Meet Our Students

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.

Mitchell Dandignac

Mitchell Dandignac

Primary Advisor: Dr. Christopher Wolfe

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Research Interests

I am interested in developing computational linguistic techniques to evaluate and improve the communication of medical information.

Scholarly Work

  • Wolfe, C.R., Dandignac, M., Wang, C., & Lowe, S.R. (under review). Gist inference scores, comprehending cancer texts "in your own words," and non-native English speakers. 
  • Wolfe, C.R. & Dandignac, M. (in press). Revising flash fiction for coh-metrix: Experiential learning with discourse technologies. Journal on Excellence in College Teaching.
  • Dandignac, M., Wolfe, C.R. (2020) Gist inference scores predict gist memory for authentic patient education cancer texts. Patient Education and Counseling, 103 (8), 1562-1567. DOI: 10.1016/j.pec.2020.02.027
  • Campbell, J. & Dandignac, M., Bankert, C., Hall, C., et al. (2020). Die-hard fans: Selective self-presentation in newspaper obituaries. Mortality. DOI: 10.1080/13576275.2020.1784122
  • Wolfe, C.R., Dandignac, M., & Reyna, V. (2019). A theoretically motivated method for automatically evaluating texts for gist inferences. Behavior Research Methods, 51, 2419-2437. DOI: 10.3758/s13428-019-01284-4
  • Wolfe, C.R., Dandignac, M., Sullivan, R., Moleski, T., & Reyna, V.F. (2019). Automatic Evaluation of Cancer Treatment Texts for Gist Inferences. Medical Decision Making, 39(8), 939-949. DOI: 10.1177%2F0272989X19874316
  • Wolfe, C.R., Widmer, C.L., Torrese, C.V., & Dandignac, M. (2018). A Method for Automatically Analyzing Intelligent Tutoring System Dialogues with Coh-Metrix. Journal of Learning Analytics, 5, 222-234. DOI: 10.18608/jla.2018.53.14
  • Smith, S. & Dandignac, M. (2016). Perfectionism: Addressing lofty expectations in medical school. Exploring the Pressures of Medical Education from a Mental Health and Wellness Perspective, IGI Global. Chapter contribution. 

Grants and Awards

  • Patrick J. Capretta Memorial Scholarship (2020)
  • Graduate Student Learning Community Award (2019)
  • John Castellan Student Paper Award (2018)
  • Doctoral Undergraduate Opportunity Scholarship, Miami University (2018)

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. 

 

Seyma Inan

Seyma Inan 2019

Primary Advisor: Dr. Yvette Harris

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Research Interests

My research includes parent-child relationships, academic achievement, and acculturative stress, studied within a cognitive-developmental framework. I specifically focus on math achievement in mother-daughter dyads with minority backgrounds. Another line of research investigates the effects of acculturative stress and maintenance of languages of heritage in bilingual mother-child dyads.

Scholarly Work

  • Inan, S., Turkish Immigrant Families in US: Acculturation and Parental Attitudes and Children Language Proficiency. (2019) Graduate Research Symposium at Miami
  • Inan, S., Harris, Y.R. (2019) Categorization Skills in Children: The Relationship between Maternal Strategy Use and Child Strategy Use. Frontiers in Psychology (Under Review)
  • Inan, S., Harris, Y.R., Modirrousta, A., Green, A., Bey, S. (2019) The Association between Maternal Math Beliefs, Growth Mindset and Children Math Self-efficacy, Math Performance among African American and Caucasian Girls (in process)
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  • Harris, Y.R., Inan, S., Modirrousta, A., Green, A., Bey, S., Brown, R. (2019) The Association between Vocabulary performance, Narrative Skills, and Emergent Literacy in a Sample of African American Preschool Children (in process)
  • Inan, S., Harris, Y.R., Almutairi, S. (2019). Discussions with Mothers about the Intergenerational Transmission of Math Anxiety. Annual Midwestern Psychological Association (MPA) Chicago.

