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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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Lara Stojanov

larastoj@umich.edu

Lara recently graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA in Psychology. She plans to pursue a Ph.D in clinical psychology in the future. She is particularly interested in studying child and adolescent populations. Her research interests include familial influences on psychopathology and antisocial behavior during childhood and adolescence. In her free time, Lara enjoys reading, playing with her dog, and spending time with friends and family.

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Heidi Westerman

wesheidi@umich.edu

Heidi recently graduated from Wesleyan University with a BA in Neuroscience and Biology. She plans to pursue a Ph.D. in either clinical psychology or cognitive neuroscience. She is particularly interested in environmental and genetic interactions and the effect they have on neural processes that may lead to later addiction and psychopathology. In her free time Heidi likes hiking, reading, and watching Criminal Minds.

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Kaitlin Prakken

Kaitlin recently graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA in Psychology and Organizational Studies with a minor in Urban Community Studies. She plans to pursue a Ph.D in clinical psychology. Her research interests include resiliency among populations that are risked for psychopathology and understanding environmental influences on the development of psychopathology. Kaitlin likes Netflix binges, frozen yogurt, and long walks in the Arb. 

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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.

Graduate Students

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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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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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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 fifth year doctoral 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.

Undergraduate Research Assistants

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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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Emma Pearson

eepears@umich.edu

Emma is a senior double majoring in Psychology and Sociology. Her research interests include biopsychosoical models in developmental psychopathology as well as gene-environment interactions. After graduation, she plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. In her free time, Emma enjoys reading, running, figure skating, and spending time with her friends.

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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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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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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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Meghan Harrington

mmharr@umich.edu

Meghan is a junior majoring in Psychology and minoring in Crime and Justice. She is interested in the intersection of psychology and the criminal justice system, the development of antisocial behavior, and psychopathy. After graduation, Meghan plans on pursuing a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a focus on forensic psychology. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, and binge-watching TV shows on Netflix.

 

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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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Isabel Saville

icsav@umich.edu

Isabel is a sophomore planning on double-majoring in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience, as well as English. Isabel’s research interests include developmental psychopathology, externalizing disorders in children, and gene-environment interactions. After graduating, Isabel plans to pursue a Ph.D. In her free time, Isabel enjoys playing tennis, listening to music, reading, watching movies, and walking around Ann Arbor with friends.

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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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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. 

Lab Mascot

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Ellie

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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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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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. Toni served as lab manager for the MiND lab from 2015 to 2017. She will be attending Louisiana State University in the fall to pursue her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. 

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Andrea Maxwell

ammaxw@umich.edu

Andrea graduated in 2017 with a B.S. in Neuroscience and Psychology. She completed an honors thesis under the mentorship of Dr. Hyde and Arianna Gard, a developmental psychology PhD candidate, entitled “Neighborhood effects on the brain: Impoverishment in early childhood predicts amygdala reactivity to ambiguous faces in young adulthood.” After graduation, Andrea moved to Baltimore, MD where she is working as an IRTA fellow at NIDA under Drs. Elliot Stein and Vaughn Steele. She is working on a research project that uses fMRI and clinical measures to assess the effectiveness of TMS as a chronic treatment for cocaine addiction. Andrea plans to pursue either a PhD in Clinical Psychology or an MD/PhD in the future.

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Kelly Rea

reakel@umich.edu

Kelly graduated in April 2017 with an honors degree in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience. Kelly completed her honors thesis with the MiND Lab, entitled: White Matter Tract Abnormalities and Links to Antisocial Behavior Among High-Risk Young Adult Males.” She will be moving to Athens, Georgia in July to start at University of Georgia’s Clinical Psychology PhD program. Under the mentorship of Dr. Ronald Blount, Kelly will be studying the effects of pediatric chronic illness on parents and children undergoing solid organ transplantation, and ways to improve outcomes for these children, including treatment adherence, medical communication, and transition to adult care. 

 

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Julia Swan

jeswan@umich.edu

Julia graduated in April 2017 with an honors degree in Psychology. She completed her honors thesis with Laura Murray and the MiND Lab entitled, “Associations Between Delay Discounting Performance and Reward-Related Neural Activity”. She will be moving to Washington D.C. in June to start work in the Section on Human Psychopharmacology at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism with Dr. Vijay Ramchandani. She will be studying the genetic and environmental risk factors influencing response to alcohol and creating paradigms to better study alcoholism in a lab setting in order to develop novel treatments

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Anni Subar

asubar@umich.edu

Anni graduated in April 2017 with a B.A. in Psychology and Spanish. She currently works in Washington D.C. at the National Institute Mental Health in the Section on Development and Affective Neuroscience (SDAN) with Dr. Daniel Pine. She will be studying altered brain circuitry in those with Social Anxiety, Generalized Anxiety, and behaviorally inhibited temperament in order to inform treatment development and outcome prediction in pediatric anxiety disorders. In the future, Anni plans to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology.

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Martha Alves

mlalves@umich.edu

Martha served as the first MiND lab lab manager from the Spring of 2013 to the Fall of 2015.

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Sophia Eisenberg

sopeis@umich.edu

Sophia was an undergraduate research assistant in the lab from January 2015 to April 2017.

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Karina Forsythe

karinfor@umich.edu

Karina was an undergraduate research assistant through the UROP program from October 2016 to April 2017.

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Abbey Derechin

aderech@umich.edu

Abbey was a volunteer undergraduate research assistant from May 2016 to December 2016.

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Claire Morrison

clairelm@umich.edu

Claire was an undergraduate research assistant in the MiND lab from May 2015 to August 2016.

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Melanie Rosado

rosado@umich.edu

Mélanie was an undergraduate research assistant in the MiND lab from May 2014 to May 2016.

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Tia Tsakos

ttsakos@umich.edu

Tia was an undergraduate research assistnt from May 2015 to May 2016. 

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Hannah McCabe

hkmccabe@umich.edu

Hannah was an undergraduate research assistant and Honors student from September 2014 to December 2015.

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Kepriah Davis

kepridav@umich.edu

Kepriah was an undergraduate research assistant in the MiND lab from September 2014 to September 2015. 

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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. 

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Elizabeth Friedman

edfried@umich.edu

Lizzie was an undergraduate research assistant in the MiND lab from January 2015 to September 2015.

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Ariana Headrick

aheadric@umich.edu

Ariana was an undergraduate research assistant in the MiND lab from January 2015 to December 2015.

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Melanie Wellstein

mwellst@umich.edu

Melanie was an undergraduate research assistant in the MiND lab from January 2015 to July 2015.

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Julia Osinski

josinski@umich.edu

Julia was an undergraduate research assistant in the lab from January 2015 to December 2015.

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Louisa Kane

lfkane@umich.edu

Louisa worked with the MiND Lab for a semester during her sophomore year from January 2015 to May 2015.

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Torrey Talifer

ttalifer@umich.edu

Torrey joined the MiND Lab after his sophomore year for the summer and volunteered from May 2015 to July 2015.

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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.

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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.

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Josh Mogel

jmogel@umich.edu

Josh worked in the MiND lab during his junior year from September 2014 to December 2014 while majoring in BCN (Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience).

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Caitlin Authier

caitauth@umich.edu

Katie worked in the MiND lab during her senior year in 2014, while majoring in Psychology with a minor in Crime and Justice at the University of Michigan.

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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.