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Lab Director

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Luke Hyde

lukehyde@umich.edu

Dr. Hyde is interested in understanding psychopathology and personality, particularly child psychopathology and antisocial behaviors, from a developmental psychopathology standpoint. His research focuses on mechanisms linking early risk to adolescent antisocial behavior, interactions between these risk factors, and subgrouping approaches to identify youth that have similar developmental trajectories. In particular, Dr. Hyde is interested in the role of cognitions, empathy (and callous/unemotional traits), genes (using candidate genes), and neural processes (using fMRI) as they are affected by and interact with harsh environments (e.g., rejecting parenting, dangerous neighborhoods) to increase risk for psychopathology.

Dr. Hyde’s recent program of research has been merging neurogenetics techniques that aim to understand genetic and molecular contributions to neural reactivity with longitudinal developmental studies of at risk children in order to inform our understanding of the development of antisocial behavior, psychopathy, and psychopathology across the lifespan. Thus, he is interested in the role of the environment and biology as they interact overtime to shape behavior.

Dr. Hyde graduated with a B.A. from Williams College where he majored in Psychology and Religion and graduated with a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh.  At Pitt, Dr. Hyde was in the joint clinical and developmental psychology program and also completed a concentration in cognitive neuroscience from the Center for Neural Basis of Cognition (CNBC, a joint Pitt-Carnegie Mellon University program).  Dr. Hyde worked with mentors Daniel S. Shaw and Ahmad R. Hariri during his Ph.D. at Pitt. He also notes Susan B. Campbell and Stephen B. Manuck as major research influences during his graduate studies.  Dr. Hyde did his clinical internship at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinics/University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He enjoys running the MiND Lab and feels fortunate to work with so many wonderful people in the lab.  In his spare time, Dr. Hyde likes playing soccer and running, as well as traveling.

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Post-Doctoral Scholars

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Melissa Peckins

Melissa Peckins is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Developmental Psychology.  She received her doctorate in Biobehavioral Health from The Pennsylvania State University with a focus on the biopsychosocial consequences of early life stress across development and developmental methodology.  Her research utilizes a multi-level, interdisciplinary approach to study how contextual factors such as child maltreatment and violence exposure impact the endocrine response to stress, health, and behavior from childhood to early adulthood.  She is currently on a training grant to study the role of neural processes in the association between context, functioning of the stress response system, and behavior.

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Rebecca Waller

rewaller@umich.edu

Dr. Waller is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow who joined Michigan in 2013 after receiving her doctorate from the University of Oxford. She has an MA in Experimental Psychology and MSc in Evidence-Based Social Intervention, also from the University of Oxford. Her research interests focus on examining behavioral and personality precursors of psychopathy and antisocial behavior from a developmental psychopathology perspective. Specifically, her work focuses on examining how children’s early environmental risk (including parental harshness and low levels of warmth) is related to the development of callous unemotional (CU) traits and the emergence of conduct problems in later childhood and adolescence. Within this, she focuses on issues related to the conceptualization and measurement of CU traits in children, as well as related constructs such as empathy and early conscience deficits. She is also interested in how the study of CU traits and empathy deficits can be incorporated into a neurogenetics framework to inform models of antisocial behavior development and preventative interventions. Dr. Waller is currently on a T32 Fellowship in the Addiction Center of Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan, where she is integrating models of early externalizing psychopathology with risk for problematic substance and alcohol use across development. 

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Staff

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Toni Walker

twalks@umich.edu

Toni graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2015 with a BS in Psychology with an Administration of Justice minor. She is interested in understanding the development of conduct problems and antisocial behaviors in children and adolescents, specifically those involved in the justice system. She hopes to combine her psychology and criminal justice interests in the future to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a forensic psychology focus. As lab manager, she is responsible for coordinating and running the MTwiNS study, as well as, management and supervision of daily lab activities. Outside of work she enjoys doing pilates, trying out new Pinterest recipies, and watching Netflix.

Graduate Students

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Isaiah Sypher

isy@umich.edu

Isaiah is a second year graduate student in the Clinical Science PhD Program.  After graduating from Wesleyan University in 2013 with a BA in Psychology, he spent two years working as a Research Assistant under James Blair at the NIMH’s Section on Affective Cognitive Neuroscience.  Isaiah is interested in how early adverse experiences such as exposure to violence and parental maltreatment shape children’s attitudes about aggression. In his free time, Isaiah enjoys traveling, using his mom’s HBO GO subscription, and checking out fun dance parties in Detroit.

