Graduate Students-Psychology - Carnegie Mellon University

Deon Benton

Deon Benton

Graduate Student, Psychology

Office: 455 Wing Baker Hall

Email: dtbenton@andrew.cmu.edu

I am interesting in early object categorization and how, among other things, infants utilize sources of motion to distinguish between different ontological kinds (i.e., animate and inanimate objects). Understanding how and when infants make this distinction is an important ability not least because it is one way infants encode experience and learn about the world around them.

Brian Chin

Brian Chin

Graduate Student, Psychology

Office: 455 Wing Baker Hall

Email: bnchin@andrew.cmu.edu

The link between social relationships, stress, and health outcomes; resilience and stress-buffering effects of mindfulness training; neural mechanisms and changes involved in mindfulness; potential for mindfulness to buffer social stress.

Elliot Collins

Elliot Collins

Graduate Student, Psychology

Office: 455 Wing Baker Hall

Email: egcollin@andrew.cmu.edu

My chief research interest is neuroplasticity in the cognitive domain, that is, how do changes in the brain map on to changes in cognitive behavior. In the setting of human vision, I use functional and structural neuroimaging techniques to probe the dynamic interaction of the brain and environment. My interests also include the fields neurological and psychiatric disease research.


Anita Delahay

Anita Delahay

Graduate Student, Psychology

Office: 455 Wing Baker Hall

Email: adelahay@andrew.cmu.edu

I am interested in how teaching and learning interventions based in cognive science can improve educational outcomes, and how the implementation of educational technologies can improve access to quality instruconal materials and methods.

Cassondra Eng

Cassondra Eng

Graduate Student, Psychology

Office: 455 Wing Baker Hall

Email: cassonde@andrew.cmu.edu

I am interested in aenonal processes and the corresponding brainbehavior associations. I am parcularly interested in selective sustained attention as a foundation for efficient information processing capabilies in childhood, and the role attention plays in the acquision of new knowledge

Sandrine Girard

Sandrine Girard

Graduate Student, Psychology

Office: 455 Wing Baker Hall

Email: sgirard@andrew.cmu.edu

My research interests are the effects of language and cognition on each other, bilingualism, language acquisition

Brittany Jakubiak

Brittany Jakubiak

Graduate Student, Psychology

Office: 445 Wing Baker Hall

Email: bjakubia@andrew.cmu.edu

My research interests center around attachment theory and self-expansion theory in the context of romantic relationships. I am interested in how characteristics of romantic relationships influence individual outcomes, such as stress buffering and growth, and how individual factors shape relationship dynamics.

Kevin Jarbo

Kevin Jarbo

Graduate Student, Psychology

Office: 455 Wing Baker Hall

Email: kjarbo@andrew.cmu.edu

Interested in using advanced neuroimaging techniques and novel analysis methods to study the role of the cortex and striatum in reward-based learning and navigation in humans.

Emily Keebler

Emily Keebler

Graduate Student, Psychology

Office: 455 Wing Baker Hall

Email: ekeebler@andrew.cmu.edu

I am interested in the development of mathematical thinking in order to improve math learning including conceptual understanding, procedural fluency, and far and near transfer.  In partcular I am interested in the interplay between whole number and ratonal number understandings.

Jaeah Kim

Jaeah Kim

Graduate Student, Psychology

Office: 455 Wing Baker Hall

Email: jaeahk@andrew.cmu.edu

I am interested in the development of ttention in the child brain, and how
it supports learning (e.g., category learning). To this goal, I am working to
combine NIRS imaging with novel behavioral paradigms to understand its
neural and cognitive bases. I am also interested in the development of
resting state networks and their involvement in supporting attention.

Matthew Lehet

Graduate Student, Psychology

Office: 455 Wing Baker Hall

Email: mil@andrew.cmu.edu


Emily Lindsay

Emily Lindsay

Graduate Student, Psychology

Office: 455 Wing Baker Hall

Email: elindsay@andrew.cmu.edu

I am interested in studying pathways linking stress and health outcomes from a dual-process perspective. First, I'm developing behavioral methods for studying implicit cognitive processes that prolong stress reactivity. Second, I'm curious how explicit self-regulatory processes, like mindfulness meditation training, may change these implicit processes to buffer psychological, physiological, and neuroendocrine stress responding.

Tong "Tina" Liu

Tong "Tina" Liu

Graduate Student, Psychology

Office: 455 Wing Baker Hall

Email: tongliu@andrew.cmu.edu

I am interested in understanding the neural mechanisms underlying our ability to selectively attend to an object, recognize the object, and maintain information about that object in the immediate visual environment. I use a combination of psychological and neural approaches in my research.

Xiaonan Liu

Xiaonan Liu

Graduate Student, Psychology

Office: 455 Wing Baker Hall

Email: xiaonanl@andrew.cmu.edu

My main research interest is the cognitive process of working memory, emotion and neural mechanisms. I am particularly interested in the effect of emotion on working memory using computational models and neuroimaging (both ERPs and fMRI). The goal of my research is to investigate the different roles of emotion valence and arousal on working memory.

