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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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Morgan Botdorf Research Coordinator

Morgan is a Research Coordinator working in the lab. She graduated from West Chester University with a B.A. in Psychology. Her primary interest involves invesitgating behavioral and neural correlates of working memory. Currently, she is working on two neuroimaging projects investigating working memory training and decision making. She has also been instrumental in designing and running a study exploring the interaction between working memory and attention. She plans to attend graduate school to pursue a PhD in Cognitive Psychology.

Jamie Patrianakos Research Coordinator

Jamie is a Research Coordinator in the Neurocognition Lab. Originally from Chicago, she ventured to the Pennsylvania State University where she earned a B.A. in Psychology. Currently, Jamie is assisting on a multitude of neuroimaging projects within the lab. She also plays a major role in a study focusing on decision making in the presence of opposite sex peers. Her general interests lie within gender development, identification, and norms. In the near future, Jamie will apply to graduate school to pursue a PhD in Social Psychology.

Karla Fettich Graduate Student

Karla is a fifth-year graduate student in the Brain and Cognitive Sciences Program working with Dr. Chein and Dr. McCloskey. She received her B.A. in psychology from Jacobs University Bremen in Germany and her M.A. in social sciences from the University of Chicago. Prior to beginning her doctoral training at Temple, Karla worked as a research coordinator at the Adult Eating and Weight Disorders Program at the University of Chicago. Karla is interested in researching the neural and physiological mechanisms of affective processing and rejection sensitivity, and is currently working on a project that explores the influence of alcohol and social context on risk-taking in young adults.

Gail Rosenbaum Graduate Student

Gail Rosenbaum is a fourth-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 in 2011, 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. Broadly, 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 fourth-year student in Developmental psychology working with Dr. Steinberg and Dr. Chein. Karol is originally from Venezuela, and graduated from Rutgers University in 2007 where she studied socio-emotional learning in ethnic minority children. She went on to receive a masters in public health from Brown University, and subsequently worked as a research assistant at Drexel University-School of Public Health, where she studied patterns of prescription drug misuse among young adults. 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 fourth-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 third-year student in Developmental Psychology working with Dr. Laurence 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 (in collaboration with Temple and University of New Orleans), a study investigating the developmental impact of youth involvement with the justice system. Her general research interests involve adolescent delinquency, particularly in at-risk populations, and the neural mechanisms influencing such behaviors.

Grace Icenogle Graduate Student

Grace is a third-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, amateur ukulele sessions, writing about herself in the third person, and Buffy.

Randall Miller Graduate Student

Randall "Randy" Miller is a southpaw, haling from the insurance capital of the world, Hartford, CT. Randy earned a B.A. in psychology from Drew University in 2003, after which he spent many years living in New York, working in a variety of fields, most notably making comic books with Marvel Comics. Returning to school in 2012, he earned an M.S. in experimental psychology from Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ. Now he joins the Chein lab at Temple University as a second year graduate student in the Brain and Cognitive Sciences program. He is interested in working memory and working memory training.

Jamielyn Samper Graduate Student

Jamie is a first 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.

Susan Braverman Research Assistant

Susan is a junior majoring in Psychology at Temple University. She has been assisting in a study that involves working memory training and its effects on cognitive control in adolescents. When not in the lab, she enjoys reading everything she can get her hands on, strumming a ukulele (while singing along, of course), and acroyoga.

Andrew Castagna Research Assistant

Andrew is a senior majoring in Neuroscience and Pre-Medicine at Temple University. His passion for medicine has compelled him for success in the classroom as well as the laboratory. He plans to continue his education and aspirations to become a physician through medical school following his undergraduate studies. Andrew has been working in the Neurocognition Lab focusing on the effects of alcohol on decision-making and risk taking in the presence of peers.

Veronica Gould Research Assistant

Veronica is a senior with a double major in Psychology and Spanish. She hopes to pursue a career in clinical or counseling psychology. Her studies in Spanish and Latin American culture, as well as her personal life have led her to be interested in language and culture in general. Veronica hopes to incorporate these interests into her psychology degree, possibly through a career in intercultural couples or multicultural family therapy.

Kristen Kiesow Research Assistant

Kristen is a senior psychology major and social work minor at Temple University. She hopes to pursue a career in counseling psychology, and wants to work with young adults and adolescents. She has a special interest in eating disorders and nutrition, and would love to incorporate these interests into her future career plans. When she is not studying or working in the lab, Kristen enjoys having movie marathons with her roommates, baking, and playing with her basset hound, Lucy.

Shari Lieblich Research Assistant

Shari is a junior 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.

Jeremy Mancini 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 Neurocognition lab, studying, and giving his all to everything in which he partakes.

Samantha Rogers Research Assistant

Samantha is a junior studying Psychology, Digital Media and Technolgy, and Spanish. She is currently part of the Honors Psychology Program, a Senior Peer Educator at the Wellness Resource Center, and the Secretary of Active Minds. She is interested in studying cognitive psychology and design, specifically in the context of usability. She spends what free time she has reading, knitting, and watching movies with her roommates.

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

Alexandra Morrison Former Graduate Student

Post-doc at University of Miami

Ashley Smith Former Graduate Student

Post-doc at the National Institutes of Health

Tatyana Matveeva Former Lab Manager

Graduate Student at University of Minnesota

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)

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

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

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)

Psychology Ph.D candidate New York University

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)

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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