Dr. Jason Moser
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 focus on the ability to regulate cognition, emotion, and behavior. Specific interests are in understanding their underlying mechanisms and in examining their clinical significance in terms of their roles in the development, maintenance, and treatment of anxiety and depression. His work lies at the intersection of clinical, cognitive neuroscience, social-personality, and developmental research. Dr. Moser aims to advance our knowledge of regulatory abilities across the range of normal to abnormal functioning through a multi-method approach, in addition to building integrative models of how they operate.
Courtney graduated in 2016 with a B.A. in Psychology from the MSU Honors College. She is primarily interested in researching the relief of anxiety and panic through acceptance and mindfulness-based psychotherapies. She plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in the future.
Megan graduated in 2013 from MSU with a B.S. in Psychology. She began working in research labs in 2012 and has been a part of the CPL since 2013. She is interested in how mindfulness and mind-body interventions can decrease anxiety and foster resilience to promote well-being. She is hoping to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, and will be applying to graduate programs this fall. In her free time she enjoys practicing yoga, hiking in nature, and spending time with family and friends.
Fifth Year Graduate Student
Hans is a fifth-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.
Fifth Year Graduate Student
Sharon is a fifth-year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology program at MSU. She graduated from Northwestern University in 2012 with a B.S. in Human Development and Psychological Services. Her broad research interests include examining the development of individual differences in neurobehavioral constructs implicated in psychopathology by integrating multiple levels of analysis including behavioral and neurophysiological methods. Specifically, she is interested in how the basic maturation of effortful control and self-regulation during the preschool period shapes children’s transition to kindergarten, and how variation in effortful control contributes to differences in their social-emotional development and academic trajectories, particularly for children who are at greater risk for psychopathology. From this, she hopes to develop a scientific basis for effective interventions targeting effortful control that facilitate social-emotional competence, a critical component of school readiness.
When Sharon is not placing EEG caps on preschoolers to measure their brain activity, you can find her practicing at the local hot yoga studio, running outside, or enjoying the Michigan outdoors life. A fun fact, Sharon once spent a whole summer driving a large school bus in the desert.
Fourth Year Graduate Student
Jeff is a fourth-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.
Alec graduated from Michigan State University in May 2015 with a B.S. in Cognitive Neuroscience. He is interested in depression and anxiety disorders along with cognitive aging and related diseases such as Alzheimer’s. In the upcoming future, he is hoping to pursue a Ph.D in Clinical Psychology after taking some time off from school. In his spare time, he enjoys watching football and basketball, being outdoors, and spending time with friends and family.
Human Development and Family Studies
Alex is interested in studying the brain activity associated with various anxiety and mood disorders and different methods to treat these disorders. After graduation, Alex is planning on attending Physician’s Assistant school and eventually hopes to work with something surgical related. In her spare time, she loves hanging out with friends, going to country concerts, traveling, and is part of the MSU Medical Brigades where she travels to Honduras once a year to volunteer.
Alicia is a senior studying Psychology at MSU. Alicia is interested in studying depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, and developmental disabilities. After graduation she plans on pursuing a degree in Clinical Psychology and continuing to work at Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services in Grand Rapids, MI where she currently works as a care provider in their Residential Housing section. In her spare time, she enjoys singing, crafting, and yoga.
Brian de Vries is a senior at MSU studying Psychology. He is interested in researching how meditation can be used to enhance resilience, regulate emotions, and heal from trauma. After graduating, he will likely pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. In his free time, he enjoys cooking, reading, exploring, and spending time with friends and family.
Calli is a junior at MSU who is studying Cognitive Neuroscience. She is interested in anxiety and depression, specifically how these disorders not only affect the brain, but behaviors and emotions as well. She plans to attend medical school after graduating. In her spare time, she also enjoys hammocking, reading, running, and spending time with family and friends.
Connor is a junior majoring in Neuroscience and is interested in studying how self-aware activities such as meditation can influence certain functions in the brain. After graduation, he plans to attend graduate school to become a Psychiatrist, although he is keeping himself open to alternate career opportunities. His personal interests include playing soccer, watching a lot more shows on Netflix than he should, and reading books when he can find the time. He also despises white chocolate.
Neuroscience – Lyman Briggs
Dalia is a senior majoring in Neuroscience at MSU. She is interested in the way the brain and different behaviors, such as depression and anxiety, work together when a mistake is being made as well as how they work together after the mistake is made. After she graduates, she plans to attend medical school to become a pediatrician, eventually she would like to have her own private practice. She enjoys traveling – whether it is to volunteer or to experience a different culture and visit new places. She also enjoys playing sports and spending time with friends and family.
Supply Chain Management
It is true that Emily is pursuing the business field; however, she has always had a very strong interest in brain and behavior. Her favorite subject to study is biopsychology. Her past experience includes researching communicative disorders and working as a behavioral technician at an autism center. Despite Emily’s love for science, she aspires to pursue a business career in management, creative entrepreneurship, and product development. Emily’s favorite pastimes include youtube, dog-petting, feasting, volleyball, and shopping.
Grant is a sophomore at MSU working towards a B.S. in Psychology. He is interested in how mindfulness can be utilized not only to treat various mental disorders, but also promote a greater understanding and control of the self to prevent future susceptibility to illness. After graduating, he plans to attend graduate school to become a Clinical Psychologist working for/starting a non-profit to provide free therapy to low-income patients, and continue basic research on the side. During his free time, he enjoys reading, running, observing, listening to music, and daydreaming.
Juan is a junior majoring in Psychology with an avid interest in clinical psychology. His research interests include various topics such as emotion regulation, mood disorders, and the use of non-deceptive placebos when treating some clinical disorders. After completing undergrad, he plans to apply to graduate school to pursue a Ph.D. in Clincial Psychology. When he’s not busy with school, he enjoys traveling, hanging out with friends, and spending time with family.
Ling is a sophomore majoring in Psychology at MSU. She is interested in studying how anxiety affects behavior and performance and how different methods reduce these effects. She intends on pursuing a career in medicine as a Physician’s Assistant after graduation. In her free time, Ling enjoys baking, reading, and listening to music.
Nicole is a junior studying Neuroscience at Michigan State University. She is interested in learning more about how different mindsets in people with anxiety and depression are able to influence their response to errors and mistakes. After graduation, she plans to pursue a career in the health field, but she is still exploring her options. In her free time, Nicole enjoys traveling, scrap booking, hiking, and spending time with family and friends.
Rachael is a senior pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology. She is interested in the behavioral neuroscience behind anxiety and depression. After graduation, she plans to pursue a PhD. in Neuroscience, and to one day become a Cognitive Neuropsychologist. In her spare time, she loves hanging out with friends, dancing, and eating carbs.
Zachary is a senior Cognitive Neuroscience major at Michigan State. He is interested in learning more about how the mindsets of those with anxiety and depression effects their responses to mistakes and how the research can be implemented. After he graduates he plans to attend medical school to pursue a career in Ophthalmology. He enjoys spending his free time with friends and family, watching or playing sports, traveling, and spending time outside.
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Alex Busch – graduate student in Clinical Psychology, Texas A & M University
Alex Jendrusina – graduate student in Clinical Psychology, University of Illinois – Chicago
Andy Wiese – graduate student in Clinical Psychology, University of Missouri – Kansas City
Arti Gandhi – research associate at the Center for Human Growth and Development, University of Michigan
Blake McCollough – graduate student in Social Work, Michigan State University
Colleen Victor – medical student, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
Connie Victor – graduate student in Clincial Psychology, Adler University
Danielle Taylor – graduate student in Clinical Psychology, Oklahoma State University
Evan Davies – research assistant, Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory at Northwestern University
James Glazer – graduate student, Northwestern University
Janelle Goodwill – MSW candidate, University of Michigan School of Social Work
Jennifer Ellis – graduate student in Clinical Psychology, Wayne State University
Jennifer Wallsteadt – graduate student in Social Work, Michigan State University School of Social Work
Julianne Giles – graduate student in Social Work, University of Southern California
Justin Bashore – website editor, audio series editor, Social Anxiety Institute
Kayla Felger – graduate student at Michigan State University
Ken Bennett – graduate student in Clinical Psychology, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
Matt Bona – patient care associate, C.S Mott Children’s hospital
Meghan Kanya – graduate student in Clinical Psychology, Northern Illinois University
Michael Di Martino – graduate student in Counseling Psychology, Santa Clara University
Rachel Hartwig – research associate at Spin Cord Injury Model Systems, University of Michigan
Sean Roberts – graduate student in Human Resources and Labor Relations, Michigan State University
Sindes Dawood – graduate student in Clinical Psychology, Pennsylvania State University
Spencer Hochstetler – graduate student in Criminology & Corrections, University of Cincinnati
Tim Moran – post doctoral fellowship, Georgia Institute of Technology