Alexander Puhalla


Alex is a sixth-year doctoral candidate in Dr. McCloskey’s lab. He graduated from Rutgers University in 2013 with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in philosophy. Alex previously worked at the Center of Alcohol Studies at Rutgers University as a research assistant examining the neurological and physiological differences in individuals who heavily smoke marijuana. Alex is broadly interested in researching aggression and risk factors associated with reactive aggression. Specifically, he utilizes behavioral analogues of aggression to examine the affective (e.g., emotion dysregulation) and physiological (e.g., parasympathetic dysregulation) mechanisms associated with increased aggression. He is currently completing his pre-doctoral internship at the Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center.