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

Graduate Students

Aly Fassett-Carman
Aly Fassett-Carman
PhD Student, Fourth 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, Third 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, Second Year
Department of Psychology

Before coming to Brandeis, Morgan received her BS in Biopsychology from 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.

Caroline Forest
Caroline Forest
Master's Student
Department of Psychology

Before coming to Brandeis, Caroline received a BS in Psychology, with a Business Administration minor, from Bryant University. Caroline interned at Butler Hospital’s Intensive Outpatient Program for OCD and Anxiety Disorders, and facilitated a support group for patients with Hoarding Disorder. She was also a National Institute of Health fellow and conducted research on decision making regarding genetic testing. She is currently interested in the relationship between risk perception, intolerance of uncertainty, and anxiety disorders. Other interests include, reading, cooking, gardening, yoga, and animals.

Honors Thesis Students

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

Maya is generally interested in cognitive neuroscience as it relates to mental health. Maya is currently working on a thesis investigating the bidirectional relationship between executive function and autonomic stress reactivity. After Brandeis, Maya hopes to attend graduate school and pursue a career in research. Outside of the CoPE Lab, Maya is an undergraduate departmental representative for the psychology department at Brandeis and enjoys hanging out with friends and attempting to bake (with varying degrees of success).

Shumin Chen
Shumin Chen
Fourth Year
Psychology and Computer Science Major

Shumin is interested in mental disorders of children and young adults. She is doing a senior thesis on the relation between problem-focused coping, perceived controllability and depression among college students. After Brandeis, Shumin hopes to attend graduate school and pursue a career in counseling/clinical psychology. Outside of the CoPE lab, Shumin volunteers as a peer counselor at the Students Talking About Relationships (S.T.A.R.) club and in her free time, she likes photography and watching movies and food making videos on youtube.

Undergraduate Students

Novia Wu
Novia Wu
Second 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
Third 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.

Laurel Dobkin
Laurel Dobkin
Third Year
Psychology Major, Religious Studies Minor

Laurel is very passionate about psychology and mental health, and hopes to pursue these interests further after Brandeis. Outside of the lab, Laurel is a peer counselor at STAR, an Orientation Leader, and is involved with the Brandeis Orthodox Organization, Waltham Group, and Sharsheret. In her free time she loves to read, try out new recipes, and spend time with friends.

Sarah Kirchick
Sarah Kirchick
Third 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.

Sarah Rosa
Sarah Rosa
Third Year
Psychology and Neuroscience Major

Sarah is interested in mental health and studying new treatments for depression and anxiety, and hopes to pursue these interests in graduate or medical school. Outside of the lab, Sarah enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time with her dog.

Jenna Sandler
Jenna Sandler
Second Year
Psychology Major

Jenna's main interests fall within the realms of developmental and abnormal psychology. She currently hopes to attend graduate school after Brandeis in pursuit of those interests and a PhD, and she later wants to have a career in research or neuropsychology. Outside of the lab, she does rockclimbing and enjoys reading and spending time with friends.

Chengrui Wu
Chengrui Wu
Second Year
Psychology and HSSP Major, East Asian Studies Minor

I am interested in social psychology, and hope to pursue my interest further in a graduate program after Brandeis. I also have an interest in clinical psychology, and wish to gain some first-hand experience through the lab. I am in the Waltham Group and have volunteered at the local elementary school as a teacher assistant. Outside of the lab, I enjoy travel, reading, and watching movies 

Hannah Spear
Hannah Spear
Second Year
Psychology Major

Hannah is interested in developmental and abnormal psychology and loves working with children and young adults. Hannah hopes to pursue these interests after Brandeis in graduate or medical school. Outside of the lab, Hannah is a classroom aide for elementary school students with special needs. In her free time, Hannah likes to solve puzzles, spend time with friends, and garden.