Dr. Moser received his B.A. in Psychology from the Pennsylvania State University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Delaware. Prior to arriving at MSU as an assistant professor and director of the MSU Clinical Psychophysiology Lab (CPL), Dr. Moser completed a one-year clinical internship at the Boston Consortium in Clinical Psychology where he received training in the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in military veterans. Dr. Moser’s previous clinical training was at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety.
Dr. Moser’s interests are in using biological measures to understand emotion and cognition. Specific interests lie in understanding attention, error processing, cognitive control, and emotion regulation. His long-term work is dedicated to applying such laboratory findings to clinical practice, including assessment and treatment. He uses a number of biological measures in both healthy and clinical populations, mostly anxiety and depressive disorders.
Fifth Year Graduate Student
Tim Moran is a fourth year graduate student in the MSU Cognition/Cognitive Neuroscience program. He received his B.A from Stony Brook University where he studied psychology and philosophy. Before joining Michigan State University’s cognitive neuroscience program, Tim worked as a project coordinator in SBU’s departments of psychology and psychiatry.
Tim is interested in using human physiology to study the interaction between emotion and cognition. Some specific interests include: basic mechanisms of attention and cognitive control, the relationship between fear/anxiety and attention, cognitive control, emotion regulation and error and reward processing, as well as fear generalization and individual differences in fear-potentiated startle. More broadly, Tim is also interested in applying psychophysiological measures to individual assessment, the treatment of anxiety disorders and memory assessment.
In coming months, Tim’s work will focus on studying the nature of attentional biases favoring threatening information.
Third Year Graduate Student
Hans is a second-year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology program. He received his B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Anthropology from Michigan State University in May, 2012, and has worked in the CPL with Dr. Moser since 2009. Hans is broadly interested in using psychophysiological measures to understand the cognitive and emotional underpinnings of internalizing disorders such as anxiety and depression. He is specifically interested in understanding how cognitive processes such as conflict monitoring and error processing can be used for assessment and treatment purposes of these disorders.
Hans is also interested in examining how beliefs about the malleability of self-attributes such as intelligence and personality are reflected in error-related brain activity and behavior and how they relate to the treatment of psychopathology.
Second Year Graduate Student
Jeff is a first year graduate student in the MSU Clinical Psychology program. He received his B.A. from the University of Michigan where he studied economics and statistics. Prior to joining Michigan State University’s psychology department, Jeff worked as a research coordinator in the departments of molecular physiology and psychiatry at the University of Michigan.
Jeff is interested in using the tools of psychophysiology to develop a comprehensive understanding of the cognitive and affective processes involved in the development and expression of anxiety. He is also interested in discerning the mechanisms underlying the effects of mindfulness training on cognitive control and emotion regulation. He intends to develop an empirical framework for how mindfulness might improve academic performance. He hopes that his research will ultimately inform educational and public health policy.
Graduate Student, starting Fall 2014
Chelsea graduated with high honors with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the MSU Honors College in the spring of 2013. Shortly after graduation she began managing projects in the lab investigating the role of ovarian hormones on behavior across the menstrual cycle. Her research interests center around individual differences in gender, hormone levels, working memory capacity, emotion regulation strategies and error-related brain activity as they relate to worry and anxiety as well as well-being and achievement. She is pursuing a career in clinical psychology. Chelsea will be joining the lab as a graduate student in Fall 2014.
B.S. in Psychology
Specialization in Cognitive Science
Ken graduated in May 2012 from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a specialization in Cognitive Science. He plans on gaining research experience in psychology and neuroscience labs here at Michigan State before applying to PhD programs in either Behavioral or Cognitive Neuroscience. His research interests vary from the neurobiological underpinnings of anxiety and depression to the interaction of the dopaminergic reward system with the rest of the brain.
Psychology and Criminal Justice
Jennifer is a senior at MSU who is double-majoring in psychology and criminal justice. Her research interests include the neurological basis of abnormal emotion processing and regulation, and she is currently working on her honors thesis studying emotion regulation in psychopaths. She hopes to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology.
B.A. in Psychology
Erin graduated with a BA in Psychology from the MSU Honors College in 2013. In the CPL, Erin completed her senior thesis study on attention biases in Social Phobia. She is currently working at St. Vincent’s Catholic Charities in a transitional home for neglected and abused children. She is currently taking the steps towards graduate school.
Dalia is a freshman at MSU majoring in Neuroscience and has been working in the lab for a semester. She is also minoring in mathematics. She is interested in learning about how the brain reflects issues in anxiety and depression, and how it differs from those without psychological disorders. After she graduates, she plans on attending medical school.
Blake is a Senior Psychology Major and Army ROTC Cadet at MSU. He has an interest in pursuing a career in Clinical Psychology after he becomes an officer. He has aspirations of conducting research involving emotion, anxiety, and aspects of the mind that are associated with abnormal psychology. He plans on adding an additional year to his college education in order to gain more research experience and has planned to graduate in May 2014.
Psychology and Philosophy
Sean Roberts is a junior at Michigan State University studying Psychology and Philosophy. Sean joined the CPL in the fall of 2013. Sean is interested in how anxiety affects people’s behavior, specifically in social interactions. Sean wishes to continue his education in Psychology, and is currently taking steps to prepare for a strong application for graduate school.
Haley is a sophomore at MSU who is majoring in Neuroscience and has been in the lab for a year. She is interested in anxiety and depression and gaining more insight into how it can affect people in their daily lives. She plans on attending medical school after she graduates.
Hannah is a junior Psychology Major at MSU. Her interests are currently focused on emotion regulation and the role it plays in different psychological disorders. Hannah is also minoring in Spanish and is greatly interested in how different cultural influences can affect clinical therapy outcomes. After graduation she plans on attending graduate school to obtain her PhD in Psychology.
B.A. in Psychology
Andy graduated from MSU in the spring of 2013 with a degree in Psychology. This is his second year in the lab and has great interest in the work being done here. His personal research interests include Anxiety and Depression and the subjective experience of both. He hopes to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology and would ultimately like to have his own practice.
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