Staff

Director

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Brandon Gibb
Brandon E. Gibb, Ph.D.
Professor
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Graduate Students

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Aliona Tsypes
Aliona Tsypes received her B.A. in psychology from Hunter College of the City University of New York in 2013 and joined the BMDI as a graduate student in the Fall of 2014. She is interested in utilizing multiple levels of analysis in the laboratory and daily life with the goal of examining cognitive and emotional responses in individuals with different histories of self-injurious thoughts and behaviors (SITBs). She is also interested in elucidating risk pathways through which the interactions between cognition, emotion, genes, and environment might lead to the onset and maintenance of psychopathology and SITBs. Aliona is currently completing her internship at the University of Pittsburgh Department of Psychiatry/Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.


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Cope Feurer
Cope Feurer received her B.S. in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2013. She joined the BMDI as a graduate student in the Fall of 2015. She is interested in the utilization of peripheral and neurophysiological methods to examine the relation between interpersonal stress responses and adolescent depression as well as risk factors, such as cognitive vulnerabilities and deficits in emotion regulation, that contribute to stress generation and reactivity in youth. Cope is currently completing her internship at the University of Illinois at Chicago Department of Psychiatry.


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Kiera James
Kiera James received her B.A. in psychology from Swarthmore College in 2015. She joined the BMDI as a graduate student in the Fall of 2016. She is interested in using peripheral and neurophysiological methods to examine markers of risk for self-injurious thoughts and behaviors (SITBs) in children and adolescents as well as examining cognitive and emotional responses in youth with different histories of SITBs. In particular, she is interested in examining the impact of interpersonal relationships on risk for SITBs, focusing on proposed mechanisms of risk across multiple units of analysis.


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Claire Foster
Claire Foster received her B.A. in psychology from Cornell University. She joined the BMDI as a graduate student in the Fall of 2017. Her research interests focus primarily on proximate mechanisms of development, and the processes through which disparate developmental trajectories arise early in life. In particular, she is interested in examining the processes through which environmental factors, such as parental symptomology and parenting behavior, may increase risk for depression in children by impacting early social learning and attentional patterns in infancy and early childhood.


Lab Manager

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Holly Kobezak

Holly Kobezak received her B.A. in psychology from Montclair State University in 2018 and joined the BMDI as a lab manager during the summer of 2019. She is interested in using multiple levels of analysis to explore mechanisms through which risk for internalizing psychopathology, such as depression and anxiety, develops during the first few years of a child's life. After her time as a lab manager, she hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology