Alumni

Postdoctoral Fellow

Lila Chrysikou, Ph.D.chrysikou

Email: lila@temple.edu

Dr. Chrysikou was a postdoctoral fellow in the lab from 2005 to 2006. Her research has focused on the ways people categorize objects in their environment and use various tools creatively in the light of goals they aim to achieve. She is further interested in understanding the neuropathology of neuropsychological disorders that affect object knowledge and use. After her time at Temple, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania and is currently assistant professor in the Psychology Department at the University of Kansas.

 

Graduate Students

Mary Iampietro, Ph.D.iampietro

Email: tub64213@temple.edu

Dr. Iampietro received her Ph.D. from Temple in 2014, completed an internship at the University of Chicago, and is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, MD. She has studied differential neuropsychological functioning in children with cerebellar brain tumors and the relation of biomarkers and cognition in children with sickle cell disease. Her clinical work is focused on pediatric neuropsychology, working with diverse pediatric populations in the medical setting. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and their wild and crazy children, being outdoors, frequenting many of Philly’s fantastic restaurants, and being a die-hard Phillies and Eagles fan.

 

Gregory Seidel, Ph.D.seidel

Email: tub64355@temple.edu

Dr. Seidel received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Temple in 2014, completed an internship at the West Haven VA Hospital, and is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Thomas Jefferson University. Prior to entering the clinical program at Temple, he received a B.S. in German from Georgetown University and had brief careers in ESL teaching, language translation, and clinical research. His research interests have focused on the relation between vascular pathology and cognition, and the contribution of changes in these processes to deficits in everyday action performance. His broader interests include neuropsychology, neuroanatomy, and cognitive aging.

 

Colette Seter Elliott, Ph.D.seter

Email: colette.seter@temple.edu

Dr. Elliott received her Ph.D. from Temple in 2013, completed an internship at the West Haven VA Hospital, and is currently a postdoctoral fellow in Rehabilitation Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital. She has studied whether people plan before conducting everyday actions, and if planning impacts performance. Specifically, she has assessed planning in individuals with dementia, schizophrenia, and brain injury, with the aim of informing rehabilitation programs to enhance quality of life. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, watching television, and traveling.

 

Brianne Magouirk Bettcher, Ph.D.bettcher

Email: bettcher@temple.edu

Dr. Bettcher completed her Ph.D. at Temple in 2010, her internship in clinical neuropsychology at the Palo Alto VA Hospital, and a postdoctoral fellowship at UCSF’s Memory and Aging Center, where she is currently an assistant professor. At Temple, Dr. Bettcher developed her research on error monitoring processes in individuals diagnosed with a dementia. Her research addresses how deficits in error monitoring affect an individual’s capacity to carry out activities of daily living and function autonomously. She also developed an intervention strategy to train everyday task knowledge and demonstrated its efficacy for improving error detection. In her spare time, she enjoys kickboxing and camping, though rarely at the same time.

 

kesslerRachel K. Kessler, Ph.D.

Email: rkessler@temple.edu

Dr. Kessler earned her Ph.D. from Temple and completed an internship at the West Los Angeles VA Hospital. As a graduate student in the lab, she examined the everyday action difficulties of individuals with schizophrenia and the cognitive mechanisms that underlie problems with performing such tasks. Her dissertation focused on an environmental intervention designed to improve action performance in this population. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, reading, and watching reality TV.

 

Undergraduate Students

Dylan Ottemiller, B.A.ottemiller

Dylan received her bachelor’s degree from Temple with a major in psychology and a minor in art. As a research assistant in the lab, she helped to collect data on planning before everyday actions to learn how planning influences performance. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in art therapy at Drexel University. In her free time, she enjoys drawing, arts and crafts, running, playing handball, and spending time with family and friends.

 

Joel Eppig, B.S.eppig

After graduating from Temple, Joel worked as a research assistant in the Neurology Department at the Drexel School of Medicine before pursuing his Ph.D. in the SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology. As an undergraduate research assistant in the lab, Joel’s interests included the cognitive profiles of dementia types and the influence of pharmacological agents on cognition in dementia patients. In his spare time, he enjoys music, good food, and his friends.

 

Molly Fanning, B.A.

Molly received her bachelor’s degree from Temple. As research assistant in the lab, Molly assisted with projects examining everyday action among people with schizophrenia. After graduating from Temple, she has worked as a clinical research coordinator at the University of Pennsylvania.

 

Sara Fitt, B.S.fitt

Sara received her bachelor’s degree from Temple in psychology and English and has worked as a research assistant at the University of Pennsylvania examining the effect of aortic valve replacement on cognition. Her interests include brain-behavior relationships and modern and contemporary American literature. In her spare time, she enjoys travel, sports, reading, celebrity gossip, and reality television.

