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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Hasmik (Jasmine) Boshyan
Area: Social Development
Lab: Face Perception
Advisor: Leslie Zebrowitz
Location: Brown 018
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 104
Email: nbris@brandeis.edu
Phone: 781-736-3251

Undergraduate Institution: University of MA at Amherst

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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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

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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Sarah Lupis
Area: Social Development
Lab: Health Psychology
Advisor: Jutta Wolf
Location: Rabb 117
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.

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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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Alexander Panic
Area: Social Development
Lab:Ashton Graybiel Spacial Orientation
Advisor: Paul DiZio
Location: Rabb 005
Email: panics@brandeis.edu
Phone: 781-736-2044

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.

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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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Diana Rosa
Lab: Face Perception
Advisor: Leslie Zebrowitz/Paul DiZio
Location: Brown 017a
Email: rosadia@brandeis.edu
Phone: 781-736-3294

Undergraduate Institution: University of Puerto Rico

Diana's interests lie at the intersection of neuroaesthetics and social perception. Specifically, she is interested in how aesthetic value shapes our social decisions and our empathetic response towards others. For example, she just completed a project on the effects of facial attractiveness on our hand-path when we are making a decision unrelated to attractiveness. She'd like to continue this line of research as well as integrating how beauty shapes our decisions as we age.

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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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Master's Degree Candidates



Claire Elling
Advisor: Jutta Wolf
Location: Schwartz 002
Email: celling
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Harsimran (Sim) Janjua
Advisor: Xiaodong Liu
Location: Brown 123
Email: hjanjua

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Abby Johnsen
Advisor: Jutta Wolf
Location: Brown 123
Email: abbyjohnsen

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Daniel Levin
Advisor: Angela Gutchess
Location: Brown 024
Email: dlevin1
Phone: 781-736-3031

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Lijun (Yolanda) Li
Advisor: Ellen Wright
Location: Brown 123
Email: yllis

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Angela Pastor
Advisor: Raymond Knight
Location: Brown 015/16
Email: apastor

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Isabel Grantham Rappoport
Advisor: Leslie Zebrowitz
Location: Brown 017
Email: irappooport

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Lauren Speert
Lab: Health Psychology
Advisor: Jutta Wolf
Location: Schwartz 002
Email: lspeert
Phone: 781-736-3322

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Lisa Thompson
Advisor: Raymond Knight
Location: Brown 015/16
Email: lthompson

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Elizabeth Vaillancourt Poultney
Advisor: Lachman
Location: Brown 117
Email: evaillancourt

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

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