Current Members

Lab Director

Dr. Margaret Sheridan

Margaret Sheridan, Ph.D. received her degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley in 2007. After completing her clinical internship at NYU Child Study Center/Bellevue Hospital, she spent three years as a Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholar at Harvard School of Public Health and then as an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School. In 2015 she left HMS to become an Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and serve as the director of the CIRCLE Lab (http://circlelab.unc.edu/). The goal of her research is to better understand the neural underpinnings of the development of cognitive control across childhood (from 5-18 years of age) and to understand how and why disruption in this process results in psychopathology. She approaches this problem in two ways.  First, by studying atypical development, in particular children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).  Second, by studying the effect of experience on brain development, specifically, the effect of adversity on prefrontal cortex function in childhood.  The CIRCLE Lab is focused on using rigorous and novel task design and cutting edge analytic approaches to functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to solve real world problems such as better diagnosing ADHD or creating safer, healthier environments for children growing up in poverty.

Dr. Margaret Sheridan

Margaret Sheridan, Ph.D. received her degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley in 2007. After completing her clinical internship at NYU Child Study Center/Bellevue Hospital, she spent three years as a Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholar at Harvard School of Public Health and then as an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School. In 2015 she left HMS to become an Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and serve as the director of the CIRCLE Lab (http://circlelab.unc.edu/). The goal of her research is to better understand the neural underpinnings of the development of cognitive control across childhood (from 5-18 years of age) and to understand how and why disruption in this process results in psychopathology. She approaches this problem in two ways.  First, by studying atypical development, in particular children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).  Second, by studying the effect of experience on brain development, specifically, the effect of adversity on prefrontal cortex function in childhood.  The CIRCLE Lab is focused on using rigorous and novel task design and cutting edge analytic approaches to functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to solve real world problems such as better diagnosing ADHD or creating safer, healthier environments for children growing up in poverty.

Co-investigators

Dr. Adam Bryant Miller

Adam Bryant Miller, PhD, received his degree in clinical psychology from George Mason University in 2015. After completing his predoctoral clinical internship at the University of Washington, School of Medicine and Seattle Children’s Hospital, Dr. Miller completed an NRSA F32 postdoctoral fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Miller is now a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neurosciences at UNC where he is the director of the Miller Lab. Dr. Miller’s program of research focuses on the neurobiology of adolescent health risk behaviors with a particular emphasis on adolescent self-injurious thoughts and behaviors. Visit the Miller Lab here.

Dr. Adam Bryant Miller

Adam Bryant Miller, PhD, received his degree in clinical psychology from George Mason University in 2015. After completing his predoctoral clinical internship at the University of Washington, School of Medicine and Seattle Children’s Hospital, Dr. Miller completed an NRSA F32 postdoctoral fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Miller is now a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neurosciences at UNC where he is the director of the Miller Lab. Dr. Miller’s program of research focuses on the neurobiology of adolescent health risk behaviors with a particular emphasis on adolescent self-injurious thoughts and behaviors. Visit the Miller Lab here.

Post-Docs

Dr. Helen Milojevich

Helen Milojevich graduated from the University of California, Davis with a BS in Human Development and from the University of California, Irvine with her PhD in Psychology and Social Behavior. Dr. Milojevich’s program of research is focused on understanding factors related to risk and resiliency in the face of early exposure to adversity and challenges, particularly the roles of parents and the family environment more broadly. Specifically Dr. Milojevich’s work seeks to understand how emotional competence and cognition develop from early childhood through adolescence in high-risk populations (e.g., maltreated children and children with developmental delays). Using a multi-method and multi-informant approach, Helen seeks to address such questions as: when and how do maltreated youth differ from non-maltreated youth in their emotional competence? How do maltreating parents socialize emotional (in)competence in their children over time? To what extent do children with Down syndrome differ from typically developing children in their ability to retain and generalize information over the long-term? What interventions can be implemented at home, school, and in treatment programs to facilitate the healthy development of high-risk children?

Dr. Helen Milojevich

Helen Milojevich graduated from the University of California, Davis with a BS in Human Development and from the University of California, Irvine with her PhD in Psychology and Social Behavior. Dr. Milojevich’s program of research is focused on understanding factors related to risk and resiliency in the face of early exposure to adversity and challenges, particularly the roles of parents and the family environment more broadly. Specifically Dr. Milojevich’s work seeks to understand how emotional competence and cognition develop from early childhood through adolescence in high-risk populations (e.g., maltreated children and children with developmental delays). Using a multi-method and multi-informant approach, Helen seeks to address such questions as: when and how do maltreated youth differ from non-maltreated youth in their emotional competence? How do maltreating parents socialize emotional (in)competence in their children over time? To what extent do children with Down syndrome differ from typically developing children in their ability to retain and generalize information over the long-term? What interventions can be implemented at home, school, and in treatment programs to facilitate the healthy development of high-risk children?

