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Meet the Mentors

Jacqueline Quigley

Area: Biopsychology

Advisor: Dr. Jill Becker

Research: I study sex differences in addiction using rats. My research is focused on understanding how gonadal hormones (i.e., estrogen) regulate an individual’s motivation for drugs of abuse (i.e., cocaine).

Caitlin Posillico

Area: Biopsychology

Advisor: Dr. Natalie Tronson

Research: I study sex differences in neuroimmune modulation of learning and memory processes in mice -- in other words, what happens to memory when the brain’s immune system is activated, and how is this similar or different in males and females?


Michael Demidenko

Area: Developmental Psychology

Advisor: Drs. Daniel Keating & Adriene Beltz

Research: I evaluate how self-report, cognitive and fMRI measures of reward processing relate to substance use during adolescence. I also consider how household and community disadvantages impact these behaviors.


Sarah Stilwell

Area: Combined Program in Education & Psychology (CPEP)  

Advisors: Dr. Nell Duke & Dr. Kevin Miller 

Research: Educational Efficacy -- Project Based Learning, Student & faculty perceptions of digital teaching, Community involvement


Lolita Moss

Area: Developmental (joint with Social work)

Advisor: Dr. Monique Ward

Research: I study how mainstream media exposure influences how adolescents think about understand gender, race, and romantic relationships


Tong Suo

Area: Social

Advisor: Shinobu Kitayama

Research: My research revolves around the sense of self across time and culture (e.g, how people from different cultures remember their past and imagine their future).



Isaiah Sypher

Area: Clinical Science

Advisor: Drs. Luke Hyde and Rosario Ceballo

Research: I study how poverty-related stressors impact families, as well as mechanisms of resilience for families living in poverty. For my research, I use both quantitative and qualitative methods.

Annika From

Area: Personality & Social Contexts

Advisors: Drs. Robin Edelstein & Amie Gordon

Research: I study how differences between romantic partners in personality, beliefs, and social identities influence relationship functioning, and how couples manage these dissimilarities.



Mena Davidson

Area: Biopsychology

Advisor: Dr. Ben Dantzer

Research: I use rodent models to study how environmental factors affect social behavior, specifically the pair bond between monogamous social partners.


Kathy Xie

Area: Cognition & Cognitive Neuroscience

Advisor: Dr. Patricia Reuter-Lorenz

Research: I study the relationship between working memory and episodic memory and how individual differences or cognitive aging may affect that relationship

Nia Nickerson

Area: Combined Program in Education and Psychology

Advisor: Dr. Ioulia Kovelman

Research: I study how diversity in language experiences influence children's academic, socio-cultural, and brain development. I study children who speak multiple languages, such as Spanish-English bilinguals, and children who speak multiple dialects, such as speakers of Standard and African-American dialects of American English.