Meet Our Students

Hannah Alt

Advisor: Dr. L. Jay Smart

Wylie Brace

Allan Collins

Advisor: Dr. Robin Thomas

Research Interests

Broadly speaking I am interested in examining visual encoding with mathematical model based cognitive neuroscience techniques and methods. Specifically, exploring relations between parameters of decision making models and neural correlates of EEG in the system factorial technology methodology. Also applying machine learning technologies to decode the differences in participant behavior based on salience, type, and difficulty of stimuli/task.

Peyton Corbi

Advisor: Dr. Robin Thomas

Lauren Davidson

Lauren Davidson

Primary Advisor: Dr. Joseph Johnson

Research Interests

One of my research interest includes looking at how cultural differences can affect the decision making process, focusing on the computational model we currently have, and seeking to improve them. I am also interested in looking at new methodology in which we analyze the decision making process, specifically through different path tracking methods.

Anthony Drew

Anthony Drew

Primary Advisor: Dr. L. James Smart

Scholarly Work

  • Drew, A. P., & Karst, A. T. (2019). Parsing attentional processes involved in the elicitation of the N2pc component. Neuroreport30(3), 157-161. doi:10.1097/WNR.0000000000001176
  • Kalia, V., Thomas, R., Osowski, K., & Drew, A. (2018). Staying Alert? Neural Correlates of the Association Between Grit and Attention Networks. Frontiers in Psychology, 9. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2018.01377

Grants and Awards

  • Student Technology Fee Grant, Miami University (2018-2019)
  • Graduate Student Teaching Award, College of Arts and Sciences, Miami University (2018)
  • Patrick J. Capretta Memorial Scholarship, Department of Psychology, Miami University (2017)

Niki Hayatbini

Niki Hayatbini 2019

Primary Advisor: Dr. Vrinda Kalia

 

Research Interests

My research interests are neurocognitive functions in individuals with obsessive compulsive, anxiety, and mood disorders, examining the executive functions abnormalities (e.g., cognitive flexibility, response inhibition, working memory) and their effects on one's function and quality of life. I am also interested in psychological and bio-behavioral mechanisms that influence the development, expression, and amelioration of maladaptive behaviors, especially in anxiety and mood disorders. 

 

Abiola Khadija Lawal

Primary Advisor: Dr. Yvette Harris

 

 

Research Interests

My research interest includes the impact of incarceration on children with incarcerated mothers especially those within the minority community. I am specifically focused on examining the dichotomy in the parenting styles of mothers before and after incarceration, and their caregivers. Another line of study is examining the cognitive and developmental pattern of children with incarcerated parents as they transit from early childhood to middle childhood. 

Josselyn Marroquin

Josselyn Marroquin

Advisor: Dr. Christopher Wolfe

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Research Interest: I am primarily interested in medical decision making using Fuzzy-Trace Theory. Aside from my research I am the graduate manager for the Center for Psychological Inquiry Program in the Psychology Department where we help undergraduate students with their success in psychology

Brianna Minshall

Brianna Minshall 2019

Primary Advisor: Dr. Jennifer Quinn

Research Interests

I am interested in the developmental and sex-specific impacts of early life stress on later learning, memory, and emotional reactivity.

 

Scholarly Work:

  • Minshall, B.L. and Yezierski, E.J. (2020) Learning in the moment: Identifying and improving student conceptual knowledge in general chemistry. Manuscript submitted for publication

 

Grants and Awards:

  • Master's Thesis Research Support Award, Graduate School, Miami University (2020)
  • Abstract Award, International Society for Developmental Psychobiology (2020)
  • Summer Graduate Research Grant, Psi Chi (2020)

Annahita Modirrousta

Annahita Modirriusta 2019

Primary Advisor: Dr. Yvette Harris

 

Research Interests

My name is Annahita Modirrousta and my lab, the Harris Parent Child Interaction Lab, focuses on parent-child interactions in African-American culture, specifically how parental beliefs about their and their child's mathematics ability affect their child's math performance. My own research is focused on autism and theory of mind in different cultures, and how non-white parents teach perspective-taking to their children. 

Sean Monroe

Sean Monroe

Primary Advisor: Dr. Anna Radke

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Research Interests

My research is focused on understanding the neural mechanisms of opioid use using mouse models. Using a combination of chemogenetic, trasngenic, and behavioral techniques, my projects have targeted understudied brain regions thought to be involved in behavioral reposnses to opioids, which may help pave the way to developing novel treatment options for individuals suffering from substance use disorders.

Citations

  • Monroe, S. C., & Radke, A. K. (2021). Aversion-resistant fentanyl self-administration in mice. Psychopharmacology, 238(3), 699-710.
  • Radke, A. K., Sneddon, E. A., & Monroe, S. C. (2021). Studying Sex Differences in Rodent Models of Addictive Behavior. Current Protocols, 1(4), e119.

Awards

  • Graduate Students' Achievement Award, Miami University Graduate School (2021)
  • Dissertation Support Award, Miami University Graduate School (2021)
  • International Behavioral Neuroscience Society 2021 meeting Travel Award recipient

Elizabeth Pettit

Elizabeth Pettit

Primary Advisor: Dr. Joseph Johnson

Johnson Lab

Research Interests

My research focuses on computational models of decision making, specifically those that emphasize the decision making process rather than outcome. I use physiological responses to help understand individual differences in the decision making process and to guide the parameters included in mathematical models.

 

Grants and Awards

  • Fellow, National Defense of Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship (2020)
  • Letter of Commendation, Miami University Department of Psychology (2020)

Amanda Reichert

Amanda Reichert

Advisor: Dr. Jennifer Quinn

 

Research Interests

My research interests include the interaction of early life stress and social buffering in rodent models, specifically concerning fear enhancment and incubation. Additionally, I am working with safety learning the the neural mechanisms involved. 

Grants and Awards

  • Summer Graduate Research Grant, PsiChi (2021)
  • Abstract Award, International Society for Developmental Psychobiology (2021)

Oscar Sandoval

Nathan Von Drasek

Nathan Smith

Primary Advisor: Dr. L. James Smart

Research Gate Profile

Research Interests

I research is Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR), using body ownership theory and affordance theory for improvements in design through statistical methodologies. I'm familiar with motion capture technologies within a lab setting, using postural sway to determine when a person is motion sick. This is used as a measurement to ensure participants stay embodied during experiments.