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RESEARCH TEAM

GRADUATE STUDENTS

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCHERS

SARA MCMULLIN, MS

Graduate Student
Webster University, '14

Sara is a fourth year student in the cognitive neuroscience program. She is interested in exploring decision making, addiction, and chronic stress across the lifespan.

 

Her master's thesis focused on stress physiology, risk perception, and risk-taking behavior in gambling disorder. Her dissertation work explores the influence of life stress severity, timing, and type on decision making under stress in older adults.

Karen Rieffel

Senior Research Assistant

Neuroscience, '20

Sannitha Baragada

Senior Research Assistant

Neuroscience, '20

Amila Dzananovic

Senior Research Assistant

Psychology (Philosophy minor), '20

Osha Chesnutt-Perry

Junior Research Assistant

Neuroscience, '21

TONY BUCHANAN, PHD

Principal Investigator

Dr. Buchanan's research focuses on the intersection between stress and behavior. Dr. Buchanan's work has focused on the role that stress plays in learning and memory, and more recently, decision making. Dr. Buchanan's work has been funded by the Templeton Foundation, the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Center for Responsible Gaming, and the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression.

He received his Ph.D. in Biological Psychology from the University of Oklahoma and went on to a postdoctoral fellowship in Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Iowa. He is currently Associate Professor of Psychology and Co-Director of the Neuroscience Program at Saint Louis University.

ASHLEY DOONAN, MA

Graduate Student
Eastern Illinois University, MA '16

McKendree University, BA '14

Ashley is a first year student in the cognitive neuroscience program. Her research explores the role of stress on decision making and it's application to addictive behavior.

Ashley received her master's in Clinical Psychology from EIU, where she specialized in the treatment of traumatic stress and substance use disorders. Her master's thesis examined the impact of chronic and acute stress on mechanisms of visual attention. Before starting at SLU, Ashley worked at the University of Michigan as a data curator in the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR).

Monica Rao

Sophomore Research Assistant

Biostatistics, '22

Rithika Somasundaram

Sophomore Research Assistant

Psychology (Pre-Law), '22

Zeshan Ali

Sophomore Research Assistant

Neuroscience, '22

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