Lab Members

Current Students

Jaime Munoz-Velazquez : Graduate Student

Jaime Munoz-Velazquez

Graduate Student

Jaime's current project examines how lifetime experiences with racial discrimination, a form of chronic stress, alter brain development and function in Black youth. He is hypothesizing that these brain disruptions support the emergence of depressive symptoms. However, because not everyone who experiences racial discrimination develops depressive symptoms, he is also interested in examining contextual protective factors. In particular, Jaime is studying how youth's ethnic identity buffers the brain from these negative mental health outcomes.

Leigh Goetschius : Graduate Student

Leigh Goetschius

Graduate Student

Leigh is interested in studying structural and functional neural connectivity related to emotion and reward processing in adolescents. She is also interested in understanding how contextual factors, such as childhood exposure to poverty, affects the development of neural connectivity.

Lab Managers

Julianna Calabrese : Research Coordinator

Julianna Calabrese

Research Coordinator

Julianna is the research coordinator for the Translational & Developmental Neuroscience Laboratory under Dr. Christopher Monk. Julianna graduated from Smith College in 2018 with a major in Psychology and a minor in Applied Statistics. As an undergraduate, she studied facial expressions in clinical settings and the intersection between trauma and non-verbal behavior. She is also interested in quantitative methods, longitudinal research, and R programming.

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Nisha Bharat : Research Assistant

Nisha Bharat

Research Assistant

Nisha is a pre-medical student studying Neuroscience at the University of Michigan. She is interested in the intricate interaction between physiology and the environment in psychopathology. She hopes this research will bring to attention the importance of personalized therapy. Nisha is an avid fan of theater and in her free time, she enjoys dancing Bharatanatyam, an Indian classical dance.