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


Zerbrina Valdespino-Hayden (lab manager) is a clinical psychology doctoral student who graduated with honors in Psychology and Spanish from University of Illinois in Chicago and went on to work 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 for two years. 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

Paula Zapata (assistant lab manager) is a senior in the Psychology Department at Montclair State University. Paula started in the lab as a undergraduate research assistant in the fall of 2017 where she worked on multiple studies and gained significant experience and expertise as a psychometrician, administering clinical assessments. Along with other research activities, Paula currently helps oversee administrative responsibilities in the lab including scheduling and training. While a member of the lab, Paula has co-authored 2 research posters on theoretical and clinical topics, including recent research on PTSD in multiple sclerosis.

Sophia Lall is a clinical psychology doctoral student who graduated from Rutgers University with a B.A. in Psychology along with minors in Cognitive Science and Biology. Among prior research positions, Sophia was most recently a research fellow in the Motor Recovery Laboratory at Burke-Cornell Medical Research Institute where she focused on animal models of spinal cord injury. Sophia is interested in understanding the etiology of memory deficits in multiple sclerosis, and developing interventional tools to alleviate the behavioral consequences of neural dysfunction. CV


Dina Cicchine*

Erin DeMaio***

Vikki Fiore

Vanessa Garcia***

Jinal Kapadia***

Carla Maddalena

Heather Maniscalco*

Andrea O'Connor*

Stephanie Oyuela

Michael Peral*

Lisselot Ventura**

Alison Ward**



Jessica Rothberg 2015 - 2018; now completing MSW at Fordham University

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


Stephanie Aguayo*

Alison Badin (visiting student)

Alexandra Buchanan‡ ***

Renee Callanan**

Alexandra Caminneci*

Chris DeVries*

Vanessa Gomez

Megan Groner*

Jennifer Hernandez

Rivka Kaplan

Jonathan Marino*

Xiomara Muniz

Hannah Ovadia

Rachel Reyes*

Greta Ricci

Jessica Ross

Jessica Ruiz**

Besarta Shehu*

Nicole Sinanan

Petty Tineo

Luis Torres

Steven Ureta*

Meagan Van Dyk

Nathaly Vera‡**** 

Natasha Vilanova**

Tyler Vitello

Nathan Zlochevsky

* additional semesters in lab             graduate student              lab manager/assistant manager


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