Lab Members

Principal Investigator
Lab Manager
Graduate Students
Honors Thesis Students
Undergraduate Students
Lab Alumni

Principal Investigator

Hannah R. Snyder
Hannah R. Snyder
Assistant Professor of Psychology
781-736-3272 Lemberg Hall, 102

Hannah Snyder is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Brandeis University. Before coming to Brandeis, she completed her PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience at University of Colorado Boulder and a postdoctoral fellowship in developmental psychopathology at University of Denver. Her research interests include studying the interactions among executive function, mental health, and stress in adolescents and young adults. She teaches Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience and Introduction to Developmental Psychology. When not working, she enjoys outdoor adventures and cooking.

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Lab Manager

Grace DiDomenico
Grace DiDomenico
Lab Manager
781-736-3376 Brown Building, Room 16

Grace DiDomenico graduated from West Chester University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor's degree in psychology. In the lab, Grace is using structural equation modeling to address high comorbidity within psychological disorders, and clarify how specific risk factors are associated with latent dimensions in psychopathology. Grace is originally from Philadelphia, so when she is not in the CoPE Lab she enjoys exploring the Boston area.

Graduate Students

Aly Fassett-Carman
Aly Fassett-Carman
PhD Student, Third Year
Department of Neuroscience

Before coming to Brandeis, Aly got a BA in neuroscience at Middlebury College where she conducted research on the learning and problem-solving capabilities of the California two-spot octopus. Aly now works jointly in the CoPE Lab and the SIM Lab to investigate how stress confers risk for depression and anxiety and factors that can mitigate this risk. Additionally, she collaborates with the Ashton Graybiel Spatial Orientation Lab to research links between motor resonance and coordinated joint action. In her free time, Aly loves to play ultimate frisbee, hike, run, cook, play board games and solve crossword puzzles.

Jenny Wicks
Jenny Wicks
PhD Student, Second Year
Department of Psychology

Before coming to Brandeis, Jenny worked at MGH in the Pediatric Psychopharmacology department, primarily conducting research with children who have ADHD. Previously, she completed her BA in Psychology at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. Her research interests include stress, coping strategies, and how such factors can contribute to mental health development. Other interests include dogs, singing, and making jewelry.

Morgan Taylor
Morgan Taylor
PhD Student, First Year
Department of Psychology

Before coming to Brandeis, Morgan got a BS in Biopsychology at Tufts University, where she conducted research on cognition and multitasking. She is currently interested in examining the relationship between executive functioning and mental health throughout development. Outside of the lab, Morgan's favorite hobbies include cooking, baking, and thrifting.

Honors Thesis Students

Rachel Groth
Rachel Groth
Fourth Year
Psychology Major, Computer Science and Anthropology Minor

Rachel is very passionate about psychology and mental health. Her senior thesis looks at how depression relates to the interaction between the usage of various coping strategies and perceived stress controllability. Aside from working at the CoPE Lab, Rachel is a peer counselor at STAR and a teaching assistant at Lemberg Children's Center. In her free time Rachel loves to read, write, and spend quality time with friends.

Rachel Marcus
Rachel Marcus
Fourth Year
Psychology Major, Hispanic Studies and Anthropology Minor

For her senior thesis, Rachel is investigating sleep disturbance as a possible mediator between stress frequency and internalizing psychopathology using data from the Brandeis Counseling Center. Rachel's goal is to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology. When Rachel is not in the CoPE lab, she is an office assistant for Student Financial Services, an Orientation Leader and volunteers with Companions 2 Elders; a group that visits senior citizens in nursing homes and assisted living centers weekly. In her free time she enjoys working out, spending time with friends and exploring the Boston area.

Nina Rosenblatt
Nina Rosenblatt
Fourth Year
Psychology and Hispanic Studies Major

Nina is interested in supporting the mental health of immigrant families. Her senior thesis investigates the relationship between stress, depression, and coping strategies. When not in the CoPE Lab, Nina spends her time interning at a domestic violence agency, tutoring international students, and teaching children in kindergarten at a Sunday School. In her free time, she enjoys baking new recipes and spending time with her friends.

Tali Rychik
Tali Rychik
Fourth Year
Psychology and HSSP Major

For her senior thesis, Tali is investigating dependent stress as a potential mediator in the relation between ADHD symptoms and depression. Tali is originally from Philadelphia and outside of the CoPE Lab, she loves to do yoga and explore Boston with her friends.

Undergraduate Students

Maya Barton-Zuckerman
Maya Barton-Zuckerman
Third Year
Psychology and Neuroscience Major

Maya is originally from Northeastern Connecticut and is really interested in the topic of mental health. After Brandeis, Maya hopes to attend graduate school and possibly pursue a career in research. Outside of the CoPE Lab, Maya enjoys a variety of hobbies such as running, painting and attempting to bake (with varying degrees of success).

Shumin Chen
Shumin Chen
Third Year
Psychology and Computer Science Major

Shumin is interested in developmental psychology, specifically childhood development. Outside of campus, Shumin volunteers for C2E companions and the Blood Drive in Waltham Group and in her free time, she likes traveling, photography, and watching movies.

Zoe Hertz
Zoe Hertz
Third Year
Psychology and Anthropology Major

On campus, Zoe is active as a community advisor in the dorms, a teaching assistant at Lemberg Children's Center, and an orientation leader. After graduation, she hopes to pursue research on the developing human brain and eventually become a candidate for a PhD in clinical psychology. In her free time she loves to travel, read, write, and spend time outdoors.

Sarah Kirchick
Sarah Kirchick
Second Year
Psychology Major

Sarah joined the lab because of her interest in developmental and abnormal psychology, specifically the trajectory of childhood anxiety and depression across the lifespan. After Brandeis, Sarah hopes to pursue these interests further in a graduate program. Aside from the lab, Sarah works at Lemberg Children's Center as a TA and loves creative writing, reading, and working with animals.

Novia Wu
Novia Wu
First Year
Psychology and Neuroscience Major

Novia is currently interested in developmental and abnormal psychology, and hopes to study these interests further in graduate school. Outside of the lab, Novia is involved in Kaos Kids Dance Groups and Club Cantonese at Brandeis. In her free time, she likes to travel and eat Asian food.

Rachel Zubrinsky
Rachel Zubrinsky
Second Year
Psychology Major, Chinese Minor

Rachel is very passionate about mental health and is interested in adolescent psychology. Outside of the lab, Rachel plays on the Women’s tennis team and is an ACEing Autism volunteer. In her free time, she loves to run and read.