lab Director

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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).
E-mail: brady.nelson@stonybrook.edu; Phone: 631-632-7697; Office: Room 420, Psychology B Building; Google ScholarCV

Graduate Students

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Aline Szenczy, B.S.

Aline is a second 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.  

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Rachel is a Ph.D. student in the Integrative Neuroscience Program. She obtained her B.S. in Psychology from Stony Brook University in 2016. She is interested in the neural dynamics of key information processing systems that contribute to behavioral and emotional disorders. In particular, she is interested in neural systems that implement reward and threat processing, and how aberrations in these systems can impact behavior and motivation. She hopes to explore these systems through a number of neuroimaging techniques, including EEG, ERP, and fMRI.

clare beatty photoClare Beatty, B.A.

Clare is a first year Ph.D. student in the Clinical Psychology Program. She received a B.A. in Psychology from Vanderbilt University in 2018. Clare is interested in intolerance of uncertainty (IU) and sensitivity to unpredictability as transdiagnostic mechanisms underling psychopathology. More specifically, she hopes to explore the psychobiological response to uncertain/unpredictable threats using neuroscience techniques like electroencephalography (EEG) and event-related potentials (ERPs).

1 (3)Elise Cummings, B.A.

Elise is a first year Ph.D. student in the Clinical Psychology Program. She obtained her B.A. in Neuroscience from Swarthmore College in 2019. Elise is interested in transdiagnostic predictors of psychopathology across the lifespan. In particular, she hopes to use neuroscience methods like electroencephalography (EEG) and heart rate variability to measure these predictors and make them more accessible for different settings and populations.

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Jenny is a second year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology PhD Program at Stony Brook University. She received a B.S. in Psychology with Honors from the University of Toronto and M.A. in Clinical Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her research interests include mechanisms of minority stress, such as discrimination and internalized stigma, and their role in the perpetuation of mental health disparities among marginalized communities. She is interested in investigating these experiences with gender and sexual minorities, racial and ethnic minorities, and their intersections. Her research advisors are Dr. Nicholas Eaton and Dr. Jessica Schleider.

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Mengxing is currently a second-year PhD student in the Clinical Psychology program at Stony Brook University. She earned her BA in English from China and received her MA in Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology at Boston College and in Psychology at Boston University. Following graduation, she worked as a research assistant in the Transdiagnostic Treatment Lab at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders with Drs. Todd Farchione, Shannon Sauer-Zavala, and David Barlow. Her research interests include exploring 1) the structure of psychopathology and transdiagnostic symptoms, 2) the mechanism of non-suicidal self-injury, and 3) developmental history, early adversity, and multifinality. Her research advisor is Dr. Nicholas Eaton.

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Jailene is a graduate student in the Physiology and Biophysics Program. She received her B.A. in Psychology and B.S. in Anthropology/Biology/Chemistry from Lehman College CUNY. She hopes to pursue a career in medicine in the future with the aspirations of becoming a Pediatric Neurosurgeon. She hopes to be able to make a difference in medically underserved areas/populations.

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Grace is a MA student within the General Psychology Program. She received her B.S. in Neuroscience and Biology from Indiana University in 2017. Grace is interested in examining the neurobiological basis through which interventions and adversity affect psychological well-being. Additionally, she hopes to support preventative and therapeutic efforts by identifying vulnerability and resilience factors that influence the course of psychopathology.

Lab Coordinators

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Adina Levy, B.S

Adina graduated with her B.S in Psychology from Stony Brook University in 2020. She is interested in diagnostic criteria and biomarkers for psychopathology, and hopes to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology in the future.

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Jacob Feldman, B.S.

Jacob graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2020 with a B.S. in Neuropsychology. He is interested in a wide variety of psychopathology and how it presents through EEG and fMRI scans. His long-term goals include obtaining a PhD in Clinical Psychology and further researching the treatment and neurological implications of psychopathology.

joyjoyJoy Anatala, B.A.

