The General/Experimental Program

Current Graduate Students

Class of 2010

 
Meghan Eddy Meghan Eddy Program 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 Program Biobehavioral
Mentor John Green
Areas Neurobiology of Eye Blink Conditioning
 
 
Julie Grossenbacher Julie Grossenbacher Program Developmental
Mentor Dianna Murray-Close
Areas Children's Social Development and Peer Relationships
 
 
Brendan Hare Brendan Hare Program 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 Program Social
Mentor Carol Miller
Areas My current research interests include: 1) How people cope with various stigmatized identities (e.g. HIV/AIDS, weight, sexual orientation); 2) Gender and racial stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination; 3) Exploring different ways of measuring implicit cognitions such as attitudes, stereotypes and identity.
 
 
Danra Kazenski Danra Kazenski Program 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.
 
 
Margaret Kocho-Schellenberg Margaret
Kocho-Schellenberg
Program Biobehavioral
Mentor Jom Hammack
Areas Neurochemical and neuroanatomical aspects that mediate and modulate behavior following exposure stress
 
 
Vincenzo Piraino Vincenzo Piraino Program Biobehavioral
Mentor Jom Hammack & Donna Toufexis
Areas 1) Stress response systems; 2) Psychopharmacology of mammalian defensive behaviors, fear, and anxiety; 3) Neural systems activated in response to predators and partial predator stimuli; 4) Sex differences in post-traumatic stress disorder; 5) Ethoexperimental perspectives.
 
 
Caitlin Wagner Caitlin Wagner Program Developmental
Mentor Jamie Abaied
Areas Developmental Psychopathology
 

Class of 2009

 
student photo Andrew Knapp Program Social
Mentor Carol Miller
 Service Graduate Student Representative
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 Program Human Behavioral Pharmacology
Mentor Stephen Higgins
Areas Cigarette Smoking and Contingency Management Interventions
 
 
student photo Mollie Patrick Program 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 Program Social
Mentor Elizabeth Pinel
Areas Terror Management Theory, I-Sharing
 

Class of 2008

 
 
student photo Erin Donovan Program Developmental
Mentor Dianna Murray-Close
Areas Gender and Sexuality
 
 
student photo Evan Herrmann Program Human Behavioral Pharmacology
Mentor Sarah Heil
Areas Substance Abuse, Nicotine Withdrawal
 
 
student photo Mark Huneke Program Social
Mentor Elizabeth Pinel
Areas Interpersonal Relationships and Cooperation
 
 
student photo Olga Lipatova Program Biobehavioral/Neuroscience
Mentor Donna Toufexis
Areas Biobehavioral Endocrinology
 
 
student photo Carolyn Roman Program UVM Neuroscience Graduate Program
Mentor Jom Hammack & Victor May
Areas Behavioral Neuroscience
 
 
student photo Travis Todd Program Biobehavioral/Neuroscience
Mentor Mark Bouton
 Service Graduate Student Representative
Areas Associative learning; Timing and inhibition
 
student photo Jennifer Zangl Program Social
Mentor Carol Miller
Areas Coping, stigma, romantic relationships
 

Class of 2007

 
 
student photo Matthew Bradstreet Program Psychopharmacology
Mentor Stephen Higgins
Areas Human Behavioral Pharmacology
 
 
student photo Gregory Lieberman Program UVM Neuroscience Graduate Program
Mentor Jom Hammack & Mark Bouton
Areas Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience; Learning, Memory, Emotion; Fear and Anxiety
 
 
student photo Drina Vurbic Program Biobehavioral/Neuroscience
Mentor Mark Bouton
Areas Learning & Memory
 

Class of 2006

 
 
student photo Kimberly Lezak Program Biobehavioral/Neuroscience
Mentor Jom Hammack
Areas Anxiety and Fear
 

Class of 2005

 
 
student photo Leslie Johnson Program Social
Mentor Elizabeth Pinel
Areas My research examines self processes as a means understanding interpersonal relationships, with a focus on relationships with stigmatized others. I am particularly interested in applying self-based theories, such as research on I-sharing and the in-group over-exclusion effect, to questions about the expression of weight-based stigma.
 
 
student photo Laura Selkirk Program Developmental
Mentor Lynne Bond
Areas Adolescent Achievement Motivation
 
 
student photo Erin Shoulberg Program Developmental
Mentor Dianna Murray-Close
Areas Social and Academic Adjustment during Adolescence
 

Class of 2004

 
 
student photo Laura Chivers Program Psychopharmacology
Mentor Stephen Higgins
Areas
 

Class of 2003

 
 
student photo Joanne Kalisz Program Social
Mentor Carol Miller
Areas Gender, Stereotypes, Stigma, "Teen-Ageism", and Psychology of Art and Creativity
 

Class of 2002

 
 
student photo Shamila Lekka Program Developmental
Mentor Susan Crockenberg
Areas Infant Development