Dr. Maria Jimena Sarmiento-B

María Jimena Sarmiento-B., Ph.D. received her degree in Psychology in 2004 in Colombia where she is originally from. She has worked with children with learning disabilities and emotional problems. She completed her Master´s degree in Diagnosis and Neuropsychological rehabilitation at the Autonomous University of Puebla in Mexico (2009), focusing on children with acquired brain damage as a traumatic brain injury (TBI). After her Ph.D., Maria worked as Assistant Professor of Neuropsychology at the University of San Buenaventura Bogotá and Research at Institute for Educational Research and Pedagogical Development (IDEP). In 2013, she traveled to Brazil and enrolled in a Ph.D. program in Education with emphasis in Cognition, Development and Learning, obtaining her degree in 2018. The main focus of Dr. Sarmiento's research is the impact of different meditation techniques on empathy development. Now as a part of the CIRCLE Lab, she is integrating her experience as a Neuropsychologist and expertise in child development with the Wellness Health And Life Experiences Study (WHALE).

Dr. Maria Jimena Sarmiento-B

María Jimena Sarmiento-B., Ph.D. received her degree in Psychology in 2004 in Colombia where she is originally from. She has worked with children with learning disabilities and emotional problems. She completed her Master´s degree in Diagnosis and Neuropsychological rehabilitation at the Autonomous University of Puebla in Mexico (2009), focusing on children with acquired brain damage as a traumatic brain injury (TBI). After her Ph.D., Maria worked as Assistant Professor of Neuropsychology at the University of San Buenaventura Bogotá and Research at Institute for Educational Research and Pedagogical Development (IDEP). In 2013, she traveled to Brazil and enrolled in a Ph.D. program in Education with emphasis in Cognition, Development and Learning, obtaining her degree in 2018. The main focus of Dr. Sarmiento's research is the impact of different meditation techniques on empathy development. Now as a part of the CIRCLE Lab, she is integrating her experience as a Neuropsychologist and expertise in child development with the Wellness Health And Life Experiences Study (WHALE).

Graduate Students

Anais Rodriguez-Thompson

Anais is a third-year graduate student in UNC's Clinical Psychology program under the mentorship of Dr. Margaret Sheridan. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Columbia University in 2015. After graduation, she worked in Dr. Joshua Roffman's Brain Genomics Laboratory at Massachusetts General Hospital, where she investigated the effects of folate exposure on brain development and risk for schizophrenia. As a graduate student, Anais studies reward and emotion interactions on cognitive control during adolescence to predict the development of psychopathology. Her research is supported by the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). Anais has participated in UNC Haven Training.

Anais Rodriguez-Thompson

Anais is a third-year graduate student in UNC's Clinical Psychology program under the mentorship of Dr. Margaret Sheridan. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Columbia University in 2015. After graduation, she worked in Dr. Joshua Roffman's Brain Genomics Laboratory at Massachusetts General Hospital, where she investigated the effects of folate exposure on brain development and risk for schizophrenia. As a graduate student, Anais studies reward and emotion interactions on cognitive control during adolescence to predict the development of psychopathology. Her research is supported by the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). Anais has participated in UNC Haven Training.

Kristin Meyer

Kristin is a sixth-year graduate student in UNC’s Clinical and Cognitive Psychology joint-doctoral program working with advisors Dr. Margaret Sheridan and Dr. Joe Hopfinger. She received a B.S. degree in psychology from Birmingham-Southern College in 2013. After graduating, Kristin became an AmeriCorps volunteer working with at-risk elementary school students and later worked as a research technician involved with behavioral health projects at UAB’s HIV Clinic. She is currently pursuing her interests regarding the cognitive and neural components underlying executive function development in typical and atypical populations. Kiki is a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) recipient! Kiki has participated in UNC Haven Training.

Kristin Meyer

Kristin is a sixth-year graduate student in UNC’s Clinical and Cognitive Psychology joint-doctoral program working with advisors Dr. Margaret Sheridan and Dr. Joe Hopfinger. She received a B.S. degree in psychology from Birmingham-Southern College in 2013. After graduating, Kristin became an AmeriCorps volunteer working with at-risk elementary school students and later worked as a research technician involved with behavioral health projects at UAB’s HIV Clinic. She is currently pursuing her interests regarding the cognitive and neural components underlying executive function development in typical and atypical populations. Kiki is a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) recipient! Kiki has participated in UNC Haven Training.