Peer-Reviewed Oral Presentations:

  • Inan, S., Harris, Y.R., Almutairi, S. (2019) Discussions with Mothers about the intergenerational Transmission of Math Anxiety. Annual Midwestern Psychological Association (MPA), Chicago, IL

Workshop Presentations:

  • Harris, Y.R., Inan, S., Almutairi, S., Ferster, K., Brown, R., Cook, M., Da Yeon Her (October 2018) Improving Math Opportunities for African American School-Age Girls: A Family Systems Approach. 48th Annual Conference National Black Child Development Institute, Dallas, TX

Grants and Awards

  • Psi Chi Graduate Research Award 2019 - Applied for Turkish Immigrant Family Relations in the United States: Acculturation Attitudes, Parental Language Attitudes, and Children's Language Proficiency. Role: PI
  • The Miami Graduate Thesis and Dissertation Support Award 2019
  • Patrick J REsearch Award 2019
  • NAEd Spencer Fellowship - Applied for Turkish Immigrant Family Relations in the United States: Acculturation Attitudes, Parental Language Attitudes, and Children's Language Proficiency. Role: PI
  • 2019 Frances Degen Horowitz Millennium Scholars Program - applied for Explore the Effects of Acculturative Stress for Immigrants on the Relationships of Supportive Parenting (SP) and Their Bilingual Children. Role: PI
  • M.I.A.M.I. Women Grant Application 2018 - applied for The Relationship between Math Literacy, Math Self-Efficacy, and Parental Attitudes among Minority School Age Girls. Role: co-PI 
  • Diversity Travel Award, Midwest Psychological Association (2018)
  • Graduate Student Teaching Enhancement Program Award, Center for Teaching Excellence, Miami University (2017)

Katherine Knauft

Katie Knauft 2020

Primary Advisor: Dr. Vrinda Kalia

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Research Interests

I am primarily interested in understanding the impacts of stress on executive functions and goal-directed behavior. 

Scholarly Work

  • Kalia, V. & Knauft, K. (2020). Emotion regulation strategies modulate the effect of adverse childhood experiences on perceived chronic stress with implications for cognitive flexibility. Plos One, 15(6), e0235412
  • Ortiz, S.N., Knauft, K.M., Smith, A.R., and Kalia, V. (2019) Expressive suppression mediates the relation between disordered eating and suicidal ideation. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 75 (10), 1943-1958. http://doi.org/10.1002/jclp.22830
  • Knauft, K.M., Ortiz, S.N., Velkoff, E.A., Smith, A.R., & Kalia, V. (2019) Keep calm and carry on? Grit buffers against disordered eating unless expressive suppression is used to regulate emotions. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology 38 (4), 321-342. http://doi.org/10.1521/jscp.2019.38.4.321
  • Kalia, V., Vishwanath, K., Knauft, K.M., Von Der Vellen, B., Luebbe, A.M., & Williams, A. (2018). Acute stress impairs cognitive flexibility in males: An fNIRS examination. Frontiers in Psychology: Cognition. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.02084

Grants and Awards

  • Patrick J. Capretta Memorial Scholarship, Department of Psychology, Miami University (2019-2020)
  • ISDP Student/Post-Doc Travel Award (International Society for Developmental Psychology)
  • Doctoral Undergraduate Opportunity Scholarship (Miami University Office of Research for Undergraduates)
  • APS Student Research Award - Honorable Mention, Association for Psychological Science (2018)

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. 

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

I'm interested in using animal models to investigate the brain regions and circuits involved in the continuation of Opioid use despite negative consequences. I'm also interested in how those structures contribute to withdrawal and relapse, and how that, in turn, repeats the cycle of drug abuse.

Elizabeth Pettit

Elizabeth Pettit

Primary Advisor: Dr. Joseph Johnson

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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

Advisor: Dr. Jennifer Quinn

 

Research Interests

My research interests include the interaction of early life stress and social buffering in rodent models, specifically concerning the interaction of such topics with fear enhancement and incubation. I am also passionate about the development and application of learning theories and techniques. 

Nathan Smith

Nathan Smith

Primary Advisor: Dr. L. James Smart

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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.

Elizabeth Sneddon-Yepez

Elizabeth Sneddon-Yepez 2019

Primary Advisor: Dr. Anna Radke

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Research Interests

I'm interested in the neural mechanisms which control our behavior and how substance abuse can alter the neural networks associated with behavior. I’m especially interested in the neuroplasticity of alcohol addiction.

Scholarly Work

  • Sneddon, EA, Riddle, CA, Schuh, KM, Quinn, JJ, & Radke, AK. (In press). Selective enhancement of fear learning and resistance to extinction in a mouse model of acute early life trauma. Learning and Memory.
  • Sneddon, EA, Ramsey, OR, Thomas, A, Radke, AK. (2020). Increased responding for alcohol and resistance to aversion in female mice. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. https://doi.org/10.1111/acer.14384
  • Radke, A.K., Held, I.T., Sneddon, E.A., Riddle, C.A., and Quinn, J.J. (2019). Additive influences of acute early life stress and sex on vulnerability for aversion-resistant alcohol drinking. Addiction Biology. https://doi.org/10.1111/adb.12829
  • Sneddon, E. A., White, R. D., & Radke, A. K. (2018). Sex Differences in Binge-Like and Aversion-Resistant Alcohol Drinking in C57BL / 6J Mice. Alcohol Clinical & Experimental Research 43: 243-249. doi:10.1111/acer.13923.