Amedee Martella

Amedee Martella

Graduate Student, Psychology

Office: 455 Wing Baker Hall

Email: amartell@andrew.cmu.edu

My research interests center on improving K‐16 student performance in STEM areas through the use of effective teaching approaches. I am interested in the examination of how varying levels of guidance affect student acquisition, maintenance, and generalization of skills.

Katilyn Mascatelli

Katilyn Mascatelli

Graduate Student, Psychology

Office: 455 Wing Baker Hall

Email: kmascate@andrew.cmu.edu

I am interested in social and health implications of gender, particularly as it pertains to stereotyping and stigma.

Maria Mens

Graduate Student, Psychology

Office: 455 Wing Baker Hall

Email: mmens@andrew.cmu.edu


Rony Patel

Graduate Student, Psychology

Office: 455 Wing Baker Hall

Email: rbpatel@andrew.cmu.edu


Vencislav "Ven" Popov

Vencislav "Ven" Popov

Graduate Student, Psychology

Office: 455 Wing Baker Hall

Email: vpopov@andrew.cmu.edu

I am interested in how the medial temporal lobe (MTL) encodes the spatio-temporal context necessary to bind events and objects into a coherent story, and how the prefrontal cortex (PFC) integrates task demands and contextual cues supplied from the MTL to selectively retrieve information from neocortical areas. Further, how do these and other structures interact to support not only the learning of individual episodes, but the generalization of information into context-independent semantic knowledge?

Robert (Bo) Powers

Robert (Bo) Powers

Graduate Student, Psychology

Office: 455 Wing Baker Hall

Email: powers@cmu.edu

I work with artificial neural networks in order to better understand the neural mechanisms that support complex cognitive processes. One of the domains that interests me most is language learning, particularly with respect to semantics. I would like to one day apply the same modeling principles to other domains, such as mathematical cognition, and to understanding disorders such as autism and schizophrenia.

Casey Roark

Casey Roark

Graduate Student, Psychology

Office: 455 Wing Baker Hall

Email: croark@andrew.cmu.edu

My research interests primarily involve understanding the neural basis of language. More specifically, I am interested in understanding how speech is processed in different contexts-in changing semantic, syntactic, and phonetic environments. I hope to study the neural basis of language through the neuroscientific methods of fMRI, EEG, and/or MEG. I am also interested in constructing computational models of these results.

Juliet Shafto

Juliet Shafto

Graduate Student, Psychology

Office: 455 Wing Baker Hall

Email: julietshafto@gmail.com

I am broadly interested in cognitive neuroscience, in particular the study of visual perception using electrophysiological and functional neuroimaging methodologies. My work so far has focused on face perception. Specifically, I used an inattentional blindness paradigm to explore how faces are processed in the absence of awareness.

Carillon (Cari) Skrzynski

Carillon (Cari) Skrzynski

Graduate Student, Psychology

Office: 455 Wing Baker Hall

Email: cskrzyns@andrew.cmu.edu

My research interests focus on identifying biological and environmental factors that contribute to addictive behavior and in combining experimental methodologies with neurobiological approaches to better understand underlying risk factors associated with the development and maintenance of addictive behavior.

Caitlin Tenison

Caitlin Tenison

Graduate Student, Psychology

Office: 455 Wing Baker Hall

Email: ctenison@andrew.cmu.edu

I am interested in studying the development of mathematical cognition. Of particular interest is how the problem solving strategies change with practice. I am also interested in how solving strategies impact understanding and transfer in mathematics.

Jing Tian

Jing Tian

Graduate Student, Psychology

Office: 455 Wing Baker Hall

Email: jtian@andrew.cmu.edu

I am interested in mathematical learning and development of numerical cognition in young children. My research focuses on exploring how numerical concepts develop in human mind and what factors are related to the process, in order to find more effective ways for children to learn numbers.

Layla Unger

Layla Unger

Graduate Student, Psychology

Email: lunger@andrew.cmu.edu

I'm interested in the development of children's ability to organize their knowledge into meaningful groups, and how these groups guide the way in which children apply their existing knowledge in new contexts. My research particularly focuses on identifying factors that foster this ability within an educational setting.

Robert Vargas

Robert Vargas

Graduate Student, Psychology

Office: 455 Wing Baker Hall

Email: robertov@andrew.cmu.edu

My research aims to explore the structure of human knowledge representations by examining the semantic similarity of individual concepts based on their neural similarity. I am curious how these relationships between concepts could then be used to define underlying semantic primitives and their organization in the brain. 

Charles Wu

Charles Wu

Graduate Student, Psychology

Office: 455 Wing Baker Hall

Email: yunanw@andrew.cmu.edu

I'm generally interested in how people form complex auditory categories such as speech sounds. Specifically, I'm curious about how these category representations might be tuned in cases where the sound input is degraded or nontypical (such as in a noisy environment or a foreign accent). Additionally, I'm also very interested in how these auditory categories are represented in the brain and what are the mechanisms that drive the learning of these categories both in children and adults

Melissa Zajdel

Melissa Zajdel

Graduate Student, Psychology

Office: 455 Wing Baker Hall

Email: mzajdel@andrew.cmu.edu

I am interested in the ways in which stress and the social context impact chronic disease and immune function.