Laura Machlin

Laura is a fifth-year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at UNC under the mentorship of Dr. Margaret Sheridan. She received her BA in Psychology and Science in Society from Wesleyan University in 2013. Following graduation, she was a post-bac IRTA at the NIH under the mentorship of Dr. Ellen Leibenluft investigating predictors of internalizing disorders in children and the neural correlates of irritability across diagnoses. Her research focuses on how deprivation and threatening experiences in early childhood differentially impact neural development. Laura is a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) recipient! Laura has participated in UNC Haven Training and Safe Zone training.

Laura Machlin

Laura is a fifth-year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at UNC under the mentorship of Dr. Margaret Sheridan. She received her BA in Psychology and Science in Society from Wesleyan University in 2013. Following graduation, she was a post-bac IRTA at the NIH under the mentorship of Dr. Ellen Leibenluft investigating predictors of internalizing disorders in children and the neural correlates of irritability across diagnoses. Her research focuses on how deprivation and threatening experiences in early childhood differentially impact neural development. Laura is a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) recipient! Laura has participated in UNC Haven Training and Safe Zone training.

Sarah Furlong

Sarah Furlong is a fourth-year graduate student working with Dr. Margaret Sheridan in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program in the UNC department of Psychology and Neuroscience. She earned her B.A. in Cognitive Science with a minor in Psychology at Johns Hopkins University in 2014. After graduation, Sarah worked as the lab manager for Dr. Elissa L. Newport at the Georgetown University Learning and Development Lab in the Center for Brain Plasticity and Recovery. Sarah studies the development and flexibility of functional brain networks and the diagnosis and treatment of developmental disorders, particularly attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, in early childhood. To read more about Sarah's research, please visit sarahfurlong.weebly.com.

Sarah Furlong

Sarah Furlong is a fourth-year graduate student working with Dr. Margaret Sheridan in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program in the UNC department of Psychology and Neuroscience. She earned her B.A. in Cognitive Science with a minor in Psychology at Johns Hopkins University in 2014. After graduation, Sarah worked as the lab manager for Dr. Elissa L. Newport at the Georgetown University Learning and Development Lab in the Center for Brain Plasticity and Recovery. Sarah studies the development and flexibility of functional brain networks and the diagnosis and treatment of developmental disorders, particularly attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, in early childhood. To read more about Sarah's research, please visit sarahfurlong.weebly.com.

Madeline Robertson

Madeline is a third year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology and Behavioral & Integrative Neuroscience programs working under the mentorship of Drs. Margaret Sheridan and Charlotte Boettiger. Before coming to UNC, Madeline obtained a BS in Neuroscience from the University of New Hampshire, and a MS in Neurobiology from Northwestern University. After graduating, Madeline joined the Sensorimotor Integration Laboratory at Massachusetts General Hospital where she investigated the neural correlates of behavioral dysfunction to aid in the development of a novel approach to treating neuropsychiatric disorders with closed-loop deep brain stimulation. At UNC, Madeline aims to utilize behavioral testing, neuroimaging, electrophysiology, and non-invasive brain stimulation to study the role of frontal lobe connectivity in governing behavioral flexibility in individuals exposed to adolescent binge drinking and forms of early adverse experience.

Madeline Robertson

Madeline is a third year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology and Behavioral & Integrative Neuroscience programs working under the mentorship of Drs. Margaret Sheridan and Charlotte Boettiger. Before coming to UNC, Madeline obtained a BS in Neuroscience from the University of New Hampshire, and a MS in Neurobiology from Northwestern University. After graduating, Madeline joined the Sensorimotor Integration Laboratory at Massachusetts General Hospital where she investigated the neural correlates of behavioral dysfunction to aid in the development of a novel approach to treating neuropsychiatric disorders with closed-loop deep brain stimulation. At UNC, Madeline aims to utilize behavioral testing, neuroimaging, electrophysiology, and non-invasive brain stimulation to study the role of frontal lobe connectivity in governing behavioral flexibility in individuals exposed to adolescent binge drinking and forms of early adverse experience.

Research Assistants

Abigail Findley

Abby is a full-time research assistant on the WHALE Study. She graduated from UNC Chapel Hill in 2018 with a B.A. in Psychology and Public Policy. After graduation, she worked as a full-time research assistant at the Medical University of South Carolina, where she studied the relationship between trauma, stress, and resiliency in youth and adolescents. She is broadly interested in how stressful life experiences may contribute to suicidal ideation and behavior in youth and adolescents. 

