Department of Psychology
Department of Psychology

Behavioral Neuroscience


Alexandra Garcia

Graduate student

alexandra.garcia@utexas.edu |
512-232-8191 |
BME 3.506


Evan Nudi

Graduate student

etnudi@gmail.com


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John Valenta

Graduate Research Assistant

john.valenta@utexas.edu |
512-232-2785 |
ARC 1.240

Interests: Addiction, Reward, Behavioral Neuroscience, Alcohol, Opioids, Dopamine, Neurobiology and Brain Physiology, Neuropharmacology, Stereotaxic Surgery, Neurochemistry, Immunohistochemistry, Rat Handling, Microdialysis, Conditioned Place Preference, Prepulse Inhibition, Animal Surgery, Rat Models, HPLC-ECD, Nucleus Accumbens, Ventral Tegmental Area, Neuroimmunology, Neuroinflammation


Ryan Will

Graduate student

willrg@gmail.com


Clinical Psychology


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Scarlett Baird

Graduate student

scarlett.baird@utexas.edu |
CLA 4.600

Interests: CBT, Exposure Therapy, Determinants of Treatment Adherence, Exercise, Trauma and Stress-Related Disorders, Addiction


Alex Birdsill

Graduate student

acbirdsill@gmail.com |
SEA 4.111D


Adam Cobb

Graduate student

adamrcobb@yahoo.com


Darius Dawson

Graduate student

dariusblake@utexas.edu |
SEA 2.314

Education: M.A., San Diego State University

Interests: Ethnic Differences in Substance Use Behaviors; Behavioral Change Mechanisms


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Jolene Jacquart

Graduate student

jolene.jacquart@utexas.edu |
CLA 4.600

Interests: Health Behaviors, CBT & Exposure Therapy, Exercise, Mindfulness, the Relaxation Response


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Ellie Shuo Jin

Graduate Student

ellieshuojin@utexas.edu |
512-232-2215 |
SEA 3.426F

Education: B.A., McGill University

Interests: Psychoneuroendocrinology


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Natalie Kretsch

Graduate student

natalie.kretsch@gmail.com

Education: M.A., The University of Texas at Austin


Elise Marino

Graduate student

emarino@utexas.edu


Michael Mullarkey

Graduate student

michael.mullarkey@utexas.edu |
Seay 4.310

Interests: Emotion Regulation, Distress Tolerance, Beliefs About Emotions, Brief Interventions


Stephanie Oleson

Graduate student

stephanieoleson@utexas.edu |
SEA 4.111D

Interests: Vascular mechanisms of cognitive decline; identifying modifiable risk factors for dementia


Megan Patterson

Graduate student

mwp241@nyu.edu


Carey Pulverman

Graduate student

pulverman@utexas.edu |
SEA 3.318

Education: MA, Hunter College, CUNY

Interests: Sexual violence and sexual functioning.


Leslie Rice

Graduate student

lrice@utexas.edu


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Amelia Stanton

Graduate student

amelia.stanton@gmail.com

Interests: Sexual dysfunction, childhood sexual abuse


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Annie Steele

Graduate student


Emily Wilhite

Graduate student

ewilhite@utexas.edu

Education: Clinical Psychology, University of Texsa at Austin


Cognitive Neuroscience


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Nathaniel Blanco

Graduate student

nathanblanco@gmail.com |
SEA 4.120


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Jessica Cooper

Graduate student

jessica.cooper@gmail.com |
SEA 4.120E

Interests: Decision-making, learning, cognitive aging, depression, category learning, working memory, cognitive training, computational modeling


Hyo Jeong Kim

Graduate student

komury2@gmail.com


Linnea Marks

Graduate student

lrmarks@utexas.edu


Robert Molitor

Graduate student

rjmolitor@utexas.edu |
NHB 3.340


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Sharon Noh

Graduate student

smnoh@utexas.edu


Stephanie Sherman

Graduate Student

ssherman@utexas.edu

Interests: memory, sleep, circadian rhythms, aging


Evan Stein

Graduate student

estein@utexas.edu


Emily Viehman

Graduate student

evman@utexas.edu


Cognitive Science


Jessie-Raye Bauer

Graduate Student

jessie.raye@utexas.edu |
512-471-2055 |
SEA 1.216

Education: M.A., University of Texas at Austin

Interests: executive function, early intervention, causal reasoning, causal reasoning,STEM


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Justin Busch

Graduate Student, Legare Lab

justin.ta.busch@gmail.com

Interests: causal reasoning, science understanding, reasoning about the supernatural, folk biology


