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Graduate Students

Brandon Bray

Brandon Bray is a sixth-year graduate student in the Child Clinical Psychology doctoral program at Penn State. Brandon is interested in how parents' depression affects the development of child executive functioning and academic performance. Brandon received his undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Oregon.

Jason Feldman

Jason Feldman is a fourth-year student in the Child-Clinical Psychology doctoral program. Broadly, he is interested in how the neurological and cognitive abnormalities associated with ADHD independently and interactively impact the social and emotional development of afflicted youth.  Jason received his undergraduate degree from New York University, where he studied Psychology with a concentration in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Studies. At the NYU Child Study Center, he worked with Dr. Richard Gallagher investigating the efficacy of using organization, time management, and planning skills as intervention targets for children with ADHD. Prior to coming to Penn State, Jason emphasized gene-environment correlations, peer relationships, and comorbid internalizing/externalizing behaviors as he further investigated ADHD etiology under the guidance of Dr. Steve Lee at UCLA.

Shane Wise

Shane Wise is a third-year student in the Child-Clinical Psychology doctoral program at Penn State. His interest is in the cognitive and neural underpinnings of psychological disorders throughout development. Shane received his undergraduate degree at the University of Maryland, where he studied Psychology and Neuroscience. At the University of Maryland he worked with Dr. Andrea Chronis-Tuscano on research investigating improvements to Parent-Child Interaction Therapy and maternal stress in children with ADHD. After his undergraduate studies, Shane worked at Children's National Medical Center researching the efficacy of cognitive training programs for children with Sickle Cell Disorder. Before coming to Penn State, he worked again at the University of Maryland on an fMRI and EEG study of memory in childhood under the guidance of Dr. Tracy Riggins.  

Ali Roule

Ali Roule is a second-year student in the Child-Clinical Psychology doctoral program. She is interested in the intersection between cognition and emotion, particularly how externalizing disorders relate to cognitive and social functioning. Ali completed her undergraduate degree at Wellesley College, where she worked with Dr. Christen Deveney on projects examining irritability and its relationship to attention and emotion recognition. Prior to attending Penn State, she was an IRTA in the Section on Mood Dysregulation and Neuroscience at the National Institute of Mental Health, studying the treatment and neurocognitive mechanisms of pediatric irritability. 

Tyler Warner

Tyler Warner is a second-year student in the Child-Clinical Psychology doctoral program. His research interests focus on how cognitive and neurological differences associated with ADHD manifest in social interactions and relationships. Tyler received his undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Chicago, where he worked with Dr. Lindsey E. Richland  to investigate how gestures and differences in visual presentation affect the comprehension of higher-order relationships and achievement in elementary math classrooms.

Amanda Zanko

Amanda Zanko is a second-year student in the School Psychology doctoral program at Penn State. Her research interests focus on the study of psychometrics and school assessment practices for students with neuropsychological disorders, specifically ADHD. Amanda received her undergraduate degree in Neuroscience at the Ohio State University. After her undergraduate studies, Amanda attended Edinboro University’s Educational Specialist program in school psychology. Before coming to Penn State, she completed a school psychology internship at a local school district in northwestern PA and earned her certification in School Psychology.  

Christina Hlutkowsky

Christina Hlutkowsky is a first-year student in the Child-Clinical Psychology doctoral program at Penn State. Her interests center around the cognitive, emotional, and neural underpinnings of psychological disorders throughout childhood development. Christina received her undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh, where she worked with Dr. Timothy Nokes-Malach and Dr. Cristina Zepeda studying teacher-led cognitive skills in urban classrooms. After graduating, she worked with Dr. Susan Perlman at the Laboratory for Child Brain Development at UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh. There, the lab investigated child emotion regulation, focusing on irritability, and executive function development during the preschool years using fNIRS, fMRI, and behavioral measures.