Senior Staff

Post-Doctoral Scholars

Melissa Peckins

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mpeckins@umich.edu

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.

 

Graduate Students

Rachel Tomlinson

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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 Sypher

isy@umich.edu

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 Dotterer

hdotty@umich.edu

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 Murray

lmur@umich.edu

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 Gard

arigard@umich.edu

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 Hein

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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

 

Staff

Alicia Pardon

apardon@umich.edu

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 chronic childhood illness on psychosocial functioning. She is particularly interested in the development of anxiety, coping with stress, and treatment adherence. In her free time, she enjoys biking, reading, and watching Netflix with her cat Mia.

Lara Stojanov

larastoj@umich.edu

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. She is particularly interested in studying child and adolescent populations. Her research interests include understanding the effects of early life adversity on brain development and risk for psychopathology. In her free time, Lara enjoys reading, playing with her dog, and spending time with friends and family.

Heidi Westerman

wesheidi@umich.edu

 

Heidi is a Data Manager. She graduated from Wesleyan University with a BA in neuroscience and biology. She plans to pursue a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. She is particularly interested in environmental and genetic interactions and the effect they have on neural processes that may lead to later addiction and externalizing psychopathology. In her free time Heidi likes hiking, reading, and playing volleyball.

Jenna Hayes

hajenna@umich.edu

Jenna is a Data Manager. She 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 plans to 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 Rodgers

elrodgers@umich.edu

Emma is a Staff Coordinator. She 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. She currently volunteers in female and male prison facilities as a facilitator with Shakespeare in Prison. Her interests include the intersections of psychology and the criminal justice system. 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.

Kaitlin Prakken

kprakken@umich.edu

Kaitlin is a 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 plans to pursue a Ph.D in clinical psychology. Her research interests include resilience in populations at risk for psychopathology and the effects of environmental influences on the development of psychopathology. Kaitlin likes lab bonding, horoscopes, and long walks in the Arb.