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Rachel Roberts

raclaire@umich.edu

Rachel is a first year graduate student in the Clinical Science PhD program. Rachel received a BS in Psychology from Duke University in 2014, with an additional major in Biology. After graduating, she managed Elizabeth Brannon’s cognitive development lab at Duke (now Penn) and studied how infants and children learn about numbers and math. Rachel is interested in the pathways through which differences in socioeconomic status affect the development of executive function, particularly inhibitory control. In her free time, Rachel enjoys riding horses, hanging out with her two golden retrievers, and going to Lions games.

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Hailey Dotterer

hdotty@umich.edu

Hailey is a first year graduate student in the Clinical Science PhD program. Hailey graduated from the University of Michigan in 2014 with a B.A. in Psychology. After graduating, she worked as a project coordinator for the Adolescent Wellbeing and Brain Development Study with Dr. Hyde, Dr. Christopher Monk, and Dr. Colter Mitchell, examining how poverty-related stressors affect brain structure and function, as well as behavioral outcomes. Hailey is interested in studying heterogeneity within the externalizing spectrum, including environmental precursors and neural correlates of psychopathic traits, via multi-modal neuroimaging techniques (e.g., connectivity and task-related brain activity) to distinguish between dimensions of antisocial behavior. During her free time Hailey enjoys baking, trying bizarre foods, and fostering kittens. 

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Laura Murray

lmur@umich.edu

Laura is a fourth year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology PhD program. Laura received her BA in Psychology with a minor in Neurobiology from Harvard University in 2011. Laura is interested in the neural correlates of antisocial behavior with a specific interest in psychopathy. She is currently working on a project that investigates how subtypes of antisocial behavior may be associated with neurobiological differences in the anticipation and consumption of rewards. A former div 1 swimmer in college, she loves swimming, and also enjoys cooking and baking for friends.

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Arianna Gard

arigard@umich.edu

Arianna is a fourth year graduate student in the Developmental Psychology PhD program. She received her BA in Psychology from UCLA in 2010, after which she worked at UC Berkeley and UCSF researching ADHD and childhood trauma, respectively. At the University of Michigan, Arianna’s work examines biopsychosocial models of psychopathology, with a focus on the interplay between parenting, corticolimbic function, and genome-wide genetic liability. 

Collaborating Graduate Students

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Tyler Hein

heint@umich.edu

Tyler is a fourth year graduate student in the Developmental Psychology PhD program working under Christopher Monk, PhD. Tyler received her BS in Neuroscience with a minor in Chemistry and a certificate in Conceptual Foundations of Medicine  from the University of Pittsburgh in 2013. Tyler is interested in the neurobiological mechanisms involved in the relationship between early-life stress and child and adolescent psychopathology. In her free time, Tyler enjoys cross stitching, skiing, and kayaking.

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Ariana Orvell

aorvell@umich.edu

Ariana is a third year graduate student in Social Psychology working with Ethan Kross, PhD. She received her B.A. in Urban Studies with a concentration in Psychology from Columbia University in May 2011. After graduating, she taught at a KIPP School in New York City. She is interested in the development of self-control and emotion regulation, and their impact on individuals’ well-being and academic achievement. Ariana enjoys yoga, exploring Ann Arbor’s parks, and traveling.

Post-Bac Research Assistants

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Alicia Pardon

apardon@umich.edu

Allie recently graduated from the University of Michigan with a BS in Psychology. In the future, she plans to pursue a Ph.D. in clinical psychology with a specific focus on the adolescent and child population. Her research interests include the effects of childhood stress on social interactions and how this influences the development of antisocial behavior and psychopathology. She is particularly interested in the impact of the stress associated with having a chronic illness or condition in childhood. In her free time, she enjoys biking, fishing, reading, and watching Netflix.

Undergraduate Honors Students

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Andrea Maxwell

ammaxw@umich.edu

Andrea is a senior majoring in Psychology and Neuroscience at UM. She is interested in the intersection of psychology and social justice, particularly in migrant, refugee, and homeless populations. Andrea plans on pursuing an MD/PhD and hopes to be an advocate for human rights through both clinical and research involvement in the mental health field. Her current research interests include use of neuroimaging techniques to understand the neurobiological and behavioral impacts of trauma, maltreatment, and exposure to community violence on human development. In her free time, Andrea enjoys traveling, hiking, and watching reruns of Boy Meets World.

