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

Courtney Callahan

Courtney graduated from MSU in 2016 with a B.A. in Psychology. She volunteered in the CPL for two years as an undergraduate research assistant. She loved the work environment and took on the role of project manager for the Brain Cycle Study after graduation. She plans to apply to Masters of Social Work programs this upcoming fall. When she’s not in lab, she enjoys reading, journaling, and blogging.


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

Sixth Year Graduate Student

Hans is a sixth-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.

2016-01-09 13.55.51Sharon Lo

Sixth Year Graduate Student

Sharon is a sixth-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

Fifth Year Graduate Student

Jeff is a fifth-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.

Courtney Louis

Courtney Louis

First Year Graduate Student

Courtney is a first year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology program at MSU. She graduated with a BA in psychology from Hunter College in 2016, and previously worked as a RA and coordinator in Dr. Tracy Dennis-Tiwary’s Emotion Regulation Lab. She is broadly interested in disentangling individual differences in affective states and its impact on attention processes, and hopes to use an enhanced understanding of their relationship to inform treatment approaches. She is also interested in the neural underpinnings that underlie the processing of stimuli in anxious and depressed individuals. In her free time, Courtney enjoys reading, cooking, and listening to music.


Lili Rothschild

First Year Graduate Student

Lili is a first-year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology program. She graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College, a private liberal arts college in Minnesota, in 2017 with majors in Psychological Science and Statistics and a minor in Neuroscience. During her high school and undergraduate career, she also engaged in psychological and neuroscientific research at Mayo Clinic, the University of Nebraska- Lincoln, and the University of Iowa.

Lili is highly interested in the neural underpinnings of worry and its interactions with cognition, emotion regulation, and development. She hopes further elucidation of these relationships will inform psychotherapy for anxiety disorders. In order to effectively answer the critical questions she has about anxiety and worry, Lili has developed a passion for learning and applying psychophysiological, statistical, and computer programming techniques. Outside of the lab, Lili can be found singing opera, swimming, and enjoying long walks with friends and family.

Ania Pathak

Second Year DO/PhD Student

Ania is a second year dual-degree medical and graduate student in MSU’s DO/PhD program, getting her medical degree through the College of Osteopathic medicine, and her PhD from MSU’s Neuroscience Graduate program. She graduated from MSU with a BS in Physiology in 2012, and a BA in Philosophy in 2013. Her previous research experiences have included work in physiology, neuroscience, neurology, placebo, and philosophy– her favorites of which including self-referential processing in alzheimer’s disease progression, neuroaesthetics, subjective time perception in children and adults with and without autism, and cross-disciplinary work in where science and art intersect, all fueled by an interest in how the nervous system mediates human experience. Her undergraduate philosophy thesis, “Medicine as a Complex Existential Study in Embodied Human Vulnerability” explored this in the context of medicine as a social practice. She is currently interested in understanding how psycho-social processes, including social and affective neuroscience, can impact human physiology, particularly in health and disease and the practice of medicine.

Ania has been teaching yoga for six years, lifts weights, loves art, enjoys good food and cooking, and social dances regularly– be it salsa, latin/ballroom, zouk, fusion, or blues dancing. She is a dog mom, traveler, and photographer; and has a fondness for Ansel her dog, big skies, sunlight, mountains, and the American southwest.


Research Assistants

15171318_1810438929241127_6066597880258392390_nAlexandra Brozowski


Alexandra is a Junior majoring in Psychology and minoring in French and Film Studies. She is interested in depression and anxiety disorders. After graduation, she intends to apply to graduate school and pursue a Ph.D. She has considered psychiatry, neuropsychology, and forensic/criminal psychology, so her exact career choice is still uncertain.

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Annelise is a junior studying neuroscience at MSU. She is interested in both neurological and psychiatric disorders and their potential treatments as well as the various techniques of brain imaging including EEG. After graduation, she plans to attend medical school to pursue a career as a radiologist. In her free time, she enjoys watching and attending sporting events, traveling, and being near the beach.

Calli L.Calli Lowe


Calli is a senior 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 senior 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.

Emma Pytleski


Emma is a junior at MSU pursuing a B.S. in Psychology. She is particularly interested in psychological disorders and their effect on the brain. Following graduation, she is planning on attending medical school to become a Psychiatrist. Emma enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching Netflix, and studying.

