The Team

jasonLab Director

Dr. Jason Moser

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Education

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.

Interests

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

Kathy Sem

Kathy graduated in 2018 from Michigan State University with a B.S. in Psychology. She is interested in researching biomarkers for anxiety and depression to find better treatment and preventative measures. Kathy plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology to continue her research in academia. In her free time, Kathy enjoys art, music, and reading.

semkathy@msu.edu

Alycia Winters

Alycia graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay with a B.S. in Psychology in 2018. She is interested in researching the neural development of social cognition, particularly empathy and morality, from childhood through adulthood and how these neural processes and subsequent behaviors are affected by psychiatric disorders. Specifically, she is interested how experiencing early life stress or a traumatic event affects the neural mechanisms associated with empathy and moral reasoning. She plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Psychology. In her free time, Alycia enjoys drawing, traveling, and watching Netflix with her cat, Squish.

winter96@msu.edu

Teona Velehorschi

Teona graduated in 2019 from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in Psychology. She is interested in studying how stress and anxiety affects behavior and performance and how various forms of meditation, such as mindfulness and physical exercise, can help alleviate those symptoms. In the future, Teona plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. During her free time, she enjoys cooking, exercising, and spending time with friends and family.

velehors@msu.edu

Postdoc and Graduate Students

Dr. Stefanie Russman Block

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Postdoc

Dr. Russman Block received her B.A. in Behavioral Neuroscience from Connecticut College.  Prior to graduate school, she worked as a research coordinator at Massachusetts General Hospital studying endophenotypes of anxiety disorders using behavioral genetics and developmental neuroimaging techniques.  She then joined the Psychiatric Affective Neuroimaging Lab at the University of Michigan, where she completed both her M.S. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.  Before starting postdoctoral training at rival school, Michigan State, she completed her predoctoral clinical internship at Brown University, where she received specialized training in the treatment of anxiety, OCD, hoarding, PTSD, and substance use.  Broadly speaking, she is interested in the cognitive and neural mechanisms underlying the etiology and treatment of anxiety and obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders.  In her free time, she enjoys travel, Zumba, and craft projects.

russman4@msu.edu

Dr. Darwin Guevarra

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Postdoc

Darwin is broadly interested in affect and affect regulation processes. He is particularly interested in how these processes can be affected by individual differences in hormonal levels, tendency to worry, regulation tendencies, and personality. Moreover, he is interested in how regulation strategies differ in dimensions of cognitive expenditure, effort, and ease of use. Outside of research, Darwin enjoys playing video games, singing, dancing, watching movies, and reading.

guevarr3@msu.edu

 Jeff Lin

Sixth Year Graduate Student

Jeff is a sixth-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.

linyanli@msu.edu

Courtney Louis

Courtney Louis

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Second Year Graduate Student

Courtney is a second year graduate student in the MSU Clinical Psychology program. She graduated with a BA in Psychology from Hunter College in 2016, and previously worked as a RA and lab coordinator in Dr. Tracy Dennis-Tiwary’s Emotion Regulation Lab.

She is broadly interested the relationship between anxiety and cognitive processes (e.g., attention and cognitive control), and the use of neurobiological measures to assist with our understanding of this relationship. She hopes to disentangle the differential impact of anxious traits on cognition to better inform treatment approaches. In her free time, Courtney enjoys reading, cooking, and listening to music.

louiscou@msu.edu

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Lili Gloe

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Second Year Graduate Student

Lili is a second-year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology doctoral 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 studies how worry impacts cognition from a psychophysiological perspective, which involves utilizing behavioral, physiological (EEG and ECG) and self-report measures. She hopes further elucidation of this relationship 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

rothsch7@msu.edu

Chris Webster

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First Year Graduate Student

Chris is a first-year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology program. He received his B.A. in Psychology at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and his M.A. in Clinical Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to joining the MSU Clinical Psychology department, Chris has worked as a research assistant in various psychological labs at Rutgers and Columbia.

