Postdoctoral Fellow


Lila Chrysikou, Ph.D.

Post Doctoral Research Associate | Email:

I had the pleasure of being a post doctoral fellow in the lab during the 2005-2006 period. My research focuses primarily on the ways people categorize objects in their environment and use various tools creatively in the light of goals they aim to achieve. I am further interested in understanding the neuropathology of neuropsychological disorders that affect object knowledge and use. In the fall of 2006, I will be joining the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at Penn as a post doctoral fellow to investigate these processes using neuroimaging methods.



Graduate Students


Brianne Magouirk Bettcher, Ph.D.

Graduate Student | Email:

Dr. Bettcher completed her Ph.D. requirements at Temple in August 2010. At Temple, Dr. Bettcher developed her research on error monitoring processes in individuals diagnosed with a dementia. Her research addresses how deficits in error monitoring affect an individual's capacity to carry out activities of daily living and function autonomously. She also developed an intervention strategy to train everyday task knowledge and demonstrated it's efficacy for improving error detection. She is currently a post-doctoral fellow at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center.  In her spare time she enjoys kickboxing and camping, though rarely at the same time.


Rachel K. Kessler, Ph.D.

Graduate Student | Email:

I am interested in examining the everyday action difficulties of individuals with schizophrenia and the cognitive mechanisms that underlie problems with performing such tasks. My dissertation focused on an environmental intervention designed to can improve the action performance of this clinical population. I am currently on internship at the Wes Los Angeles VA.  In my spare time I  enjoy cooking, reading, and watching trashy reality TV shows.

Undergraduate Students

Joel Eppig, B.S.

Research Assistant | Email:

I am a recent Temple graduate, with particular interest in the field of neuroscience. I am curious to see the different types of cognitive impairments caused by the various dementias, as I find brain-behavior relationships quite interesting. The psychopharmacological effect of cognitive medications on dementia patients is very fascinating as well, and I would like to determine how much cognitive improvement actually occurs with such drug treatments.  I am currently a research assistant in the Neurology Department at the Drexel School of Medicine.  In my spare time I enjoy music, good food, and my friends.


Molly Fanning, B.A.

Research Assistant |







Sara Fitt, B.S.

Research Assistant |

I am a recent Temple graduate in Psychology and English. In psychology, I find the connections among neurological disorders, the brain, and behavior/functioning most interesting. I am currently working as a research assistant at the UPENN Department of Anesthesiology on a project examining the effect of aortic valve replacement on cogniton. As far as English goes, I enjoy reading modern and contemporary American literature. I love to travel, play sports, read, and freely admit to guilty pleasures involving celebrity gossip and reality television.


Abbie Lyon, B.S.

Research Assistant | Email:

I am currently wrking as a research assistant at the UPENN Department of Anesthesiology on a project examining the effect of aortic valve replacement on cogniton.  I am excited to work at Penn and the Cognitive Neuropsychology Lab to develop an understanding of the cognitive impairments that may occur in old age, some due to normal aging, some to underlying pathology, and implications for treatment and rehabilitation.


Denene Wambach, B.S.

Research Assistant | Email:

I am a recent Temple graduate and currently pursuing a juris doctorate at the Temple Law School. In the future I also hope to obtain a doctorate degree in Cognitive Neuropsychology. I am currently working on several projects that aim to understand how individuals with neuropathological disorders recognize and work with familiar objects. I also hope to learn more about how neuropathology affects executive functioning and the ability to solve everyday problems.

My other academic interests include ethics and Constitutional theory, contemporary dynamics of race and social thought, as well as Existential political thought.

Laura MacMullen, B.A.

Research Assistant | Email:

Laura is currently a Ph.D. student in Educational Psychology at Temple University.  While in the lab she worked on a project examining awareness of everyday action errors in dementia. My interests include developmental neuropsychology; etiology and treatment of developmental disorders; perseverative behavior in dementia, schizophrenia, and autism.



Aline M. Disimone, B.A.

Research Assistant

I recently graduated from Temple with a B.A. in Psychology. During my Sophomore year I worked on a study of the influence of personal experience on object knowledge in individuals with Alzheimer's disease. During my Senior year I worked on a research project that examined the effect of Donepezil (Aricept) on everyday action performance in dementia. I also have research interests in neuronal regeneration in neurodegenerative diseases and spinal cord injuries. After leaving the lab, Aline completed her graduate training in Bioscience Technologies at Thomas Jefferson University.  She is an active neuroscience researcher.

Tim Campallone, B.A.

Research Assistant

Tim is currently a Psychology Ph.D. student at the University of California-Berkeley.  At Temple, Tim was a Psychology major with a minor in Cognitive Neuroscience. In the lab, he co-authored a study examining hemispatial inattention in everyday action in patients with Alzheimer's Dementia. In his spare time, he is an avid reader and music enthusiast, while playing lacrosse year round. However, he probably won't have much free time in graduate school!

Julie Rosner, B.S.

Research Assistant

Julie is currently a student at Temple University's school of Podiatric Medicine.  She was an undergraduate at Dickinson College and graduated with a BS in Psychology and Neuroscience. In the lab, Julie completed a study on hemispatial  inattention in people with Alzheimer's disease.

Nicole Sestito, Ph.D.

Research Assistant | Email:

Dr. Sestito completed her PhD in Clinical Neuropsychology at Drexel University in 2010. She received her BA in Psychology from Temple University, where she in our lab as an undergraduate research assistant. Her current research interests include investigating the underlying mechanisms of psychosis in dementia and facial expression of emotion in Schizophrenia. She is currently on post-doc at the Robert E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston, TX.

Marykate Burke, B.A.

Research Assistant

Marykate graduated from Temple with a BA in psychology/ neuroscience. Her research interests include the neural mechanisms underlying cognitive impairment, particularly in everyday action, within various populations. Marykate is currently working at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital as a research coordinator. She loves music, traveling and horoscopes for entertainment.

Christy Favinger, B.A.

Research Assistant

Christy graduated from Temple in 2008.  She is currently enrolled as a graduate student in Temple University's Occupational Therapy Program. 

Laura Brennan, B.A.

Research Assistant

Laura is currently a I am a PhD student in Clinical Neuropsychology at Drexel University.  She obtained her B.A from Temple University in Psychology.  Laura is interested in the effect of cuing procedures and environmental support in the performance of naturalistic actions in adults diagnosed with dementia.  In her spare time she loves to travel.

Katia Duey

Research Assistant

Katia is currently a graduate student at Johns Hopkins University. SHe will soon have a Master's Degree in Public Health.  She graduated from Temple with a B.A. in Psychology and then worked as a research assistant at the University of Pennsylvania Department of Neurology.  There she worked on several projects examining the cognitive sequellae of Parkinson's disease and related disorders and developed her strong interest in gerontology.


James Minger

Research Assistant |

James graduated from Temple University in 2009. He majored in psychology and minored in philosophy.  He has very broad interest, including social psychology, the psychology of advertising, and cognitive neuropsychology. He is especially interested in the behavioral side effects to cognitive deficits (both congenital and acquired), as well as how cognition can be applied to problem solving and creativity. Currently , James is a research assistant at the University of Pennsylvania Department of Neurology. In his spare time, he enjoys hanging out with friends, music, reading, playing hockey, and grooming his mustache.

Christine Nieves, B.S.

Research Assistant