People

Lab Director

  • Bruce Bartholow
  • Bruce Bartholow
  • Frederick A. Middlebush Professor
  • Psychological Sciences
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • My research interests fall generally within four distinct yet overlapping areas: (1) the role of cognitive control in social behavior; (2) acute effects of alcohol on cognitive control; (3) individual differences in neurobiologically based risks for addiction, primarily alcohol use disorder; and (4) effects of incidental stimulus exposure on cognition and behavior (i.e., priming effects). The common theme around which these lines of work are integrated is the interplay between salience (i.e., motivational significance) and cognitive control.

    Contemporary theories of social cognition emphasize the role of cognitive and behavioral control in social behavior. Alcohol is known to cause a number of cognitive impairments and affective/emotional changes that lead to deficits in behavioral control, and that have implications for changes in social behaviors (e.g., risk-taking; aggression). Thus, our work has implications for understanding both intoxicated and sober social functioning. Also, individual differences in the salience of alcohol-related cues is believed to contribute to alcohol involvement and risk for alcohol use disorder among young adults. However, most of the research investigating the neurobiological foundations of this risk has been conducted using rodents. An important goal of our work is to test how the theory and findings from this rodent research applies to human models of addiction, particularly at the earliest stages of the addiction cycle. Ultimately, this work is meant to lay the foundation for new approaches to prevention and treatment of addictive disorders.

Post-docs

  • Roberto Cofresí
  • Roberto Cofresí
  • Roberto earned a B.Sc. in biochemistry and a Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Texas at Austin. Roberto’s doctoral research focused on testing preclinical rodent models of the ability of alcohol use-related cues to trigger behaviors that promote alcohol use and contribute to the risk for relapse after treatment of alcohol addiction. He is interested in adapting promising anti-addiction and anti-relapse interventions identified in preclinical rodent models for use on human subjects and testing those adapted interventions in the preclinical human laboratory.

Graduate Students

  • Kelsey Irvin
  • Kelsey Irvin
  • Kelsey graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2016 with a dual B.A. in Psychological Sciences and Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology, with an emphasis in Cognitive Neuroscience. Her research interests focus on emotion regulation and reward processing as it relates to internalizing disorders. Previous work includes using neurophysiological measures, such as event-related potentials (ERPs), to examine how individuals experience rewards, and how that experience relates to individual differences in positive emotion regulation and symptoms of depression.

  • Jorge Martins
  • Jorge Martins
  • Jorge completed his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in Psychology at the Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences of the University of Coimbra, Portugal. His research interests focus on understanding the complex interplay between impulsivity/deficits in cognitive control and affect-regulation motives for engaging in alcohol consumption and sexual behavior. He focuses on alcohol consumption and (risky) sexual behavior as prototypic exemplars of a broad class of risk-taking behaviors (Cooper, Agocha & Sheldon, 2000). The intersection of EF/cognitive control deficits and motives for risk-taking lies at the heart of his interest and is the primary focus of his research.

  • Hannah Volpert-Esmond
  • Hannah Volpert-Esmond
  • Hannah graduated from the University of Delaware in 2012 with a B.S. in Psychology with Honors and a B.S. in Neuroscience. She worked for the SCN Lab for two years as a project manager. She is broadly interested in using neurophysiological measures such as ERPs to investigate various topics in the field of social neuroscience. Previous work includes ERP investigations of how prejudice and stereotyping are involved in shaping racial bias.

Lab Alumni

Who are they? Where are they now?
A number of former SCANlab members have gone on to interesting and prosperous lives elsewhere. We are proud to call them our lab alumni. (If you belong on this list but you’re not currently on it, send an email with your info and we’ll add you.)

  • Curt Von Gunten
  • Graduate Research Assistant
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Duke University School of Medicine
  • Liana S. E. Hone
  • Post-doc
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Research Institute on Addictions, Buffalo, NY
  • Joseph Hilgard
  • Graduate Student
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Illinois State University
  • Kira Bailey
  • Post-doc
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Ohio Wesleyan University
  • Chris Engelhardt
  • Graduate Student
  • Data Scientist, Carfax, Inc.
  • Ward Davis
  • Undergraduate Honors Research Assistant
  • Assistant Professor, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL
  • Cheryl L. Dickter
  • Graduate Research Assistant
  • Associate Professor, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg , VA
  • Kimmy Fleming
  • Graduate Student
  • Assistant Professor, Temple University School of Medicine
  • Megan Fleming
  • Undergraduate Capstone Student
  • Research Technician, Curtin Addiction Research Lab, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Erika Henry
  • Graduate student
  • Research Psychologist & Data Scientist, National Center for Quality Assurance, Washington, DC
  • Adrienne Heinz
  • Undergraduate Honors Research Assistant
  • Research Scientist, Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System
  • Joseph Hilgard
  • Graduate Student
  • Drs. Gloria and Melvin “Jack” Chisum Research fellow, Annenberg Public Policy Center, University of Pennsylvania
  • Geoffrey Kerr
  • Undergraduate honors student
  • Graduate student, Social psychology, University of Colorado at Boulder
  • Ozlem Korucuoglu
  • Post-doc
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Psychiatry, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO
  • Chris Loersch
  • Post-doc
  • Assistant Professor, University of Colorado, Boulder
  • Sarah Lust
  • Graduate student
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Arts and Sciences, Maryville University
  • Sarah Mitchell
  • Project Manager
  • PhD student, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, University of Missouri
  • Stephanie Peak
  • Undergraduate Research Assistant
  • Graduate student, Psychology Department, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Tim Sannes
  • Undergraduate Honors Research Assistant
  • Graduate student, Clinical Health Psychology, University of Florida
  • Monica Schepers-Riordan
  • Undergraduate Honors Research Assistant
  • Assistant Professor, Chatham University, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Marc Sestir
  • Graduate Research Assistant
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Hendrix College, Conway, AR
  • Eunsam Shin
  • Post-doctoral fellow
  • Post-doctoral research associate, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea
  • Elena Stepanova
  • Post-doctoral fellow
  • Assistant Professor, University of Southern Mississippi
  • Ellie Stillwell
  • Project Manager
  • Graduate Student, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  • Eduardo Vasquez
  • Post-doctoral trainee
  • Lecturer in Forensic Psychology, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK
  • Andrew Watrous
  • Undergraduate Honors Research Assistant
  • Research assistant, Translational Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Lab, UC-Davis (Cam Carter, PI)