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Lab Members

Professor

Sohee Park

Professor


    Lab Manager

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    Michael Sangimino

    Lab Manager

    Michael Sangimino recently graduated Vanderbilt with a double major in Psychology and Child Studies and a minor in business.  As the lab manager, Michael serves as the point person for coordinating participants, handling the administrative side of things, and assisting on research.  He is primarily interested in the intersection between psychosis and addiction, trauma, depression, and anxiety.  In his free time, he is an avid reader and soccer fan and enjoys spending time with his large family.  135 first relatives and counting!


    Fulbright Fellow

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    Anne Felsenheimer

    Fulbright Fellow

    Anne Felsenheimer is a doctoral candidate in psychology and visiting Fulbright Scholar at Vanderbilt. Her work explores the intersection of words, meaning and context, with a focus on pragmatic language in psychiatric disorders. Her current research on the coupling of mind and body in the (de)coupling of word and meaning brings together both cognitive and embodied perspectives.  Originally from Germany, Anne studied psychology, philosophy and medicine at the University of Heidelberg, Tübingen, Vienna and Charité Berlin before coming to Nashville. Some of her previous work includes irony and metaphor comprehension in patients with schizophrenia and borderline personality disorder.  Anne quickly acclimatized to Nashville culture and loves going to local events such as Honkey Tonk Tuesdays!


      Graduate Students

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      Tatiana Baxter

      First Year Graduate Student in the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program

      Tatiana completed her BA at Vanderbilt University in 2018 with majors in Psychology, Spanish, and History (European concentration). She is interested in examining cultural differences in the etiology and symptomology of psychosis and schizophrenia through the analysis of written narratives and language, particularly in the Latino community. Tatiana also endeavors to better understand bodily and emotional disturbances in individuals with schizophrenia and those at-risk for developing psychosis, in hopes of helping develop clinical interventions that can improve quality of life for these populations. In recognition of her prior scholastic accomplishments, Tatiana was selected as a Provost’s Graduate Fellow and is recognized as a Russell G. Hamilton Scholar. She is grateful to have the support of many, especially her constant companion and rescue dog, Jagger, who she has been training as a therapy dog.


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        Pietra Bruni

        Fifth Year Graduate Student in the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program

        Pietra is a graduate student in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Vanderbilt University, specializing in Clinical Science. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2015 with a Bachelor of Philosophy (BPhil) and a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Psychology and Film Studies, and with a certificate in the Conceptual Foundations of Medicine from the Department of History and Philosophy of Science. The majority of her undergraduate research was conducted at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic and focused on understanding changes in the brain associated with aging, as well as computational modeling approaches to understand cognitive control and their disturbances in serious mental illness and early psychosis.

        She joined the Department of Psychological Sciences at Vanderbilt University in 2017 as a Clinical Psychology PhD student. Her doctoral work has focused on the analysis of non-verbal and interpersonal behavior, and the influence emotion regulation techniques have on facilitating and maintaining meaningful social relationships. She recently completed a project that used a within-subjects design to asses interoception (the sense of the physiological condition of the body) in two distinct physiological domains, cardiac and respiratory.


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          Hyeon-Seung 'Hanson' Lee

          Fourth Year Graduate Student in the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program

          Hanson’s research aim is to identify what underlying cognitive-affective mechanisms of schizophrenia develop, maintain, and aggravate its symptoms. To investigate the mechanisms, he would like to probe the specific components under neurocognitive impairments, social dysfunction, or self-aberrations of schizophrenia using experimental, neurobiological, and behavioral methodologies. In addition, he is also interested in exploring intact abilities and cognitive potential in individuals with schizophrenia that would give clinical implication or an opportunity to reduce prejudice toward them. He is currently working on projects of VR based social simulation training, 3D body mapping, and Peripersonal space.


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            Katrina Rbeiz

            First Year Graduate Student in the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program

            Katrina graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a B.S. in Clinical Psychology and a B.A. in Global Studies.  She was also the Post-Baccalaureate Program Coordinator at the Medical University of South Carolina before coming to Vanderbilt to pursue her PhD in Clinical Psychology.  Her research interests broadly include addressing disparities in the measurement and diagnosis of schizophrenia spectrum disorders in people of different ethnic and racial backgrounds. She hopes to use a multimethod approach in identifying and treating the attenuated symptoms of psychosis in ethnic and racial minorities through developing culturally valid assessments and interventions.  She also has moved around quite a bit and lived in eight countries and three states!


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              Lénie Torregrossa

              Fifth Year Graduate Student in the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program

              Lénie’s research focuses on socio-emotional deficits and bodily self disturbances in the schizophrenia spectrum.


