• Jamey Brumbaugh

    Graduate Degree
    PhD in Psychology (In Progress)
    Graduate Program Advisor
    Dr. Daniel McNeil

    Training Program

    Training Program
    Behavioral and Biomedical Sciences (Current Associate Scholar)
    Training Program Advisor
    Dr. Daniel McNeil

    Jamey is a second-year clinical psychology PhD student working with Dr. Daniel W. McNeil in the Anxiety, Psychophysiology, and Pain Research Laboratory with the Department of Psychology. His research interests span the domain of health psychology. Specifically, he is interested in the psychosocial implications of genetic information and technology. This is significant as health-related genetic information is increasingly used to assess and inform treatment of patients within a variety of healthcare settings. Additionally, he is interested in sleep behavior and how sleep quality impacts other health-related behaviors.

    As an associate member of the training program I am in an advantage position to network with an interdisciplinary group of researchers and participate in targeted meetings/workshops that supplement my graduate education. The T32 allows me to gain valuable experiences that work to advance my graduate training, thus better preparing me for a research career beyond grad school.
  • Ashley Douglas

    Graduate Degree
    PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience (In Progress)
    Graduate Program Advisor
    Dr. Melissa Blank

    Training Program

    Training Program
    Behavioral and Biomedical Sciences (Current Associate Scholar)
    Training Program Advisor
    Dr. Melissa Blank

    Ashley is a second year PhD student in the laboratory of Dr. Melissa Blank in the Department of Psychology, Behavioral Neuroscience. She uses human models of drug dependence to study the effects of nicotine and tobacco products. Her current research focuses on the abuse liability of electronic cigarettes. Electronic cigarette use has become a primary public health concern over the past several years, especially among adolescent and young adult populations.

    “I am thrilled to be an associate scholar through the BBS training program. The opportunities provided by the program allow me to extend my professional training beyond the scope of my training area and to explore multidisciplinary methods of research.”
  • Alexa Ebert

    Graduate Degree
    PhD in Clinical Psychology (In Progress)
    Graduate Program Advisor
    Dr. Amy Fiske

    Training Program

    Training Program
    Behavioral and Biomedical Sciences (Current Trainee)
    Training Program Advisor
    Dr. Amy Fiske

    Alexa is in her first year as a trainee on the BBS T32 training grant. She previously held the position of associate scholar. She is a second-year Clinical Psychology PhD student working under the supervision of Dr. Amy Fiske in the Mental Health and Aging Lab. Her research interests are broadly in the area of geropsychology with special interests in improving quality of life in persons with dementia and their care-partners through public health initiatives, non-pharmacological interventions, intergenerational relationships, and interventions for formal and informal dementia caregivers. She is currently conducting thesis research that explores the effects of dementia knowledge interventions on attitudes toward persons with dementia among laypersons.

    Being a trainee will enable me to engage in multidisciplinary research collaborations and to dialogue with fellow students, faculty, and medical professionals. Further, it will allow me the opportunity for an enriched research training experience that incorporates behavioral, social, and biological perspectives.
  • Brenna Kirk

    Graduate Degree
    PhD in Social and Behavioral Sciences (In Progress)
    Graduate Program Advisor
    Dr. Ranjita Misra

    Training Program

    Training Program
    Behavioral and Biomedical Sciences (Current Trainee)
    Training Program Advisor
    Dr. Ranjita Misra

    Brenna is in her first year as a trainee in the training program. She is a second year PhD student in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences within the School of Public Health. Her work with Dr. Ranjita Misra currently focuses on increasing patient and stakeholder engagement in developing a patient-centered outcomes research agenda regarding diabetes disparities and health outcomes for the state of West Virginia. Broadly, she is interested in designing and improving access and utilization of behavioral interventions for people living with diabetes or prediabetes in rural areas, with a special focus on addressing diabetes-related social and mental health needs.

    "As a trainee, I am provided the opportunity to engage and work with students and faculty from diverse fields and perspectives, which will help in preparing me to be an effective collaborator and member of interdisciplinary and translational research teams."
  • Mason McCollum

    Graduate Degree
    PhD in Neuroscience (In Progress)
    Graduate Program Advisor
    Dr. Charles Anderson

    Training Program

    Training Program
    Behavioral and Biomedical Sciences (Current Trainee)
    Training Program Advisor
    Dr. Charles Anderson

    Mason is in his first year as a trainee on the BBS T32 training grant. He is a third year PhD student in the Neuroscience Department in the Biomedical Science Research Program. As part of his work with Dr. Charlie Anderson he studies auditory processing specifically the effects of synaptic zinc on corticofugal neurons in the auditory cortex. His current research focuses on understanding the cortical mechanisms that shape the activity of corticofugal neurons in the auditory cortex and utilizing this information to investigate how these neurons support sound-driven behaviors.

    Being involved in this training program will allow me to gain experience and knowledge in designing and implementing experiments that encompass multidisciplinary approaches and multiple levels of analysis to achieve my research goals. The training I will receive will be invaluable and excellent for my development as both a student and a researcher.
  • Tyler McGaughey

    Graduate Degree
    PhD in Neuroscience (In Progress)
    Graduate Program Advisor
    Dr. Victor Finomore

    Training Program

    Training Program
    Behavioral and Biomedical Sciences (Current Trainee)
    Training Program Advisor
    Dr. Victor Finomore

    Tyler is in his second year as a trainee on the training grant. He is a third year PhD student in the Neuroscience Program, within the Biomedical Sciences Program. His work with Dr. Finomore at the Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute focuses on understand the role of chronic stress in the perception of chronic pain.

