Department of Psychology

Dissertations and Job Placements


Xin Yao Lin

Dissertation: Social Technology Use and Well-Being: The Role of Social Support and Physical Activity

Workplace/Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Weill Cornell Medicine


Brandon Hager

Dissertation: Gathering Action Information With Sensorimotor Resonance

Workplace/Position: Scientist, Charles River Analytics


John Ksander

Dissertation: Computational Accounts for Episodic Memory in Reinforcement Learning

Workplace/Position: Postdoctoral Researcher, Brandeis University 

Alycia Bisson

Dissertation: Examining Sleep as a Mechanism Linking Physical Activity and Cognition

Workplace/Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Brigham and Women's Hospital / Harvard Medical School. 


Yile Sun

Dissertation:Audiovisual Interaction and Decision Making Under Time Pressure

Workplace/Position: Data Scientist, DOE Tech Lead at Bank of America, Digital Analytics & Data Science Services


Marissa A. DiGirolamo

Dissertation: The Complex Model of Empathy: Investigating the Effect of Arousal on Bottom-up and Top-down Empathy Components

Workplace/Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Northeastern University

William Goodman

Dissertation: How Do Study Protocol Variations Affect Cortisol Response And Recovery To The
Trier Social Stress Test

Workplace/Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Human Evolutionary Biology (Skeletal Biology and Biomechanics Lab), Harvard University

Jeremy Simon

Dissertation: White or Wight? Race, Neural Synchrony, and Interpersonal Dehumanization

Workplace/Position: Senior Research & Evaluation Data Fellow, Museum of Science

Nadya Greenberg
Dissertation:Resonance and behaviors toward others are predicted by perceived warmth and competence of target. 


Cole D. Ayasse

Dissertation: The Eyes as a Window to Speech Comprehension: Effects of Cognitive Aging and Hearing Acuity on Processing Speed and Listening Effort

Workplace/Position: Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Psychology, Brandeis University

Veronica Lee Flores

Dissertation: The Experienced Palate Is a Smart Palate: A Behavioral and Neural Investigation of the Impact of Incidental Taste Experience on Future Taste Learning in Female Long Evans Rats

Workplace/Position: Assistant Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, Furman University

Alex Fiksdal

Dissertation: Assessing Moderators of Cortisol Stress Response Trajectories: A Piecewise Hierarchical Modeling Approach

Workplace/Position: Clinical Data Scientist, Brigham and Women's Hospital


Yuliya Kuras

Dissertation: Childhood Adversity and Multisystem Stress Functioning: From the Intracellular Level to the Cognitive Level

Workplace/Position: Project Manager, Brigham and Women's Hospital / Harvard Medical School

Laura Paige

Dissertation: Investigating the Effects of Lying on Memory

Workplace/Position: Senior Analyst, Applied Marketing Science

Sujala Maharjan

Dissertation: The Effects of Repetition and Spatial Arrangement on the Extraction of Ensemble Statistics

Workplace/Position: Research Analyst, Decision Resources Group

Stephanie Robinson

Dissertation: Perceived Control and Cognition: A Multimethod Approach to Exploring Physical Activity as a Mechanism

Workplace/Position:Assistant Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine 
Previous: Associated Health Postdoctoral Fellow, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Luke Hanlin

Dissertation: The Effects of Dietary Restriction on Physiological Stress Systems

Workplace/Position: Project Manager II, Sanofi


Nicholas Brisbon

Dissertation: Mindfulness in Relation to Stress, Intrusive Thinking, Sleep Quality and Memory

Workplace/Position: Psychiatric Clinician, Psychiatric Emergency Department, Boston Medical Center

Franklyn Graham

Dissertation: Sexual Psychopathy: The Role of Attention and Reward Related Deficits

Workplace/Position: User Research, X-Box

Sonja Krstic

Dissertation: Psychopathy and Sexual Aggression: Etiology, Variants and Management Implications

Workplace/Position: Lecturer, Brandeis University

Carrie Robertson

Dissertation: Psychopathic and Sexually Sadistic Cognitions, Traits and Behaviors: Relations With Biomarkers and Stress Responses

Workplace/Position: Assistant Director of Admission and Title IX Administrator, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Brandeis University

Salom Teshale

Dissertation: Short- and Long-term Change in Selective Optimization With Compensation Strategies and the Relationship to Well-Being and Stress in Adulthood

Workplace/Position: Advanced Training Fellowship in Rehabilitation Policy Research, University of Washington


