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


Nathaly Vera (co-lab manager) is a master’s student in the Social Work program at Montclair State University. Nathaly started in the lab as a undergraduate research assistant in the fall of 2016 where she worked on multiple studies and gained significant experience and expertise as a psychometrician, administering clinical assessments. Nathaly volunteers at a number of youth support centers in the New York and New Jersey area and plans to work as an LCSW after completing her degree.

Zerbrina Valdespino-Hayden (co-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

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

Renee Callanan is a clinical psychology masters’ student who graduated from Montclair State University with a B.A. in Psychology this past May. She is currently enrolled in the Clinical Masters Program (Child and Adolescent Concentration) here at Montclair State. In the future, she wants to receive a PhD in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Neuropsych so she can help people with various disorders of the central nervous system. She has been a member of the lab since Fall of 2017 and is also currently completing a neuropsychological research internship at the Kessler Foundation. CV


Alison Ward*

Andrea O'Connor

Dina Cicchine

Erin DeMaio**

Heather Maniscalco

Jinal Kapadia**

Lisselot Ventura*

Michael Peral

Nicole Sinanan

Paula Popok

Paula Zapata**

Rivka Kaplan

Vanessa Garcia**

Carla Maddalena



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***‡ 

Alexandra Caminneci*

Chris DeVries*

Vanessa Gomez

Megan Groner*

Jennifer Hernandez

Jonathan Marino*

Xiomara Muniz

Hannah Ovadia

Petty Tineo

Rachel Reyes*

Greta Ricci

Jessica Ross

Jessica Ruiz**

Besarta Shehu*

Luis Torres

Steven Ureta*

Meagan Van Dyk

Natasha Vilanova**

Tyler Vitello

Nathan Zlochevsky

* additional semesters in lab             graduate student              lab manager


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