The Team


Lab Director

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.


Lab Managers

CourtneyCourtney Callahan

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 FisherMegan Fisher

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.

Graduate Students

Hans Schroder

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.

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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.

Jeff Lin

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.

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Cognitive Neuroscience

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.

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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.

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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 Masters in Social Work degree 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.



Grant is a sophomore at MSU working towards a B.S. in Psychology. He is interested in improving understanding of the psychophysiological nature of various mental illnesses and developing better treatments for them. After graduating, he plans to attend graduate school to study Clinical Psychology with hopes of one day becoming a professor, teaching what is known and conducting research to learn more. During his free time, he enjoys reading, running, observing, listening to music, and daydreaming.


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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.

IMG_20161225_184751Kathy Sem


Kathy is a junior studying Psychology at MSU. She is interested in studying how the mind and the brain interact, specifically how anxiety and depression impact brain functions. After graduation, she plans to pursue a PhD in Neuropsychology to continue research and become a professor. In her free time, Kathy enjoys reading, making art and music, and sleeping.


10917918_932137383504743_6397290583505198843_oLing Peng


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.

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Madison is a freshman at Michigan State University. Currently, she is deciding between majors but is very interested in Psychology. Her main interest in psychology is how different impulses in the brain as well as damages to the brain influence an individual’s behavior. Within her years at Michigan State University, as well as after she graduates, she would love to travel abroad to a less developed country and spend time helping the individuals living there and obtain a better idea of life in other parts of the world.


Nicole Delaney


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 mistakes. After graduation, she plans to obtain a second degree in Nursing and pursue a career in the health field. In her free time, Nicole enjoys traveling, hiking, and spending time with family and friends.

12957438_10207839855068000_5434158098914500573_oRachael Slate


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 Clinical Neuropsychologist. In her spare time, she loves hanging out with friends, dancing, and eating carbs.

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Skylar is a sophomore at MSU pursuing a B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Cognitive Science. She is primarily interested in the cognitive and language deficits that occur in neurological diseases and abnormalities. After graduation, Skylar hopes to attend graduate school and study Clinical Psychology. In her free time, she likes to play with her pet rats and read Wikipedia articles.

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Taylor is a senior receiving her B.S. in Psychology at MSU. Taylor is broadly interested in the psychophysiological processes that occur in individuals with anxiety, depression, and PTSD and the various treatment methods for these disorders. After graduation, she plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. In her free time, she likes to relax, listen to music, cook, and spent time with family and friends.

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Cognitive Neuroscience

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.


Lab Alumni

*Note: If you are a CPL alumnus and find anything here outdated, please update Megan at – we’d love to hear from you!

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
Ashwin Jayakumar
Becca Polanski
Blake McCollough – graduate student in Social Work, Michigan State University
Brandon Yerebeck
Colleen Victor – medical student, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
Connie Victor – graduate student in Clincial Psychology, Adler University
Chris Taylor
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
Jazelle Wilson
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
Justin Cykiert
Katelyn Kulesa
Katie Kinsey
Katlin Schultz
Kayla Felger – graduate student at Michigan State University
Ken Bennett – graduate student in Clinical Psychology, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
Kristin Elinski
Matt Bona – patient care associate, C.S Mott Children’s hospital
Meghan Donohue
Meghan Kanya – graduate student in Clinical Psychology, Northern Illinois University
Michael Di Martino – graduate student in Counseling Psychology, Santa Clara University
Noah Russell
Rachel Hartwig – research associate at Spinal 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
Zoe Pelbart