Jasmine Boshyan

Dissertation: In Your Face: Examining Mechanisms of Accurately Perceiving Threat From Faces

Workplace/Position: Senior Clinical Research Associate, Leica Biosystems

Sarah Lupis

Dissertation: Assessing Associations Between Self-conscious Emotion and Cortisol Stress Responses: Influences of Development and Culture

Workplace/Position: Psychology Department and Graduate Program Coordinator, Brandeis University; Adjunct Faculty, Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions

Alexander Sacha Panic

Dissertation: Visual and Vestibular Contributions to the Perception and Control of Dynamic Spatial Orientation

Workplace/Position: Co-founder, Gamayun Scientific


Kenneth Pitts

Dissertation: Determinants of Cortisol Signaling

Workplace/Position: Research Scientist, U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine

Danielle Gianferante

Dissertation: Age and Sex Differences in Glucocorticoid Sensitivity of Pro-inflammatory Cytokine Production After Repeated Psychosocial Stress

Workplace/Position: Adjunct Professor, Psychology, Lasell College


Erin Bishop

Dissertation: Effectiveness of the Caring School Community Program in Reducing School Bullying and Victimization

Workplace/Position: Senior Department Coordinator, Brandeis Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Amanda Lash

Dissertation: Spoken Word Recognition: A Window Into the Aging Brain and Ear

Workplace/Position: Assistant Professor, Psychological Sciences, Whittier College

Monika Lohani

Dissertation: Experiential-Behavioral-Physiological Coherence During Emotional Reactivity and Regulation in Younger and Older Adults

Workplace/Position: Center for Emotional Intelligence, Yale University

Brittany Cassidy

Dissertation: Behavioral and Neural Responses to Appearance-Behavior Congruity

Workplace/Position: Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina, Greensboro

Abigail Noyce

Dissertation: Neural Processes for Learning and Monitoring Sequential Regularities in Changeable Environments

Workplace/Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Boston University

Michael Polito

Dissertation: Stereotype Threat in Older Drivers: The Stereotype and the Threat

Workplace/Position: Research Analyst, Boston University


Margeaux Auslander

Dissertation: Effects of Control Beliefs on Veridical and False Memory in Reality Monitoring, Schema Use and the Misinformation Effect

Workplace/Position: Senior Recruitment and Admissions Analyst, Infused Solutions

Mary Jo Larcom

Dissertation: Examining the Influence of Mood on the Interpretation of Emotional Expressions in Older and Younger Adults

Workplace/Position: Assistant Professor of Psychology, Bloomsberg University of Pennsylvania

Yoona Lee

Dissertation: The Relation of Physical Discipline to Child Aggression and Bullying Behaviors: Ethnic Family Relationships and Environment as Moderators Among European, African and Hispanic American, and East Asian Children

Workplace/Position: Assistant Professor of Psychology, Barnard College, Columbia University

Xiaolan Li

Dissertation: Context-Specific Motor Adaptation With Auditory Cues in Novel Dynamic Environments

Scott Motyka

Dissertation: Clarifying Issues in Regulatory Fit Theory: The Relation of Affect and Measurement Scale Structure to Regulatory Focus and Fit

Workplace/Position: Assistant Professor, Keck Graduate Institute of Claremont

Nicole Rosa

Dissertation: Effects of Self-Esteem, Gender and Alzheimer's Disease on Self-referencing in Memory

Workplace/Position: Assistant Professor, Psychology Department, Worcester State University


Hyeon-Nyeon Lee

Dissertation: How Group Identification Contributes to Group-Reference Effect With Age: A Multidimensional Group Identification Perspective

Workplace/Position: Lecturer, Duksung Women's University and Jeonbuk National University

Henry Galperin

Dissertation: Coding Low-Level Visual Features of Natural Scenes in the Brain

Workplace/Position: Lecturer in Psychology, Brandeis University

Emily Schmidt

Dissertation: "Let Pride Go aAfore, Shame Will Follow After": The Influence of Cultural Conceptualizations of the Social Emotions of Pride and Shame on Behavioral Inclination, Identification Expression and Experience

Workplace/Position: Visiting Assistant Professor, College of the Holy Cross

Michael Strom

Dissertation: The Influence of Racial Category Suppression on Feature-Based Effects

Workplace/Position: Research Analyst, NMR Group Inc.