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Kelly Rea

reakel@umich.edu

Kelly is a senior majoring in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience at the University of Michigan.  After completing her undergraduate career, she plans on earning her Ph.D. in clinical psychology with research interests including developmental psychopathology and eating/addiction disorders.  Kelly enjoys splitting her free time between reading, knitting, and baking.

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Julia Swan

jeswan@umich.edu

Julia is a senior, majoring in Psychology and English at the University of Michigan. Her research interests include empathy, antisocial behaviors, and emotion regulation. After graduating, she plans to attain a Ph.D. in Clinical or Social Psychology and continue to work in the respective field of research. In her free time, Julia adores reading, finding new music, and watching Christopher Nolan films.

Undergraduate Research Assistants

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Anna Smith

annarsmi@umich.edu

Anna is a senior majoring in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience. Her research interests include the effects of parental psychopathology on child development, childhood trauma, risk and resilience, and the efficacy of treatments designed for children and families. After graduating, she plans on pursuing a PhD in clinical psychology and using research to inform her practices as a child psychologist. In her free time, she enjoys napping, watching crime shows, and going to sporting events.

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Anni Subar

asubar@umich.edu

Anni is a senior majoring in Psychology and Spanish at the University of Michigan. After graduating she plans to take a couple of years off to conduct research in a Clinical Psychology lab and then apply for her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.  Her research interests include behavioral and emotional disorders. She hopes to one day open a practice as a child psychologist specializing in these disorders. In her free time, she enjoys listening to music and going to concerts, practicing yoga, and traveling

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Madeleine Gerson

mgerson@umich.edu
Madeleine is a sophomore majoring in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience. Her research interests include the intersection between psychology and law, and the effects that socioeconomic status have on cognitive development. After graduation, Madeleine plans to pursue a graduate degree in psychology or public health. In her free time, Madeleine enjoys hiking, playing with her dog, and writing for the school newspaper.
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Miloni Shah

milshah@umich.edu
Miloni is a sophomore undergraduate student studying cognitive science and women studies. Her research interests include gender studies in psychology and effects of nature and nurture on psychopathology. Miloni hopes to practice medicine in the future. In her free time, she loves to read, spend time with her family, paint, and perform on Indian dancing.
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Maya Youness

Maya is a sophomore studying Neuroscience and Spanish. Her research interests include the intersection of biology and psychology in childhood development, as well as the effect of different environmental factors on development. After graduation, Maya hopes to earn a Ph.D. in Neuroscience. In her free time, she enjoys playing the piano, reading, and choreographing for a traditional Arabic dance group.

 

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Elizabeth Estes

lizestes@umich.edu

Elizabeth is a sophomore, majoring in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience. Her research interests include developmental psychopathology, the effect of psychiatric medication on cognition, and the role of the HPA-axis in depression. After graduation, Elizabeth plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. In her free time, Elizabeth enjoys running, spending time with friends, playing with her dogs, reading, and finding new music on Spotify. 

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Melissa Shiner

mshiner@umich.edu
Melissa is a junior majoring in Psychology and minoring in Intergroup Relations at the University of Michigan. Her research interests include the environmental risk factors of externalizing disorders, risk and resilience, and antisocial behavior. After graduating, she plans on pursuing a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. In her free time, Melissa reads, attends concerts, and volunteers for an urban farm in Detroit, MI.

 

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Jenna Hayes

hajenna@umich.edu

Jenna is a junior majoring in Psychology and minoring in Crime and Justice. Her research interests include the intersection between psychology and the criminal justice system, developmental psychopathology, and autism. After graduation, Jenna hopes to pursue a graduate degree in Psychology and find a way to apply her studies to the criminal justice system. In her free time, she is a co-chair of Impact Dance Company and enjoys petting her dog and watching The Office. 

 

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Karina Forsythe

karinfor@umich.edu

Karina is a Freshman majoring in Elementary Education with a focus in mathematics. Her research interests include developmental psychology and intersections between race, class and gender. In her free time, Karina enjoys swimming and playing rugby.

