People

Lab Director

Patricia Reuter-Lorenz, Ph.D.

Research in my laboratory investigates the neural and cognitive mechanisms of attention, working memory and executive control. Using a combination of behavioral and neuroimaging studies, we investigate such questions as: Do the hemispheres makes different contributions to attention and working memory? What is the effect of aging on attention and working memory? What strategies and training can be used to promote efficient performance? How do emotion and cognition interact?

Office: 1004D East Hall
Phone: 734-764-6577

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Alexandru D. Iordan, Ph.D.

Alex is a postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Psychology at the University of Michigan. His main research interest is in understanding the structure and dynamics of the large-scale brain networks that mediate interactions between executive control and emotion, as well as the roles of aging and training in these interactions.

Alex received his Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Email: adiordan@umich.edu


Graduate Students

Lilian Cabrera, M.S.

Lilian Cabrera is a doctoral student in the Cognitive and Affective Neuropsychology Laboratory. She is interested in how cognition changes across the lifespan, with a focus on memory and executive processes. She is also interested in factors that influence memory accuracy. She is currently examining how reward value and incentives influence what we remember.

She graduated from the University of California, Davis with a B.S. in Psychology and received her masters in Psychology from California State University, Sacramento.

Lilian enjoys traveling and trying new food. When she has some free time, she enjoys catching up on some of her favorite TV shows.

Email: lilianec@umich.edu
CV: Lilian Cabrera C.V


Colleen Frank, M.S.

Colleen Frank is a doctoral candidate in the Cognitive and Cognitive Neuroscience area of the Psychology Department at UM. She is interested in the interaction between cognitive and affective processing, age-related changes, and memory interventions.

Before coming to the University of Michigan, she received her B.A. in Psychology and Spanish from Butler University in Indianapolis, IN.

When she’s not in the lab, she enjoys cooking, hiking, and dining at the local Ann Arbor restaurants.

Email: ccfrank@umich.edu
CV: Colleen Frank C.V.


Kathy Xie, B.S.

Kathy Xie is a doctoral student in Psychology concentrating in Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience. She is interested in using working memory training and noninvasive brain stimulation to decrease the negative effects of aging on cognition. She graduated from Northwestern University, with a B.S. in Psychology and Communication Sciences and Disorders. Outside of research, Kathy likes to read, watch TV, go to concerts, and eat her way through cities.

Email: kathyxie@umich.edu
CV: Kathy Xie C.V.


Lab Manager

Jessica Alexa

Jessica received her B.A. from the University of Michigan in Psychology with a minor in Applied Statistics. Her current research focuses on the effects of emotional and cognitive distraction on working memory processes. Additionally, she is interested in emotional regulation, stress management, and the development of cognitive styles. She intends to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and eventually work with children and adolescents with depressive and trauma-related disorders.

In her free time, she enjoys painting, gardening, spending time with family and friends, and attending art exhibitions.


Email: jealexa@umich.edu
Phone: 734-647-3704


Research Assistants


Ranya Alkhayyat

Ranya is a Senior majoring in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience with a minor in Art & Design. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a Ph.D in Clinical Psychology. In addition to being a research assistant, she also enjoys painting, reading, and spending time with friends and family.


Natalie Austin

Natalie is currently a sophomore majoring in biopsychology, cognition, and neuroscience with an intended minor in biology as well. She hopes to attend graduate school to become a neuropsychologist. Outside of school, she enjoys reading, hanging out with friends, and traveling.

 

Alethia Blough

Alethia is a junior majoring in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience and minoring in Modern Greek. She plans to earn a doctorate degree in occupational therapy after graduation. In her free time, Alethia loves watching Netflix, practicing yoga, and traveling.

 

Jason Brenner

Jason is a freshman majoring in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience with an intended minor in Applied Statistics. He is a student in the LSA Honors Program and hopes to attend medical school in the future. He is a research assistant on the Value Learning project. In his free time, he enjoys running and bike-riding.