Grants and Awards

  • F99/ K00 Blueprint DSPAN Award, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (2020 - 2026)
  • Smith-Promise Award, Miami University (2020)
  • Graduate Student Achievement Award, Miami University (2020)
  • Neuroscience Scholars Program, Associate, Society for Neuroscience (2020)
  • Graduate Student Research Award, Midwestern Psychological Association (2020)
  • Doctoral Undergraduate Opportunity Scholarship, Miami University (2019)
  • Student Merit Award, Research Society on Alcoholism (2019)
  • Three Minute Thesis 2nd Place Recipient, Miami University Graduate School (2019)
  • Trainee Professional Development Award, Society for Neuroscience (2018)
  • Master's Thesis Research Award, Graduate School, Miami University (2018)
  • Graduate Research Forum Top Three Poster Presentation Award, Graduate School, Miami University (2018)

Danielle Tapp

Primary Advisor: Dr. Matthew McMurray

Research Interests

My research interests focus on the neurobiology of impulsivity and decision making, particularly as this relates to addiction and other psychiatric disorders. I have a further focus on what neural circuits influence motivation and the rewarding nature of food and drugs. 

Scholarly Work

  • Weera, M.M., Fields, M.A., Tapp, D.N., Grahame, N.J. and Chester, J.A. (2018), Effects of Nicotine on Alcohol Drinking in Female Mice Selectively Bred for High or Low Alcohol Preference. Alcohol Clin Exp Res, 42: 432-443. doi: 10.1111/acer.13555

Grants and Awards

  • NIH Computational Neuroscience Short Course Attendee (2017)
  • Graduate Research Forum Top Three Poster Presentation Award, Graduate School, Miami University (2016)

Max Teaford

Max Teaford

Primary Advisor: Dr. L. James Smart

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Research Interests

My research focuses on multisensory integration in healthy individuals as well as individuals with neurological/psychiatric disorders. I am particularly interested in how bodily systems outside of the CNS, such as the peripheral nervous system, impact multisensory integration.

Scholarly Work

  • Teaford, M., McMurry, M., Billock, V., Filipkowski, M. & Smart, L. J. (Accepted Pending Minor Revisions). The somatosensory system in anorexia nervosa: A scoping review. Journal of Experimental Psychopathology.
  • Teaford, M., Fitzpatrick, J. & Smart, L. J. (In Press). The impact of experimentally induced limb ischemia on the rubber hand illusion. Perception.
  • Teaford, M. (In Press). Spinocerebellar Ataxia Type 6 – A disorder of connectivity? The Journal of Neuroscience. https://doi.org/10.1523/JNEUROSCI.0822-20.2020
  • Teaford, M., Cook, H. E., Hassebrock, J., Thomas, R. & Smart, L. J. (2020). Perceptual validation of nonlinear postural predictors of visually-induced motion sickness. Frontiers in Psychology, 11, 1533. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2020.01533
  • Poreh, A., Levin, J. & Teaford, M. (2020). The geriatric complex figure test – A test for the assessment of planning, visual spatial ability and memory in the geriatric population. Applied Neuropsychology: Adult, 27(2), 101-107. https://doi.org/10.1080/23279095.2018.1490288
  • Smart, L. J., Hassenbrock, J. & Teaford, M. (2020). Acting is perceiving: Experiments on perception of motion in the world and movements of the self, an update. In Wagman, J. & Blau, J. (Eds.) Perception as Information Detection: Reflections on Gibson’s Ecological Approach to Visual Perception. Routledge; New York, NY.
  • Poreh, A., Tolfo, S., Krivenko, A. & Teaford, M. (2017). Base-rate data and norms for the Rey Auditory Verbal Learning embedded performance validity indicator. Applied Neuropsychology: Adult, 24(6),540-547. https://doi.org/10.1080/23279095.2016.1223670
  • Napolitano, S., Abraham, N., Barboza, M., Krivenko, A., O’ Hara, H., Ozinga, G., Teaford, M. A., Tolfo, S. E. & Poreh, A.M. (2017). The geriatric complex figure: A test for the assessment of planning, visuospatial ability, and memory in older adult populations. [Abstract]. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 23(S1), 328. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1355617717000558
  • Poreh, A., & Teaford, M. (2017). Normative data and construct validation for a novel nonverbal memory test. Archives of Assessment Psychology, 7(1), 43-60.
  • Teaford, M., Kotowski, B., McGlaughlin, K., Krivenko, A., Tolfo, S., Houston, H. & Poreh, A. (2016). The Poreh adaptation of the Yerkes Logical Prose Test – Preliminary results [Abstract]. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 31(6), 637. https://doi.org/10.1093/arclin/acw043.138
  • Teaford, M., Kotowski, B., Houston, H., & Poreh, A. (2016). Convergent validity of the Poreh Nonverbal Memory Test [Abstract]. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 22(S1), 26. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1355617716000734
  • Krivenko, A., Teaford, M., Houston H., Tolfo, S., & Poreh, A. (2016). Decomposition of the trail making test in a clinical population of dementia [Abstract]. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 22(S1), 72. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1355617716000734
  • Tolfo, S., Houston, H., Teaford, M., Krivenko, A. & Poreh, A. (2016). Base rate and norms for the embedded Rey Auditory Learning Test in samples of patients suspected with dementia, forensic patients, simulators, and normal control [Abstract]. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 22(S1), 147. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1355617716000734
  • Poreh, A., Houston, H., Teaford, M., & Dines, P. (2015). Reexamination of the Rey Auditory Verbal Learning Test embedded validity indicator [Abstract]. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 30(6), 588-589. https://doi.org/10.1093/arclin/acv047.271