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Danielle Harrison

daniph@umich.edu

​Danielle is a junior at the University of Michigan planning to major in Psychology with a minor in applied statistics. After undergrad she plans on pursuing her PhD and doing research regarding juvenile delinquency and rehabilitation as well as the genetic and environmental factors related to the causes of criminal activity. She hopes the MiND lab will help her understand the research process better and give her exciting knowledge into the world of Psychology. In her free time she enjoys cooking, singing, and pumpkin picking. 

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Sophia Eisenberg

sopeis@umich.edu

Sophia is a senior majoring in Psychology and Political Science with a minor in Crime and Justice.  Her research interests include developmental psychopathology, anti social behavior, childhood trauma, and the efficacy of the criminal justice system. She hopes the MiND lab will help her get acquainted with the research process and help her realize what she wants to focus on after graduating.  Sophia hopes to either go to a graduate program in Psychology or Law School while getting a dual degree in Criminology. In her free time, Sophia loves hanging out with friends, spending time with family, and watching documentaries.

Lab Mascot

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Ellie made her MiND Lab debut in the fall of 2014 when she was adopted by Dr. Hyde, his wife, and Muumi the cat. She enthusiastically performs her roles as cutest lab mascot, chief crumb patrol officer, and head of lab morale. Her current research interests include the finer arts of bladder control, the digestible properties of sticks, and an answer to the eternal question of “who’s a good girl?!”

Lab Alumni

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Martha Alves

mlalves@umich.edu

After receiving her BA in Psychology and Women’s Studies from the University of Michigan in 2013, Martha decided she was not yet ready to part ways with her alma mater and joined the MiND team as lab manager. Here she continued to explore her research interests until the fall of 2015, looking into the effects of early life experiences on children’s development and risk for psychopathology. In the future Martha plans on applying to graduate school for masters in Public Health and Social Work. When not in the office, you can find Martha in the pool, on a bike, baking pie, or in the woods.

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Abbey Derechin

aderech@umich.edu

Abbey is a Junior double majoring in Psychology and Spanish. After graduation she plans on pursuing further education in either Clinical Psychology or Law. Her main interests include, Developmental Psychology, mood disorders, and antisocial behaviors. In her free time she enjoys reading, painting, tennis, and traveling. 

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Melanie Rosado

rosado@umich.edu

Mélanie is a junior majoring in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience. Her research interests include cognitive development among bilingual children, adolescent psychopathology, emotional regulation, and moral cognition. After graduating, Mélanie plans on attending medical school. During her free time, Mélanie loves to travel. Her favorite places include her home city of Miami, California, France, and Colombia.

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Hannah McCabe

hkmccabe@umich.edu

Hannah is a junior studying Psychology and Statistics at the University of Michigan. Her main research interests focus on the intersection of trauma and positive psychology, as well as development psychopathological outcomes such as depression. After finishing her undergraduate degree, Hannah wants to earn a PhD in Clinical Psychology, and become a therapist. In her free time, Hannah loves to knit, read, and do yoga. 

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Kepriah Davis

kepridav@umich.edu

Kepriah worked in the lab from the fall of 2014 to the spring of 2015. She is a Junior studying Psychology with a minor in the History of Medicine and Health. She is most interested in psychopathology and learning as much as she can about abnormal behavior, the brain, and how the environment plays a role in these processes, especially in underserved populations. She is pre-med and is interested in pursuing a career in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry with a public health focus. In her free time, she LOVES to dance, listen to music, watch anime, play videogames, and hang out.

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John Bell

jkbell@umich.edu

John graduated in winter 2015 with a major in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience and worked with the MiND Lab for a year and a half. His research interests include molecular and neural correlates to adolescent psychopathology and antisocial behavior. John plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. John is married to Danette and in their free time they enjoy mountain biking, skiing and equitation as well as mentoring young adults.

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Elizabeth Friedman

edfried@umich.edu

Lizzie is a Junior studying Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience. She worked in the lab for the winter semester of her junior year until the beginning of her senior year. She is most interested in the intersection between genetic and environmental factors in regard to psychopathology. Lizzie hopes to practice medicine and to pursue a career in adolescent psychiatry. In her free time, she loves to cook, travel, and spend time with her family.

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Ariana Headrick

aheadric@umich.edu

Ariana is a sophomore planning to major in Psychology with a minor in RC Drama. Her main research interest is in studying the effects of environmental factors on development and risk for psychopathology, especially in children and adolescents. After graduation, she plans to earn a PhD in Clinical Psychology and become a therapist. Ariana loves attending open mics, cuddling with her dog Jazzy, and eating hummus.

