People

David V. Smith is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Temple University. Dr. Smith received his B.S. in Experimental Psychology from the University of South Carolina in 2006. He then worked with Dr. Scott Huettel at Duke University and completed his Ph.D. in 2012. Dr. Smith also completed a postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. Mauricio Delgado at Rutgers University in 2016.

Dr. Smith’s research focuses on the brain mechanisms that shape how humans respond to social and economic rewards in various contexts. To examine these issues, he combines functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) with analytical techniques that quantify how multiple brain regions contribute to behavior. He is a member of the following organizations: Association for Psychological Science, Cognitive Neuroscience Society; Society for Neuroscience; Organization for Human Brain Mapping; Society for Neuroeconomics; and Social & Affective Neuroscience Society. His work is funded by the National Institute on Aging, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the National Institute of Mental Health.

Email: david.v.smith@temple.edu | Curriculum VitaeGoogle Scholar | ResearchGate

 

Graduate Students

Jeff Dennison

Jeff is a second-year doctoral student in the Cognition and Neuroscience program at Temple University. He hopes to use his time in the lab using a subjective-value framework to study the cognitive and biological processes underlying human decision-making across different domains. He received his masters degree at New York University and his bachelors degree at Hawaii Pacific University studying Psychology. He likes to use his time outside of the lab playing music, board games, and his dog.

Email: jbdenniso@gmail.com

 

Daniel Sazhin

Daniel is a first-year doctoral student in the Cognition and Neuroscience program at Temple University. He is interested in decision-making, especially in how people adapt to changing environments. His research questions generally revolve in how changes over time in payoffs, risk, uncertainty, and ambiguity affect behavior. He received his Master’s degree at New York University in General Psychology and his Bachelor’s degree at Pace University in Marketing. Outside of the lab, he enjoys racing sailplanes

Email: tul03789@temple.edu

 

Karen Shen

Karen is a first-year doctoral student in the Cognition and Neuroscience program at Temple University. She is interested in interactions between decision-making and episodic memory. She is co-mentored by Dr. David V. Smith and Dr. Deepu Murty. She received her Master’s degree in Cognitive Science from Columbia University and her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Finance from University of Wisconsin-Madison. Outside of the lab, she enjoys playing with her cat and traveling with her friends.

Email: tul04056@temple.edu

 

Ezgi Kasimoglu

Ezgi is a second-year Master’s student in the Neuroscience program at Temple University. She also completed her undergraduate at Temple University with a major in Neuroscience and minor in Psychology. In her free time, she likes to draw and spend time with her parakeet.

Email: tud50485@temple.edu

 

Marissa Chitwood

Marissa is a first-year Master’s student in the Neuroscience program at Temple University. She graduated from NKU in 2018 with a BS in Psychology. Marissa’s research interests include investigating the impact that positive and negative experiences have on the developmental brain and the neural mechanisms that lead to mental disorders. She is also interested in studying the advancement of diagnostic tools and developmental psychopathology prevention and early intervention. Marissa hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in experimental psychology with a concentration in behavioral neuroscience.

Email: tul43859@temple.edu

 

Research Assistants

 

Lindsey Tepfer

Lindsey is a research associate at the lab, where she also completed her M.S. in Cognitive Neuroscience. She did her undergraduate at Temple University majoring in Neuroscience and Biological Anthropology, with a minor in psychology. She’s interested in social cognition, emotion, and moral decision making. In her free time, she likes to lift weights, eat Cheerios, and re-watch the Twin Peaks series endlessly.

Email: lindsey.tepfer@temple.edu

 

Caleb Haynes

Caleb is a joint research assistant between the Neuroeconomics Lab and the Social Developmental Neuroscience Lab. He did his undergraduate at Arizona State University. Outside of research, he enjoys using the photocopy machine.

Email: tul67061@temple.edu

 

Angelique Frazier

Angelique is a research assistant in the lab who is currently getting her Masters in Clinical Psychology at Temple University. She also got her undergraduate degree at Temple University. In her free time, she enjoys posting study flyers around Philadelphia and photosynthesizing.

Email: angelique@temple.edu

 

Undergraduates

Ardhika Aziz (Temple University)

Marc Cipriaso (Temple University)

Gemma Goldstein (Temple University)

Srikar Katta (Temple University)

Rachael Kinmartin (Temple University)

Adam Lang (Temple University)

Amanda Nguyen (Temple University)

Brijai Varma (University of Pittsburgh)

 

Collaborators

John Clithero, University of Oregon (Assistant Professor of Marketing at Lundquist College of Business)

Vishnu “Deepu” Murty, Temple University (Assistant Professor of Psychology at College of Liberal Arts)

Bart Krekelberg, Rutgers University (Professor of Neuroscience, Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience)

Dominic Fareri, Adelphi University (Assistant Professor of Psychology, Derner School of Psychology)

Tania Giovannetti, Temple University (Associate Professor of Psychology at College of Liberal Arts)

Vinod Venkatraman, Temple University (Assistant Professor of Marketing and Supply Chain Management at Fox School of Business)

Lauren Alloy, Temple University (Professor of Psychology at College of Liberal Arts)

Johanna Jarcho, Temple University (Assistant Professor of Psychology at College of Liberal Arts)

Eunice Chen, Temple University (Associate Professor of Psychology at College of Liberal Arts)

Nicole Henninger, Temple University (Ph.D candidate at Klein College of Media and Communication)

Katherine Hackett, Temple University (Ph.D candidate at College of Liberal Arts)

Tommy Ng, Temple University (Ph.D candidate at College of Liberal Arts)

Iris Ka-Yi Chat, Temple University (Ph.D candidate at College of Liberal Arts)

 

Lab Alumni

Victoria Kelly
Shaoming Wang
Christian Reice
Isaac Levy
Michael Fitzpatrick
Dane Hafler
Benjamin Muzekari
Matthew Slipenchuk
Carly Morrison
Rachael Kinmartin