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Director: Greg J. Siegle, Ph.D.

                                                                                                                       Program Coordinator: Mandy Collier


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left to right: Greg Siegle, Alex Dombrovski, Carla Mazefsky, Emily Brickell, Jen Kurtzman, Kevin Topolski, Wessyl Kelly, Mandy Collier, Olivia Conner, Ashley McFarland, Neil Jones, Jennifer Silk, Adam Magerman, Dana Rofey
second row, floor, left to right: Kyung Hwa Lee, Ben Paul, Darcy Mandel, Dana McMakin

Director: Greg Siegle, Ph.D.

    Graduate Students

  • Darcy Mandel, M.S.
    My research primarily involves the investigation of individual differences in cognitive and biological processes that contribute to the development and maintenance of emotion-related psychopathology. In Dr. Siegle’s lab, I have been using fMRI to examine functional neural correlates of biased information processing in clinical populations. I’m particularly interested in linking trait characteristics with maladaptive patterns in the way individuals process incoming emotional information. I am currently working on identifying neural correlates of interoceptive awareness in anxious youth and depressive rumination in adults with MDD.


         Project Coordinators

  • Mandy Collier, B.S.
    I am interested in cognitive biases in mood disorders, (i.e.--predicting negative outcomes, or interpreting stimuli as negative) and how the biases impact physiology, depressive symptoms, and recovery. Two ongoing projects include a cognitive training study of undergraduates and an fMRI analysis of word rating data from pre and post-treatment scans of depressed adults.

         Research Specialists

  • Tony Cao, B.S.

    My broad research interests include physiological and functional associations in the way people with different mood disorders express or control their emotions. I am currently looking at differences in resting state networks and correlations between those differences and various psychological measurements. 

  • Jahala Orsini, B.S., B.A.

    I am interested in how cognitive biases and attentional control relate to psychophysiological reactivity, particularly to unknown or threatening stimuli; how an understanding of cognitive biases can help with stigma reduction surrounding mental health; and how the increasing wealth of psychophysiological knowledge can be used to develop novel cognitive training programs. I am currently working on investigating how psychophysiological systems react to real-world emotional stimuli and the study of a novel cognitive training program through psychophysiological analysis of pre- and post-treatment in ruminative adults.

  • Marlee Pyzewski, B.A.



         Research Administrator


         Former Staff