                Undergraduate Research Assistants

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                Eva Corrada

                Undergraduate Research Assistant

                Eva is a senior, double majoring in psychology and Medicine, Health, and Society.  As a research assistant, Eva is interested in the intersection of psychological and biological causes in mental health disorders, particularly as seen through the physical embodiment of emotions.  In addition to research and coursework, she enjoys having a radio show through VandyRadio and exploring creative writing!


                  Nikhita Joshi

                  Undergraduate Research Assistant


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                    Seoyeon Kim

                    Undergraduate Research Assistant

                    Seoyeon is a senior undergraduate Research Assistant majoring in Neuroscience and MHS.  She is passionate about analyzing biological pathways and making the connection to psychosocial symptoms in hopes of learning more about psychoses and the human brain. She did ballet for 16 years and can also play the violin!


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                      Catie Rast

                      Undergraduate Research Assistant

                      Catie is a senior double majoring in Psychology and Neuroscience with a minor in German.  She is broadly interested in the connection between psychosis and OCD, as well as improving treatment for both disorders. She is also completing her honors thesis on the relationship between felt presence and out of body experiences, which she finds very intriguing.  She also shares the pleasure of being an identical twin!


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                        Sunil Shenoy

                        Undergraduate Research Assistant

                        Sunil is a senior double majoring in Medicine, Health, and Society (MHS) and Psychology.  He is primarily interested in the use of immersive virtual reality as a means of measuring the self-other boundary in schizophrenia subjects & determining how this boundary changes in various social and non-social situations. In his free time he enjoys playing basketball, soccer, and creative writing about music!


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                          James Yang

                          Undergraduate Research Assistant

                          James is an undergraduate on the pre-med track, majoring in Cognitive Studies and minoring in Piano Performance. He is interested in understanding more about the nature of psychosis, particularly that of schizophrenia, and the research that is currently being done to develop effective treatments for schizophrenic patients.  He is also interested in exploring the spectrum of one’s sense of embodiment and identity in the context of abnormal sensitivity, as present in schizophrenia, and supernormal sensitivity, as present in highly-trained athletes and musicians.   James also taught English to Taiwanese children one summer, even though he didn’t speak the local language!


                            Lab Dogs

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                            Jagger Baxter

                            Park Lab Support Dog

                            Jagger completed his basic training with the Dog Wizard at just 4 months old – a prodigy in his own right. He has become a treasured member of the Park Lab and the Psychology Department, providing countless kisses, high fives, fetch breaks, and encouraging looks to students, staff, faculty, and research participants alike. Jagger’s main research interests are centered around strategies for receiving as many treats and pets as possible. When he’s not in the lab, Jagger is an avid swimmer, socialite, and foodie. He lives his life by William Butler Yeats’ immortal words: “There are no strangers here; only friends you haven’t yet met.”


                               

                              Collaborators

                              • Brain Oscillation andStimulation
                                • Prof. Geoff Woodman, Dept of Psychology, Vanderbilt
                              • Virtual Reality
                                • Prof. Bobby Bodenheimer, PhD, Vanderbilt School of Engineering
                                • Prof. Nilanjan Sarkar PhD Vanderbilt School of Engineering
                                • Prof. Catie Chang, PhD, Vanderbilt School of Engineering
                                • Lauren Buck, M.Eng. Vanderbilt School of Engineering
                                • Akshith Ullal, BSc Vanderbilt School of Engineering
                              • Hallucinations Consortium
                                • Prof.Anne Giersch, MD PhD. Director of INSERM U1114, Strasbourg, France
                                • Prof. Cherise Rosen, Ph.D. Dept of Psychiatry, University of Illinois-Chicago
                                • Dr.Clara Humpston, PhD. School of Psychology, University of Birmingham
                              • Resilience Network
                                • Prof. Katy Thakkar, PhD. Dept of Psychology, Michigan State
                                • University Prof. Bill Chopik, PhD. Dept of Psychology, Michigan State University
                                • Prof. Junghee Lee, PhD. Dept of Psychiatry, University of Alabama
                                • Prof. Kyle Minor, PhD. Dept of Psychology,I UPUI
                                • Prof. Amanda McCleery, Ph.D. Dept of Psychology, University of Iowa
                              • Perceptual Processes and Psychopathology
                                • Prof. Duje Tadin, PhD. Dept of Brain & Cognitive Sciences, University of Rochester
                                • Prof. Randoph Blake, PhD. Dept of Psychology, Vanderbilt
                              • Diversity in Psychiatry
                                • Dr.Elisa Dias, Ph.D. Director of Cognitive Neurophysiology Laboratory, Nathan Kline Institute
                                • Prof. Lynn DeLisi, MD. Professor of Psychiatry, Cambridge Health Alliance