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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
Current Research: How does adolescent social stress increase drug self
administration in adulthood?
Future Plans: Identify neural mechanisms and potential interventions
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
||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.
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.
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