Abigail Findley

Abby is a full-time research assistant on the WHALE Study. She graduated from UNC Chapel Hill in 2018 with a B.A. in Psychology and Public Policy. After graduation, she worked as a full-time research assistant at the Medical University of South Carolina, where she studied the relationship between trauma, stress, and resiliency in youth and adolescents. She is broadly interested in how stressful life experiences may contribute to suicidal ideation and behavior in youth and adolescents. 

Adrienne Bonar

Adrienne earned her B.A. from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she studied Psychology and Women’s & Gender Studies. She will be working as a full-time research assistant under Dr. Margaret Sheridan and Dr. Adam Miller. Her primary role will be coordinating the Youth Emotion Study, a neuroimaging study that examines how adverse life experiences affect brain development through adolescence. She is interested in how the brain and body work together to generate affect. 

Adrienne Bonar

Adrienne earned her B.A. from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she studied Psychology and Women’s & Gender Studies. She will be working as a full-time research assistant under Dr. Margaret Sheridan and Dr. Adam Miller. Her primary role will be coordinating the Youth Emotion Study, a neuroimaging study that examines how adverse life experiences affect brain development through adolescence. She is interested in how the brain and body work together to generate affect. 

Cheyenne Bricken

Cheyenne recently graduated from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.S. in Biology and minors in Chemistry and Spanish. She is a research assistant on the Multi-visit Advanced Pediatric Brain Imaging (MAP) Study, a neuroimaging study that examines how individual trajectories of early brain development from infancy predict cognitive and behavioral outcomes later in childhood. She is particularly interested in relating their cognitive outcomes to their longitudinal brain trajectories.

Cheyenne Bricken

Cheyenne recently graduated from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.S. in Biology and minors in Chemistry and Spanish. She is a research assistant on the Multi-visit Advanced Pediatric Brain Imaging (MAP) Study, a neuroimaging study that examines how individual trajectories of early brain development from infancy predict cognitive and behavioral outcomes later in childhood. She is particularly interested in relating their cognitive outcomes to their longitudinal brain trajectories.

Kinjal Patel

Kinjal graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.S. in Psychology, B.A. in Exercise and Sports Science, and a minor in Neuroscience. As an undergraduate research assistant in the CIRCLE Lab she assisted on the Youth Emotion Study, a neuroimaging study investigating the neural markers of suicidal ideation in adolescents, and is enthusiastic to continue her work on this study. Kinjal will also be working on the WHALE Study, and hopes to gain more research experience before attending graduate school. She is particularly interested in learning more about psychopathology and its relationship to maltreatment, deprivation, and threat. Kinjal also enjoys yoga, hiking, and cheering on UNC athletics! 

Kinjal Patel

Kinjal graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.S. in Psychology, B.A. in Exercise and Sports Science, and a minor in Neuroscience. As an undergraduate research assistant in the CIRCLE Lab she assisted on the Youth Emotion Study, a neuroimaging study investigating the neural markers of suicidal ideation in adolescents, and is enthusiastic to continue her work on this study. Kinjal will also be working on the WHALE Study, and hopes to gain more research experience before attending graduate school. She is particularly interested in learning more about psychopathology and its relationship to maltreatment, deprivation, and threat. Kinjal also enjoys yoga, hiking, and cheering on UNC athletics! 

Toni Howell

A research assistant in the CIRCLE lab, Toni graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Biology and Psychology and a minor in Neuroscience. As an undergraduate research assistant at UNC-CH, Toni worked in the Emotions and Social Interactions in Relationships lab in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience and in the Center for Decision Research lab at the Kenan-Flagler Business School. After graduation, she worked as a Clinical Research Specialist, Sr. at the Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development exploring biomarkers of autism. Toni is interested in how adversity and trauma impact the brain, the neurobiology of resilience, and how early experiences impact the epigenome. Outside of research, Toni enjoys hiking, reading, and spending time with her pets.

Toni Howell

A research assistant in the CIRCLE lab, Toni graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Biology and Psychology and a minor in Neuroscience. As an undergraduate research assistant at UNC-CH, Toni worked in the Emotions and Social Interactions in Relationships lab in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience and in the Center for Decision Research lab at the Kenan-Flagler Business School. After graduation, she worked as a Clinical Research Specialist, Sr. at the Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development exploring biomarkers of autism. Toni is interested in how adversity and trauma impact the brain, the neurobiology of resilience, and how early experiences impact the epigenome. Outside of research, Toni enjoys hiking, reading, and spending time with her pets.