 

Abbie Lyon, B.S.lyon

After graduating from Temple, Abbie worked as a research assistant at the University of Pennsylvania examining the effect of aortic valve replacement on cognition before pursuing her Psy.D. at Widener University. Her interests include the cognitive impairments that may occur in old age, some due to normal aging, some to underlying pathology, and implications for treatment and rehabilitation.

 

Denene Wambach, B.S.wambach

Denene received her bachelor’s degree and juris doctorate from Temple University. In the future she also hopes to obtain a doctorate degree in cognitive neuropsychology. She has examined how individuals with neuropathological disorders recognize and work with familiar objects. She is also interested in how neuropathology affects executive functioning and the ability to solve everyday problems. Her other academic interests include ethics and Constitutional theory, contemporary dynamics of race and social thought, as well as Existential political thought.

 

Laura MacMullen, B.A.macmullen

Laura is currently a Ph.D. student in educational psychology at Temple University. While in the lab, she worked on a project examining awareness of everyday action errors in dementia. Her interests include developmental neuropsychology; etiology and treatment of developmental disorders; and perseverative behavior in dementia, schizophrenia, and autism.

 

Aline M. Disimone, M.S.disimone

Aline graduated from Temple with a B.A. in psychology and an M.S. in biotechnology from Thomas Jefferson University. During her time in the lab, she worked on projects examining the influence of personal experience on object knowledge in individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and the effect of Donepezil (Aricept) on everyday action performance in dementia. She also has research interests in neuronal regeneration in neurodegenerative diseases and spinal cord injuries.

 

Tim Campellone, M.A.

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Tim is currently a psychology Ph.D. student at the University of California, Berkeley. At Temple, Tim was a psychology major with a minor in cognitive neuroscience. In the lab, he co-authored a study examining hemispatial inattention in everyday action in patients with Alzheimer’s dementia. In his spare time, he is an avid reader and music enthusiast, while playing lacrosse year round.

 

Julie Rosner, B.S.rosner

She graduated from Dickinson College with a B.S. in psychology and neuroscience, earned a doctorate in podiatric medicine Temple University, and is currently a podiatric resident. In the lab, Julie completed a study on hemispatial inattention in people with Alzheimer’s disease.

 

Nicole Sestito, Ph.D.sestito

Dr. Sestito completed her Ph.D. in clinical neuropsychology at Drexel University in 2010. She received her B.A. in psychology from Temple University. Her current research interests include investigating the underlying mechanisms of psychosis in dementia and facial expression of emotion in schizophrenia. She is now a Clinical Neuropsychologist and Assistant Professor at Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals.

 

Marykate Burke, B.A.burke

Marykate graduated from Temple with a B.A. in psychology and neuroscience. Her research interests have included the neural mechanisms underlying cognitive impairment, particularly in everyday action, within various populations. Marykate has worked at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital as a research coordinator. She loves music, traveling, and horoscopes for entertainment.

 

Christy Favinger, O.T.favinger

After earning her bachelor’s degree from Temple in 2008, Christy studied occupational therapy at Temple and is now an occupational therapist.

 

 

 

Laura Brennan, Ph.D.brennan

Dr. Brennan received her Ph.D. in clinical neuropsychology from Drexel University, completed an internship at UCSD, and is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Drexel University. She obtained her B.A. in psychology from Temple University, where her interests in the lab included the effect of cueing procedures and environmental support in the performance of naturalistic actions in adults diagnosed with dementia. In her spare time, she loves to travel.

 

Katia Duey, M.P.H.duey

Katia graduated from Temple with a B.A. in psychology in 2008 and received her M.P.H. in health policy and gerontology from Johns Hopkins University in 2011. She held research positions at Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania. There she worked on several projects examining the cognitive sequelae of Parkinson’s disease and related disorders and developed her strong interest in gerontology.

 

James Minger, B.A.minger

James graduated from Temple University in 2009. He majored in psychology and minored in philosophy. Broadly, his interests include social psychology, the psychology of advertising, and cognitive neuropsychology. Specifically, his interests have included the behavioral effects of cognitive deficits, as well as how cognition can be applied to problem solving and creativity. James has worked as a research assistant at the University of Pennsylvania Department of Neurology. In his spare time, he enjoys hanging out with friends, music, reading, playing hockey, and grooming his mustache.

 

nievesChristine Nieves, B.S.

As a research assistant in the lab, Christine worked on characterizing everyday functioning in mild cognitive impairment. In the Department of Neurology at Drexel University College of Medicine, she has worked on projects examining cognitive profiles in Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, mild cognitive impairment, multiple sclerosis, and ALS, with an emphasis on dysexecutive functioning.