Ethan Jordan


Ethan is majoring in Psychology with a pre-medical concentration. He is interested in studying possible endophenotypes of common psychiatric disorders such as anxiety, depression, and ADHD. After graduation, he plans to attend medical school and specialize in psychiatry.

Isabel Carley


Isabel is a rising senior psychology major on the B.S. track, with a minor in cognitive science. I am interested in studying the etiology and treatment of affective disorders, such as depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology. Isabel has always wanted to become a practicing clinician, but is now deciding between that and continuing into a research career. She loves listening to music and drinking coffee, and her guilty pleasure is watching vlogs on YouTube.

 FullSizeRender.jpgKalina Foster


Kalina is a freshman who is currently majoring in psychology at MSU. She is mostly undecided in what to do after graduation, but is interested in the treatment for individuals who have suffered a brain injury or traumatic event. Kalina enjoys studying psychology because it helps her have a better understanding of what certain people may be going through on a daily basis. In her free time she enjoys working out, reading, spending time with friends, and participating in water sports in the summer and snow sports in the winter.


Kathy Sem


Kathy is a senior 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.


Lauren Coughlin


Lauren is in her junior year at MSU working towards a B.S. in Psychology. She is interested in studying the treatment of mental illnesses, specifically anxiety disorders in children. After graduation, she plans on attending graduate school to study Clinical Psychology. She does not have much free time, as she is also a Resident Assistant in Landon Hall. However, in her free time, she enjoys reading, drinking coffee, going to concerts, and hanging out with her friends.

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Ling is a junior 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.

IMG_7175Madison Marras


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.

Max Warner


Max is a sophomore at Michigan State University. He is pursuing a bachelor’s of science in psychology. He then plans to study clinical psychology with either a PhD or PsyD after undergrad to become a therapist. In his free time he enjoys music, hanging out with friends, and playing frisbee.

Megan Dykstra


Megan is a sophomore at MSU majoring in Neuroscience. She is looking to go to medical school and pursue a career in brain-related medicine. Megan is specifically interested in Alzheimer’s, dementia, and other degenerative neurological diseases. In her free time, Megan enjoys MSU football games, hammocking, and dark chocolate.

megMegan Wright


Megan is a senior pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology at Michigan State University. She is interested in researching alternative treatments for PTSD and the effects holistic approaches have on the healing process. Specifically, she wants to understand how mindsets and trauma interact. After graduation, she plans to attend graduate school to study clinical psychology and contemplative practices. In her free time she enjoys being active outdoors, playing guitar, having conversations about philosophy and spirituality, and spending time with friends and family.

Paula Guzman


Paula is a sophomore, pursuing a B.S. in Psychology at MSU. After finishing her undergrad, she hopes to continue her education, but has not decided on a program yet. She is mainly interested in how different disorders impact the way the brain functions. In her free time, she enjoys working with children with special needs and spending time with friends.

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Skylar is a junior 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.

Stephanie Manauis


Stephanie is a junior, majoring in Nursing with a minor in Health Promotion. She is interested in the various psychiatric and neurological disorder and how these disorders may affect a patient’s behavior at bed side. After graduation, Stephanie plans on pursing a career as a RN for two years, then plans to continue her education to become a Nurse Practitioner. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling, and relaxing.

Will Eckerle


Will is a freshman majoring in Psychology. After undergrad, he hopes to earn his PhD and become a clinical psychologist. Will is most interested in anxiety and depression, and the psychological significance of religious experience. He enjoys hiking, biking, swimming, and binge watching House of Cards. His other interests include politics and philosophy.

Lab Alumni

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Alec Bruchnak – post-baccalaurette, Florida State University

Alex Busch – graduate student in Clinical Psychology, Texas A & M University

Alex Cooper – Medical Assistant
Alex Jendrusina – graduate student in Clinical Psychology, University of Illinois – Chicago

Alicia Gonzalez
Andy Wiese – graduate student in Clinical Psychology, University of Missouri – Kansas City
Arti Gandhi – graduate student in Occupational Therapy, Boston University
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

Dalia Khader – medical student, Central Michigan 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
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 – graduate student in Psychology, San Diego State University
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

Rachael Slate — post baccalaureate lab manager, Michigan State University
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
Taylor Slating

Tim Moran – post doctoral fellowship, Georgia Institute of Technology

Zach Huber – Behavior Technician, The Early Learning Institution

Zoe Pelbart