Lab Director


Brady D. Nelson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Clinical
Dr. Nelson received his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He completed his clinical internship in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Prior to joining the faculty, he served as a post-doctoral research fellow and research scientist in the Department of Psychology at Stony Brook University. Dr. Nelson’s research bridges the areas of affective neuroscience, clinical psychology, and developmental psychopathology and aims to better understand the cognitive, emotional, and motivational mechanisms that contribute to the development of anxiety disorders and depression. His research spans a variety of clinical phenomenology (disorders and symptoms, clinical traits, personality traits, and transdiagnostic factors), affective neuroscience techniques (EEG, ERPs, fMRI, HRV, and startle EMG), research designs (cross-sectional, high-risk, and prospective/longitudinal), and populations (children, adolescents, and adults).
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Graduate Students

Aline Szenczy, B.S.
Aline is a first year Ph.D. student in the Clinical Psychology Program. She obtained her B.S. in Neuroscience from the University of Delaware in 2016. She is interested in examining how environmental risk and protective factors may impact developmental trajectories in ways that increase risk or promote resilience. Aline is especially interested in questions regarding early childhood experiences of stress and their influence on specific biological systems and neural processes throughout the lifespan. She hopes to explore how changes in these psychophysiological and neurological processes might increase risk for the development of internalizing psychopathology, with the overall goal of informing preventative interventions and policies aimed at helping vulnerable populations. Aline was awarded a competitive NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, supporting her from 2021 through 2024.  

Lab Coordinators

Rachel Ferry, B.S.
Rachel obtained her B.S. in Psychology from Stony Brook University in 2016. She is interested in studying biomarkers of risk for psychopathology, particularly reward and threat sensitivity, and plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in the future.


Alexander Grieshaber, B.S.
Alexander received his B.S. in Integrative Neuroscience from Binghamton University in 2017. He is interested in studying how individual differences in personality, ERPs, and other measures interact, and how these interactions lead to the development, maintenance, and severity of transdiagnostic psychopathology symptoms. He is particularly interested in how trait-like mechanisms, coupled with life stress, may confer recurrent and persistent psychopathology. He plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.

