Research Assistants

BRANDON KINSLER

Healthy Agers Study Coordinator

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B.S. Psychology, Northeastern University

Research Interests:

Brandon is particularly interested in how mindfulness interventions can improve cognitive functioning. 

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion:

Brandon believes that diversity is a crucial component of any learning environment. He also believes that it is important to recognize that it is not merely the existence of diversity that strengthens a community, but also that diverse voices and perspectives are made to feel heard and included. He is committed to working every day to make sure any community he is a part of upholds these values. 

Hobbies/ Fun Facts:

Brandon has obtained his second degree black belt in Shaolin Kempo Karate.

Publications:

Hoyt, D.L., Kinsler, B.E., Otto, M.W., Garey, L., Mayorga, N.A., & Zvolensky, M.J. (2020). An investigation of racial and ethnic differences in e-cigarette beliefs and use characteristics. Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse. DOI:10.1080/15332640.2020.1777607

ALEXIS BERRY

Lab Manager/ Psychometrician 

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B.S. Psychology, The Ohio State University

Research Interests:

 Alexis is interested in the mediating roles of healthy lifestyle interventions on psychopathology including depression, anxiety, and PTSD as well as the impact of these interventions on pathological aging, such as Alzheimer’s Disease. These interventions include diet, mindfulness, meditation, and sleep. Alexis is also interested in how the structure and function of circuits for emotion regulation and cognitive control predict psychopathology. Alexis has a particular interest in fMRI as a means of neuroimaging.

Clinical Interests: 

Similar to her research interests, Alexis is interested in treatment for those with emotion dysregulation. Her populations of interest include older adults, and individuals experiencing psychopathology, including individuals that internalize excessive stress or have experienced trauma. Alexis is interested in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, mindfulness, meditation and healthy lifestyle interventions as means of treatment.

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion:

​ Alexis is devoted to diversity and inclusion inside and outside of the lab. She believes that education is the key to breaking down stereotypes and group biases. She believes that all people should be treated equally regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, background or experience level. Alexis holds the belief that a diverse environment enriches the quality of ideas, work, and culture. 

Hobbies/ Fun Facts:

Alexis enjoys spending her free time experiencing outdoor activities such as swimming, hiking, walking and biking. Alexis also enjoys photography, yoga, ballet, music, thrift shopping, baking and spending time with her friends and family.

Presentations:

• PACS Presentation; Cognitive Brain Aging Day 2020 

-Presented Physical Activity Cognition and Sleep (PACS) poster during live zoom presentation section of CBI day as one of 17 selected to present live

VINCE HOUSTON

TracMS Study Coordinator

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Pursuing B.S. in Psychology, The Ohio State University

Research Interests:

Vince is interested in examining the role that mind-body interventions have on overall health as well as cognitive function/decline. He is also interested in the application of neuropsychology and neuroimaging to help understand how injuries or illness affect cognitive and behavioral functions.

Clinical Interests: 

Vince is interested in both Crisis/Disaster Intervention & Public Health Psychology offering both short and long-term help to individuals, groups, and communities who experience adverse psychological events or disasters (both man-made and natural.)

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion:

Vince is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion within research and science. He believes it is critical to embrace diversity and individual experiences from different groups, religions, races, and ethnicities. 

Hobbies/ Fun Facts:

Vince is currently training for a marathon and is an avid weightlifter. 

Presentations:

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Critical Incident Stress Management Team (CISM), Peer Supporter Field Manual (2020).

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANTS

      Summer 2021

  • Sarah Haskins

  • Rosie Canter

  • Sanchari Chakrabarti

  • Gia Edgell

  • Christine Roberts

  • Thomas Gill

  • Iris Mao

  • Katherine Friess

LAB ALUMNI

Making a Difference!

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