Graduate Students

Christina Hough

Christina is interested in determining markers and mechanisms of illness trajectory within mood and anxiety disorders. This includes neural, cognitive, and peripheral (e.g. immune and hormonal) correlates and predictors of disease development, course, and symptomatology, along with a particular interest in treatment response. It is her hope that this work may facilitate the development and improvement of mechanistically-based risk factors, treatments, and other intervention strategies.

Anastasia is interested in understanding the emotional, cognitive, and behavioral correlates of anxiety disorders in an effort to advance treatment methodology. She is specifically interested in fear extinction mechanisms, emotion regulation, and affective experience in exposure and cognitive behavioral therapies for anxiety.

Bita Mesri

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Bita is interested in optimizing the treatment of anxiety disorders through the investigation of emotion regulation strategies and implicit approach avoidance behaviors.

Allison Metts

Allison is interested in risk and resilience factors for depression, particularly those of the cognitive and interpersonal realms. The aim of her research is to gain specificity of these factors’ mechanisms in order to improve existing treatments and develop novel interventions for mood disorders.

Ben Rosenberg

Ben’s interests lie at the intersection of cognitive neuroscience and clinical psychology. He utilizes multimodal neuroimaging tools such as MRI and TMS to develop strategies for 1) clarifying the dynamics of human brain network architecture, 2) disentangling the neurodevelopmental underpinnings of clinical symptoms, and 3) evaluating neurocognitive biomarkers to improve diagnostic classification.

Christina Sandman

Chrissy is interested in understanding the cognitive, affective, and neural underpinnings of anxiety and mood disorders with the aim of enhancing treatments. She is also interested in emotion regulation and positive emotion.

Amy Sewart

Amy’s research interests lie in advancing human models of fear learning and translating this knowledge to improve evidence-based treatment of anxiety disorders. She is also interested in cognitive, affective, and behavioral mechanisms that generate and maintain anxiety disorders, such as anxiety sensitivity.

Lindsay Staples-Bradley

Lindsay’s research focuses on fear learning mechanisms underlying anxiety, including classical conditioning, fear extinction, spontaneous recovery, and contextual renewal. Ultimately, her goal is to optimize existing exposure therapies for anxiety and prevent relapse.

Michael Sun

Michael’s primary research interests involve examining the impact of culture on individual differences in emotion regulation and the mechanisms of emotion regulation strategies like emotional suppression.

Alexandra Tanner

Alexandra is interested in studying the benefits of physical exercise on mood and well-being. More specifically, she is interested in using neuroimaging and physiological measures to identify mechanisms underlying the effects of exercise on emotion regulation and resilience, and develop exercise treatment interventions for anxiety and mood disorders.

Meghan Vinograd

Meghan is interested in using neuroimaging methods to examine cognitive processes that contribute to the development and maintenance of anxiety disorders. She is also interested in researching how the comorbidity of anxiety disorders impacts symptom severity and treatment response.

Julia Yarrington

Julia is broadly interested in the emotional, cognitive, and behavioral risk factors for depression and suicidal thoughts. She is also interested in utilizing novel statistical techniques to inform more specialized treatments for mood disorders.