Graduate Students

Anais Rodriguez-Thompson

Anais is a graduate student in UNC’s Clinical Psychology program under the mentorship of Dr. Margaret Sheridan. She is currently completing her internship at Durham VA Medical Center.

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)

Angelina Pei-tzu Tsai

Angelina is a fifth-year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology program. She obtained her MS in Engineering at the Carnegie Mellon University. After graduating, she has been working in tech as a Director for New Program Initiative (NPI) development. At UNC, Angelina studies quantitative modeling to improve diagnostic efficiency in predicting developmental psychopathology on adolescents. She aims to develop culturally-adaptive assessment in accessing complex trauma and leverage her engineering skills to investigate impact of early adversity on neural development.  (Pronouns: she/her/hers)

Carrington Merritt 

Carrington is a sixth-year doctoral student dually enrolled in the Clinical and Social Psychology programs at UNC. Prior to being a graduate student, she worked as an undergraduate research assistant in the Carolina SNH lab while obtaining a B.A. in Psychology at UNC. Carrington’s graduate research combines clinical psychology and social neuroscience approaches to address the physiological and neural mechanisms through which racism-related stress confers risk for poorer mental health and psychopathology among racial/ethnic minorities. (Pronouns: she/her/hers).

Esmeralda Navarro

Esmeralda Navarro is a third-year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology program from East Los Angeles, California. She received her BA in Psychology and Biology from Williams College in 2019. After graduation, she worked at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai under Dr. Megan Horton. There, she explored the effects of early life metal exposure on brain development and psychological health. Broadly, Esmeralda is interested in investigating the relationships between early adversity, neural development, and risk and resilience to psychopathology.

Lucy Lurie

Lucy is a fourth-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)

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Madeline Robertson

Madeline is a graduate student in the Clinical Psychology and Behavioral & Integrative Neuroscience programs working under the mentorship of Drs. Margaret Sheridan and Charlotte Boettiger. She is currently completing her internship at the UNC-CH School of Medicine.

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)

Micaela Rodriguez

Micaela is a second-year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology program. In 2019, she graduated magna cum laude with a B.A in Psychology from Stony Brook University. After graduation she served as a research coordinator at Dr. Kristin Bernard’s Developmental Stress and Prevention Laboratory in New York. At UNC, Micaela aims to study the underlying neurobiological and psychophysiological mechanisms of resilience and the risks of psychopathology following exposure to early life adversity. Her research is supported by UNC’s David and Maeda Galinsky Graduate Student Fellowship and the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP).

Nicolas Murgueitio

Nicolas is a graduate student in the Developmental Psychology PhD Program at UNC working with Drs. Cathi Propper and Margaret Sheridan. Before coming to UNC, he worked as a research assistant on studies looking at the epidemiology of childhood violence in Ecuador, and the emotional and neuropsychological development of youth in foster care. His research has 4 themes: 1) Exploring how childhood adversity, particularly threat, impacts the development of emotional learning and memory systems, and their underlying neurobiology; 2) The neural correlates of children’s processing and preference of parents and parental-related cues and information; 3) The role of the gut microbiome on neuro-affective development; and 4) Measurement of adversity in children and families. (Pronouns: he/él).

Michelle Shipkova

Michelle is a third-year graduate student in UNC’s Developmental and Social Psychology programs from Los Angeles, California. She graduated summa cum laude from Loyola Marymount University in 2022 with a B.A. in Psychology and Theater Arts. Working with Drs. Kristen Lindquist, Margaret Sheridan, and Eva Telzer, Michelle is interested in using neurobiological methods to study how early adverse experiences and social contexts (e.g., peer influence, parent-child relationships) impact emotional development in childhood and adolescence. Her research is supported by the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). (Pronouns: she/her/hers)

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