Lab Director Post-Doctoral Scholars Staff Graduate Students Collaborating Graduate Students Post-Bac Research Assistants Undergraduate Honors Students Undergraduate Research Assistants Lab Mascot Lab Alumni
Dr. Hyde is interested in understanding psychopathology and personality, particularly child psychopathology and antisocial behaviors, from a developmental psychopathology standpoint. His research focuses on mechanisms linking early risk to adolescent antisocial behavior, interactions between these risk factors, and subgrouping approaches to identify youth that have similar developmental trajectories. In particular, Dr. Hyde is interested in the role of cognitions, empathy (and callous/unemotional traits), genes (using candidate genes), and neural processes (using fMRI) as they are affected by and interact with harsh environments (e.g., rejecting parenting, dangerous neighborhoods) to increase risk for psychopathology.
Dr. Hyde’s recent program of research has been merging neurogenetics techniques that aim to understand genetic and molecular contributions to neural reactivity with longitudinal developmental studies of at risk children in order to inform our understanding of the development of antisocial behavior, psychopathy, and psychopathology across the lifespan. Thus, he is interested in the role of the environment and biology as they interact overtime to shape behavior.
Dr. Hyde graduated with a B.A. from Williams College where he majored in psychology and religion and graduated with a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. At Pitt, Dr. Hyde was in the joint Clinical and Developmental Psychology Program and also completed a concentration in cognitive neuroscience from the Center for Neural Basis of Cognition (CNBC, a joint Pitt-Carnegie Mellon University program). Dr. Hyde worked with mentors Daniel S. Shaw and Ahmad R. Hariri during his Ph.D. at Pitt. He also notes Susan B. Campbell and Stephen B. Manuck as major research influences during his graduate studies. Dr. Hyde did his clinical internship at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinics/University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He enjoys running the MiND Lab and feels fortunate to work with so many wonderful people in the lab. In his spare time, Dr. Hyde likes playing soccer and running, as well as traveling.
Melissa Peckins is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in developmental psychology. She received her doctorate in biobehavioral health from The Pennsylvania State University with a focus on the biopsychosocial consequences of early life stress across development and developmental methodology. Her research utilizes a multi-level, interdisciplinary approach to study how contextual factors such as child maltreatment and violence exposure impact the endocrine response to stress, health, and behavior from childhood to early adulthood. She is currently on a training grant to study the role of neural processes in the association between context, functioning of the stress response system, and behavior.
Dr. Waller is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow who joined Michigan in 2013 after receiving her doctorate from the University of Oxford. She has an MA in Experimental Psychology and MSc in Evidence-Based Social Intervention, also from the University of Oxford. Her research is focused on examining behavioral and personality precursors of psychopathy and antisocial behavior from a developmental psychopathology perspective. Specifically, she studies how children’s early environmental risk (including parental harshness and low warmth) is related to the development of callous unemotional (CU) traits and the emergence of conduct problems in later childhood and adolescence. Within this, she focuses on issues related to the conceptualization and measurement of CU traits in children, as well as related constructs such as empathy and early conscience deficits. Her recent work incorporates neurogenetics to better understand the heritable and neural risk markers for CU traits and antisocial behavior, with the ultimate goal of informing preventative interventions. Dr. Waller is currently on a T32 Fellowship in the Addiction Center of Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan, where she is integrating models of early externalizing psychopathology with risk for problematic substance and alcohol use across development. From July 1st 2018, Dr. Waller will be an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania.
Lara is the MTWiNS Project Coordinator. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA in psychology. She plans to pursue a Ph.D in clinical psychology in the future. She is particularly interested in studying child and adolescent populations. Her research interests include familial influences on psychopathology and antisocial behavior during childhood and adolescence. In her free time, Lara enjoys reading, playing with her dog, and spending time with friends and family.
Heidi is the MiND Lab’s Data Manager. She graduated from Wesleyan University with a BA in neuroscience and biology. She plans to pursue a Ph.D. in either clinical psychology or cognitive neuroscience. She is particularly interested in environmental and genetic interactions and the effect they have on neural processes that may lead to later addiction and psychopathology. In her free time Heidi likes hiking, reading, and watching Criminal Minds.