Amanda Mitchell

Amanda is a full-time research assistant on the WHALE Study under Dr. Margaret Sheridan. She graduated from Columbia University in the City of New York with a B.A. in Biology and a minor in Ethnicity & Race Studies. As an undergraduate, she worked for three years in clinical research in Columbia University Medical Center's NeuroICU researching both the influence of coagulopathy on hematoma expansion and the impact of intracerebral and subarachnoid hemorrhages on cognition, emotion, and lifestyle. Amanda is interested in exploring the development of socioemotional intelligence and personality in children, as well as how the impact of adversity on childhood psychological development can have far-reaching ramifications on adult health and wellness.

Amanda Mitchell

Amanda is a full-time research assistant on the WHALE Study under Dr. Margaret Sheridan. She graduated from Columbia University in the City of New York with a B.A. in Biology and a minor in Ethnicity & Race Studies. As an undergraduate, she worked for three years in clinical research in Columbia University Medical Center's NeuroICU researching both the influence of coagulopathy on hematoma expansion and the impact of intracerebral and subarachnoid hemorrhages on cognition, emotion, and lifestyle. Amanda is interested in exploring the development of socioemotional intelligence and personality in children, as well as how the impact of adversity on childhood psychological development can have far-reaching ramifications on adult health and wellness.

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Alina Bejenari

Alina is a junior Psychology major with a minor in Health and Society. Alina has a passion for mental health and helping others as well as getting involved in groups or outreach programs that promote these values. When not in school, Alina enjoys spending time with pets, exercising, and volunteering. Alina's ultimate goal is to become a clinical psychologist.

Alina Bejenari

Alina is a junior Psychology major with a minor in Health and Society. Alina has a passion for mental health and helping others as well as getting involved in groups or outreach programs that promote these values. When not in school, Alina enjoys spending time with pets, exercising, and volunteering. Alina's ultimate goal is to become a clinical psychologist.

Annette Varghese

Annette is a first-year student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill majoring in Neuroscience with minors in Chemistry and Medical Anthropology. She is interested in the biological aspect of cognitive behaviors with a focus on child development and psychopathology. At the CIRCLE lab, she is excited to gain hands-on experience with research techniques and learn more about neuroimaging. After graduating from UNC, she plans to attend medical school to specialize in psychiatry. 

Annette Varghese

Annette is a first-year student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill majoring in Neuroscience with minors in Chemistry and Medical Anthropology. She is interested in the biological aspect of cognitive behaviors with a focus on child development and psychopathology. At the CIRCLE lab, she is excited to gain hands-on experience with research techniques and learn more about neuroimaging. After graduating from UNC, she plans to attend medical school to specialize in psychiatry. 

Courtney Medina

Courtney Medina is a junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is double majoring in Psychology and Human Development and Family Studies with a minor in Latina/o Studies. She plans to attend graduate school in a mental health related field and is particularly interested in working with adolescents. She is excited to work on the WHALE study and learn more about the relationship between brain function and one’s early childhood experiences.

Courtney Medina

Courtney Medina is a junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is double majoring in Psychology and Human Development and Family Studies with a minor in Latina/o Studies. She plans to attend graduate school in a mental health related field and is particularly interested in working with adolescents. She is excited to work on the WHALE study and learn more about the relationship between brain function and one’s early childhood experiences.

Drew Tyler Huffman

Drew is a junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill studying Psychology and Chemistry. He's especially interested in learning about how the structures and functions of different brain areas change over the course of a person's life due to experience. In his free time he enjoys reading, playing tennis, and listening to podcasts. After earning his undergraduate degree he hopes to attend medical school.

Drew Tyler Huffman

Drew is a junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill studying Psychology and Chemistry. He's especially interested in learning about how the structures and functions of different brain areas change over the course of a person's life due to experience. In his free time he enjoys reading, playing tennis, and listening to podcasts. After earning his undergraduate degree he hopes to attend medical school.

Emily Ballsieper

Emily is a junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel hill pursuing a psychology major and minors in statistics and chemistry. As a member of the CIRCLE Lab, she is excited to further her interest in pediatric brain development further her experience in undergraduate research. After graduation, she hopes to continue doing research and one day attend medical school.

Emily Ballsieper

Emily is a junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel hill pursuing a psychology major and minors in statistics and chemistry. As a member of the CIRCLE Lab, she is excited to further her interest in pediatric brain development further her experience in undergraduate research. After graduation, she hopes to continue doing research and one day attend medical school.

