Kavita Jain Dissertation Award

The Kavita Jain Dissertation Award was established in memory of Kavita Jain, a graduate student in the Clinical Doctoral Program. The award is presented to the student who is judged to have the best dissertation of the year by a committee of faculty in the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences.


Peter Luehring-Jones (Clinical)

“Alcohol Use and Condom Use Motivation Among MSM: An Ecological Momentary Assessment Study of Motivational Processes Underlying Sexual Risk”

First Reader: Tibor Palfai


Ryan Piers (Clinical)

“Depression in Parkinson’s Disease: Etiology, Identification, and Cognitive Behavioral Intervention”

First Reader: Alice Cronin-Golomb


Emma Weizenbaum (Clinical)

“Cognition ‘In the Wild’: Using Smartphones to Assess Cognitive Variability in Healthy Adults and Individuals with Parkinson’s Disease”

First Reader: Alice Cronin-Golomb


James Brissenden (Brain, Behavior & Cognition Program)

“Cerebellar Contributions to Visual Attention and Working Memory”

First Reader: David Somers


Tessa Kritikos (Clinical)

“Meaning Making, Parenting, and Child Functioning in Military-Connected Families: A Longitudinal Study of Factors of Psychological Health”

First Reader: Martha Tompson


Meia Chita-Tegmark (Developmental Science)

“Social Interactions and the Prisoner’s Dilemma Game: New Measures of Cognitive and Behavioral Phenotypes”

First Reader: Peter Blake


IMG_1271.JPGKate Bentley (Clinical)

Examining the Effects of Two Transdiagnostic, Emotion-focused Interventions on Nonsuicidal Self-Injury Using Single-Case Experimental Design”

First reader: David Barlow


Chloe Jordan (Brain, Behavior, & Cognition Program)

“Understanding Comorbid ADHD and Cocaine Abuse: Consequences of Adolescent Medication in an Animal Model”.

First reader: Kat Kantak


Maya L. Rosen (Brain, Behavior, & Cognition Program)

“Functional MRI and Behavioral Investigations of Long-Term Memory-Guided Visuospatial Attention”

First Reader: David Somers


Yakeel Quiroz-Gaviria (Clinical Program)

“Brain Changes in Presymptomatic Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease”

First Reader: Chantal Stern


Kristin Ellard (Clinical Program)

“An Examination of the Neural Correlates of Emotion Acceptance Versus Worry in Generalized Anxiety Disorder”

First Reader: David Barlow


Rebecca  K. McHugh (Clinical Program)

“Assessing the Amplification of Distress: Factor Analytic, Experimental & Genetic Evaluation of Distress Intolerance”

First Reader: Michael Otto


Christina Boisseau (Clinical Program)

“Neuropsychological Functioning and Temperament in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Eating Disorders: Investigating the Proposed Obsessive-Compulsive Spectrum”

First Reader: Heather Thompson-Brenner


Lauren DeVito (Brain, Behavior, and Cognition Program)

“Contributions of the Hippocampus and Prefrontal Cortex to the Episodic Memory Deficits Associated with Schizophrenia: An Analysis at the Genetic, Anatomical, and Behavioral Level”

First Reader: Howard Eichenbaum, Ph.D.


Susan Fenstermacher (Human Development Program)

“Genetic and Environmental Influences on Imitation in Toddlers”

First Reader: Kimberly Saudino, Ph.D.


Jonathan Robitsek (Brain, Behavior, and Cognition Program)

“The Hippocampus and Episodic Memory: Insights from Studies on Aging and Place Cells”

First Reader: Howard Eichenbaum, Ph.D.


Sigurros “Rosa” Davidsdottir (Clinical Program)

“Visual, Spatial, and Spatiotemporal Perceptual Deficits in Parkinson’s Disease and Their Association with Veering and Freezing of Movement”

First Reader: Alice Cronin-Golomb, Ph.D.


Stephanie McMains (Brain, Behavior, and Cognition Program)

“Mechanisms for Attending to Multiple Spatial Locations: fMRI of Divided Visual Attention”

First Reader: David Somers, Ph.D.


Karin Schon (Brain, Behavior, and Cognition Program)

“Functional MRI Studies of Working Memory Maintenance and Long-Term Encoding”

First Reader: Chantal Stern, Ph.D.


Yolanda Black (Brain, Behavior, and Cognition Program)

“Role of the Subicular Regions of the Rat Hippocampus on Cognitive Task Performance and Cocaine Self-Administration and Reinstatement Behavior”

First Reader: Kat Kantak, Ph.D.


Meghan Searl (Clinical Program)

“A Combined fMRI and Neuropsychological Investigation of Frontostriatal Dysfunction in HIV-Positive Individuals”

First Reader: Chantal Stern, Ph.D.


Robin Abrahams (Human Development Program)

“Personality, Literary Genre, and the Interpretation of Narrative”

First Reader: Richard Ely, Ph.D.


Jeff Wincze (Clinical Program)

“The Role of Under-Inclusion in the Etiology of Compulsive Hoarding Behavior”

First Reader: David Barlow, Ph.D.


Alison Morris (Brain, Behavior, and Cognition Program)

“Chocolate Dandy Bars Can Make You Fat: Sentence Context, Word Recognition, and Repetition Blindness”

First Reader: Cathy Harris, Ph.D.


Lisa Jones-Woodward (Human Development Program)

“Awareness of Motor Deficits Following Stroke: Assessing the Roles of Attention and Intention Using a Quantitative Measure Anosognosia”

First Reader: Jackie Liederman, Ph.D.


Lisi Levisohn (Clinical Program)

“Neuropsychological Sequelae of Cerebellar Tumor Resection in Children”

First Reader: Alice Cronin-Golomb,Ph.D.