Kaitlin is the MiND Lab’s Staff Coordinator. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA in psychology and organizational studies and a minor in urban community studies. She hopes to pursue a Ph.D in clinical psychology. Her research interests include resilience in populations at risk for psychopathology and understanding environmental influences on the development of psychopathology. Kaitlin likes Netflix binges, reading horoscopes, and long walks in the Arb.
Alicia (Allie) is the MiND Lab Manager. She recently graduated from the University of Michigan with a BS in psychology. In the future, she plans to pursue a Ph.D in clinical psychology with a specific focus on the adolescent and child populations. Her research interests include the effects of childhood stress on social interactions and how this influences the development of antisocial behavior and psychopathology. She is particularly interested in the impact of the stress associated with having a chronic illness or condition in childhood. In her free time, she enjoys biking, fishing, reading, and watching Netflix.
Jenna graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA in psychology and minors in crime and justice & american culture. She also worked in the MiND Lab as an undergraduate research assistant during her junior and senior years. Her research interests include the intersection between psychopathology and the criminal justice system as well as autism. She has spent the last few years as a caregiver for people with special needs. Jenna hopes to eventually pursue a PhD in clinical psychology. She enjoys training her overweight cat (Henry) to walk on his leash and feeding him excessive amounts of treats to counteract any progress that he makes.
Emma graduated from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Spanish. She has been an active member of many volunteer organizations aimed at strengthening Latino communities in Metro Detroit and spent a semester working closely with at-risk children and families as an intern at The Youth Connection. Her interests include the intersections of culture and psychology, and in particular the role culture may play in the development of aggression and antisocial behaviors. She aims to one day attend graduate school and pursue these interests. In her free time, Emma enjoys instructing indoor cycling classes, going to the public library, and bothering her friends.
Rachel is a third year graduate student in the Clinical Science Ph.D program. Rachel received a BS in psychology from Duke University in 2014, with an additional major in biology. After graduating, she managed Elizabeth Brannon’s cognitive development lab at Duke (now Penn) and studied how infants and children learn about numbers and math. Rachel is interested in the pathways through which differences in socioeconomic status affect the development of executive function, particularly inhibitory control. In her free time, Rachel enjoys riding horses, hanging out with her two golden retrievers, and going to 49ers games.
Isaiah is a third year graduate student in the Clinical Science Ph.D program. After graduating from Wesleyan University in 2013 with a BA in psychology, he spent two years working as a Research Assistant under James Blair at the NIMH’s Section on Affective Cognitive Neuroscience. Isaiah is interested in how early adverse experiences such as exposure to violence and parental maltreatment shape children’s attitudes about aggression. In his free time, Isaiah enjoys traveling, using his mom’s HBO GO subscription, and checking out fun dance parties in Detroit.
Hailey is a third year graduate student in the Clinical Science Ph.D program. Hailey graduated from the University of Michigan in 2014 with a B.A. in psychology. After graduating, she worked as a project coordinator for the Adolescent Wellbeing and Brain Development Study with Dr. Hyde, Dr. Christopher Monk, and Dr. Colter Mitchell, examining how poverty-related stressors affect brain structure and function, as well as behavioral outcomes. Hailey is interested in studying heterogeneity within the externalizing spectrum, including environmental precursors and neural correlates of psychopathic traits, via multi-modal neuroimaging techniques (e.g., connectivity and task-related brain activity) to distinguish between dimensions of antisocial behavior. During her free time Hailey enjoys baking, trying bizarre foods, and fostering kittens.
Laura is a sixth-year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program. Laura received her B.A. in psychology with a minor in neurobiology from Harvard University in 2011, and was also a member of the Harvard Women’s Swimming and Diving team. Laura’s research focuses on understanding the role of reward processing in the development and persistence of antisocial behavior and psychopathy. Her dissertation investigates the potential relationships between components of antisocial behavior (e.g., callous-unemotional traits, delinquency, and disinhibition) and dysfunctional neural response to reward and punishment in youth and adults at risk for antisocial behavior. This year, Laura will be completing her clinical psychology internship at the Alpert Medical School at Brown University.
