University of Vermont

College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Psychological Science

The General/Experimental Program

Current Graduate Students

Class of 2014

 
Joseph Carpenter Joseph Carpenter Subprogram Biobehavioral
Mentor Mark Bouton
Areas My research interests are focused on better understanding persistence and resilience with a particular focus on the learning mechanisms that promote their development. This includes factors such as controllability, predictability, and the effects of work and reward or punishment on these outcomes.
 
 
Danielle Davis Danielle Davis Subprogram Human Behavioral Pharmacology
Mentor Steve Higgins
Areas I am interested in the use of cigarettes with varying nicotine content and their reinforcing effects. I am also interested in contingency management interventions, specifically when used in the treatment of substance use disorders.
 
 
Asia McCleary-Gaddy Asia McCleary-Gaddy Subprogram Social
Mentor Carol Miller
Areas Broadly, my research interests explore issues related to diversity and discrimination within applied settings. More specifically, I am interested in investigating stigma, stereotyping, prejudice and subtle inter/intraracial discrimination and the implications for individuals and organizational practice. Additionally, I am interested in the role weight plays in women mental health.
 
 
Heidi Melbostad Heidi Melbostad Subprogram Human Behavioral Pharmacology
Mentor Sarah Heil
Areas I am interested in substance use among pregnant women. In particular, my research is focused on opioid maintenance treatment during pregnancy and the impact of drug exposure on neonates. I am also interested in the psychosocial issues of pregnant women with substance abuse disorders.
 
 
Stephanie Menotti Stephanie Menotti Subprogram Biobehavioral
Mentor William Falls
Areas I am interested in understanding the neurobiological mechanisms of stress and emotion, such as the neural circuitry and neurotransmitters involved with fear and anxiety. I am also interested in studying the gene-environment interactions underlying behavior via techniques of behavioral neuroscience and behavioral genetics.
 
 
Taylor Ochalek Taylor Ochalek Subprogram Human Behavioral Pharmacology
Mentor Stacey Sigmon
Areas My research interests include developing innovative treatments for substance use disorders. Specifically, my primary research interest is expanding access to opioid treatment for opioid dependent individuals using novel pharmacological and technological methods.
 
 
Philip Spechler Philip Spechler Subprogram Human Behavioral Pharmacology
Mentors Hugh Garavan & Robert Althoff
Areas My research takes a multimodal approach to model and predict behavioral health problems using neuroimaging, genetic, and behavioral measures. Specifically, I seek to explain the complex relationship among these measures by developing novel data analytic tools and applying them to studies across stages of development in individuals at-risk for substance abuse and other psychological disorders.
 
 

Class of 2013

 
Cecilia Bergeria Cecilia Bergeria Subprogram Human Behavioral Pharmacology
Mentor Sarah Heil
Areas I am interested in behavioral economic interventions and principles within the contexts of drug use, women's health, antenatal care and postpartum care. In addition to behavioral economics, I am also interested in the development of pupillary response to pharmacological treatment as a novel measure for detecting withdrawal in opioid-exposed neonates.
 
 
Leigh Ann Holterman Leigh Ann Holterman Subprogram Developmental
Mentor Dianna Murray-Close
Areas I am interested in understanding the social and physiological factors that contribute to different outcomes in the peer relationships of school-age children and college students. Currently, my research focuses on how physical reactions, like blood pressure and respiratory sinus arrhythmia, to stressful interpersonal situations may influence differential outcomes, such as using either prosocial or aggressive behavior with peers. Eventually, I hope to use this research to help develop intervention and prevention programs that teach children how to use prosocial behavior in place of physically and relationally aggressive tactics in peer relationships.
Service Graduate Student Representative
 
Bradley King Bradley King Subprogram Biobehavioral
Mentor Jom Hammack
Areas I am interested in the various recovery phenomena that occur after the extinction of a learned response. I am interested mainly in the neurobiology of stress and emotion. Specifically I am interested in how stress affects cellular processes such as proliferation and degeneration in brain regions like the Amygdala and Bed Nucleus and how these changes affect behavior. Additionally, I am interested in the role that PACAP and Estrogen play in these processes and areas and how they relate to behavior.
 
 
Olivia Miles Olivia Miles Subprogram Biobehavioral
Mentor Jom Hammack
Areas I am interested in the mediation of fear-and anxiety-like behavior by the BNST and amygdala. Recent research has demonstrated that these two regions may mediate a fear- or anxiety-like behavioral response under different conditions. Because of this, it is my hope to investigate activation within the BNST and amygdala after a stress paradigm in different contexts. Additionally, I am interested in investigating the role of PACAP within these regions in response to stressful situations and the subsequent behavioral response.
 
 
Hannah Woolfolk Hannah Woolfolk Subprogram Developmental
Mentor Alice Schermerhorn
Areas My interests include child development and physiological reactivity in the face of stress, namely inter-marital conflict. I am specifically interested in how certain personality traits such as temperament may play a role in stress coping and reactivity.
 