    Being a trainee on the training grant will provide me with a unique opportunity to interact with students and faculty outside my discipline. These interactions will not only allow me to develop my professional skills but give me a unique perspective on research.
  • Hecmarie Melendez-Fernandez

    Graduate Degree
    PhD in Neuroscience (In Progress)
    Graduate Program Advisor
    Dr. Randy Nelson

    Training Program

    Training Program
    Behavioral and Biomedical Sciences (Current Trainee)
    Training Program Advisor
    Dr. Randy Nelson

    Hecmarie is a first year fellow on the BBS T32 training program. She is a second year graduate student in the Neuroscience Graduate Program. As part of her work with Dr. Randy Nelson, she studies the impact circadian disruption has on health, specifically, when recovering from an ischemic injury. Her current research focuses on how light at night affects recovery after ischemia, and how it changes brain vasculature, cardiac clock genes, and behavior. As part of her graduate work she is interested in studying how circadian rhythm disruption through exposure to light at night, such as that experienced during shiftwork, affects cardiovascular health and impacts behavior and cognition.

    If you need help - any kind - with classes, managing time, adjusting to graduate school, or related to your mental health, don't hesitate to ask for help! Things are better managed when they are tackled early on.
  • Malia Miller

    Graduate Degree
    PhD in Biology (In Progress)
    Graduate Program Advisor
    Dr. Kevin Daly

    Training Program

    Training Program
    Behavioral and Biomedical Sciences (Current Trainee)
    Training Program Advisor
    Dr. Kevin Daly

    Malia is a fellow on the training grant. She is a third year PhD student in the laboratory of Dr. Kevin Daly in the Biology Department. She studies connections between neural activity and behavior, focusing on a putative corollary discharge circuit, which provides information to mechanosensory processing regions. She conducts this research in the model organism Drosophila melanogaster.

    “As a fellow, I will have the opportunity to look beyond my model organism by learning from those who use different organisms, from mice to humans, to answer similar behavior-centered questions. I am also interested in learning how to approach a single question from multiple different perspectives. Thankfully, I will be able to work with others on the training grant, who collectively represent a diverse group of fields and a wide range of perspectives.
  • Cecelia Nelson

    Graduate Degree
    PhD in Clinical Psychology (In Progress)
    Graduate Program Advisor
    Dr. Christina Duncan

    Training Program

    Training Program
    Behavioral and Biomedical Sciences (Current Trainee)
    Training Program Advisor
    Dr. Christina Duncan

    Cecelia Nelson is in her second year as a trainee on the training grant. She is a third year PhD student in Clinical Child Psychology working with Dr. Christina Duncan. Cecelia’s research focuses on the development of health disparities between males and females in pain, health outcomes in pediatric pain conditions, and the interaction between biological and behavioral components of pediatric pain conditions.

    Being a trainee on the T32 grant offers me the unique opportunity to make long-lasting collegial connections with the biological researchers and medical professional in my field of interest. I am looking forward to the knowledge that I will gain from my fellow students and faculty members involved with the grant.
  • Kacie O'Neill

    Graduate Degree
    PhD in Biomedical Engineering (In Progress)
    Graduate Program Advisor
    Dr. Sergiy Yakovenko

    Training Program

    Training Program
    Behavioral and Biomedical Sciences (Current Associate Scholar)
    Training Program Advisor
    Dr. Sergiy Yakovenko

    Kacie is a second year Biomedical Engineering PhD student working in the laboratory of Dr. Sergiy Yakovenko in the Department of Neuroscience. She also works with Dr. Brock Lindsey in the Department of Orthopedics. She studies gait analytics in healthy and diseased populations of both humans and mice. Her particular interests include amputee populations treated with targeted muscle reinnervation or osseointegrated prosthetic technology.

    “I am excited to be a part of this training program that will give me the tools for professional and personal development. I am grateful for the opportunity to work with and learn from students and faculty with interests very different from my own."
  • Alaina Tiani

    Graduate Degree
    PhD in Clinical Psychology (In Progress)
    Graduate Program Advisor
    Dr. Kevin Larkin

    Training Program

    Training Program
    Behavioral and Biomedical Sciences (Current Associate Scholar)
    Training Program Advisor
    Dr. Kevin Larkin

    Alaina is in her second year as a T32 Associate Scholar. She is a fourth-year PhD student in the Clinical Psychology program in the Department of Psychology. As part of her work with Dr. Kevin Larkin, she studies behavioral physiology and cardiovascular reactivity to stress. Her current research focuses on the association between sleep and autonomic reactivity. Specifically, she is interested in understanding whether sleep quality is associated with changes in the magnitude of cardiovascular reactivity to a stressor.

    “Being a T32 associate scholar will allow me to interact and collaborate with individuals who offer in-depth knowledge of basic science research and methodology, and will foster a transdisciplinary environment in which I can prepare for a future career as a clinical health psychologist working with medical professionals and researchers.”
  • Allison White

    Graduate Degree
    PhD in Neuroscience (In Progress)
    Graduate Program Advisor
    Dr. Vincent Setola

    Training Program

    Training Program
    Behavioral and Biomedical Sciences (Current Trainee)
    Training Program Advisor
    Dr. Vincent Setola

    Allison is in her second year as a trainee on the BBS T32 training grant. She is a third year PhD student in the Cellular and Integrative Physiology program in the School of Medicine. Her research in Dr. Vincent Setola’s laboratory focusses on G protein signaling mechanisms and understanding the role that Regulator of G protein Signaling-12 (RGS12) plays in regulating monoamine transporters in the brain.

    "The BBS T32 training program will provide me with access to potential collaborations and opportunities to be influenced by colleagues using altogether different behavioral, molecular/biochemical, and psychological approaches. As a second year trainee, I am excited to continue receiving the training necessary to help me conduct multidisciplinary research towards clinical and translational outputs.”

The BBS Training Program is supported by a National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) sponsored predoctoral training grant (T32 GM132494).