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Postdoctoral Scholars
Andrew R. Burke
Area of Study: Behavioral Neuroscience
Advisor: Dr. Klaus A. Miczek
Background: I obtained a bachelor of science degree from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. My major was psychology and minor was biology. I earned a Ph.D. in basic biomedical sciences with a neuroscience specialization from the University of South Dakota, Sanford School of Medicine, Division of Basic Biomedical Sciences in Vermillion, South Dakota. My dissertation was about the effects of adolescent stress on behavioral and neural responses to amphetamine in adulthood.
Current Research: How does adolescent social stress increase drug self administration in adulthood?
Future Plans: Identify neural mechanisms and potential interventions
Heather Burte
Area of Study: Cognitive
Background: Earned Master degree in Geography and PhD in Psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. My research has focused on individual differences in large-scale spatial cognition, such as one's ability to navigate through a neighborhood. In specific, my PhD research focused on the ability to identify and compare allocentric-headings, which are directions oriented to the environment, like cardinal directions.
Current Research: The development and evaluation of classroom interventions targeting elementary-school children’s spatial thinking and STEM performance.
Lucas Albrechet de Souza
Area of Study: Neuroscience, Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics
Advisor: Dr. Klaus A. Miczek
Background: My dissertation work (University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, 2010) assessed the phenomenon referred as "one-trail tolerance" to the elevated plus maze test through the exam of hormonal, cognitive and neuroanatomical factors in rats. Procedures included: animal behavior analysis, stereotaxic surgery, immunohistochemistry and hormonal assay, factor analysis.
Current Research: My current research focus on rodent models to investigate the regulation of stress and corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) pathways in alcohol-related behaviors.

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Maryna Raskin
Background: Maryna Raskin is a postdoctoral researcher at Tufts Interdisciplinary Evaluation Research (TIER; co-directed by Drs. Jacobs, Easterbrooks, and Mistry). She collaborates with Dr. Urry on several studies, including most recently an investigation of the effectiveness of an online daily journaling intervention for modifying patterns of emotion regulation. Maryna's research focuses on complex mechanisms underlying maternal and caregiver depression and emotion regulation difficulties, and more broadly, on the interplay of the individual and ecological factors that influence parenting and shape the development of children.
Dr. Rebecca Rayburn-Reeves, Ph.D.
Area of Study: Animal Behavior & Comparative Cognition
Advisor: Robert Cook, Ph.D.
Background: I received my B.S. in Psychology (Minor: P&R) at Appalachian State in 2004. I went on to receive my M.A. in Psychology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (2007) and finally my Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology at the University of Kentucky (2011). My research during my doctoral candidacy centered on assessing levels of behavioral flexibility and memory in pigeons and rats, as well as various cognitive phenomena in pigeons, rats and canines. After traveling for a summer, I began teaching Intro to Psych and Experimental Psych classes as an Adjunct Professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, as well as working in a human neurofeedback lab. In September of 2014 I began my post-doc fellowship here at Tufts University where I am currently conducting research on cognitive processes in pigeons and starlings.
Current Research: My current focus is on the cognitive mechanisms involved in behavioral flexibility during reversal learning, as well as how memory for previous experience guides present behavior. Additionally, I’m focusing on how time plays a functional role in the organization of behavior in various non-human animals and assessing its effect in comparison to other sources of information that influence decision-making processes.
Future Plans: To continue to conduct research in comparative cognition and procure a position as a tenured-track professor in Psychology.