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.
As well as being an undergraduate honors thesis student in the lab, Maya is also the interim lab manager. For all lab matters, email is the best way to contact her. For more information about Maya see the Honors Thesis Student section below.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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 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 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'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.
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 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.
Julie is interested in abnormal psychology and neuropsychology. She hopes to obtain a doctoral degree in clinical psychology with a concentration in neuropsychology after finishing her studies at Brandeis. Outside of the lab, Julie is a tutor for the Waltham Group General Tutoring program, co-president and a peer counselor for STAR, and co-fundraising chair for FIMRC. In her free time, she likes to read and listen to music.
Mack is currently focused on studying abnormal psychology and health policy, as he hopes to pursue in his future career in psychiatry. Outside of the lab, he likes to watch stand-up comedy, spend time with his friends, and play tennis.
Ashley is interested in clinical psychology, hoping to pursue a doctorate degree in that field after Brandeis. This past summer, she was an intern for the Research and Evaluations team at For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST), a global non-profit which runs robotics competitions for K-12 youth. Outside of the classroom, Ashley is involved with the Catholic Student Organization, and in her free time, she enjoys hanging out with friends, exercising, and watching The Office.