lab: Lifespan Developmental Psychology
Advisor: Margie Lachman
Location: Brown 2
Email: cpalow@brandeis.edu
Phone: 781-736-3357

Undergraduate Institution: University of Maine at Farmington

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Nathan Roman
Lab: Health Psychology
Advisor: Jutta Wolf
Location: Schwartz 2
Email: nroman@brandeis.edu
Phone: 781-736-3322

Undergraduate Institution:
University of California, Los Angeles

Lauren Speert
Lab: Health Psychology
Advisor: Jutta Wolf
Location: Schwartz 2
Email: lspeert@brandeis.edu
Phone: 781-736-3322

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Megan Wing
Lab: Health Psychology
Advisor: Jutta Wolf
Location: Schwartz 2
Email: mwing@brandeis.edu
Phone: 781-736-3256

Undergraduate Institution: University of Massachusetts Amherst

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