Graduate Students

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 and is currently completing her internship in Pittsburgh, PA. (Pronouns: she/her/hers)

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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. (Pronouns: she/her/hers)

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Sarah Furlong

Sarah Furlong is a fifth-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 in the context of 1) neurodevelopmental disorders, particularly Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity disorder, in early childhood, and 2) early childhood adversity. Sarah has participated in the UNC Safe Zone Training. To read more about Sarah’s research, please visit (Pronouns: she/her/hers)

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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. (Pronouns: she/her/hers)

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. (Pronouns: she/her/hers)

Lucy Lurie

Lucy is a first-year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology program. She received her BA in Psychology and French Studies from Lewis & Clark College in 2015. After graduating, Lucy spent a year teaching English in France in several elementary schools. She later joined Kate McLaughlin’s Stress and Development Lab first at the University of Washington, and later at Harvard University, as a research coordinator. As a graduate student, Lucy is interested in studying the impact of early adversity on the neural correlates of language and executive function development to confer risk for psychopathology. (Pronouns: she/her/hers)