Joshua Sandry, PhD received his doctoral degree in cognitive psychology from New Mexico State University in 2013 with fellowship support from NSF & HHMI. He went on to complete a two-year postdoctoral research fellowship sponsored by NMSS at Kessler Foundation and concurrently held an assistant professor appointment in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School. Currently he is assistant professor in the Psychology Department at Montclair State University. CV


Alexandra Buchanan is a completing her bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in speech language pathology. Since joining the lab in Fall of 2016, Alex has collaborated and led research projects designed to understand cognition in healthy and clinical populations. Alex oversees all projects in the lab while also completing a one-year internship at Kessler Foundation, in TBI. Alex is interested in applying to PhD programs in clinical psychology. CV


Jessica Rothberg is completing her masters thesis in the General Psychology program. The aim of her thesis is to understand how secondary clinical symptoms of depression negatively affect the ability to overcome interference from similar memory traces. Jessie completed a one-year internship at Kessler Foundation and also works part-time as a psychometrist under the supervision of a licensed neuropsychologist. CV

Zerbrina Valdespino-Hayden is a first-year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program. She graduated with honors in Psychology and Spanish from University of Illinois in Chicago in 2015. Prior to starting her current program, Zerbrina gained research experience for two years as a research coordinator in both the Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress and The Road Home Program for Veterans and their Families at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Her research interests broadly focus on the psychological impact of traumatic life experiences and traumatic brain injury, building resilience in vulnerable populations and examining cultural/ethnic differences in symptoms & treatment response of PTSD and comorbid disorders. CV


Stephanie Aguayo

Renee Callanan

Alexandra Caminneci

Erin DeMaio

Vanessa Garcia

Jinal Kapadia

Hannah Ovadia*

Rachel Reyes

Luis Torres

Nathaly Vera**

Paula Zapata



Mark Zuppichini, M.A. 2015 - 2017; now completing a PhD in Cognition & Neuroscience at UT Dallas

Victoria Winters, M.A. 2015 - 2017; AP psychology teacher at West Morris High School


Alison Badin (visiting student, Oberlin College)

Chris DeVries*

Vanessa Gomez

Megan Groner*

Jennifer Hernandez*

Jonathan Marino*

Xiomara Muniz

Hannah Ovadia

Greta Ricci

Jessica Ross

Jessica Ruiz**

Besarta Shehu*

Petty Tineo

Steven Ureta*

Meagan Van Dyk

Natasha Vilanova**

Tyler Vitello

Nathan Zlochevsky

* additional semesters in lab     graduate student


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