Grants and Awards

  • Dorothy Jean Smith Award, Department of Psychology, Miami University (2020)
  • Psi Chi Graduate Student of the Year (2019 & 2020)
  • Patrick J. Capretta Memorial Scholarship, Department of Psychology, Miami University (2018)

Shannon Thompson

Shannon Thompson 2019

Primary Advisor: Dr. Matthew McMurray

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Research Interests

My research interests center around learning and decision-making, in the context of addiction and the role of the OFC communication in the process. I am currently studying the effects of opioid overdose on neural circuits related to these cognitive domains.

Scholarly Work

  • Olguin SL, Thompson SM, Young JW, Brigman JL (2020) Moderate prenatal alcohol exposure impairs cognitive control, but not attention, on a rodent touchscreen continuous performance task. Gene, Brain and Behavior 1-10
  • Madden, J.T., Thompson, S.M., Magcalas, C.M., Wagner, J.L., Hamilton, D.A., Savage, D.D., Clark, B.J., and Pentkowski, N.S. (2020) Moderate prenatal alcohol exposure reduces parvalbumin expressing GABAergic interneurons in the dorsal hippocampus of adult male and female rat offspring. Neuroscience Letter
  • Thompson, S.M., Simmons, A.N., and McMurray, M.S. (2020) The effects of multiple early life stressors on adolescent alcohol consumption. Behavioral Brain Research (380) 1-7
  • Berkowitz, L.E., Harvey, R.E., Drake, E.N., Thompson, S.M., and Clark, B.J. (2018) Progressive impairment of directional and spatially precise trajectories by TgF344-AD rat model of Alzheimer's disease rats in the Morris Water Task. Scientific Reports (8) 1 - 14
  • Pentkowski, N.S., Berkowitz, L.E., Thompson, S.M., Drake, E.N., Olguin, C.R., and Clark, B.J. (2017) Anxiety-like behavior as an early endophenotype in the TgF344-AD rat model of Alzheimer's disease. Neurobiology of Aging (61) 169-176
  • Harvey, R.E., Thompson, S.M., Sanchez, L, Yoder, R.M., and Clark, B.J. (2017) Post-training Inactivation of the Anterior Thalamic Nuclei Impairs Spatial Performance on the Radial Arm Maze. Fronteirs in Neuroscience (11:94) 1-10
  • Thompson, S.M., Berkowitz, L.E., and Clark, B.J. (2017) Behavioral and neural subsystems of rodent exploration. Learning and Motivation (23) 1-13
  • Sanchez, L, Thompson, S.M., and Clark, B.J., (2016) Influence of proximal, distal, and vestibular frames of reference in object-place paired associate learning in the rat. PloS One (9) 1-19
  • Thompson, S.M., Josey, M, Holmes, A, and Brigman, J.L. (2015) Conditional loss of GluN2B in cortex and hippocampus impairs antenatal set formation. Behavioral Neuroscience 129 (2): 105-112

 

Awards

  • 2019-2020 Miami University Graduate Student Achievement Award
  • 2019 International Society of Developmental Psychobiology Travel Awards
  • 2019 Society of Neuroscience Trainee Professional Development Award
  • 2014-2016 Society for Chicano and Native Americans in Science Travel Scholarship Award

George Woodbury

Primary Advisor: Dr. Robin Thomas