Graduate Students



Ph.D. Candidates


Nicole Ayasse
Lab: Memory & Cognition
Advisor: Arthur Wingfield
Location: Volen 356
Email: nayasse@brandeis.edu
Phone: 781-736-3273

Undergraduate Institution: Loyola University Maryland

Nicole is mainly interested in language and speech perception. In the Wingfield lab, she has begun using eye-tracking as an online measure of sentence comprehension using the visual world paradigm. Looking at older and younger adults with good and poor hearing allows her to answer questions about how hearing acuity and healthy aging affects spoken language comprehension.

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Xuejie Chen
Area: Social Development
Lab: Health Psychology
Advisor: Nicolas Rohleder
Location: Brown 025
Email: xjchen@brandeis.edu
Phone: 781-736-2437

Undergraduate Institution: 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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Marissa DiGirolamo
Lab: Social Interaction and Motivation Lab
Advisor: Jennifer Gutsell
Location: Volen 220
Email: digirolm@brandeis.edu
Phone: 781-736-3292

Undergraduate Institution: Boston College

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Claire Elling

Lab: Biological Health Psychology Lab
Advisor: Jutta Wolf
Location: Brown 025
Email: celling@brandeis.edu
Phone: 781-736-2437

Undergraduate institution: Niagara University

Claire’s research focuses on optimizing health behaviors in non-clinical populations. Specifically, she is interested in exploring the factors, such as body-esteem, age, and stress, that influence eating and exercise behavior.

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Alex Fiksdal


Lab: Health Psychology
Advisor: Nicolas Rohleder/Jutta Wolf
Location: Brown 025
Email: fiksdala@brandeis.edu
Phone: 781-736-2437

Undergraduate Institution: Carleton College

Alex is interested in how psychological factors are related to health, inflammation, and physiological responses to stress. Specifically, his research focuses on how chronic stress and stress appraisal are associated with reactivity to and recovery from acute stress.

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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
Phone: 781-736-3221

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 103
Email: ageiger@brandeis.edu
Phone: 781-736-3280

Undergraduate Institution: University of Arizona

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William Goodman


Area: Social Development
Lab: Health Psychology
Advisor: Jutta Wolf
Location: Brown 105
Email: wgoodman@brandeis.edu
Phone: 781-736-3316

Undergraduate Institution: California State University, East Bay

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Franklyn Graham


Area: Social Development
Lab: Knight Lab
Advisor: Raymond Knight
Location: Brown 015
Email: fjgraham@brandeis.edu
Phone: 781-736-3298

Undergraduate Institution: Washington State University

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Nadya Greenberg


Lab: Social Interaction and Motivation Lab
Advisor: Jennifer Gutsell
Location: Volen 220
Email: ngreenbe@brandeis.edu
Phone: 781-736-3292

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 103
Email:  lhanlin@brandeis.edu
Phone: 781-736-3280

Undergraduate Institution: Purdue University

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Sonja Krstic


Area: Social Development
Lab: Knight Lab
Advisor: Raymond Knight
Location: Brown 015
Email: skrstic@brandeis.edu
Phone: 781-736-3298

Undergraduate Institution: University of Belgrade

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John Ksander


Lab: Aging, Culture & Cognition
Advisor: Angela Gutchess
Location: Brown 024
Email: jksander@brandeis.edu
Phone: 781-736-3031

Undergraduate Institution: University of Massachusetts Amherst

Yuliya Kuras


Area: Social Development
Lab: Health Psychology
Advisor: Nicolas Rohleder
Location: Brown 105
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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Daniel Levin


Area: Brain, Body & Behavior
Lab: Age, Culture & Cognition 
Advisor: Angela Gutchess, Jutta Wolf
Location: Brown 024
Email: dlevin1@brandeis.edu 
Phone: 781-736-3031

Undergraduate Institution: Emmanuel College

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Sujala Maharjan


Area: Cognitive Neuroscience
Lab: Visual Cognition & Neuroscience
Advisor: Robert Sekuler
Location:Volen 246
Email: sujmaha@brandeis.edu
Phone: 781-736-3266

Undergraduate Institution: Wesleyan College

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Laura Paige


Area: Social Development
Lab: Aging, Culture & Cognition
Advisor: Angela Gutchess
Location: Brown 024
Email: paigel@brandeis.edu
Phone: 781-736-3031

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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Eileen Rasmussen