Jamie Povich

Jamie is a junior at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill pursuing a double major in Psychology and Human Development and Family Studies. Jamie is interested in clinical psychology, but more specifically dealing with children and therapy in the private practice setting. She is excited to be apart of the CIRCLE lab and gain valuable psychological research experience. After earning her undergraduate degree, she plans to earn her Master's in clinical mental health counseling and go on to get her license in counseling. In her free time, she likes watching movies, traveling, and spending time with her friends and families!

Jamie Povich

Jamie is a junior at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill pursuing a double major in Psychology and Human Development and Family Studies. Jamie is interested in clinical psychology, but more specifically dealing with children and therapy in the private practice setting. She is excited to be apart of the CIRCLE lab and gain valuable psychological research experience. After earning her undergraduate degree, she plans to earn her Master's in clinical mental health counseling and go on to get her license in counseling. In her free time, she likes watching movies, traveling, and spending time with her friends and families!

Jennifer Rubin

Jenny is a sophomore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill studying neuroscience and history with a minor in education. She is excited to gain hands-on research experience working with children and looks forward to studying the effect of threatening experiences on brain development. Jenny hopes to use what she learns in the CIRCLE lab as she moves forward to medical school and beyond!

Jennifer Rubin

Jenny is a sophomore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill studying neuroscience and history with a minor in education. She is excited to gain hands-on research experience working with children and looks forward to studying the effect of threatening experiences on brain development. Jenny hopes to use what she learns in the CIRCLE lab as she moves forward to medical school and beyond!

Katie Baich

Katie is a sophomore at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill pursing majors in Psychology and Linguistics with a minor in Speech and Hearing Sciences.  She is interested in learning the impact life experiences can have on cognitive function.  Through the WHALE study, Katie is looking forward to gaining research experience.  After completing her undergraduate degree, Katie plans to get her masters in Speech Language Pathology with a focus on children with disabilities.  

Katie Baich

Katie is a sophomore at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill pursing majors in Psychology and Linguistics with a minor in Speech and Hearing Sciences.  She is interested in learning the impact life experiences can have on cognitive function.  Through the WHALE study, Katie is looking forward to gaining research experience.  After completing her undergraduate degree, Katie plans to get her masters in Speech Language Pathology with a focus on children with disabilities.  

Kayla Gregory

Kayla is a junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, studying Psychology and Anthropology. She is interested in how early life experiences contribute to childhood psychopathology and long-term prognoses. After graduation from UNC, Kayla intends to attend a clinically-oriented graduate program.

Kayla Gregory

Kayla is a junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, studying Psychology and Anthropology. She is interested in how early life experiences contribute to childhood psychopathology and long-term prognoses. After graduation from UNC, Kayla intends to attend a clinically-oriented graduate program.

Kayla Simone Brown

Kayla Brown is a freshman at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill dedicating her studies to Psychology. Kayla is enthusiastic to learn and have a hands on experience while working in a research environment as a member of The Circle Lab. She has the passion to expand her understanding of the adolescent cognition and the development of behavior and emotion. She plans to pursue graduate school in hopes of earning a Ph.D in Clinical Psychology and expand the idea of researching. Outside of studying, Kayla enjoys singing in UNC Gospel Choir, engaging in community service and organizations such as the Black Student Movement.  She also loves spending time with her family and peers on her free time. 

Kayla Simone Brown

Kayla Brown is a freshman at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill dedicating her studies to Psychology. Kayla is enthusiastic to learn and have a hands on experience while working in a research environment as a member of The Circle Lab. She has the passion to expand her understanding of the adolescent cognition and the development of behavior and emotion. She plans to pursue graduate school in hopes of earning a Ph.D in Clinical Psychology and expand the idea of researching. Outside of studying, Kayla enjoys singing in UNC Gospel Choir, engaging in community service and organizations such as the Black Student Movement.  She also loves spending time with her family and peers on her free time. 

Kelly Real

Kelly Real is a third year student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill majoring in Psychology with a minor in Neuroscience. She is very interested in learning more about how varying factors such as socioeconomic status and ethnicity across youths can affect their emotional processes and potentially trigger risk behaviors. In the future, she hopes to continue research and later pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology to help underrepresented communities and break down the language barrier that so often impedes people from seeking help. In her free time, she likes weightlifting, watching Netflix, working on her bullet journal, and spending time with her friends!

Kelly Real

Kelly Real is a third year student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill majoring in Psychology with a minor in Neuroscience. She is very interested in learning more about how varying factors such as socioeconomic status and ethnicity across youths can affect their emotional processes and potentially trigger risk behaviors. In the future, she hopes to continue research and later pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology to help underrepresented communities and break down the language barrier that so often impedes people from seeking help. In her free time, she likes weightlifting, watching Netflix, working on her bullet journal, and spending time with her friends!

