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.  

RachelRachel Ferry, B.S.

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.

Jenny Shen-4290 300x300Jenny Shen, M.A.

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 advisor is Dr. Nicholas Eaton.

mengxingwangMengxing Wang, M.A.

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.

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.S. 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

unnamed2Amirah Bean

Amirah is a Senior 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.

ChloeChloe Santoro

Chloe is a Senior 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.

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.

image0Patricia Kozikowski

Patricia is a senior at Stony Brook majoring in Psychology (B.S.) with concentrations in Biology and Chemistry. In addition to being a research assistant, she is also a Psychology Peer Mentor and a member of Psi Chi Honor Society. She is interested in learning about childhood adversity and its effects on psychopathology. In the future, Patricia hopes to continue her education and achieve a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.

Wendy_ShiWendy Shi

Wendy is a senior 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_DengHelen Deng

Helen is currently a senior 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.

DaniyaDaniya Sarguroh

Daniya is a senior 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.

sophiaSophia Garbarino

Sophia is a junior double-majoring in Women’s Studies and Sociology with a minor in Health, Medicine, and Society. She is a University Scholars Fellow and the founder of Brooklogue (SBU’s Undergraduate Journal for Humanities and Social Sciences). She hopes to earn a Ph.D. in the future with research interests in women’s health sociology and education. In her free time, Sophia enjoys playing music, doing crossword puzzles, and writing.

 
AnnaAnna Buskhrikidze
 

Anna is a junior 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.

 
 
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Sonal is a sophomore 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_YangYuanyuan 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.

IMG_6859Ankita Gupte

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.

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