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OUR TEAM

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MEGHAN H. PUGLIA, PH.D. 

Principal Investigator
Assistant Professor of Neurology

Meghan earned her B.S. in Psychology with a concentration in Neuroscience from Penn State University in 2009, her M.A. in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Virginia in 2015, and her Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from UVA in 2019. Her research interests include (1) merging human neuroscience and behavioral epigenetics to understand individual differences in human behavior; (2) designing and executing infant longitudinal studies merging multilevel, multidimensional techniques to understand environment-gene-brain-behavior interactions throughout development; and (3) employing innovative methodological approaches to analyze “big data” generated with neuroimaging, longitudinal, and genetics data sets.

GRADUATE STUDENTS

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CABELL WILLIAMS

Cognitive Psychology

Cabell studies the environmental influences of epigenetic modifications and how these changes may lead to individual differences in the neurological processing of social cues throughout infancy. She received her B.S. in Neuroscience with a minor in Psychology from George Mason University and her M.S. in Clinical Research from UVA. Prior to her time as a doctoral student, she spent time in a lab studying the effects of parenting mindfully on adolescents’ emotional development, academic success, and risk-taking behaviors and in a clinic where she studied how to create a state of “peak performance” using EEG based neurofeedback.

STAFF

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ALLISON BELKOWITZ

Lab Manager

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WINNIE CHANG

Project Coordinator

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MADELYN NANCE

Lab Technician

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UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

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SAM BARNETT

Biology 2025

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CHARLY BEASLEY

Cognitive Science 2026

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KATIE BORON

Human Biology 2026

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LORENZO BUSTAMANTE

Biochemistry 2026

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CAMPBELL COLEMAN

Physics & Neuroscience 2025

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CHLOE COOPER

Neuroscience 2025

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CARRINGTON DAVIS

Cognitive Science 2026

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KALEY DAWSON

Neuroscience 2025

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EMILY DOUGLAS

Biology 2027

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ELISE HARRIS

Cognitive Science 2025

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ZOË KITCHINGS

Biology 2025

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LAURYN KUMPE

Psychology and English 2026

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BEVERLY LUNDEEN

Neuroscience & Cognitive Science 2025

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JESSICA MEDLIN

Cognitive Science 2025

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EMILY MORTMAN

Undeclared 2025

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EMILY MUNDY

Neuroscience 2025

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GRAY POWELL

Neuroscience & Biology (minor) 2027

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HAYLEE RESSA

Neuroscience & English 2025

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JORDYN SIZEMORE

Cognitive Science 2025

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SOPHIA STEWART

Behavioral Neuroscience 2026

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MACIE TRAN

Neuroscience & Cognitive Science 2027

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SHRIYA VARADA

Neuroscience 2025

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LIV WHITE

Cognitive Science 2026

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DIANA ZHANG

Global Public Health & Human Biology 2027

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LAB ALUMNI

MADELEINE AMES

Neuroscience 2024

2021- 2024     Undergraduate Research Assistant
2023                Minerva Award
2023 - 2024    Distinguished Majors Program

NASEEB CHHINA

Global Public Health & Psychology 2024

2023- 2024     Undergraduate Research Assistant

HELENA CULLEN

Psychology 2024

2022- 2024     Undergraduate Research Assistant

EMILY DAVIS

Cognitive Science & Spanish 2024

2022- 2024     Undergraduate Research Assistant

AVERY DOUGALD

Neuroscience 2024

2021 - 2024     Undergraduate Research Assistant
2022                Assistant Project Coordinator
2022                Harrison Undergraduate Research Grant
2023 - 2024    Distinguished Majors Program

SKYLAR GOODOVE

Neuroscience 2024

2022- 2024     Undergraduate Research Assistant
2022                Raven Fellowship

MATT IMMORDINO

Global Public Health & Spanish 2024

2022- 2024     Undergraduate Research Assistant

BRIDGET RODIG

Cognitive Science 2024

2023- 2024     Undergraduate Research Assistant
2023 - 2024    Distinguished Majors Program

ASHLEY TRINH

Neuroscience 2024

2022- 2024     Undergraduate Research Assistant
2023- 2024     Social Media Manager

OLIVIA PRENDERGAST

Psychology 2023

2022 - 2023     Undergraduate Research Assistant

NIKITHA SHAH

Cognitive Science 2025

2023 - 2023     Undergraduate Research Assistant

SONI BAE

Psychology 2023

2021 - 2023     Undergraduate Research Assistant

SUNJAL PATEL

Cognitive Science & South Asian Studies 2024

2022 - 2023     Undergraduate Research Assistant

VINEE VERMA

Cognitive Science 2024

2020 - 2022     Undergraduate Research Assistant

MELISSA ABEL

Cognitive Science & Spanish 2023

2022 - 2023     Undergraduate Research Assistant

KAYLYN FEELEY

Cognitive Science 2023

2022 - 2023     Undergraduate Research Assistant

MADELINE FORD

Cognitive Science 2023

2021 - 2023     Undergraduate Research Assistant
2022 - 2023     Distinguished Majors Program

CHLOE HOANG

Cognitive Science 2023

2022 - 2023     Undergraduate Research Assistant

ANNA MCSHERRY

Psychology 2023

2022 - 2023     Undergraduate Research Assistant

MADISON MONROE-MOHAJERIN

Neuroscience & Psychology 2023

2021 - 2023     Undergraduate Research Assistant
2023                Minerva Award
2022 - 2023     Distinguished Majors Program
2022 - 2023     College Council  Semester Scholars Award
2022 - 2023     College of Arts and Sciences Research Grant
2023                Raven Fellowship
2024                Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Council Grant

BIANKA SMEULDERS

Cognitive Science 2023

2022 - 2023     Undergraduate Research Assistant

KAROLINA STRAZNIKIEWICZ

Psychology 2023

2021 - 2022     Undergraduate Research Assistant

LOREN BLACK

Kinesiology 2024

2022                Undergraduate Research Assistant

GIANNA RODGRIUEZ

Biology 2023

2022                Summer Research Intern

JACQUELINE SLOBIN

Global Public Health 2021

2021 - 2022     Project Coordinator
2020 - 2021     Undergraduate Research Assistant

AVERY DAHL

Cognitive Science 2022

2021 - 2022     Undergraduate Research Assistant
2021 - 2022     Distinguished Majors Program

SREYA KUNAPULI

Global Public Health 2023

2019 - 2021     Undergraduate Research Assistant

AARIA MALHOTRA

Neuroscience 2021

2018 - 2021     Undergraduate Research Assistant
2020 - 2021     Harrison Undergraduate Research Grant
2020 - 2021     Distinguished Majors Program

SCARLET OMAIS

English & Biology 2022

2020 - 2021     Undergraduate Research Assistant

HANNAH SHARPE

Biology 2021

2019 - 2021     Undergraduate Research Assistant

PAYTON ST. LOUIS

Chemistry 2022

2019 - 2021     Undergraduate Research Assistant

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