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.
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.
Fourth Year Graduate Student
Hans is a fourth-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.
Fourth Year Graduate Student
Sharon is a fourth 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.
Third Year Graduate Student
Jeff is a third-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.
Second Year Graduate Student
Chelsea is a second-year graduate student in the MSU Clinical Psychology program. She 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.
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.
Arti is a senior pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology. She is interested in how mindfulness training can be used to treat trauma, as well as exploring it’s role in brain rehabilitation. After graduation she plans to attend a graduate program for occupational therapy with a focus on mental health. Her personal interests include reading, writing, 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.
Brianna is a senior at MSU studying Psychology. She is interested in mindset as it relates to anxiety and performance. After graduation, Brianna plans to pursue a doctorate in either Clinical or Counseling Psychology. In her free time, she enjoys running and spending time with her friends and family.
Calli is a sophomore 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.
Connie is a Senior at Michigan State University who is majoring in Psychology. She is interested in the effects of mindsets on depression, anxiety and trauma, and the interventions that can be developed as a result of these research areas. After she graduates she plans to pursue a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology.
Connor is a sophomore 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.
Courtney is a senior at Michigan State University. She is primarily interested in researching the relief of stress and anxiety through acceptance and mindfulness-based psychotherapies. This year, she will research the impact of mindfulness and mindsets on stress and coping mechanisms for her Senior Honors Thesis. After she receives her B.A. in Psychology, she plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. Courtney is also excited to serve as president of the MSU Psychology Club this year.
Neuroscience – Lyman Briggs
Dalia is a junior 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 freshman 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.
Human Development and Family Studies
Hanna is a sophomore pursuing a B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies. Her research interests is in the relationship between individuals’ subconscious personality and their cognitive abilities, motivation, and resilience in tough circumstances across their lifespan. She is especially interested in how these correlations vary in individual members of the same family as well as across different family backgrounds. She hopes to further her studies in Child Development. She enjoys playing with children – especially toddlers, listening to music, and watching fairy tale movies.
Juan is a sophomore 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.
Katelyn is a third year senior pursuing a B.S. in Psychology. She is interested in researching children and adolescents with mood disorders; manic/depressive world perceptions and mindsets; and the relationship between mood disorders and influential external stimuli (e.g. parenting styles, substance abuse, and resiliency). Katelyn aspires to obtain a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, and eventually teach and conduct research in a university setting. In her free time, Katelyn enjoys playing piano, reading, and going on nature walks.
Ling is a freshmen 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 specific options. In her free time, Nicole enjoys traveling, scrap booking, hiking, and spending time with family and friends.
Psychology and Philosophy
Sean Roberts is a senior at Michigan State University studying Psychology and Philosophy. He has been working in the CPL since the fall of 2013. He is interested in how anxiety affects people’s behavior, specifically in social interactions. He wishes to continue his education in Psychology, and is currently taking steps to prepare for a strong application for graduate school.
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Tim Moran – post doctoral fellowship at Georgia Institute of Technology
Justin Bashore – website editor, audio series editor, Social Anxiety Institute
Ken Bennett – graduate student in Clinical Psychology at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
Matt Bona – Patient care associate, C.S Mott Children’s hospital
Alex Busch – graduate student in Clinical Psychology at Texas A & M University
Evan Davies – research assistant, Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory at Northwestern University
Sindes Dawood – graduate student in Clinical Psychology at the Pennsylvania State University
Michael Di Martino – graduate student in Counseling Psychology at Santa Clara University
Jennifer Ellis – graduate student in Clinical Psychology at Wayne State University
Kayla Felger – graduate student at Michigan State University
Julianne Giles – graduate student in Social Work, University of Southern California.
James Glazer – graduate student at Northwestern University
Janelle Goodwill – MSW candidate at the University of Michigan School of Social Work
Rachel Hartwig – Research associate at Spin Cord Injury Model Systems at University of Michigan
Spencer Hochstetler – graduate student in Criminology & Corrections at University of Cincinnati
Alex Jendrusina – graduate student in Clinical Psychology at the University of Illinois – Chicago
Meghan Kanya – graduate student in Clinical Psychology at Northern Illinois University
Blake McCollough – graduate student in Social Work, Michigan State University
Danielle Taylor – graduate student in Clinical Psychology at Oklahoma State University
Colleen Victor – medical student at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
Jennifer Wallsteadt – graduate student in Social Work, Michigan State University School of Social Work
Andy Wiese – graduate student in Clinical Psychology, University of Missouri – Kansas City