Carolyn Evemy - Class of 2019

Carolyn Evemy

Areas: My primary research interests are substance use disorders in vulnerable populations. Currently, our research focuses on the effectiveness and practicability of financial incentives to promote smoking cessation in pregnant women.

Mentor:  Allison Kurti

William Middleton - Class of 2019

William Middleton

Areas: I am interested in the intersection between physical fitness and psychology. Factors I'd like to explore include coping mechanisms, motivation, and body image.

Mentor:  Diann E. Gaalema

Matthew Broomer - Class of 2018

Matthew Broomer

Mentor:  Mark Bouton

Subprogram:  Biobehavioral 

Areas:  I am primarily interested in the biobehavioral mechanisms that generate, maintain, and extinguish habitual behavior. My research applies the sensory-specific satiety method of outcome devaluation to operant behavior as a means of both characterizing the effect of novel stimulus presentation on habit, as well as identifying underlying neural circuitry. I am also interested in the neurobiology of stress and its interaction with the neurovasculature. 

Roxanne Harfmann- Class of 2018

Roxanne Harfmann

Mentor:  Sarah Heil

Subprogram:  Human Behavioral Pharmacology

Areas:  I am interested in substance use disorders and women’s health. My current focus is on the use and effects of cigarettes with varying nicotine content in pregnant and reproductive-aged women. 

Noelle Michaud - Class of 2018

Noelle Michaud

Mentor:  Mark Bouton

Subprogram:  Biobehavioral

Areas: My research primarily focuses on animal models of behavior and learning, using Pavlovian/operant techniques, as well as a neurobiological approach, in order to translate findings into aspects of human behavior. My background was mainly concerned with rodent models of nicotine addiction behavior, but I am interested in all behavioral aspects of clinical issues as well as the brain mechanisms behind them.

Young Park Chin - Class of 2016

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 - Class of 2016

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.

Hannah Schoenberg - Class of 2015

Mentor: Donna Toufexis

Subprogram: Biobehavioral

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 Yawger - Class of 2015

Mentor: Elizabeth Pinel

Subprogram: Social

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 - Class of 2015

Mentor: Carol Miller

Subprogram: Social

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.

Heidi Melbostad - Class of 2014

Mentor: Sarah Heil

Subprogram: Human Behavioral Pharmacology

Areas: The focus of my research is substance use and women’s health from a behavioral pharmacology and behavioral economics perspective. Specifically, I am interested in contraceptive use and pregnancy outcomes among women who smoke and among women enrolled in medication treatment for opioid use disorder. My research is focused on developing novel behavioral interventions that promote family planning among women with opioid use disorder. I am also researching neonatal pupillary response as a measure to assess withdrawal symptoms of neonates exposed to opioids in utero.

Taylor Ochalek - Class of 2014

Mentor: Stacey Sigmon

Subprogram: Human Behavioral Pharmacology

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.