Jane Harries Theriault

Dissertation: The Etiology of Sexual Aggression in Nonclinical Adults

Workplace/Position: Visiting Lecturer, Brandeis University

Eyleen Zhang

Dissertation: Neural and Behavioral Responses Toward Perceived Affordances of Gaze and Attractiveness

Workplace/Position: Director, Sentient Consumer Subconscious Research Laboratory, Sentient Decision Science Inc.

Amanda Hemmesch

Dissertation: Older Adults' First Impressions of Individuals With Parkinson's Disease: The Stigmatizing Effects of Facial Masking and Abnormal Bodily Movement

Workplace/Position: Project Director in Epidemiology, Boston University

Kymberlee O'Brien

Dissertation: Moral Congruity: Moral Decision-Making Under Psychological and Physiological Stress Due to Social Evaluation

Workplace/Position: Postdoctoral Fellow (Dr. Edward Tronick), Harvard Medical School, Children's Hospital, Boston


Eric Allard

Dissertation: The Influence of Cognitive Control Effort on Age-Related Positivity Effects in Visual Fixation

Workplace/Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Laboratory, Boston College

Eileen Kranz Graham

Dissertation: Personality and Cognition Characteristics That Drive the Cognition-Personality Link Across the Adult Lifespan

Workplace/Position: Visiting Assistant Professor, Mount Holyoke College

Jie Huang

Dissertation: Visual Short-Term Memory: Attention, Recognition, Recall and Electrophysiology

Workplace/Position: Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Susan Letourneau

Dissertation: Distributing Attention Across the Face: Effects of Deafness and Sign Language Experience

Workplace/Position: Bergstrom Living Laboratory Fellow, Museum of Science, Boston


Heather Wadlinger

Dissertation: Looking on the Bright Side: The Effect of a Positive Visual Attention Training Intervention of Attention and Emotion Regulation

Workplace/Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Prevention and Methodology Training Program, Pennsylvania State University

Michael Sheehan

Dissertation: An Analysis of Aggressive Victims: Behavioral and Psychosocial Characteristics in Children and Adolescents

Workplace/Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Quinnipiac University

Jeongsook Yoon

Dissertation: Psychopathy in Sexual Coercion Against Women: The Role of Emotion and Attention

Workplace/Position: Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Chung-Ang University, Seoul

Cai Xing

Dissertation: The Effects of Emotion and Motivation on Attentional Patterns in the Decision-making Process

Workplace/Position: Assistant Professor of Psychology, Renmin University, Beijing

Danielle M. Maurice

Dissertation: Perceptions of Justice in the Criminal Justice System: The Experience of Nonoffending Caregivers of Child Sexual Abuse Victims

Workplace/Position: Policy Analyst and Evaluator, Hornby Zeller Associates


Kelly Cotter

Dissertation: No Strain, No Gain: An Application of Social Cognitive Theory to Physical Activity Across the Lifespan

Workplace/Position: Assistant Professor, California State University, Sacremento

Jiang Luo

Dissertation: Optimism, Cognition and Information Processing in Medical Decision Making

Workplace/Position: Adjunct Faculty, Morton College

Masako Kikuchi

Dissertation: Appearance Stereotypes and Social Value Orientation: Perception and Behavior in a Mixed-Motive Situation


Victor Luevano

Dissertation: Truth in Advertising: The Relationship of Facial Appearance to Apparent and Actual Health Across Lifespan

Workplace/Position: Assistant Professor, California State University, Stanislaus

Vanessa Ferreria

Dissertation: Perception of SES and Support With Objective SES in the Physical Functioning of Lower-Income Older Adults

Workplace/Position: Executive Director, Mattapoisett Counsel on Aging

Arelys Feliciano Sanchez

Dissertation: Age and Cognitive Performance in Adult Onset Diabetes in a New England Puerto Rican Community

Workplace/Position: Research Fellow, Hebrew Rehabilitation Center for the Aged, Harvard Medical School


Cheryl DeLancey

Dissertation: What Is in a Face? Hedonic Tone Judgments and Behavioral Inclinations in Response to Emerging Emotional Facial Expressions

Workplace/Position: Assistant Professor of Child Development, California State University, Stanislaus


Feng Zhou

Dissertation: Information Processing and Selective Attention in Short-term Visual Memory

Workplace/Position: Postdoc, Brandeis University

Yuko Yotsumoto

Dissertation: Understanding Visual Memory: Higher Dimensional Application of a Summed Similarity Model, Theoretical Approach Using Signal Detection Theory and Neurophysiological Measures

