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Maggie Mae Mell, Ph.D.

Maggie Mae was a full time research assistant in the CAN lab. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Rutgers University in 2005. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Neuroscience.

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Wendy Sun, B.S.

Wendy majored in Neuroscience at Yale (class of 2018), and was a Postgraduate Research Associate at CAN lab. She is currently persuing her MD-PhD at Harvard University. 

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Ross MacLean, Ph.D.

Ross earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Pennsylvania State University in 2015. He is currently an Advanced Fellow in Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC) at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System and Yale University. His research is focused on identifying neurobiological and behavioral mechanisms involved in the maintenance and treatment of addiction.

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Matthew Schafer

Matthew was a full time research assistant in the CAN lab. He received his B.A. in Psychology from William & Mary in 2014. His interests include cognition-emotion interaction, mindfulness and social cognition. He is currently pursuing a Neuroscience Ph.D. at Mount Sinai. 

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Shosuke Suzuki, B.S.

Shosuke was a full time research assistant in the CAN lab. He graduated from UCLA with a B.S. in Neuroscience in 2014. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. at Emory University. 

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Bethany Goodhue, B.A.

Bethany was a full time research assistant in the CAN lab. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Yale in 2016. She is now persuing her Ph.D. at University of South Florida. 

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Reuben Hendler, M.D.

Reuben was a full time research assistant in the CAN lab. He received his degree in cognitive science from Calhoun College at Yale in 2014. He is interested in the psychology of living well – how the mind assigns ethical and moral value and produces feelings of meaningfulness and fulfillment. He practices meditation and hopes to study its potential use in cultivating mental habits conducive to human flourishing.  He is also interested in how emotion regulation techniques may be skillfully implemented in light of heuristics for evaluating experience like the “ends-and-peaks” rule. 

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Darby Henry

Darby was a Cognitive Science major in Pierson College. As an undergraduate research assistant in the CAN lab, she helped work on a couple super cool meta-analysis related to the neural mechanisms underlying craving and the significance of craving in addiction.

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Joseph Taylor, M.D., Ph.D.

Joe earned his MD and PhD in Neuroscience from the Medical University of South Carolina. Broadly, Joe’s research focuses on pairing brain stimulation techniques with brain imaging techniques in order to map and modulate the aberrant neural networks associated with refractory psychiatric and neurological symptoms.

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Nilofar Vafaie, M.S.

Email: nilo.vafay@yale.edu

Nilo is a research associate at CAN Lab. She graduated with a Master’s in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University. Her interests include the neural and cognitive bases of emotion dysregulation and their role in the development and maintenance of psychopathology, as well as computational psychiatry, meta-analyses, and mindfulness.

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Hailey Yetman

Hailey is an Neuroscience major in Davenport College (class of 2020). As an undergraduate research assistant, she has worked on a meta-analysis that models how cue reactivity and craving affect treatment outcomes. Now, she is working on a study that examines the efficacy of brief training on ability to regulate craving and subsequent substance use. Broadly, Hailey is interested in neural mechanisms behind disorders and disabilities and intends on pursuing medical school.

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Uri Berger, Ph.D.

Uri Berger was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the CAN lab. He received his doctoral degree in Psychology from Bar-Ilan University. His M.A. degrees in psychology (experimental and clinical) are from the universities of Bar-ilan and Tel-Aviv. Uri’s past focus was on the origins of social disgust. Currently he is working on a project investigating the role of craving in binge drinking. Specifically, he will examine the effects of regulation of craving training (ROC-T) on young adults who binge drink. To approach these questions he will use various methods, including cognitive tasks, affective-related tasks, and brain imaging.

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Sophy Xiong, B.S., B.A.

Email: yihan.xiong@yale.edu

Sophy (Yihan) Xiong is a full time research assistant in the CAN lab. Sophy graduated from UCLA (Class of 2018) with a double major in Psychobiology (B.S.) and Linguistics (B.A.). She has previously worked on the neurogenetics of autism, and novel treatments for anxiety and depression. Her current interests include the neural correlates of addictive mechanisms, and of clinical interventions for SUD. When she is not in lab, she can be found salsa dancing, trapeze flying, theater acting, or taking a nap.

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Stephanie Malta

Stephanie is a junior in Morse College from Miami, Florida majoring in Neuroscience. Her current research interests include emotion, addictive behaviors, gender differences and public health applications. Outside of lab, you can usually find her reading or at an a cappella performance.

 
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Lili Margitai

Lili is a Neuroscience major in Branford College (class of 2020). She has worked on a study that analyzed the regulation of craving in heavy drinkers [CTNA] and on a study that looks at how stress affects heavy smokers’ ability to regulate their cravings [ROC-Shock]. Now, she is working on a smoking cessation randomized controlled trial (RCT) neuroimaging study [PDC3].  

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Daniel Rice

Danny is a Cognitive Science major in Jonathan Edwards College (class of 2020). He has worked on a study looking at the effects of stress on regulation of nicotine cravings [ROC-Shock], and a meta-analysis modeling how cue reactivity and craving affect treatment outcomes. Now, he is working on a smoking cessation randomized controlled trial (RCT) neuro-imaging study [PDC3]. More than anything, he’s just happy to be here.

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Kiran Damodaran

Kiran is a senior in Pauli Murray College majoring in Economics and English. His research interests include neural mechanisms of addiction and change, adolescent addiction and treatment, and emotion regulation. In his free time, he loves writing poetry and playing soccer, lacrosse, and guitar. 

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Sophie Shang, M.S.

Email:  fei.shang@yale.edu

Sophie (Fei) Shang is a full time research assistant in the CAN lab. Sophie graduated from University College London with a Master of Research in Cognitive Neuroscience. Previously, she went to UC Berkeley and double majored in Cognitive Science and Psychology. She studies the cognitive and affective processes underlying major psychiatric disorders using computational modeling, behavioral testing and neuroimaging. Her current interests include the neural correlates of addictive mechanisms, and clinical intervention methods.