Lab Members

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Lab Members and Information

Principal Investigator

Angela Gutchess is a psychology professor at Brandeis University as well as a visiting scientist at the Martinos Center at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Charlestown. Her research interests include studying the interactions among aging, culture and cognition using behavioral and fMRI methods. The courses she teaches at Brandeis include Introduction to Psychology, Research Methods and Laboratory in Psychology, Social Neuroscience and Culture, and Human Memory. When not working, she enjoys volunteering through Boston Cares and traveling. 

gutchess [at] brandeis [dot] edu || Current CV


Ph.D. Students

Wanbing Zhang is a second-year Ph.D. student. She received a M.A. in Psychology from Brandeis University and a B.S. 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. In her leisure time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, and cuddling her cat, Sugar.


Krystal Leger is a PhD student 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. Krystal Leger
Addam Antunez is a first year Ph.D student in the ACC Lab examining memory across cultures. He received his B.A. in Psychology from California State University, Monterey Bay under the guidance of Dr. Jill Yamashita. While there, he completed a senior capstone project looking at working memory capacity as a predictor of false memory. In his free time, he enjoys hiking and traveling. Addam Antunez

Dan Levin is a current Ph.D. student in the ACC Lab. In 2008, he received a B.A. in English Literature from Emmanuel College. He taught in the special education field from 2008 to 2013, during which time he developed his current research interests in autism, memory, and cognition. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, playing sports, and eating buffalo chicken.

John Ksander


Master's Students

Xin Zhang is a second year Neuroscience Master’s student. She received her B.S. in Life Science from Tsinghua University at Beijing, China. Now she is studying how culture backgrounds influence the way individuals perceive visual information around them. In her free time, Xin enjoys hiking, dancing and spending time with her dog.
Xin Zhang
Nishaat Mukadam has a Masters in Clinical Psychology from India and has worked with  people with Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and other types of dementias, stroke and traumatic brain injury, conducting neuropsychological assessment and rehabilitation. She has also worked on research related to Parkinson's. As a Masters student in the Aging, Culture and Cognition Lab, she is studying the influence that language has on self-reference memory in older adults and people with amnestic mild cognitive impairment. She is interested in pursuing doctoral studies in Clinical Psychology with a focus on Neuropsychology, and a career in the field of aging and neurodegenerative conditions.
Nishaat Mukadam
Jessie Chien is a first year Master's student and she received her B.S. in psychology and B.S. in nutritional sciences from The Pennsylvania State University. She is interested in studying  the link between emotional detail in autobiographical memory and overgeneral memory. She enjoys good food and drinks and spending quality time with friends and family. Jessie Chien

Postdoctoral Fellows

Eric Fields is a postdoctoral fellow working with Dr. Gutchess and with Dr. Elizabeth Kensinger at Boston College. He completed his undergraduate education in psychology and philosophy at Middle Tennessee State University and received his Ph.D. in psychology with a specialization in cognitive neuroscience from Tufts University. Eric is interested in questions at the intersection affective science, social cognition, and memory research. His current work is examining the role of emotion and self-relevance in memory across the lifespan and the role of emotional valence in memory retrieval and sensory recapitulation. Eric also has research interests in EEG/ERP methods and statistics, including the use of mass univariate approaches to address multiple comparisons issues in EEG statistical analysis.
Eric Fields


Lab Manager



Undergraduate Research Assistants

Nicole Porter is a senior from New Jersey who is currently studying Neuroscience.  After graduating, she hopes to attend a graduate school and pursue a career in healthcare.  In her spare time, Nicole enjoys reading, dancing, and spending times with friends. NP
Zenith Rai is a junior studying psychology and hispanic studies. In her free time she loves dancing, doing arts and crafts, playing her guitar, or spending time with her family and friends! Zenith Rai
Adina Jacobson is a junior from the Boston area majoring in Psychology and minoring in Legal Studies. After graduating, she hopes to go to graduate school and pursue a career as a Speech-Language Pathologist. In her free time, Adina enjoys acting in musical theater productions, singing with her a cappella group and drinking coffee.

Adina Jacobson

Rachel Snyderman is a junior from Washington, DC who is majoring in Psychology and minoring in Hispanic Studies and Linguistics. After graduation she hopes to go to graduate school and pursue a career in counseling and human services. In Rachel's free time, she likes to sing, bake, and pet dogs!
Rachel Snyderman
Kayla Shepherd is a senior from the Boston area who is studying Neuroscience and Health: Science, Society, and Policy. She hopes to pursue a career in neuropsychology. In her free time, Kayla enjoys listening to live music, trying new recipes, and walking her dogs.
Kayla Shepherd
Yinan Liang is a junior majoring in Psychology and Theater Art. She likes hanging out with friends in her free times, eating good food and watching great shows with them. She also enjoys listening to music, going to museums and shooting pictures. Yinan Liang
Maayan Sofer  is a sophomore from New Jersey who is currently studying neuroscience and minoring in hispanic studies. She is very passionate about health care, and hopes to pursue a career in the field of medicine in the future. In her free time, she enjoys reading, listening to music, and doing yoga. Maayan Sofer
Sarah Turk Karan is a sophomore from the Philadelphia area who is majoring in Psychology and Sociology.  Her internship at University of Pennsylvania's COTTAGe and CTSA clinics inspired her to want to pursue a doctorate in psychology.  When she's not in class or in the lab, she is working as the recruitment coordinator for the Jewish day school track of Brandeis' MAT program, doing Pilates, or going to concerts.  karan_pic

Wanchen Zhao is a sophomore majoring in psychology and considering neuroscience and/or philosophy. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a Ph.D degree in clinical psychology. In her free time, she enjoys going to debate tournaments, reading, and hanging out in Boston with her friends.


Sophie Needles is a junior from Belmont, Massachusetts who is majoring in Psychology and Health: Science, Society, and Policy. After graduating from Brandeis, she hopes to attend a graduate program related to neuropsychology. In her free time, she enjoys playing Ultimate Frisbee, eating good food, and spending time with her cats and dog.




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Lab Alumni


  • Hyeon-Nyeon Lee (2012)
  • Nicole Rosa (2013), Assistant Professor of Psychology, Worcester State University
  • Margeaux Auslander (2013), Research Coordinator at the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine
  • Brittany Cassidy (2014), Post-Doctoral Fellow, Indiana University
  • Eileen Rasmussen
  • Laura Paige (2018)

Master's Degrees

  • Megan Limbert (2008)
  • Sarah Serbun (2009)
  • Sarah Huff (2012), Ph.D. Student, University of Michigan
  • Chad Nussinow (2012)
  • Laura Ligouri (2013), Technical Assistant at MIT
  • Anna Carmichael (2014) , Ph.D. Student, Monash University, Australia
  • Irina Orlovsky (2014), Research Fellow, US Research Institute of Envrionmental Medicine
  • Yuchen Song (2017)

Postdoctoral Fellows

  • Janelle Beadle (2010-2011), Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska Omaha
  • Eric Leshikar (2011-2013), Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Jonathan Jackson (2013-2015), Research Fellow, Neurology, Harvard Medical School
Lab Managers
  • Jennifer Coleman (2008-2009), Ph.D. Student, Counseling Psychology, VCU
  • Joanne Shih (2010-2012)
  • Pete Millar (2012-2014), Ph.D. Student, Psychology, Washington University in St. Louis
  • John Ksander (2014-2015), Ph.D. Student, Psychology, Brandeis University 
  • Hunter Johndro (2015-2016), Ph.D. Student, Psychology, Tufts University
  • Katelyn Parisi (2017-2018)

Rotation Students

  • Trent Judis (2012-2013)
  • Tammy Hsieh (2013)
  • Joseph Wachutka (2013)
  • Christine Talbot (2017)
  • Benjamin Stanbury (2017)

Undergraduate Honors Students

  • Ro'ee Gilron (2009)
  • Allie Indeck (2009)
  • Ayala Hamami (2010)
  • Maya Siegel (2010)
  • Aliza Schwartz (2011)
  • Joseph Polex Wolf (2011)
  • Jessie Nusbaum (2012)
  • Gabe Colton (2013)
  • Lauren Grewal (2013)
  • Alexander Sheehan (2013)
  • Abby Vigderman (2013)
  • Liat Zabludovsky (2013)
  • Jung Park (2014)
  • Jenny Crawford (2015), Research Assistant, Yale University
  • Lauryn Garner (2015), Research Assistant, McLean Hospital
  • Ryn Flaherty (2015)
  • Isabelle Moore (2017)
  • Selen Amado (2018)
  • Grace Hoefs (2018)
Undergraduate Research Assistants (partial list)
  • Avi Aizenman
  • Alana Alves
  • Tanvi Bahuguna
  • Raquel Bubar
  • Deborah Chamama
  • Brian Dahlben
  • Maddie Dolins
  • Sarah Dublin
  • Nasia Frattaroli
  • Tali Friedland
  • Becca Glanz
  • Allen Gold
  • Gina Gotthilf
  • Christine Hosey
  • Manon Ironside (Eckerd College)
  • Victoria Jonas, Research Assistant, MGH
  • Sapir Karli
  • Todd Kirkland
  • Rebekah Lafontant
  • Rozi Levi
  • Leah Levy
  • Sarah Lipitz
  • Alina Liu
  • Shirley Lo
  • Karan Malik
  • Ariel Milan-Polisar
  • Wei Yee Mooi
  • Chloe Newlon
  • Olivia Pobiel
  • Shanny Shmuel
  • Becky Sokal
  • Akash Vadalia
  • Liz Zharovsky
  • Rachel Zisman