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

Post-Docs

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Jingwen Frances Jin, Ph.D.
Dr. Jin received her B.S. in psychology from the University of Iowa, and her M.A and Ph.D in Clinical Psychology from Stony Brook University. By combining affective neuroscience tools, such as fMRI, EEG and ECoG, with experimental paradigms, her research focuses on understanding the psychological and neural mechanisms underlying normal emotion processing and emotional disorders.
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Amri Sabharwal, Ph.D.
Dr. Sabharwal obtained her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Stony Brook University in 2018, her M.Sc. from University of Essex, UK, and her B.A. from Osmania University, India. Broadly, her research interests are centered on the neural mechanisms associated with emotions as well as their interaction with neural systems involved in cognitive processes like working memory. Her current research uses a transdiagnostic approach to understand how these processes may go awry in the context of severe illnesses like schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, using a combination of task-based and resting-state functional neuroimaging.

Graduate Students

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Brittany Speed, M.A.
Brittany is a 6th year PhD student in the Clinical Psychology program, and is currently completing her doctoral internship with the Stony Brook University Consortium Internship Program. Before attending Stony Brook, she obtained her B.A. in Psychology from the University of British Columbia in 2011. In 2017 Brittany was awarded a three year competitive research grant from the Canadian Institute of Health Research to investigate the role of sleep quality and emotion regulation in predicting depressive symptoms. Her research utilizes a multi-method approach, including self-report, behavior and psychophysiology, in the measurement of emotional processing. Her clinical and research interests include understanding in the role of dimensional, transdiagnostic factors, such as emotion dysregulation and personality, in the development and maintenance of clinical problems.

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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

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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.

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Alexander Grieshaber, B.S.
Alex received his B.S. in Integrative Neuroscience from Binghamton University in 2017. He is interested in understanding the underlying neurobiological mechanisms that lead to the development and maintenance of psychopathology, particularly anxiety and depression. Using a multi-method approach, he hopes to contribute to the research dialogue and to, consequently, improve upon clinical interventions for individuals suffering from these disorders.

Research Assistants

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Rachel Witt
Rachel is a senior and a biology major at Stony Brook University. She is currently pursuing a combined B.S. and M.A.T. degree in secondary education for biology and chemistry. She hopes to share her love of science by teaching and inspiring young students. She is a member of the Golden Key International Honor Society and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.
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Julianna Russo
Julianna is a junior double majoring in Psychology and Environmental Studies, and is apart of Psi Chi Honor Society. She is interested in childhood adversity and how it impacts later psychopathology. She is also interested in how the natural environment relates to behavior and social class. After graduation she hopes to pursue her Masters in Global Environmental Policy & Sustainability.
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Micaela Rodriguez
Micaela is an undergraduate student at Stony Brook University, majoring in Psychology with concentration in Women’s Studies and a minor in Spanish  Language and Literature. In addition to working in the Social Competency and Treatment Lab on campus, Micaela is the secretary of She’s the First. After graduation, she aspires to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology. Her hopes for the future are to study the psychophysiological effects of intersectionality in order to influence public policy in the United States.
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Suraj Bera, B.A.
Suraj graduated from Stony Brook University in 2018 with a B.A. in Psychology. He is interested in the psychopathology of anxiety and depressive disorders and developing new research-informed interventions for those disorders. He is currently a Crisis and Suicide Hotline Counselor at Response Crisis Center and a volunteer intern at Columbia University’s Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders. In the future, Suraj hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.
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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.
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Dion Aljure
Dion is a senior at Stony Brook University completing a B.S. in psychology in May 2019 on the premed track. His career goals are to become a psychiatrist and to conduct research that will help understand, diagnose, and treat psychological disorders. In his experience, mental health is something that many people take for granted in society and in their personal lives. He’s helped friends and family work and reason through their emotions since he was a kid, and he promotes people making decisions that reduce their stress. He has worked as a camp counselor for the past three summers, and each time turned his group into a close-knit family. Outside of work, he enjoys meditating to music, watching movies, exercising, and new experiences.
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Simrat Kohli
Simrat is a freshman at Stony Brook studying psychology and economics. In addition to being a part of the Honors College, she is a part of the Neuroscience Axis as well as the American Red Cross Club at Stony Brook. She is interested in neuroscience and understanding the psychopathology of anxiety and depression. She plans on going on to pursue a career in law after she graduates.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
Diksha Nayar
Diksha is in her third year as a Psychology major. 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. She plans on going to grad school and eventually earning her PhD specializing in forensic psychology.