Graduate Students

PhD Students

Addam Antunez
PhD Student
Nicole Ayasse
PhD Student
Marissa DiGirolamo
PhD Student
Claire Elling
PhD Student
Alex Fiksdal
PhD Student
Veronica Flores
PhD Student
William Goodman
PhD Student
Nadya Greenberg
PhD Student
Brandon Hager
PhD Student
Runqiu Jin
PhD Student
John Ksander
PhD Student
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Krystal Leger
Aging, Culture, & Cognition Lab

Krystal is a PhD student in Dr. Angela Gutchess's lab studying the effects of culture on different forms of memory. Before coming to Brandeis, she received a BS in Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst where she completed an honors thesis using fMRI to investigate the role of visual cortex in recognition memory. Outside the lab, she enjoys creative writing, binging Netflix shows, and coming up with fan theories about the latest Marvel movie.

Daniel Levin
PhD Student
Xin Yao Lin
PhD Student
Luke Sim
PhD Student
Jeremy Simon
Jeremy Simon
SIM Lab

I study intergroup bias and dehumanization, with an emphasis on interpersonal interactions and neural representations of others.

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Alycia Sullivan
Lifespan Lab
Alycia is a fourth-year Ph.D. student who is broadly interested in the field of cognitive aging. As an undergraduate at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, she studied the influence of sleep on memory consolidation across the lifespan. After graduation, Alycia worked as a lab manager in a kinesiology lab at UMass for two years. Here, she helped lead physical activity and sleep interventions in underserved communities. Her dissertation work at Brandeis examines the ways in which physical activity and sleep interact to influence memory across the adult lifespan. 
 
Yile Sun
PhD Student
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Morgan Taylor
CoPE Lab
Morgan is a first-year PhD student in the CoPE Lab at Brandeis University. Prior to attending Brandeis, she received a B.S. in Biopsychology at Tufts University. She is interested in investigating the connections between cognitive abilities and mental health outcomes in young adult populations.
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Jennifer Wicks
CoPE Lab
Jenny is a PhD student in the CoPE lab at Brandeis University. Her research interests include studying emotion regulation mechanisms, stress, and related mental health outcomes. Current and upcoming projects are focused on the influence of various contexts and stressors on emotion regulation and how psychopathology is impacted by the way trait emotion regulation strategies are exhibited. Projects include EEG, HRV, PEP, observational, and self-report measurements to better understand the mechanisms related to the development of psychopathology.
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Wanbing Zhang
Aging, Culture, & Cognition Lab

Wanbing Zhang is a second-year PhD student. She received a BS in Psychology from University of Minnesota Twin Cities under the guidance of Dr. Wilma Koutstaal. She is interested in developing prevention strategies for age-related memory loss, and ways to maintain the health of higher-order cognitive functions such as decision making and socioemotional judgment. Her current project looks at self-reference as a memory strategy to improve memory for older adults and aMCI patients. In her leisure time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, and cuddling her cat, Sugar.

Master's Students

Denise Abcede
MA Student
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Evan Anderson
Face Perception Lab
Evan's research will focus on what is known as the "behavioral immune system" -- the social, cognitive and affective mechanisms evolved for the purpose of avoiding disease -- and how it influences political judgments.
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Allison Belkowitz
Cunningham/CARD lab
Allison is focused on the child development field. She is working with Dr. Cunningham to determine ways to increase daily functioning for neurotypical and special-needs children. She hopes to pursue doctoral studies in either Clinical or Developmental Psychology focusing on childhood and adolescence.
Chih-Yuan (Jessie) Chien
MA Student
Darby Frost
MA Student
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Tommaso Girelli
CARD Lab
I am specifically interested in investigating of mood disorders, with particular emphasis on aspects that may help explain the strengthening or weakening of the relationship between depression and anxiety, related to elements such as loneliness and introversion/extraversion.
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Abbie Levinson
Memory & Cognition Lab
This fall, Abbie is joining Dr. Art Wingfield's Memory and Cognition laboratory, where she will study speech perception and cognition while pursuing her Masters at Brandeis. In the future, Abbie plans on working towards her Ph.D. in clinical or cognitive psychology with a focus on language reacquisition after stroke or other traumatic brain impairment.
Tong Lin
MA Student
Jianan Liu
MA Student
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Nishaat Mukadam
Aging, Culture, & Cognition Lab
I'm a Masters student in Dr. Angela Gutchess' Aging Culture and Cognition Lab where I am studying self reference memory among older adults and people with amnestic mild cognitive impairment. I hope to pursue doctoral studies in Clinical Psychology with a focus on Neuropsychology and work in the field of aging and neurodegenerative conditions.
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Hannah Park
Graybiel Lab
I am currently studying motor control and aging. My experiment is on control of visual balance in different age groups. I am interested in general cognitive psychology especially in motor control, spatial orientation and aging.
Huai Qian
MA Student
Xiaolin Qiao
MA Student
Isabel Grantham Rappoport
MA Student
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Diane Rohrer
MA Student
I am a Masters student in Dr. Raymond Knight's lab. My area of study lies at the intersection of sexuality and psychopathology. Upon completion of the Masters program I hope to continue in my area of study and pursue a PhD in psychology.
Yangyi Shi
MA Student
Hannah Singer
MA Student
Mercedes Villalonga
MA Student
Xuewei Wang
MA Student
Chelsea Wood
MA Student
Yuchen Xie
MA Student
Tianyou Zhou
MA Student