Research Assistants

Diksha Nayar
Diksha is in her last year as a Psychology/Sociology double major and Women’s Studies minor. She is a part of the Sigma Alpha Pi honor society, on the executive board for Harry Potter club and has been a part of multiple dance teams on campus. Her main interests in research consists of disparities in mental health among minorities. She plans on attending the Master’s program at Stony Brook University and eventually earning her PhD in clinical psychology.
Angela Qu
Angela is a junior majoring in Psychology. After graduation, she wants to pursue an M.A. and/or Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in order to become a clinical psychologist. She is also interested in becoming a psychology professor so she can be able to teach young adults about how interesting psychology is! She likes topics that have to do with personality disorders and abnormal child disorders.
Amirah Bean
Amirah is a junior at Stony Brook University studying Clinical Laboratory Sciences. She is a member of the University Scholar Program and the National Honor Society of Leadership and Success. Additionally, she is the secretary of Forensics club and the PR for Biochem society. She enjoys learning about abnormal psychology in her free time. Ultimately, she is interested in attending medical school and pursuing a career in pathology.
Joy Anatala
Joy is a senior at Stony Brook University planning to graduate with a B.A. in Psychology. She is interested in a wide variety of themes within the field of psychology, but more specifically the epidemiology, etiology, and treatments of geriatric mental illness. In the future, she hopes to attend graduate school and apply her passions in a way that can help others.
Adina Levy
Adina is a junior psychology major at stony brook. She hopes to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology, would like to work with psychopathology in the future. She is an Orientation leader, and helps welcome new students every summer.
Chloe Santoro
Chloe is a junior at Stony Brook University currently studying Biochemistry. She is a part of the Undergraduate Biochemistry Society and volunteers at Stony Brook’s Children’s Hospital. She enjoys learning about the different psychopathology in this lab, such as anxiety and depression. In the future, she is interested in pursuing research in childhood cancer and aspires to become a pediatric oncologist.
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Laura Jowett
Laura is a sophomore at Stony Brook University working towards a BS in psychology. She is also a member of the University Scholars Program. Her primary interest is language acquisition and in her free time, she enjoys studying other languages, such as German and Korean. In the future, she wishes to attend graduate school for cognitive neuroscience.
Wendy Shi
Wendy is a junior at Stony Brook University as an intended Psychology B.S. Major with a Chemistry Minor. She takes particular interest in one’s physical and mental well-being, and the branch of abnormal and clinical psychology is only one among many aspects of the healthcare field that she is naturally drawn into. In addition to her inquisitive nature towards improving one’s fitness, she is also extremely fond of infants and toddlers. Bringing together her desire to work with young children and in the medical field, she wishes to help improve human wellness as a physician assistant in pediatrics.
Helen Deng
Helen is currently a junior at Stony Brook. She is a Psychology B.S. major and plans on double majoring in Health Sciences. She is interested in learning more about clinical, abnormal, and health psychology. Her goal is to enter medical school after graduation. She wants to pursue a career as a pediatrician or an anesthesiologist in the future.
Ria Bhutra
Ria is a sophomore at Stony Brook. She is pursuing a major in Biology and a minor in Health, Medicine, and Society. She is a part of the Honors College as well as a member of the Cat Network and Environmental Club. She plans on becoming a psychiatrist.
Shannon Sarker
Shannon is a sophomore at Stony Brook University majoring in Sociology. She is passionate about helping those in need and is a peer aids educator. Other than studying towards a career in dentistry, Shannon enjoys being outside and doing any activities that make her feel productive and refreshed with her day, even if it’s as small as a simple walk outside. In the future she hopes to be a pediatric dentist that can provide comforting treatments to her patients. Intrigued with human behavior and disorders, she wishes to learn more about the human mind and condition to provide the best treatment towards her patients.
Daniya Sarguroh
Daniya is a junior at Stony Brook University. She intends to graduate with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Health, Medicine, and Society. She is part of the Sigma Beta honor society, National Society of Leadership and Success, and Mentors in Medicine. She also volunteers at the Stony Brook Cancer Center. She is interested in learning about the neural basis of anxiety disorders and depression. She is very fond of children. In the future she would like to attend medical school to pursue a career in pediatrics.
Sophia Garbarino
Sophia is a freshman at Stony Brook University in the University Scholars Honors Program. She plans to graduate with a B.A. in Spanish and hopes to attend medical school to become an OB-GYN with a specialty in adolescent gynecology. She volunteers as an EMT at home in Connecticut, is a member of the Doctors Without Borders club at Stony Brook, and enjoys playing piano and ukulele in her free time. She is also interested in learning about psychopathology in adolescents and hopes to utilize this knowledge to provide quality care to her future patients.
Anna Buskhrikidze
Anna is a sophomore majoring in biology and minoring in applied mathematics. During her free time, she volunteers at the Stony Brook Hospital and works at Kumon, where she tutors children in mathematics and English. She hopes to gain an insight into areas of psychology and data processing from this lab that may influence her career choices, as she plans on attending medical school post-graduation.
Sonal Swain
Sonal is a freshman double majoring in Psychology and Health Science with a minor in Health, Science, and Society. After graduation, she plans on pursuing a medical degree or a Ph.D. in child psychology, with the hopes of working with children in her future. She is interested in a variety of psychology topics, but more specifically abnormal and developmental disorders in children such as ASD, Smith-Magenis Disorder, etc.
Yuanyuan Yang
Yuanyuan is a senior at Stony Brook University double majoring in Psychology and Applied Mathematics and Statistics. She was a peer educator to promote campus health wellness services to students and she’s passionate about helping peers with mental wellness, especially global students on campus. She’s also the co-founder of the Global Minds Alliance, which is an organization under the Center of Prevention and Outreach (CPO) working for international students’ well-being and destigmatizing psychology and mental health with different culture backgrounds global students. She’s interested in clinical psychology, including depression, anxiety and PTSD. In the future, she wants to attend graduate school for clinical psychology and promote mental well-being.