Chris is interested in using physiological tools (EEG) to measure the effectiveness of emotion regulation techniques. He is particularly interested in identifying specific emotion regulation techniques that are most effective in reducing anxiety, depression, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms in individuals who are at risk of experiencing high levels of potentially traumatic events. Outside of research, Chris enjoys traveling, attending sports events, listening to music, and spending time with family.

webst230@msu.edu

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.

pathakania@gmail.com

Research Assistants

Alex Meister

Junior
Psychology

Alex is a junior psychology student at MSU. They are primarily interested in the ways that brain functions and cognition can relate to behaviors, especially in the scope of social psychology. After undergrad, they would like to either pursue further education or find a research position. In their free time, they enjoy watching Marvel movies and writing.

meiste27@msu.edu

Alexia Davis

Sophomore
Psychology

Alexia is a sophomore majoring in Psychology with a minor in Cognitive Science. She is most interested in the psychological effects of brain injuries and plans on becoming a neuropsychologist. Along with being a Resident Assistant in Landon Hall, she enjoys listening to music, playing tennis and drawing portraits.

davis242@msu.edu

Braden Kilpatrick

Sophomore
Physiology and Psychology

Braden is a sophomore double majoring in physiology and psychology. After undergrad, he plans on attending medical school. Braden’s primary interest is understanding how different body systems interact and how mental health can affect the rest of the body. He enjoys watching and going to sporting events, spending time with his friends, and traveling.

kilpat27@msu.edu

Carolyn Poleski

Junior
Human Biology

Carolyn is a junior majoring in Human Biology. She is interested in how anxiety and depression influence behavior and how mental illness manifests itself in physical conditions. After graduation, she plans to attend medical school. In her free time, Carolyn enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and caring for her two dogs.

poleskic@msu.edu

Elise Turke

Junior
Neuroscience

Elise is a junior majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Spanish and Bioethics. She is interested in behavioral studies, especially in how mindset can affect performance and how mental illness manifests in different cultures. After undergrad, she plans on attending medical school and becoming a physician. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, traveling, singing, diving, doing arts and crafts, and watching Netflix.

turkeeli@msu.edu

Emily Lyall

Junior
Neuroscience

Emily is a junior studying neuroscience at MSU. She is interested the behavioral aspects of the brain, especially when it relates to mental illness. After graduation she hopes to attend medical school and become a neurologist to help treat traumatic brain injuries. In her free time she enjoys yoga, hanging out with friends, listening to music, and attending MSU sporting events.

lyallemi@msu.edu

Jay Parmar

Junior
Neuroscience

Jay is a junior pursuing a Neuroscience major and a Cognitive Science minor. He plans on going to medical school to pursue his goal of becoming a pediatric neurosurgeon. He is most interested in the blending of cognition, physiology, and psychology. In his free time, he can be found reading, hanging out with friends, or exploring.

parmarj1@msu.edu

 FullSizeRender.jpgKalina Foster

Sophomore
Psychology

Kalina is a sophomore 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.

foste244@msu.edu

Lauren Plasky

Sophomore
Physiology

Lauren is a sophomore majoring in Physiology. She was immediately interested in this lab because she loved taking psychology and her major is physiology so she felt the CPL was a perfect fit. After graduation she plans on attending medical school and working towards her MD. In her spare time her favorite things to do are travel, spend time with family and friends, take pictures, watch netflix and eat good food.

plaskyla@msu.edu

10917918_932137383504743_6397290583505198843_oLing Peng

Senior
Psychology

Ling is a senior 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.

penglin1@msu.edu

IMG_7175Madison Marras

Junior

Madison is a junior 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.

marrasma@msu.edu

Olivia Calvin

Sophmore
Psychology and Spanish

Olivia is a sophomore majoring in Psychology and Spanish. She is currently unsure of her plans after graduation, but is interested in attending graduate school to continue studying psychology. In her free time, Olivia enjoys hanging out with friends, attending sporting events, and playing with her dog.