Workplace/Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Boston University

Sandra L. McCoy

Dissertation: The Effects of Age-Related Sensory and Cognitive Change on Speech and Language Comprehension

Workplace/Position: Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia

Robyn Lebovitz

Dissertation: Maintaining Weight Loss: The Role of Social Influences and Social Relationships

Workplace/Position: Research Scientist, Gillette Advanced Technology Center

Stacey Whitbourne

Dissertation: Daily Memory Failures in Adulthood: The Role of Control Beliefs and Activity

Workplace/Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Boston University School of Public Health

Xiaolin Yu

Dissertation: The Relation of Family Influences and Personal Inhibition to Childhood Aggression in China and in the U.S.: A Cross-Cultural Study

Workplace/Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Centre for Research on Ageing, Health and Wellbeing, Australian National University

Mark Saviano

Dissertation: When Is Aggression Perceived Favorably? The Role of Provocation, Facial Maturity and Form of Aggression

Workplace/Position: Technical and Statistical Director, Psychology Department, Colorado College

Mandy Smith

Dissertation: Couples and Condoms: A Dyadic Approach to Condom Decision in Latino Anglo Dating Couples

Workplace/Position: Research Analyst, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Kimberly Firth

Dissertation: Goal Outcomes in Adulthood: The Influence of Temporal Orientation and Perceived Control

Workplace/Position: Research Associate, George Washington University


Viviane Siino-Sears

Dissertation: Motor Adaptation to Contacting and Noncontacting Coriolis Forces

Workplace/Position: Vice President of Product Development, Ananomouse Corp.

Maria Parmley

Dissertation: Perceiving Anger and Sadness: How Might Age, Gender and Contextual Ambiguity Influence the Process?

Workplace/Position: Lecturer in Psychology, Assumption College

Kathleen Nancy Holmes

Dissertation: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity and Comorbid Psychiatric Syndromes: An Analysis by Subtype and Gender

Jason Maurice

Dissertation: Interrelationships Between Cognitive Discrepancies, Body Affect and Body Changing Behaviors

Workplace/Position: Market Decisions Research Analyst

Jasmina Burdovic Andreas

Dissertation: Pathways of Risk and Resilence in the Development of Aggression in Children: The Role of Family Functioning and Children's Social-Cognitive Styles

Workplace/Position: Assistant Professor, Brown University


Jong Sup Jun

DissertationSyntactic and Semantic Bases of Case: A Study of Verbal Nouns, Light Verbs and Dative

Workplace/Position: Lecturer, Seoul National University


Carrie Andreoletti

Dissertation: The Influence of Stereotype-Consistent and Stereotype-Inconsistent Information on Memory Performance in Adulthood

Workplace/Position: Research Assistant, Brandeis University

Jennifer Mueller

Dissertation: The Effects of Expressive Writing on Performance and Well-Being in the Workplace

Workplace/Position: Yale University

Geoffrey Wright

Dissertation: Human Self-Motion Perception During Vertical Linear Oscillation and Virtual Environment Exposure

Workplace/Position: Postdoc, LMU-Grosshaden Clinical Center, Germany


Deborah Little

Dissertation: Age and Attentional Contraints on the Encoding and Recall of Spoken Discourse

Workplace/Position: Postdoc, University of Illinois Eye Center

Anne Verbeck Sorber

Dissertation: The Role of Peer Socialization in the Development of Emotion Display Rules: Effects of Age, Gender and Emotion

Workplace/Position: Lecturer, Assumption College


Sherry Lynn Anders

Dissertation: Gender and Working Models of Attachment: An Examination of Gender Differences in Communication Strategies Used to Pursue Attachment Goals

Workplace/Position: Clinical Respecialization Program, Suffolk University

Margaret Oliveira

Dissertation: The Effect of Media's Objectification of Beauty on Children's Body Esteem

Workplace/Position: Early Childhood Research and Policy Analyst, CT Voices for Children

Kristen Joy Prentice

Dissertation: Drawing Inferences From Spoken Discourse: Effects of Verbal Working Memory and Normal Aging

Workplace/Position: Psychiatric Research Center, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Darlene Kennedy Winkleman

Dissertation: The Relationship Among Ambivalence Over the Inhibition and Expression of Specific Emotions, Physical Health and Psychological Well-Being

Workplace/Position: Research Assistant, University of Connecticut Health Center