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Jason Chein, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology (Brain, Behavior, & Cognition) at Temple University. Broadly, research in Dr. Chein's laboratory employs a cognitive neuroscientific approach to evaluate alternative theoretical claims surrounding the basic mechanisms of cognition, the relationship among these mechanisms, and the contribution each makes to high-level cognitive function. Dr. Chein has extensive training in the use of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and employs this technique in combination with traditional behavioral measures to pursue his research goals. His primary research focus is on the psychological and neurobiological underpinnings of working memory (immediate memory, short-term memory, controlled attention), and its role in cognitive control, learning, and decision making. Dr. Chein obtained his undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Computer Science from Temple University in 1997, and rejoined the Temple community as a member of the faculty in January of 2006. During the interim, he earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in cognitive psychology with a specialization in cognitive neuroscience from the University of Pittsburgh and then completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Princeton University.

Dr. Chein currently teaches courses in Cognitive Psychology and Functional Neuroimaging. He is a member of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, the Psychonomic Society, the American Psychological Association, and the Society for Neuroscience.

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Gail Rosenbaum Graduate Student

Gail Rosenbaum is a fifth-year graduate student in Brain and Cognitive Sciences from Minneapolis, MN. She received a B.A. in Psychology and a Certificate in Neuroscience from Indiana University, where she studied domain-specificity in decision making. After graduating, she spent a year working with Dr. Yuhong Jiang at the University of Minnesota studying the interaction between implicit and explicit learning in visual search. Her current research interests include the cognitive and neural mechanisms of human decision making. In her free time, Gail enjoys singing, biking and watching Indiana Hoosiers basketball.

Karol Silva Graduate Student

Karol Silva is a fifth-year student in Developmental psychology working with Drs. Steinberg and Chein. Originally from Venezuela, Karol graduated from Rutgers University where she studied socio-emotional learning in ethnic minority children. She received a masters in public health from Brown University, and worked as a research assistant at Drexel University-School of Public Health. Broadly speaking, Karol's current research interests encompass the interface of adolescent cognition, motivation, and self-regulation with emphasis on implications for decision-making and risk-taking behaviors.

Harry Wilmer Graduate Student

Harry Wilmer is a fifth-year graduate student in the Brain and Cognitive Sciences program. He is working with Dr. Chein to investigate psychological and neurobiological aspects of working memory, particularly the effects of working memory training. Harry graduated from Princeton University in 2007 with a BA in Psychology. He then worked for several years as a management consultant with Deloitte Consulting's federal branch. There, he worked with several sectors of the federal government, providing advice regarding grant compliance, research and development operations, and other matters.

Natasha Duell Graduate Student

Natasha is a fourth-year student in Developmental Psychology working with Dr. Steinberg. She is originally from northern California and received her BA in Psychology and Social Behavior from the University of California, Irvine. There, she was lab manager for the Crossroads Study investigating the developmental impact of youth involvement with the justice system. Her research interests involve adolescent delinquency and the neural mechanisms influencing such behaviors.

Grace Icenogle Graduate Student

Grace is a fourth-year in the Developmental Program working primarily with Dr. Steinberg. She graduated with a B.A. from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon in 2011. After graduating, Grace worked on the ADHD Research Study in Portland where she became interested in decision-making, psychopathology, and emotion regulation during development. When not studying, Grace enjoys climbing, concerts, and ukulele sessions.

Jamielyn Samper Graduate Student

Jamie is a second-year graduate student in the Brain and Cognitive Sciences program working with Dr. Chein. She graduated from Lebanon Valley College in 2014 with a BS in Psychology. She is interested in studying how humans’ cognitive capacities are limited by finite resources and the impact that this has on how humans allocate their attention, both internally and externally. In her spare time, Jamie enjoys running, reading, and anything related to Harry Potter.

Jeremy Mancini Post-Bac Research Assistant

Jeremy is a graduate of Temple University with a BA in Psychology. He is presently motivated by future visions of all that he plans to become. As for now, he is taking things day by day, conducting research in the lab, studying, and giving his all to everything in which he partakes.

John Suarez Post-Bac Research Assistant

John is a former graduate of Temple University. He received his BA in Psychology with a minor in Cognitive Neuroscience. In his free time, he likes going to the movies, mini-golf, listening to music, and writing inspirational quotes and poetry.