Lexi Baird

Lexi is a junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill majoring in both Neuroscience and Film Studies. She has a special interest in the neural processes of perception and is excited to gain experience with neuroimaging technology. After graduation, Lexi plans to continue working in research prior to attending Optometry school. Outside of her studies, she enjoys working as a freelance photographer, DJing at WXYC and collecting vinyl records.

Lexi Baird

Lexi is a junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill majoring in both Neuroscience and Film Studies. She has a special interest in the neural processes of perception and is excited to gain experience with neuroimaging technology. After graduation, Lexi plans to continue working in research prior to attending Optometry school. Outside of her studies, she enjoys working as a freelance photographer, DJing at WXYC and collecting vinyl records.

McCarty Beckerman

McCarty is a sophomore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill studying Psychology and Advertising/Public Relations. She is excited to explore the intersection of her majors by recruiting participants for the WHALE study. After graduation, she hopes to use her knowledge of psychology to assist in creative advertising.

McCarty Beckerman

McCarty is a sophomore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill studying Psychology and Advertising/Public Relations. She is excited to explore the intersection of her majors by recruiting participants for the WHALE study. After graduation, she hopes to use her knowledge of psychology to assist in creative advertising.

Olivia Thomas

I am a sophomore at the University of North Carolina pursing a degree in neuroscience with a minor in chemistry. I am excited to start my journey in research by participating in the WHALE Study. I am particularly interested in neuroimaging and learning more about brain development in children and adolescence. After graduation, I hope to continue conducting research and attend graduate school. 

Olivia Thomas

I am a sophomore at the University of North Carolina pursing a degree in neuroscience with a minor in chemistry. I am excited to start my journey in research by participating in the WHALE Study. I am particularly interested in neuroimaging and learning more about brain development in children and adolescence. After graduation, I hope to continue conducting research and attend graduate school. 

Oriana Cardarelli

Oriana Cardarelli is a Junior here at UNC studying Psychology and Exercise and Sports Science with a minor in Spanish for the Professions Medical Track! Her research interests are how nutrition and physical activity relate to the development of abnormal psychopathology in adolescents! She hopes to further her education get her Ph.D in Clinical Psychology.

Oriana Cardarelli

Oriana Cardarelli is a Junior here at UNC studying Psychology and Exercise and Sports Science with a minor in Spanish for the Professions Medical Track! Her research interests are how nutrition and physical activity relate to the development of abnormal psychopathology in adolescents! She hopes to further her education get her Ph.D in Clinical Psychology.

Riley Hatcher

Riley is a sophomore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with intentions to double major in Psychology and Exercise and Sport Science, as well as minor in Neuroscience. She is extremely interested in both the positive and negative reinforcements that can affect child brain development. Riley is ready to gain both hands-on research experience and community presence for the WHALE Study. After she graduates, she hopes to be a contributor in the biomedical community, working in either pharmaceutical marketing or psychological research and development.

Riley Hatcher

Riley is a sophomore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with intentions to double major in Psychology and Exercise and Sport Science, as well as minor in Neuroscience. She is extremely interested in both the positive and negative reinforcements that can affect child brain development. Riley is ready to gain both hands-on research experience and community presence for the WHALE Study. After she graduates, she hopes to be a contributor in the biomedical community, working in either pharmaceutical marketing or psychological research and development.

Ross Doyle

Ross is a sophomore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill pursuing a B.S. in Psychology. He is thrilled to be a part of the CIRCLE Lab and is excited to be gaining hands on experience learning about early brain development. He is planning on pursuing graduate school and hopes to continue research post-graduation. In his free time, Ross loves playing basketball as well as playing the piano.

Ross Doyle

Ross is a sophomore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill pursuing a B.S. in Psychology. He is thrilled to be a part of the CIRCLE Lab and is excited to be gaining hands on experience learning about early brain development. He is planning on pursuing graduate school and hopes to continue research post-graduation. In his free time, Ross loves playing basketball as well as playing the piano.

Sarah Kim

Sarah is a junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill pursuing a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Social & Economic Justice. She is interested in investigating how socioeconomic status can affect brain development in children and is excited to gain psychological research experience as a member of the CIRCLE Lab. After graduation, Sarah hopes to continue doing research and attend graduate school one day.

