BRAIN Group Lab Members

Principal Investigator


Jennifer C. Britton, Ph.D.

Jennifer Britton

Dr. Jennifer Britton directs the BRAIN Group at the University of Miami. She is an Associate Professor in the Child Division and affiliated member of the Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience Division of the Department of Psychology. She completed her Ph.D. in Neuroscience at the University of Michigan in 2005, and has conducted neuroimaging research at Massachusetts General Hospital, McLean Hospital, and the National Institute of Mental Health.

Dr. Britton's research focuses on understanding the intersection between anxiety, development and treatment.  See the "Research" tab for more information about Dr. Britton's ongoing projects. 


Graduate Students


StephanieNovotnyStephanie Novotny, M.S., '24 

Stephanie is a graduate student in the Child Clinical program. She received her BS in Psychology from the University of Miami and a MS in Child Development from the University of California at Davis before spending 4 years as a research assistant in a child and adolescent brain development lab in Hartford, CT. Her interests broadly focus on the interactions between cognitive processes and affective regulation. She is also interested in the physiological underpinnings of emotional experiences and emotion regulation processes. Outside of the lab, Stephanie enjoys running and training for marathons, and spending time with her dog and cat (Charlotte and Wilbur).


Undergraduate Research Assistants

Anna CeccarelliAnna Ceccarelli '25

Anna is studying neuroscience with a minor in microbiology and immunology in hopes of pursing medical school. With a medical degree, she hopes to work in pediatric psychiatry and neurology. She enjoys spending time with friends and studying outside around campus. 


Lindsey BarolettaLindsey Bartoletta '25

Lindsey Bartoletta is majoring in Psychology with a minor in Philosophy. After graduating from the University of Miami, she hopes to move on to graduate school either seeking a law degree or a Ph.D in psychology. She is an active member of Sigma Delta Tau and works on the Philanthropy Board raising money for PCAA. She also plays and competes on the club tennis team. She loves reading and writing, going to the beach and spending time with her friends, family, and dog Bear. 

Elyse Hoffman

Elyse Hoffman '25

Elyse is majoring in Psychology with a minor in Exercise Physiology. Following her graduation from University of Miami, her goal is to go to dental school in hopes of becoming a pediatric dentist. In her free time, she loves hanging with friends, traveling, and going to the gym.


Jillian DiMondaJillian DiMonda '24

Jillian is majoring in Neuroscience with a minor in Chemistry. After graduation, she hopes to get her PhD and focus on cognitive neuroscience studies. She is a member of Delta Phi Epsilon and on the executive board of GirlUp on campus. Jillian enjoys painting, drawing, and Italian food. 


Sarita Benoliel

Sarah (Sarita) Benoliel '24

Sarah (Sarita) is majoring in Psychology with a minor in Entrepreneurship. She is actively involved in the executive board of the Chabad on campus and is involved in planning and organizing different activities. She joined Alpha Kappa Psi, the business fraternity at the University of Miami. She is an active member of Delta Phi Epsilon. Sarita has a passion for social and cognitive psychology.

Ryan BuschRyan Busch '23

Ryan is majoring in psychology with minors in Geological Sciences and Economics. Ryan is very involved with my Greek organization, holding a position on the executive board. In my free time, Ryan enjoys cooking, watching movies, reading, and spending time with family and friends. In the future, Ryan hopes to obtain a PhD. in Clinical psychology or become a Psychotherapist.

Safia ZamanSafia Zaman '23

Safia is a Music major with minors in Psychology and Biology on the pre-med track. On campus, she is involved in Student Government, the American Choral Directors Association, and Phoenyx A Cappella. Safia is extremely interested in neurology and music therapy research, and she plans to attend medical school. In her free time, she enjoys reading, spending time with her friends and family, and watching baseball. 

Mary Kate CiolkoMary Kate Ciolko '23

Mary Kate is majoring in Psychology and Political Science with minors in Biology and Arabic Studies. She is very interested in studying the brain and the effects on cognitive functions. In her free time, Mary Kate enjoys spending time with family and friends, running, reading, and exploring new places. 


Leyla FeizLeyla Feiz '22

Leyla is pursuing a major in psychology with minors in chemistry, biology, and theatre arts. Leyla is a member of the university's pre-medical fraternity, Phi Delta Epsilon, and has a profound interest in neurology and pursuing a career in behavioral medicine.She loves music, the beach, and eating sushi.



 Abby SnipesAbby Snipes '23

Abby is a Neuroscience major and chemistry minor on the pre-med track. She is actively involved on campus with the Art for Healing club which volunteers at the local Ronald McDonald. She has a passion for developmental  neuroscience and disorders. She aspires to become a pediatric neurologist. In her free time, she loves going to the beach.  


Aravind MeyyappanAravind Meyyappan '23

Aravind is pursuing a major in Biology and a double minor in Psychology and Computer Science. Following his graduation from University of Miami he hopes to pursue a PhD program. He is an active member of Pi Kappa Alpha and enjoys spending majority of his free time outside playing sports, and spending time with his friends and family.