Program: Behavioral Cognitive Neuroscience
Julianne is a fifth year PhD student with Dr. Sara Jo Nixon. She received both her B.A. in Psychology and Criminology and her M.S. in Applied Cognition and Neuroscience from the University of Texas, Dallas. Julianne conducts clinical research in the field of alcohol and substance use disorders and behavioral addictions. Her dissertation work is examining how cognitive enhancement training may have beneficial transfer to peripherally circulating stress hormones in treatment-seekers with alcohol use disorder. This is her second year as a PGSO representative.
Program: social psychology
Samantha Douglas is a third year graduate student in Social Psychology working with Dr. Colin Smith in the Attitudes and Political Cognition lab. She is also a member of Dr. Kate Ratliff’s Attitudes and Social Cognition Lab. Her primary research interests include understanding what factors contribute to gender discrimination in the workplace and developing programs to mitigate such discrimination. Her research centers around measuring people’s implicit and explicit attitudes towards women. This is her second year as a PGSO representative.
Program: Behavioral Analysis
Nathalie is a fifth year PhD student with Dr. Iser DeLeon. She received her B.A. in Marketing at the University of Florida and her B.A. in Psychology at Florida International University. Nathalie conducts translational and applied research in behavioral economics and token economies. She is also interested in the assessment and treatment of severe problem behavior in children with neurodevelopmental disorders. Her masters work examines behavioral sensitivity to delayed primary, non-generalized, and generalized conditioned reinforcers. This is her first year as a PGSO representative.
Program: Developmental Psychology
Shubam is a fifth-year doctoral student in Developmental Psychology working with Dr. Susan Bluck. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.S. in Psychology and minors in Statistics and Human Development and Family Science. She obtained her M.S. in Psychology from UF. Her research investigates the factors that promote resilience in individuals who face significant life challenges. Her dissertation work will examine how narrating one’s life with a sense of purpose may promote resilient aging.This is her second year serving as a PGSO representative.
Program: Counseling Psychology
Dylan is a third year PhD student with Dr. Heesacker. He received his BA in English at Princeton University and previously worked as a Social and Behavioral Research Fellow at the Environmental Defense Fund. Now, Dylan conducts research on gender, sex, and help-seeking stigma. He’s currently researching how subjective evaluations of the quality of a sexual experience vary as a function of one’s gender and sexual orientation. This is his first year as a PGSO representative.
Dr. Devine is a Professor of Psychology, Director of the Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience program, and serves as the Graduate Coordinator for the Department of Psychology. Dr. Devine’s research focuses on the neurobiological basis of aberrant behaviors in neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism spectrum disorders. Children with these disorders frequently exhibit co-morbid sensory processing disorder, motor incoordination and balance problems, pathological anxiety, and self-injurious behaviors. Dr. Devine is using rodent models to dissect the origins of these problems, to track their etiology, and to investigate underlying neurobiological mechanisms that confer vulnerability for behavioral pathology.