Principal Investigator | Lab Staff | Graduate Students
Honors Thesis Students | Undergraduate Students | Lab Alumni
Hannah Snyder is an assistant professor of psychology at Brandeis University. Before coming to Brandeis, she completed her PhD in cognitive neuroscience at the 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.
Before joining the CoPE lab, Yana received a BA in psychology, a ;minor in Russian and Eastern European studies, and a certificate in Civic Engagement & Service Learning from the University of Massachusetts — Amherst. She plans to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology, and her research interests include further understanding the psychological implications of trauma and poly-victimization in diverse populations and environmental contexts. Yana enjoys participating in domestic violence community engagement work, along with practicing yoga or spending time in nature.
Olivia is a recent graduate of Washington University in St. Louis in Spring 2022 with a double major in psychology and marketing. During her time in St. Louis, she primarily researched how infants and young children develop early social-cognitive capacities, in relation to race and ethnic categories. She is passionate about developmental psychology, and how youth populations regulate their emotions and develop coping mechanisms in response to traumatic environmental events. Outside of the lab, she enjoys reading, getting outdoors, and writing. She is thrilled to be working in the CoPE lab as a research assistant and hopes to eventually pursue a PhD in clinical psychology.
Before coming to Brandeis, Morgan received her BS in biopsychology from Tufts University, where she conducted research on cognition and multitasking. Her research in the CoPE Lab examines cognitive control and repetitive negative thinking as risk factors for internalizing disorders. Outside of the lab, Morgan's favorite hobbies include baking, tandem cycling and thrifting.
Quynh is broadly interested in executive functions, reward processing and psychopathology. She has previously studied the neural circuitry of reward loss in rodents and the socio-emotional development of children with autism spectrum disorder. Her current research in the CoPE Lab examines how stress and executive function deficits, among other factors, can confer risk for psychopathology. Outside the lab, Quynh can be found doing yoga, trying new vegan recipes and drinking lots of coffee.
Before coming to Brandeis, Elizabeth received her BS in psychology and MS in cognitive science from Illinois State University where she conducted research on cognitive biases in attention and memory, emotion regulation, and false memory. Elizabeth is broadly interested in executive function, repetitive negative thinking and other cognitive risk factors for internalizing disorders. Her current work in the CoPE Lab examines contrast avoidance models of defensive pessimism and worry. Outside of the lab, Elizabeth's hobbies include horse back riding, aerial arts and reading.
Honors Thesis Students
Ben is interested in mental health and studying the neurochemical mechanisms of common conditions like anxiety and depression. He hopes to further pursue these interests in medical school. Outside of the lab, Ben enjoys hiking, listening to music and reading.
Jasmine is interested in clinical psychology and developmental psychology, especially the cognitive processes and coping strategies of children and young adults. She hopes to further pursue these interests in graduate school. Outside of the lab, Jasmine serves as the marketing director of Brandeis Global China Connection. In her free time, she enjoys visiting museums, painting, watching thriller series and exploring new places to eat.
Mae is interested in social and behavioral psychology and enjoys having hands on experience in the lab. After her time at Brandeis, Mae hopes to pursue a career in medicine. Outside of class, Mae is a co-president and peer supporter of STAR, and enjoys exploring new places to eat.
Ashley is interested in clinical psychology and hopes to pursue a career as a mental health clinician after graduation. In the lab, she uses her interest in psychopathology to explore the links between stress response style and mental disorders. For Summer 2021, Ashley worked on an independent research project exploring Brandeis undergraduates’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic- specifically, how their response to the shared adversity impacted their mental health. Outside of the lab, Ashley is the pPresident of the Brandeis Catholic Student Organization, counselor for the Crisis Text Line and a house cat enthusiast.
Zhenze is enthusiastic in developmental psychology, particularly aspects of child depression and anxiety. She hopes to pursue her interests further in graduate school. Zhenze is the UDR for the psychology department and the president of the Brandeis Global China Connection outside of the lab. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and spending time with her family and friends.
Julianna is interested in researching psychopathology and hopes to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology in the future. Outside of the lab, Julianna works as a social media assistant for the Brandeis Education Department and volunteers at an animal rights nonprofit organization. In her free time, Julianna enjoys writing poetry, singing and trying new boba shops.
Lauren is interested in social and developmental psychology and hopes to pursue a career as a clinical psychologist in the future. Outside of the lab, Lauren volunteers at the local Boys and Girls Club and is a member of the ski and lacrosse club teams. In her free time, she enjoys reading, playing piano and trying out new restaurants.