Joy graduated Stony Brook University with her B.A. in psychology in 2019 and is currently working as a laboratory manager for the iPanda Project. She’s broadly interested in how emotional development interacts with psychopathology, and plans to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology in the future.

kellypicKelly Gair, B.S.

Kelly is a recent Stony Brook University graduate, with a B.S. in psychology. She is currently working as a laboratory manager for the iPanda Project. Her interests include factors of risk and resilience, specifically how these factors interact to alter trajectories of psychopathology. Kelly hopes to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology in the future.

IMG-5220McKenna Farrell, M.A.

McKenna received her M.A. in General Psychology from Stony Brook University in 2020. She is currently working as a lab coordinator for three different studies. She is most interested in researching psychopathology in adolescents, specifically depressive and anxiety disorders. In the future, she plans to continue a career in research working with clinical populations.

Research Assistants

unnamed (1)Laura Jowett

Laura is a junior at Stony Brook University working towards a BS in Psychology, with a minor in Biology. 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.

Sophia Garbarino

Sophia is a senior double-majoring in Sociology and Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies with a minor in Health, Medicine, and Society. She is a sociology teaching assistant, a University Scholars Forever Fellow, and a CPO Green Team intern. She is also the founder of Stony Brook’s Undergraduate Journal for Humanities and Social Sciences (Brooklogue). With research and career interests in the sociological effects on sexual & reproductive health, Sophia hopes to attend graduate school for public health in the future.

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Ankita is currently a sophomore at Stony Brook University. She is majoring in biology (B.S) and minoring in creative writing. As well as being a research assistant, she is also a member of the Women In Science and Engineering honors program (W.I.S.E) and wishes to pursue medical school after graduating. She is interested in studying clinical affective disorders and particularly enjoys working with young children.

IMG_4580Benjamin Nitzke

Benjamin is a senior at Stony Brook University working towards a B.S. in Psychology with minors in Political Science and Biology. He is primarily interested in studying mood and personality disorders, particularly in LGBTQ* populations. Ben hopes to attend medical school after graduation with the goal of becoming a psychiatrist.

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Kailyn is a junior majoring in psychology with a minor in journalism and China studies. Besides being a research assistant, she also volunteers at Suffolk County’s Response Crisis Center as a crisis hotline counselor. She is interested in studying depressive and anxiety disorders and hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in clinical psychology in the future.

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Ayesha Azeem is a sophomore majoring in psychology with minors in English literature and international studies. Along with being a research assistant, Ayesha is also a part of the University Scholars program and works as a medical assistant. Ayesha hopes to attend medical school and become a surgeon in the future. She is interested in learning more about neurology, especially the psychopathology behind depressive and anxiety disorders.

Kimberly Nolasco

Kimberly is currently a senior at Stony Brook majoring in Psychology with a concentration in History. Besides being an RA , Kimberly works at a program for people with mental illness. She is hoping to pursue a PhD in Neuropsychology and become a clinical neuropsychologist. She also wants to continue research in the field of psychology.

Valentina Marzulli

Valentina is a senior majoring in Psychology and minoring in Spanish Language and Literature; Health and Wellness; and Health, Medicine, and Society. She is the Senior Vice President of the Residence Hall Association, as well as a member of the Psychology Student Alliance, Psi Chi Honor Society, and Sigma Beta Honor Society. Her interests of study are abnormal and social psychology, particularly that of which have been effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. After undergrad, she hopes to go to graduate school for mental health counseling.

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Virja Shah

Virja is currently a rising junior majoring in Psychology and Biology with a neuroscience concentration. Along with being a research assistant, she is also a Resident Assistant and a University Forever Fellow. In addition to this, Virja is also an office assistant in H Area office and Campus Residences Central Office. She aspires to gain a PhD in neuroscience field and wish to help people, specifically children throughout their life with her educational experience and heart to help others.