Lab: Aging, Culture & Cognition
Advisor: Angela Gutchess
Location: Brown 024
Email: erasmussen@brandeis.edu
Phone: 781-736-3031

Eileen graduated from the University of Massachusetts Boston in 2013 with a B.A. in Psychology. At UMB she worked as a research assistant in an applied neuropsychology lab investigating psychopathy and disadvantageous, risky decision making. She completed her own study entitled “Emotion and decision-making in a college student sample” for an honor’s thesis.  After UMB, Eileen worked as a lab manager for Dr. Darlene Howard's Cognitive Aging Lab at Georgetown University, where she assisted and became involved with numerous studies examining behavioral, neural, and genetic factors involved with implicit learning throughout the course of aging. Eileen's future research interests in Dr. Angela Gutchess' Aging, Culture, and Cognition lab at Brandeis include socio-emotional processing, social memory, trustworthiness and aging.

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Carrie Robertson


Area: Social Development
Lab: Knight Lab
Advisor: Raymond Knight
Location: Brown 015
Email: carrob@brandeis.edu
Phone: 781-736-3298

Undergraduate Institution: Kenyon College

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Stephanie Robinson


Area: Social Development
Lab: Lifespan Development
Advisor: Margie Lachman
Location: Brown 102
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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Jeremy Simon


Lab: Social Interaction and Motivation Lab
Advisor: Jennifer Gutsell
Location: Volen 220
Email: jsimon13@brandeis.edu
Phone: 781-736-3292

Undergraduate Institution: Amherst College

Jeremy is interested in cross-group bias, especially racial. His past research concerned the effect of imagination on prosocial behavior and he hopes to find motivational interventions against bias.

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Alycia Sullivan


Lab: Lifespan Developmental Psychology
Advisor: Margie Lachman
Location: Brown 102
Email: alyciasullivan@brandeis.edu
Phone: 781-736-3357

Undergraduate Institution: University of Massachusetts Amherst

Alycia is broadly interested in cognitive aging. As an undergraduate, she studied the influence of sleep on memory consolidation across the lifespan. After graduation, Alycia worked in a kinesiology lab at UMass for two years. Here, she helped lead physical activity and sleep interventions in an underserved community. Currently, she is interested in combining physical activity and sleep hygiene into an intervention which could slow the process of cognitive aging. 

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Yile Sun


Area: Cognitive Neuroscience
Lab: Visual Cognition & Neuroscience
Advisor: Robert Sekuler
Location: Volen 246
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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Tianyou Zhou

Area: Perception & Cognition
Lab: Visual Cognition & Neuroscience
Advisor: Robert Sekuler
Location: Volen 246
Email: tianyouzhou@brandeis.edu
Phone: 858231-7611

Undergraduate Institution: Liaoning Normal University

Tianyou is focused on perception and cognition. Now, his work is mostly on multisensory research. He participated in visual perceptual learning research as a Master's degree candidate. 

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Master's Degree Candidates



Kathryn Davis

Advisor: Raymond Knight
Location: Brown 123
Email: katiedavis

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Lijun (Yolanda) Li

Advisor: Ellen Wright
Location: Brown 123
Email: yllis

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Xue Lin

Advisor: Bob Sekuler
Location: Volen 354
Email: beckylin

Kathleen Martin

Advisor: Raymond Knight
Location: Brown 123
Email: kmartin7

Jennifer Martz

Advisor: Joe Cunningham
Location: Brown 318
Email: jmartz


Johnathan Maxfield

Advisor: Jutta Wolf
Location: Brown 025
Email: jmaxfield

Anthony Miller

Advisor: Jennifer Gutsell
Location: Volen 224
Email: anthonymiller

Anna Leigh Porter

Advisor: Jutta Wolf
Location: Brown 25
Email: alporter

Isabel Grantham Rappoport

Advisor: Leslie Zebrowitz
Location: Brown 017
Email: irappooport

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Heidi Sarles Whittlesey

Advisor: Leslie Zebrowitz
Location: Brown 018
Email: hsarleswhitt

Xueke Song

Advisor: Xiadong Liu
Location: Brown 318
Email: xuekesong

Yuchen Song

Advisor: Angela Gutchess
Location: Brown 024
Email: yuchsong

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Victoria Sorrentino

Advisor: Art Wingfield
Location: Volen 354
Email: vsorrentino

Wanbing Zhang
Advisor: Angela Gutchess
Location: Brown 005
Email: zhan1626

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