 

Jaden Mann Bryant

Jaden is a junior majoring in Biopsychology, Cognition & Neuroscience. She is currently a research assistant for the Affective Working Memory project. After graduation, she plans on attending medical school. She is also a mentor for the Michigan Mentorship Program where she volunteers at Angell Elementary school. In her free time, she enjoys playing guitar, cooking, and watching scary movies with friends.

Deepthi Deireddy

Deepthi is a junior majoring in Neuroscience. After graduating, she hopes to take a year off to pursue research or volunteer work before attending medical school. She is currently a research assistant on the tDCS project. Outside of school, she loves to read, watch TV, try new restaurants, and spend time with her friends.

Vanessa Freedman

Vanessa is a sophomore majoring in Neuroscience at the University of Michigan. She plans on attending medical school after graduation. She is a research assistant on the Cognitive Offloading Project. Outside of class and research, Vanessa spends her time volunteering at University of Michigan Hospital, running, and spending time with her friends.

 

Ziyaneh Ghaderpour Taleghani

Ziyaneh is a junior majoring in Neuroscience at the University of Michigan. After graduating, she hopes to pursue a PhD in neuroscience. She is currently a research assistant on the Cognitive Offloading project. Outside of class, Ziyaneh likes to listen to music, spend time with friends, and paint.

 

Wenting Guo

Wenting is currently a senior at the University of Michigan. She is double majoring in psychology and cognitive science. She plans to go to graduate school in cognitive psychology after college. Outside school, she is a member of the Umich Equestrian team and loves riding horses.

 

Rachel Hamill

Rachel is a rising senior majoring in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience and minoring in English. She hopes to attend law school after graduating from the University of Michigan. In her free time, you may find her spending time with her friends, reading, or listening to a true crime podcast.

 

Erin Heinlein

Erin is a junior majoring in biopsychology, cognition, and neuroscience with a minor in biochemistry. After graduation, she plans on working as an emergency medical technician (EMT) before attending medical school. She is currently a research assistant on the tDCS project. Outside of school and research, Erin loves playing cello, volunteering, cooking, and spending time with her friends and family.

Michael Koch

Michael is a senior double majoring in Psychology and Neuroscience. He plans on pursuing a PhD in psychology after graduation. He is a research assistant on the tDCS project. When not in the lab, Michael spends his time working at the University of Michigan daycare, volunteering, and playing IM sports with his friends.

 

Ariana Pavlopoulos

Ariana is a senior majoring in Biopsychology, Cognition and Neuroscience with a Minor in Business. After graduation, she plans on applying to medical school in hopes of becoming a pediatrician. Ariana also loves spending her time volunteering at Mott’s Children’s Hospital and through Motley Crew at the Down Syndrome Support Team. In her free time, she loves to go to yoga, cook, and spend time with family and friends.

Sydney Peters

Sydney is a senior majoring in Information Analysis in the School of Information. She hopes to work within the health analytics field and go back home to Chicago  to work after graduating. In her free time, she likes listening to music, hanging out with friends and family, and walking her dog.

 

Dylan Scott

Dylan is a senior majoring in Psychology. After graduating, he hopes to work in the entertainment industry, and someday own his own company. In his spare time, you can find him serving up some Korean Barbecue at Tomukun KBBQ where he’s been working for the past few years, or working to put together a unique live music event at a secret location in Ann Arbor. He also loves to cook, listen to music, run, and watch classic movies.

Sydney Yormack

Sydney is a senior at the University of Michigan majoring in Psychology. She is extremely interested in what motivates human behavior and decision making. After graduation, Sydney is beginning her career within Financial Services. Outside of school, Sydney enjoys working out and spending time with friends and family.

Selena Yue

Selena in a junior majoring in cognitive science and piano performance. She hopes to attend graduate school for public health in the future. Outside of school, she loves to paint, dance, and spend time with her friends.