Current Staff

Director

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

Graduate Students

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.

Kiera James received her B.A. in psychology from Swarthmore College in 2015. She joined the BMDI as a graduate student in the Fall of 2016. She is interested in using peripheral and neurophysiological methods to examine markers of risk for self-injurious thoughts and behaviors (SITBs) in children and adolescents as well as examining cognitive and emotional responses in youth with different histories of SITBs. In particular, she is interested in examining the impact of interpersonal relationships on risk for SITBs, focusing on proposed mechanisms of risk across multiple units of analysis.

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.