Pauline Gepilano Research Assistant

Pauline is a senior studying psychology. She hopes to pursue a career in mental health counseling or clinical psychology. She has a special interest in providing help and services to low-income families and cities. Besides working on campus and lab, Pauline is also involved in HootaThon and Phi Sigma Pi, National Honor Fraternity.

Shari Lieblich Research Assistant

Shari is a senior double majoring in Neuroscience and Psychology at Temple University. She is hoping to pursue a career that combines the biology of neurosicence with her love of helping people, possibly with clinical psychology. She also has an interest in virtual reality technology and it's applications for clinicians. She is currently working as a research assistant in the Neurocognition lab and helping with studies involving peer influenced risk taking and decision making.

ALUMNI: Graduate Students and Lab Managers

Liz Schulman Former Post-Doctoral Fellow

Faculty at Brock University

Nicole Strang Former Post-Doctoral Fellow

Post-Doctoral Fellow at Center for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, ON

Dustin Albert Former Graduate Student

Post-doc at Duke University

Kara Blacker Former Graduate Student

Post-doc at Johns Hopkins University

Karla Fettich Former Graduate Student

Alexandra Morrison Former Graduate Student

Post-doc at University of Miami

Ashley Smith Former Graduate Student

Post-doc at the National Institutes of Health

Morgan Botdorf Former Lab Manager

Graduate Student at University of Maryland

Tatyana Matveeva Former Lab Manager

Graduate Student at University of Minnesota

Jamie Patrianakos Former Lab Manager

Graduate Student at Loyola University Chicago

Kaitlyn Uckert Former Lab Manager

Psychology Ph.D. candidate University of California Los Angeles (Galvan Lab)

ALUMNI: Research Assistants

Salena Binnig Former Post-bac Research Assistant

Katie Caulfield Former Post-bac Research Assistant

Danielle Adinolfi Former Undergraduate Student (IS)

Jordan Allen Former Undergraduate Student (IS)

Jennifer Andrade Former Undergraduate Student (IS, RC)

Susan Braverman Former Undergraduate Student

Andrew Castagna Former Undergraduate Student

Sara Cote Former Undergraduate Student

Louise Craft Former Undergraduate Student (E)

Michael Demers Former Undergraduate Student (IS)

Danielle Eagan Former Undergraduate Student (RC)

Psychology Ph.D. candidate University of Texas-Austin

Devin Fadelsak Former Undergraduate Student

Veronica Gould Former Undergraduate Student

Kevin Henson Former Undergraduate Student (IS)

Emily Hutz Former Undergraduate Student (H)

Ifraj Ibrahim-Allen Former Undergraduate Student (IS)

Alex Jones Former Undergraduate Student

Graduate Student at University of Chicago

Kristen Kiesow Former Undergraduate Student

Sung Eun "Scarlett" Kim Former Undergraduate Student

Josh Koehnlein Former Undergraduate Student

Graduate Student at Temple University

Jemeda Lamar Former undergraduate Student

Wayne Mackey Former Undergraduate Student (IS)

Adam Magerman Former Undergraduate Student (H)

Alana McAlinn Former Undergraduate Student

Gabrielle Nichols Former Undergraduate Student (IS)

Ryan Oliver Former Undergraduate Student (IS)

Minoosh Pardakti Former Undergraduate Student (H)

Djurdja Perich Former Undergraduate Student (IS)

Sarah Pilosi Former Undergraduate Student (IS)

Suwathna Reel Former Undergraduate Student (H)

Samantha Rogers Former Undergraduate Student

Adrienne Romer Former Undergraduate Student (E)

Marissa Rosenberg Former Undergraduate Student (H)

Paul Sharp Former Undergraduate Student (IS)

Alex Shortall Former Undergraduate Student (H)

Derek Smith Former Undergraduate Student (IS)

Jessica Smith Former Undergraduate Student (IS)

Rachel Smith Former Undergraduate Student (IS)

David Sommer Former Undergraduate Student (IS)

Samantha Stella Former Undergraduate Student (H)

Sarah Stopper Former Undergraduate Student

Jordan Szenicer Former Undergraduate Student

Amanda Viands Former undergraduate Student

Adrienne Villagomez Former Undergraduate Student (H)

Psychology Ph.D. candidate University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Alex Weigard Former Undergraduate Student (H)

Psychology Ph.D. candidate Penn State University

Courtney Wise Former undergraduate Student

Catherine Wright Former Undergraduate Student

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