Sarah Kim

Sarah is a junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill pursuing a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Social & Economic Justice. She is interested in investigating how socioeconomic status can affect brain development in children and is excited to gain psychological research experience as a member of the CIRCLE Lab. After graduation, Sarah hopes to continue doing research and attend graduate school one day.

Shreya Patnaik

Shreya is a junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill majoring in Psychology (BA) and Statistics and Analytics (BS). After college, she hopes to become a pediatric psychiatrist or a pediatrician. Shreya enjoys spending time with friends, painting, running, and playing with dogs. She loves to work with children and is interested in utilizing both of her majors through research, so she is extremely excited to do both of those things with the CIRCLE lab!

Shreya Patnaik

Shreya is a junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill majoring in Psychology (BA) and Statistics and Analytics (BS). After college, she hopes to become a pediatric psychiatrist or a pediatrician. Shreya enjoys spending time with friends, painting, running, and playing with dogs. She loves to work with children and is interested in utilizing both of her majors through research, so she is extremely excited to do both of those things with the CIRCLE lab!

Sophie Kappos

Sophie is a sophomore at the University of North Carolina pursuing a Computer Science major. She is excited to be exposed to the neuroscience and psychology field in hopes of combining her passions for technology and the brain. During her time at Carolina, she would like to research the benefits of using Artificial Intelligence as a means of therapy. She is excited to work on the WHALE study and gain hands-on research experience. After completing her undergraduate degree, she plans to earn her Master's in CS and work in the AI industry.

Sophie Kappos

Sophie is a sophomore at the University of North Carolina pursuing a Computer Science major. She is excited to be exposed to the neuroscience and psychology field in hopes of combining her passions for technology and the brain. During her time at Carolina, she would like to research the benefits of using Artificial Intelligence as a means of therapy. She is excited to work on the WHALE study and gain hands-on research experience. After completing her undergraduate degree, she plans to earn her Master's in CS and work in the AI industry.

Thalia Rivero

My name is Thalia Rivero, I am a transfer Junior coming from Miami Dade Honors College. I am majoring in Psychology and I plan to continue to graduate school and focus on Clinical studies with a specialization on child development and family therapy. In the future I would like to continue research and after I gain enough experience, begin my career as a therapist. I am excited to gain new perspectives by assisting in this lab and bring new ideas to the team and the study. 

Thalia Rivero

My name is Thalia Rivero, I am a transfer Junior coming from Miami Dade Honors College. I am majoring in Psychology and I plan to continue to graduate school and focus on Clinical studies with a specialization on child development and family therapy. In the future I would like to continue research and after I gain enough experience, begin my career as a therapist. I am excited to gain new perspectives by assisting in this lab and bring new ideas to the team and the study. 

Victoria Banks

Victoria Banks is a sophomore at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill double majoring in Neuroscience and Exercise and Sports Science and minoring in Spanish for the Medical Professions. She is excited to learn more about how environmental factors affect child development and to work with the families and researchers of the CIRCLE Lab. After graduating from UNC, Victoria plans to obtain a graduate degree in Occupational Therapy, specializing in pediatrics.

Victoria Banks

Victoria Banks is a sophomore at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill double majoring in Neuroscience and Exercise and Sports Science and minoring in Spanish for the Medical Professions. She is excited to learn more about how environmental factors affect child development and to work with the families and researchers of the CIRCLE Lab. After graduating from UNC, Victoria plans to obtain a graduate degree in Occupational Therapy, specializing in pediatrics.

Vivienne Knul

Vivienne is a junior at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill pursuing a major in Psychology and minor in Neuroscience. Viv is interested in studying children’s cognitive development and learning, and the influences of internal and external factors on child development. After graduation, she hopes to attend graduate school in a clinical psychology program or optometry school and specialize in pediatric vision therapy.

Vivienne Knul

Vivienne is a junior at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill pursuing a major in Psychology and minor in Neuroscience. Viv is interested in studying children’s cognitive development and learning, and the influences of internal and external factors on child development. After graduation, she hopes to attend graduate school in a clinical psychology program or optometry school and specialize in pediatric vision therapy.

Zoe Priddy

Zoe is a sophomore at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a double major in Biology and Psychology and a Spanish for the Medical Professions minor. Zoe is interested in learning about the adolescent brain and the brain's development and she is excited to learn more about the process of research.  After undergrad, she plans to attend medical school to become a Pediatrician.

Zoe Priddy

Zoe is a sophomore at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a double major in Biology and Psychology and a Spanish for the Medical Professions minor. Zoe is interested in learning about the adolescent brain and the brain's development and she is excited to learn more about the process of research.  After undergrad, she plans to attend medical school to become a Pediatrician.