calvinol@msu.edu

Paula Guzman

Junior
Psychology

Paula is a junior, 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.

guzmanpa@msu.edu

Rahul Gannapureddy

B.S.
Psychology

Rahul graduated from MSU with a B.S. in Psychology in 2018. He is interested in how the cognitive mechanisms of anxiety and depression impact functionality of the brain, how they affect mood and behavior, and how they manifest in different cultures. He is also interested in understanding learning disabilities like ADHD and mood and personality disorders like bipolar disorder, antisocial behavior, borderline personality disorder, and wants to know how mindfulness meditation can help alleviate some of the symptoms. He is planning to apply to graduate schools and hopes to get a PhD in counseling or clinical psychology. In his free time, he likes singing A Capella, reading and writing  and hanging out with friends and family.

graffrya@msu.edu

Ryan Graff

Junior
Neuroscience

Ryan is a junior at Michigan State studying Neuroscience with a minor in Bioethics. He is primarily interested in the changes in brain systems that underlie psychopathology, specifically anxiety and depression. After undergrad, he plans on attending medical school and pursuing a career as a physician. In his free time, Ryan enjoys listening to music, trying new foods, and drumming in Spartan Stadium as a member of the MSU Drumline!

graffrya@msu.edu

Sophia Perrelli

Junior
Human Biology

Sophia is a junior majoring in Human Biology and minoring in Spanish and Bioethics. Her interests include abnormal psychology and the cognitive motives behind behavior. In the future, Sophia wants to pursue medical school in hopes of becoming a psychiatrist or surgeon. When she isn’t studying, she loves to play soccer, teach Zumba classes, and travel the world!

perrelli@msu.edu

Sydney Phipps

Sophomore
Neuroscience

Sydney is a Sophomore studying Neuroscience. After graduation she’s planning on going to Medical School. She is interested in how mental illness affects the brain, and hopes to find better treatments to cure these mental illnesses. In her free time she enjoys hanging out with her friends, sleeping and playing volleyball.

phippssy@msu.edu

Sydney Riedel

Sophomore
Psychology

Sydney is currently undecided about what to do after graduation, but does plan to attend graduate school studying psychology. She is interested in the mental rehabilitation of people who have experienced a trauma and in the treatment of mental illnesses, specifically anxiety and depression. In her free time she enjoys hanging out with friends, skiing and snowboarding, and watching Buffalo Bills games.

riedelsy@msu.edu

Will Eckerle

Sophomore
Psychology

Will is a sophomore 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.

eckerlew@msu.edu

Lab Alumni

*Note: If you are a CPL alumnus and find anything here outdated, please update Alycia at winter96@msu.edu – we’d love to hear from you!

Alec Bruchnak – post-baccalaurette, Florida State University
Alexandra Brozowski
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
Annelise Kulpanowski
Arti Gandhi – graduate student in Occupational Therapy, Boston University
Ashwin Jayakumar
Becca Polanski
Blake McCollough – graduate student in Social Work, Michigan State University
Brandi Randall
Brandon Yerebeck
Brittany Moeller
Calli Lowe

Colleen Victor – medical student, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
Connie Victor – graduate student in Clincial Psychology, Adler University
Connor Dillivan
Courtney Callahan  – Certified Professional Coach, Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching
Chris Taylor
Dalia Khader – medical student, Central Michigan University
Danielle Taylor – graduate student in Clinical Psychology, Oklahoma State University
Emma Pytleski – Behavior Technician
Evan Davies – research assistant, Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory at Northwestern University
Hans Schroder – post doctoral fellowship, Laboratory for Affective and Translations Neuroscience at Harvard Medical School
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
Jessica Phelps
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
Lauren Coughlin

Matt Bona – patient care associate, C.S Mott Children’s hospital
Megan Fisher
Megan Wright

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
Sharon Lo –  post doctoral fellowship
Sindes Dawood – graduate student in Clinical Psychology, Pennsylvania State University
Skylar DeWitt
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