Samantha Jacob

Samantha is currently a senior at Stony Brook majoring in Psychology with a minor in Sociology. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a Master’s in Social Work and work with young adult and racial/ethnic minority populations. She is particularly interested in treating people with affective and trauma- and stressor-related disorders.

Ana Snyder

Ana is a Junior majoring in Health Science with a minor in Chemistry and Health, Medicine, and Society. Along with being a research assistant she is also a University Forever Fellow and wishes to continue her education and pursue a career in medicine. She is particularly interested in the intersections of physical and psychological health as well as the progression of clinical affective disorders.

Phillip Mayer

Phillip is a junior majoring in psychology and minoring in health and wellness. In addition to being a research assistant, he is a volunteer hotline counselor for Response Crisis Center of Suffolk. Upon graduation, he intends to go to medical school to become a psychiatrist. His time volunteering for the hotline has sparked an interest in learning more about the prevention of suicide.

IMG_1602Harshini Suresh

Harshini is currently a rising junior majoring in Biology (B.S.) with a concentration in Neuroscience and Psychology (B.S.) and minoring in Writing and Rhetoric. In addition to working as a research assistant, Harshini is fundraising chair for SBUNICEF, editing chair for End the Stigma (ETS), and event coordinator for SBU Taandava. She aspires to go to medical school after graduation and become a pediatrician in the near future. Her time working as a pediatric medical assistant and a crisis counselor for Crisis Textline sparked her desire to learn more about anxiety and depressive disorders affecting the adolescent population.

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Maira is currently a sophomore studying biochemistry at Stony Brook University. She is in the Honors College and is also pursuing a minor in the History of Health, Science, and the Environment. In addition to being a research assistant in the lab, she works as a pharmacy technician at CVS pharmacy. She also spends her time volunteering as a Lifeline Chat crisis counselor at Response Crisis Center. Although she is taking Pre-Med prerequisite courses, she is still navigating her career passions in the biological sciences field.

IMG_7543_OriginalMelanie Navarro

Melanie is a junior double majoring in Biology and Psychology (B.A.). In addition to working as a research assistant, she is the assistant editor of the Arts & Culture section at The Statesman, as well as a writer for The Humanology Project. In the past, she has also worked as a lead coordinator for a branch of Girls Who Code which was dedicated to creating a website on breast and skin cancer awareness. Upon graduation, she hopes to take a gap year focused on research and afterward enroll in medical school to pursue a career in psychiatry.

IMG_9011Evelyn Zheng

Evelyn is a senior double-majoring towards a B.S. in Biology (Quantitative Biology and Bioinformatics) and Applied Mathematics and Statistics. Besides being a research assistant, she is a Resident Assistant in West Apartment C. She is also a part of Alpha Kappa Psi and she volunteers at Port Jefferson Emergency Medical Services as an Emergency Medical Technician. She is currently the Vice President and probationary Captain of the Campus Community Emergency Response Team, where she may be wearing a bright vest volunteering during school events. Evelyn is interested in studying different disorders particularly in populations where individuals may have had a rough childhood. She hopes to attend medical school after graduation, and then use what she has learned and apply it in her future career.

IMG_2274Sidney John

Sidney is currently a junior at Stony Brook majoring in biology with a minor in health, medicine, and society. After graduation, she hopes to go to medical school and pursue a career as a pediatrician. She is particularly interested in a career involving researching the effects of clinical affective disorders and psychological development of the adolescent population.

IMG_0327Madison Fitzpatrick, B.A.

Madison graduated from Hofstra University with her BA in Psychology in December of 2020. She currently works as a research assistant for the Clinical Affective Neuroscience Lab. She also is the Clinical Research Coordinator at the Bio-Behavioral Institute, an OCD treatment clinic. In her spare time, she likes to bake sourdough bread. Her research interests include the neuropsychological underpinnings of obsessive-compulsive and related disorders, and plans to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology in the future.