The Team

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Lab 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@gmail.com

Megan Wright

Megan graduated in 2018 with 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.

wright541@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 Clinical Psychology. In her free time, Alycia enjoys drawing, traveling, and watching Netflix with her cat, Squish.

alyciawinters15@gmail.com

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

 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

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

15171318_1810438929241127_6066597880258392390_nAlexandra Brozowski

Senior
Psychology

Alexandra is a Senior 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.

brozows4@msu.edu

npp_annelise82714_23Annelise Kulpanowski

Senior
Neuroscience

Annelise is a senior 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.

kulpano3@msu.edu

Brandi Randall

Junior
Neuroscience and Cognitive Sciences

Brandi is a Junior at MSU studying Neuroscience and Cognitive Sciences. She is interested in neurological phenomena and the different physical effects of various disorders and phenomena. After graduation she plans on going to graduate school to further study Neuroscience and eventually (hopefully) earning a PhD. In her free time she enjoys hanging out with her cat, watching Reese Witherspoon’s Instagram stories and upcycling furniture.

randa132@msu.edu

Brittany Moeller

Sophomore
Neuroscience

Brittany is a sophomore majoring in Neuroscience with a minor in Entrepreneurship. Brittany is specifically interested in the cognitive and behavioral aspects of the brain and plans on either pursuing medical school or graduate school after graduation. In her free time, she enjoys taking pictures, working out, skiing and hiking.


moelle34@msu.edu

Calli L.Calli Lowe

Senior
Neuroscience

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.

lowecall@msu.edu

FullSizeRenderConnor Dillivan

Senior
Neuroscience

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.

dilliva6@msu.edu

Emma Pytleski

Senior
Psychology

Emma is a senior 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.

pytlesk7@msu.edu

Jess Phelps

Sophomore
Psychology

Jess is a sophomore studying psychology with a minor in Spanish.  She is interested in psychological and physiological research as a future career because of her interest in mental health.  After graduation, she plans to pursue grad school to receive her masters.  She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, exercising, and traveling.

phelps19@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

 Karan Singh Bains

Sophomore
Neuroscience & Psychology

Karan is a sophomore majoring in Neuroscience and Psychology with a minor in Heath Promotion. He is interested in the cognitive/physiological function of the brain as well as various disorders such as schizophrenia that affect the brain. After graduating, Karan plans to attend Michigan State University’s College of Ostheopathic Medicine and obtain his medical degree. Some of his hobbies include Indian folk dance (called Bhangra), watching movies, or playing video games.

bainskar@msu.edu

Kris Amos

M.A.
Counseling Psychology

Kris graduated from MSU with a B.A. in Psychology in 2012. Since then, he has completed a Graduate Certificate in Addition Studies from University Detroit Mercy in 2014, and a M.A. in Counseling Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2017. Kris currently works as a Counselor in the counseling center, and is enrolled in the Sport Coaching & Leadership Master of Science program. He is interested is biofeedback, virtual reality therapy, metacognition, smartphone dependency, performance anxiety, and the student-athletes population. Kris plans to pursue a doctoral program to potentially work as a sport psychologist.

amoskris@msu.edu

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Lauren Coughlin

Senior
Psychology

Lauren is in her senior 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.

coughl43@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

Megan Dykstra

Junior
Neuroscience

Megan is a junior 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.

dykstr84@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

skylarSkylar Dewitt

Senior
Psychology

Skylar is a senior 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.

dewittsk@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 Kathy at semkathy@gmail.com – we’d love to hear from you!

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
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
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
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
Megan Fisher
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
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