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Jennifer Clegg

Graduate Student, Legare Lab

jclegg@utexas.edu


Taylor Mezaraups

Graduate Student, Gilden Lab

taylormez@utexas.edu


Frances Morales

Graduate Student, Legare Lab

frmorales@utexas.edu |
1.316B


Maria Munoz

Graduate Student, Griffin Lab


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Nicole Wen

Graduate Student; Cognition, Culture, & Development Lab (Legare)

nicole.wen@utexas.edu |
512-232-1289 |
SEA 1.318B

Education: Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Cognitive development, cultural learning, social cognition, mechanisms of cultural transmission


Daniel Willard

Graduate Student, Markman Lab

daniel.fx.willard@gmail.com


Whitney Woodington

Graduate Student, Markman Lab

woodingtonw@utexas.edu


Developmental Psychology


Caitlin Clark

Graduate Student, Bigler Lab

caitlin.clark@utexas.edu |
Seay 1.212 E

Interests: development of homophobia and heterosexism, children's attitudes toward sexual minorities, LGBT psychology, feminist psychology


Jessica Jankowitsch

Graduate Student, Langlois Lab

jessjank@utexas.edu

Education: B.S., Carnegie Mellon University


Gabriel Lopez-Mobilia

Graduate Student, Woolley Lab

glopmob@gmail.com


Brooke Miller

Graduate Student, Woolley Lab

brooke.schepp@gmail.com


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Joseph O'brien

Graduate student

joseph.obrien@utexas.edu

Education: B.A., North Carolina State University


Mayra Chantal Ramirez

Graduate student

mayrachantal@utexas.edu |
SEA 1.318C

Education: B.A., Texas A&M University

Interests: Bilingual language processing, cognitive mechanisms underlying bilingual language development, learning strategies in early bilinguals and second language learners, dual language education


Bolivar Reyes Jaquez

Graduate Student, Echols Lab

strongboli@aol.com


Dolly Rojo

Graduate student

drojo@utexas.edu |
SEA 1.318C

Education: Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Social and Cognitive Psychology, Language Development, Language Processing, Spanish-English Bilinguals, Dual-Language Education


Stevie Schein

Graduate Student, Langlois Lab

scheinst@utexas.edu |
SEA 1.318E

Interests: infant attractiveness, caregiving behavior, negativity bias, affect


Individual Differences and Evolutionary Psychology


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Kelly Asao

Graduate student

kasao@utexas.edu |
SEA 3.324B


Laura Engelhardt

Graduate student

lauraeng@utexas.edu |
512-471-1406 |
SEA 4.110

Education: B.A., Indiana University


Frank Mann

Graduate student

frankdmann@utexas.edu |
518-471-3516 |
SEA 3.314

Education: PhD, University of Texas at Austin


Joy Wyckoff

Graduate student

jwyckoff@utexas.edu |
SEA 3.324

Education: BA, MA, PhD, University of California Santa Barbara, The College of William & Mary, University of Texas at Austin


Perception, Brain and Behavior


Yoon Bai

Graduate student

yoonbai@utexas.edu


Social and Personality Psychology


Ryan Boyd

Graduate student

ryanboyd@utexas.edu

Interests: language, social processes, behavioral assessment of personality, motivational biases, mental health, computational psychology


Taru Flagan

Graduate student

taru@utexas.edu


William Fraser

Graduate student

BOFRASER@GMAIL.COM |
972-345-8769 |
3.426 A

Education: Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin


Haesung Jung

Graduate student

hsjung@utexas.edu


Stephanie Reeves

Graduate student

slreeves@utexas.edu

Interests: Social identity threat, stigma, psychological interventions


Sanaz Talaifar

Graduate student

stalaifar@gmail.com |
SEA 3.426 HA

Interests: identity fusion, group processes, the self, morality, political psychology


Postdoctoral and other Research Personnel


James Ashenhurst

Postdoctoral Fellow, SAHARA (Fromme) Lab

james.ashenhurst@gmail.com |
512-471-7276 |
2.302F

Education: PhD, UCLA


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Rachel Watson-Jones

Postdoctoral Researcher, Legare Lab; Project Coordinator, Booth Lab

watsonjones@austin.utexas.edu |
936-217-2466 |
SEAY 1.214 and 1.308B

Education: Ph.D., University of Oxford

Interests: Cognitive and evolutionary approaches to understanding religion, cultural transmission, social learning, and ritual.



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    The University of Texas at Austin
    SEA 4.208
    108 E. Dean Keeton Stop A8000
    Austin, TX 78712-1043
    512-471-1157