University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Psychological Science

The General/Experimental Program

Current Graduate Students

Class of 2016

Young Chin Park Young Chin Park Mentor Elizabeth Pinel
Subprogram Social
Areas I am interested in I-sharing, existential isolation, and terror management theory. I am particularly interested in the roles of mediation and receptive awareness in reducing self-defensiveness and increasing I-sharing experience.
Michael Steinfeld Michael Steinfeld Mentor Mark Bouton
Subprogram Biobehavioral
Areas Broadly, my research interests involve learning theory and its implications. This includes classical and operant conditioning, their associated properties, and how they can be applied in clinical interventions. I also have a strong interest in the neurobiology of learning and memory.

Class of 2015

 
Hannah Schoenberg Hannah Schoenberg Subprogram Biobehavioral
Mentor Donna Toufexis
Areas I am interested in sex difference in addiction behavior. In particular, I'm interested in the the role of estrogen in the transition from goal-directed behavior to habit as mediated by its interactions with dopamine in the striatum.
 
 
Geneva YawgerGeneva Yawger Subprogram Social
Mentor Elizabeth Pinel
Areas I am interested in the role that existential connection or “I sharing,” the feeling of sharing subjective experiences of the world with others might play in promoting positive interpersonal and intergroup relations as well as in decreasing negative interpersonal and intergroup relations. I am especially interested in the latter aspect of this issue, and how utilizing I-sharing may be useful in developing a method of reducing prejudice and discrimination.
 
 
Liz Scharnetzki Liz Scharnetzki Subprogram Social
Mentor Carol Miller
Areas Broadly, I am interested in understanding how social contextual factors affect the representation, performance, and persistence of stigmatized groups. I am particularly interested in women’s experiences with social identity threat within STEM fields. I am currently exploring how pragmatic strategies may be developed to mitigate the underrepresentation of women in STEM.
 
 

Class of 2014

 
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.
 
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.
   
 
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.
 
 

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