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Melanie Wellstein

mwellst@umich.edu

Melanie worked in the MiND lab during her freshman year throughout the Fall, Winter, and Spring semesters. Her research interests include the justice system and psychology, CU traits and their later implications in psychopathy, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. She is also interested in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and childhood trauma and how the relate to the later development of psychopathology. These topics have recently developed into an interest in public policy, which she plans on pursuing future study in. 

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Julia Osinski

josinski@umich.edu

Julia is a sophomore planning to major in Organizational Studies or Psychology with a minor in Business. Her research interests include: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, childhood externalizing disorders, and how both nature and nurture contribute to the development of psychopathology. After graduation, she plans to earn a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in Child Psychology. She hopes that being a part of the MiND Lab will provide her with more clarity regarding which specific career path she wants to pursue in her future. In her free time, Julia loves running, spending time with friends, watching Netflix, and surfing. 

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Louisa Kane

lfkane@umich.edu

Louisa worked with the MiND Lab for a semester during her sophomore year while majoring in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience and minoring in Middle East and North African studies, with a focus in Arabic language. Her interests are varied, including the neurobiology of substance abuse/addiction, adolescent addictive behaviors, and second language acquisition. After earning her undergraduate degree, Louisa plans on getting a Psy.D. in Neuropsychology and/or a MA in Wilderness Therapy. She also enjoys running, hiking, and traveling.

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Torrey Talifer

ttalifer@umich.edu

Torrey joined the MiND Lab after his sophomore year for the summer while majoring in both Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience and Life Science Informatics. His main research interest includes the development of psychopathology in urban youth. He intends to pursue graduate studies in either medicine or bioinformation.

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Tia Tsakos

ttsakos@umich.edu

Tia is a junior studying Psychology with a minor in Crime and Justice as well as in Modern Greek. Her research interests include the development of psychopathology and antisocial behavior, the role of environmental factors on aggression and the criminal justice system. She intends on pursuing further graduate studies in the field of developmental psychopathology or criminal psychology. In her free time, Tia can be found watching baking shows, traveling or napping. 

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Claire Morrison

clairelm@umich.edu

Claire is a senior majoring in Biopsychology, Cognition and Neuroscience with a minor in the Program in the Environment. After graduation she plans on pursuing graduate school for Public Health, specifically Environmental Health. Her main interests involve how the environment of underserved communities impacts child health, development and cognition. In her free time she enjoys playing or watching sports and taking photos

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Lawrence Tello

lytello@umich.edu

Lawrence was a member of the MiND lab from 2014 to 2015 and recently graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.S. in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience. Lawrence will continue gaining research experience before applying to Ph.D. programs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds. There he will study the effectiveness of secular mindfulness meditation practices, focusing on implementation within educational settings.

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Meaghan Thompson

tmeaghan@umich.edu

Meaghan was a member of the MiND lab during 2015 and graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in Psychology and a History of Health and Medicine minor. She will continue pursuing her research interests at the University of Washington Autism Center, where she will be involved in genetics and neuroimaging research with children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder. 

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Bianca Troncone

tronconb@umich.edu

Bianca worked in the MiND lab during her junior year while dual majoring in Psychology and German at the University of Michigan. Her research interests include developmental psychopathology, cultural psychology, as well as social psychology. She aspires to combine her interests in developmental psychology with culture and the arts in her future.

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Josh Mogel

jmogel@umich.edu

Josh worked in the MiND lab during his junior year while majoring in BCN (Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience). His research interests include Psychopathology with a focus on substance abuse and addiction, and Developmental Psychopathology. After graduation, he hopes to return to California and attend UCLA to earn a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.

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Caitlin Authier

caitauth@umich.edu

Katie worked in the MiND lab during her senior, while majoring in Psychology with a minor in Crime and Justice at the University of Michigan. She is interested in the intersection of psychology and the criminal justice system, and how these environments affect the development of antisocial behaviors and aggression.

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Sarah Winter

sarwint@umich.edu

Sarah worked as an undergraduate research assistant in the MiND lab during the fall 2013 and winter 2014 semesters after becoming a member of the Michigan Research Community at the start of her junior year.  A psychology major, Sarah was also on the pre-vet track and is now pursuing her Veterinary degree at the University of Pennsylvania.