Current Staff


Brandon E. Gibb, Ph.D.
Director of Clinical Training
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Director, Center for Affective Science

Graduate Students

Anastacia Kudinova received her B.A. in psychology from Brigham Young University-Hawaii and M.A. from Teacher's college, Columbia University. She joined the BMDI as a graduate student in the Fall of 2012. Her research interests lie in identifying potential biological and affective endophenotypes of depression using multi-method cross-species designs. Specifically, her research focuses on investigating the role of cytokines in etiology and pathophysiology of depression and neurophysiological aspects of emotion regulation and their association with depression. Anastacia is currently completing her predoctoral internship at Charles George VA Medical Center, Asheville, NC.

Aliona Tsypes received her B.A. in psychology from Hunter College of the City University of New York in 2013 and joined the BMDI as a graduate student in the Fall of 2014. She is interested in utilizing multiple levels of analysis in the laboratory and daily life with the goal of examining cognitive and emotional responses in individuals with different histories of self-injurious thoughts and behaviors (SITBs). She is also interested in elucidating risk pathways through which the interactions between cognition, emotion, genes, and environment might lead to the onset and maintenance of psychopathology and SITBs.

Cope Feurer received her B.S. in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2013. She joined the BMDI as a graduate student in the Fall of 2015. She is interested in the utilization of peripheral and neurophysiological methods to examine the relation between interpersonal stress responses and adolescent depression as well as risk factors, such as cognitive vulnerabilities and deficits in emotion regulation, that contribute to stress generation and reactivity in youth.

Claire Foster received her B.A. in psychology from Cornell University. She joined the BMDI as a graduate student in the Fall of 2017. Her research interests focus primarily on proximate mechanisms of development, and the processes through which disparate developmental trajectories arise early in life. In particular, she is interested in examining the processes through which environmental factors, such as parental symptomology and parenting behavior, may increase risk for depression in children by impacting early social learning and attentional patterns in infancy and early childhood.