 

Class of 2012

 
Nicole Lafko Nicole Lafko Mentor Dianna Murray-Close
Areas I am interested in how social factors (e.g., aggression, victimization) contribute to the development of internalizing problems (e.g., eating disorders, depression) in adolescent and young adult females. Most recently, I have begun research exploring how one’s physical reactions (e.g., heart rate, blood pressure) to stressful situations may lead to differential outcomes, such as engagement in prosocial behavior and aggression.
 
 
Scott Schepers Scott Schepers Subprogram Biobehavioral
Mentor Mark Bouton
Areas I am interested in designing models that allow a more complete understanding of characteristics and mechanisms that contribute to addictive behavior. Also, in applying behavioral models in the development of more effective behavioral and pharmacological treatments for addiction.
 
 
Sydney Trask Sydney Trask Subprogram Biobehavioral
Mentor Mark Bouton
Areas I am interested in the various recovery phenomena that occur after the extinction of a learned response.
Service Graduate Student Representative
 

Class of 2011

 
Harold Bauerle Harold Bauerle Subprogram Biobehavioral
Mentor Donna Toufexis
Areas I'm working with Dr. Donna Toufexis to create an animal model of Post-Partum Depression to facilitate the development of medicines to treat this illness that affects 9 to 15% of all women following childbirth. I'm hoping my work will contribute to the long term betterment of society as a whole, and the improvement of the human condition.
 
 
Tera Fazzino Tera Fazzino Subprogram Human Behavioral Pharmacology
Mentor Gail Rose
Areas I am interested in health behavior change and technologically-based screening and treatment interventions for substance use and other psychiatric disorders.
 

Class of 2010

 
Meghan Eddy Meghan Eddy Subprogram Biobehavioral
Mentor John Green
Areas The effects of exercise on ADHD-like behavior and expression of dopamine and norepinephrine transporters in medial prefrontal cortex and striatum.
 
 
Jason Fuchs Jason Fuchs Subprogram Biobehavioral
Mentor John Green
Areas I am interested in examining the role of voltage-gated potassium channels in eyeblink conditionig and synaptic plasticity
 Service American Psychological Association (APA) Science Student Council Behavioral Neuroscience Representative
 
Brendan Hare Brendan Hare Subprogram Biobehavioral
Mentor William Falls
Areas I am interested in how exercise modulates anxiety-like behavior through changes in brain regions involved with emotion, and response to stress.
   
 
James Hodge James Hodge Subprogram Social
Mentor Carol Miller
Areas Broadly, my research explores stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination. Current areas of interest include sexism and sexual harassment, mental illness stigma, HIV/AIDS stigma, weight-based stigma, and stereotype threat.
 Service Association for Psychological Science (APS) Student Caucus President
 
Danra Kazenski Danra Kazenski Subprogram Biobehavioral
Mentor Barry Guitar
Areas I am interested in the effects of emotional reactivity in preschool children who stutter. We are currently examining emotional variables pre and post Lidcombe Program treatment based on the Dual-Diathesis Stressor Model. I also work clinically as a speech-language pathologist with people who stutter using primarily the Lidcombe Program for preschool/school age populations and the Camperdown Program as well as a cognitive-behavioral approach for teens and adults.
 
 
Caitlin Wagner Caitlin Wagner Subprogram Developmental
Mentor Jamie Abaied
Areas Developmental Psychopathology
 

Class of 2009

 
student photo Andrew Knapp Subprogram Social
Mentor Carol Miller
Areas I am interested in several aspects of terror management theory especially physiological evidence of anxiety reduction as a result of employing defense mechanisms. I am also exploring some effects of experimenter on study outcomes and when people do and do not pay attention to social norm models. In addition I am interested in implicit measures (IAT, etc) and the physiological component of people's response to them.
 
 
student photo Alexa Lopez Subprogram Human Behavioral Pharmacology
Mentor Stephen Higgins
Areas Cigarette Smoking and Contingency Management Interventions
 
 
student photo Mollie Patrick Subprogram Human Behavioral Pharmacology
Mentor Stacey Sigmon
Areas (1) Contingency management interventions for smoking cessation in opioid-dependent patients; (2) Behavioral and pharmacological treatments for prescription opioid dependence; (3) Novel formulations of pharmacotherapies for opioid dependence
 
 
student photo Nolan Rampy Subprogram Social
Mentor Elizabeth Pinel
Areas Terror Management Theory, I-Sharing
 

Class of 2008

 
 
student photo Mark Huneke Subprogram Social
Mentor Elizabeth Pinel
Areas Interpersonal Relationships and Cooperation
 
 
student photo Jennifer Zangl Subprogram Social
Mentor Carol Miller
Areas Coping, stigma, romantic relationships
 

Class of 2004

 
 
student photo Laura Chivers Subprogram Human Behavioral Pharmacology
Mentor Stephen Higgins
Areas
 

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