Arianna is a sixth year doctoral student in the Developmental Psychology Ph.D program. She received her BA in psychology from UCLA in 2010, after which she worked at UC Berkeley and UCSF researching ADHD and childhood trauma, respectively. At the University of Michigan, Arianna’s work examines biopsychosocial models of psychopathology, with a focus on the interplay between parenting, corticolimbic function, and genome-wide genetic liability.
Collaborating Graduate Students
Tyler is a sixth year graduate student in the Developmental Psychology Ph.D program working with Dr. Christopher Monk. She received her BS in neuroscience with a minor in chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh in 2013. Tyler’s work examines neurobiological mechanisms linking early adversity and adolescent internalizing disorders. She is also interested in using research to aid in the development of effective programs and social policies, and is currently pursuing training in linking research to practice as a Doris Duke Fellow for the Promotion of Child Well-Being
Ariana is a fourth year graduate student in social psychology working with Ethan Kross, Ph.D. She received her B.A. in urban studies with a concentration in psychology from Columbia University in May 2011. After graduating, she taught at a KIPP School in New York City. She is interested in the development of self-control and emotion regulation, and their impact on individuals’ well-being and academic achievement. Ariana enjoys yoga, exploring Ann Arbor’s parks, and traveling.
Undergraduate Research Assistants
Tabatha is a senior majoring in psychology and minoring in crime and justice. Her research interests are in antisocial and deviant behavior and she hopes to earn her Ph.D in clinical psychology one day. In her free time she likes going to coffee shops, hiking, and cooking.
Miranda is a junior majoring in psychology. Her research interests include developmental psychopathology, particularly internalizing disorders in children and adolescents. Outside of school, she work as an EMT, and loves dogs and plants.
Dana is a senior studying neuroscience. After graduation, she plans on attending medical school to become a pediatrician or neurologist. Her research interests include pathology, epidemiology, and gene-environment interactions. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her friends, family, and dog by watching Netflix, traveling, or going on hikes.
Iris is a senior majoring in psychology and minoring in Crime and Justice. Her research interests include resiliency among individuals, assessing antisocial behaviors and the intersections of psychology and law. She anticipates receiving her Ph.D. in clinical psychology after undergad. In her free time, Iris enjoys adventuring to new places, spending time with friends, and most of all playing with dogs.
Eva is a senior studying Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience with a minor in writing. She is interested in the potential of non-pharmacological interventions to improve mental health status. Eva joined the MiND Lab because she believes better understanding risk vulnerabilities to anxiety, depression, and self-isolating behavior will help improve future treatment. After graduation she hopes to earn a clinical psychology Ph.D. In her free time Eva enjoys oil painting, cooking, and advocating for the environment.
Selina Mohanty is a sophomore who anticipates double majoring in Psychology and Communication Studies while taking pre-med classes. She is from Grand Blanc, MI and loves reading, watching lots of Netflix, and playing with her dog. She is really interested in research in neurology and psychology in children.
Olivia is a junior studying Biopsychology, Cognition and Neuroscience with a minor in Science, Technology and Society focused in medicine. She is interested in understanding how the physiological mechanisms in one’s body as well as the environment one lives in both influence his/her mind and daily life. She is also interested in how specific biological processes in each part of the brain result in various outcomes in behavior and disease. She hopes to go to medical school and work as a pediatric neurologist in the future. In her free time, she likes to hike with her dog and travel to new places.
Gabby is a junior studying psychology. Her research interests include childhood psychopathology and developmental disorders. She is particularly interested in Autism Spectrum Disorder and works outside of school as a behavior therapist for young children on the spectrum. She hopes to further her studies in clinical psychology and become a board certified behavior analyst. In her free time she likes to play piano, volunteer, and spend time with her friends and family.
Malavika is a sophomore studying Cell, Developmental and Molecular Biology. She plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Behavioral Genetics. In her free time, Malavika likes to paint, read, hoard notebooks and listen to Korean pop music.
Sophie is a junior studying Biopsychology, Cognitive, and Neuroscience. She is from Chicago and likes to run and hang out with friends in her free time. She loves dogs and is passionate about multidisciplinary research.
Alaina is a sophomore anticipating majoring in Neuroscience. She is interested in studying the genetic components of psychopathological traits. In her free time, she likes to bake, drink coffee, and participate on the equestrian team.
