President:

Dylan Larson-Konar
Program: Counseling Psychology
Email: dlarsonkonar@ufl.edu

Dylan is a fourth year doctoral student in Counseling Psychology working with Dr. Martin Heesacker. He received his BA in English at Princeton University and previously worked as a research fellow at the Environmental Defense Fund studying social and behavioral determinants of climate change. Now, Dylan conducts research on gender, sex, and psychological help-seeking stigma. His dissertation will use a self-determination theory framework to model sexual well-being. This is his second year as a PGSO representative.


Vice President:

Nathalie Fernandez
Program: Behavioral Analysis
Email: nath363@ufl.edu

Nathalie is a sixth 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 second year as a PGSO representative.


Treasurer:

Jaxenne Daniels
Program: Developmental Psychology
Email: jaxdaniels@ufl.edu

Jaxenne is a fifth year doctoral student in Developmental Psychology working with Dr. Jeff Farrar. She received her B.S. in psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and her M.S. in psychology from the University of Florida. Broadly, Jaxenne’s research is on parenting and children’s socio-cognitive development. Her dissertation will examine how parent humor contributes to children’s theory of mind development. This will be her first year working with PGSO.


Jackelyn Avila
Program: Social Psychology
Email: jackelynavila@ufl.edu

Jackelyn Avila is a second year graduate student in Social Psychology working with Dr. Colin Smith in the Attitudes and Political Cognition lab. She is a first-generation Latinx college graduate and received her B.A. in Psychology from California State University, Fresno. Her research interests broadly include political psychology, racism and sexism. This is her first year as a PGSO representative.


Cassandra Modrak
Program: Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience
Email: cassandramodrak@ufl.edu

Cassandra is a first year graduate student in Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience, working with Dr. Marek Schwendt. She graduated from West Virginia University with a B.S. in Psychology and is currently pursuing my M.S. in Psychology at UF. She conducts research pertaining to cognitive deficits and sex differences following chronic drug use and relapse in rodent models. More specifically, her master’s work is examining functional adaptations of and differences in metabotropic glutamate receptors in the brain following methamphetamine self-administration and working memory models in male and female rats. This is her first year as a PGSO representative.


Faculty Advisor:

Dr. Darragh Devine
Program: Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience
Email: dpdevine@ufl.edu

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.