Juliana is a senior studying psychology. She hopes to enter a graduate program in clinical psychology after graduation. Her interests include child development and psychopathology, and she would love to work with kids in the future. In her free time she loves playing with her cat, eating ice cream, and spending time outside.
Anna is a junior majoring in neuroscience and psychology. Her research interests include studying various treatments for mental disorders. In her free time Anna enjoys camping, finding ways to stay active, listening to music, and spending time with friends.
Meghan is a senior majoring in psychology and minoring in crime and justice. She is interested in the intersection of psychology and the criminal justice system, the development of antisocial behavior, and psychopathy. After graduation, Meghan plans on pursuing a Ph.D. in clinical psychology with a focus on forensic psychology. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, and binge-watching TV shows on Netflix.
Isabel is a junior planning on double-majoring in biopsychology, cognition, and neuroscience and English. Isabel’s research interests include developmental psychopathology, externalizing disorders in children, and gene-environment interactions. After graduating, Isabel plans to pursue a Ph.D. In her free time, Isabel enjoys playing tennis, listening to music, reading, watching movies, and walking around Ann Arbor with friends.
Elizabeth is a senior, majoring in biopsychology, cognition, and neuroscience and minoring in this history of medicine and health. Her research interests include developmental psychopathology, and how early life adversity and trauma play a role in changing the brain. After graduation, Elizabeth plans to pursue a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. Elizabeth enjoys running, spending time with friends, playing with her dogs, reading, and finding new music on Spotify.
Carly is a sophomore and is likely majoring in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience, on a pre-med track. Her research interests include applying psychological concepts to the real world and working with youth. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, along with dancing.
Jude Eyamba is a senior majoring in BCN and attaining a minor in writing. His hope is to pursue a Ph.D in clinical psychology. He loves to listen to music and enjoys writing poetry.
Udit Thawani is a junior who is majoring in Biopsychology, Cognition and Neuroscience and plans to apply to medical school in the future. He is from Grand Blanc, Michigan and loves comic books, film, and watching soccer. Udit is interested in looking into the effects of childhood adversity on future psychopathology. Udit also has researched the ways in which politicians communicate with both their constituencies and political enemies on Twitter.
Alice is a sophomore studying biopsychology, cognition, and neuroscience with a minor in crime and justice. She is especially interested in developmental models of psychopathology; prodromal symptoms of psychopathology for potential prevention; and the effects of trauma on the brain physically and cognitively. After graduation, Alice is considering pursuing a Ph.D in forensic psychology. In her free time, she enjoys babysitting, baking, and reading in her hammock.
Tim is a junior studying biopsychology, cognition & neuroscience, looking to go into clinical psychology. He is interested in juvenile delinquency, and he enjoys playing basketball and playing music in his free time.
Gaby is at the University of Michigan for the summer through the Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP). She is a rising senior from the University of Florida, studying psychology and sociology. Her research interests include the development of psychopathy and psychotic disorders and how social and cultural factors can impact their diagnosis and treatment. In her free time, Gaby likes to listen to music, drink coffee, and pet puppies.
Sara-Luna (Luna) is a rising Junior majoring in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience and minoring in Cinematography. Luna joined the lab over the summer through her UROP program, and will be transferring to UMICH in the Fall. She has an interest in Neurocriminology; a sub-discipline of biocriminology and criminology that applies brain imaging techniques and principles from neuroscience to understand, predict, and prevent crime. Luna has a passion for culture, art, film, meeting people, and travelling to new places. Luna is also a part time photographer, where she infuses her love for psychology, and art in her photography.
Ellie made her MiND Lab debut in the fall of 2014 when she was adopted by Dr. Hyde, his wife, and Muumi the cat. She enthusiastically performs her roles as cutest lab mascot, chief crumb patrol officer, and head of lab morale. Her current research interests include the finer arts of bladder control, the digestible properties of sticks, and an answer to the eternal question of “who’s a good girl?!”
Emma was an undergraduate research assistant from May 2017 to April 2018.
Emily was an undergraduate research assistant from September 2017 to April 2018.
Melissa was an undergraduate research assistant from February 2017 to April 2018.
Maya was an undergraduate research assistant from January 2017 to April 2018.
Danielle was an honors student who majored in psychology with a double minor in crime & justice and Program in the Environment. She plans on pursuing her clinical psychology Ph.D with a focus in forensics. She was an undergraduate research assistant from September 2014 to April 2017.
Meredith was a post-bac research assistant from January 2018 to April 2018.
Anna was an undergraduate research assistant from January 2016 to June 2017.
Miloni was an undergraduate research assistant from September 2016 to December 2017.
Madeleine was an undergraduate research assistant from October 2016 to December 2017.
Toni graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2015 with a BS in psychology with an administration of justice minor. She is interested in understanding the development of conduct problems and antisocial behaviors in children and adolescents, specifically those involved in the justice system. Toni served as lab manager for the MiND lab from 2015 to 2017. She is currently attending Louisiana State University to pursue her Ph.D in clinical psychology.
Andrea graduated in 2017 with a B.S. in neuroscience and psychology. She completed an honors thesis under the mentorship of Dr. Hyde and Arianna Gard, a developmental psychology Ph.D candidate, entitled “Neighborhood effects on the brain: Impoverishment in early childhood predicts amygdala reactivity to ambiguous faces in young adulthood.” After graduation, Andrea moved to Baltimore, MD where she is working as an IRTA fellow at NIDA under Drs. Elliot Stein and Vaughn Steele. She is working on a research project that uses fMRI and clinical measures to assess the effectiveness of TMS as a chronic treatment for cocaine addiction. Andrea plans to pursue either a Ph.D in clinical psychology or an MD/PhD.
Kelly graduated in April 2017 with an honors degree in biopsychology, cognition, and neuroscience. Kelly completed her honors thesis with the MiND Lab, entitled: White Matter Tract Abnormalities and Links to Antisocial Behavior Among High-Risk Young Adult Males.” She will be moving to Athens, Georgia in July to start at University of Georgia’s Clinical Psychology Ph.D Program. Under the mentorship of Dr. Ronald Blount, Kelly will be studying the effects of pediatric chronic illness on parents and children undergoing solid organ transplantation, and ways to improve outcomes for these children, including treatment adherence, medical communication, and transition to adult care.
Julia graduated in April 2017 with an honors degree in psychology. She completed her honors thesis with Laura Murray and the MiND Lab entitled, “Associations Between Delay Discounting Performance and Reward-Related Neural Activity”. She moved to Washington D.C. to work in the Section on Human Psychopharmacology at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism with Dr. Vijay Ramchandani where she studies the genetic and environmental risk factors influencing response to alcohol and creates paradigms to better study alcoholism in a lab setting in order to develop novel treatments.
Anni was an undergraduate research assistant from September 2016 to April 2017.
Martha served as the first MiND lab manager from the Spring of 2013 to the Fall of 2015.
Sophia was an undergraduate research assistant from January 2015 to April 2017.
Karina was an undergraduate research assistant through the UROP program from October 2016 to April 2017.
Abbey was an undergraduate research assistant from May 2016 to December 2016.
Claire was an undergraduate research assistant May 2015 to August 2016.
Mélanie was an undergraduate research assistant from May 2014 to May 2016.
Tia was an undergraduate research assistnt from May 2015 to May 2016.
Hannah was an undergraduate research assistant and Honors student from September 2014 to December 2015.
Kepriah was an undergraduate research assistant from September 2014 to September 2015.
John was an undergraduate research assistant from May 2014 to July 2015.
Lizzie was an undergraduate research assistant from January 2015 to September 2015.
Ariana was an undergraduate research assistant from January 2015 to December 2015.
Melanie was an undergraduate research assistant from January 2015 to July 2015.
Julia was an undergraduate research assistant from January 2015 to December 2015.
Louisa was an undergraduate research assistant from January 2015 to May 2015.
Torrey was an undergraduate research assistant from May 2015 to July 2015.
Lawrence was an undergraduate research assistant from January 2014 to May 2015.
Meaghan was an undergraduate research assistant from May 2014 to May 2015.
Bianca was an undergraduate research assistant from May 2014 to December 2014.
Josh was an undergraduate research assistant from September 2014 to December 2014.
Katie was an undergraduate research assistant from May 2014 to August 2014.
Sarah was an undergraduate research assistant from September 2013 to August 2014.