BRAIN Group Lab Members

Principal Investigator

Jennifer Britton

Jennifer C. Britton, Ph.D.

Dr. Jennifer Britton directs the BRAIN Group at the University of Miami. She is an Associate Professor in the Child 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

Evan BurdetteEvan T. Burdette, B.A., '23 

Evan is a graduate student in the Child Clinical program. Evan's interests revolve around studying the neurodevelopmental origins of maladaptive responses to positive and negative emotions such as rumination and dampening of positive affect among adolescents. Currently, he's interested in studying individual differences in processing of neutral vs. affective stimuli. Particularly of interest is learning whether those with a tendency to ruminate or dampen positive affect exhibit perturbations when suppressing affective social stimuli (e.g. happy or sad faces) compared to neutral stimuli as measured by more typical indices of cognitive control. Asking these questions through the lens of developmental cognitive neuroscience, Evan seeks to use a multi-modal approach to studying these topics, incorporating behavioral and fMRI paradigms in his research. Outside of the lab, Evan enjoys spending time at the beach, reading, and drinking craft beer.

Travis EvansTravis C. Evans, M.S.'19

Travis is an adult clinical psychology doctoral student. Broadly, he is interested in understanding how implicit processes (e.g. automatic attention deployment) and explicit processes (e.g. effortful decision-making) interactively contribute to reward and threat processing across anxiety disorders. For his master's thesis, he examined how the time-course of physiological threat responses is disrupted in social anxiety. His dissertation aims to characterize the neural circuitry underlying implicit approach and avoidance responses to social cues and how this circuitry contributes to social behaviors in daily life. When he's not revolutionizing the field or saving lives, he enjoys spending time on the beach with his wife and long walks with his faithful canine companion.


Undergraduate Research Assistants

Caitlin (Katie) Dowell-Esquivel ‘21 Katie Dowell-Esquivel

Katie is majoring in Neuroscience. She enjoys volunteering at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital and at Sunset Elementary. On campus, she is a writer for Scientifica Magazine, a mentor for Big Brother, Big Sister, and the President of Sugarcanes supporting University of Miami’s baseball team. Katie loves to work out, spend time at the beach with friends, visit family, and travel.

Sabine Katsoulos ‘21 Sabine Katsoulos

Sabine is majoring in Neuroscience with a minor in Chemistry on the Pre-Med Track. On campus she is involved in Love Your Melon and in her free time enjoys reading and spending time with her friends.


Roberto LazoRoberto Lazo ‘19

Roberto is a Psychology and Biology double-major, with a minor in chemistry at the University of Miami. He enjoys studying neuroscience, consciousness, and how the mind works. In the future, he plans to pursue an advanced degree in psychology and work in the field of mental health.  In his free time, he enjoys meditation, Qi-kung, and exploring new ways to enhance wellness.

Gillian MitchellGillian Mitchell ‘21

Gillian is a Neuroscience major with minors in chemistry and criminology. She hopes to pursue neuropsychology in graduate school and eventually work with those suffering mental illnesses. On campus, she is involved as a first-year fellow, a peer advising liaison for the psych/neuro advising office, involved in Nu Rho Psi and Girl Up. In her free time, she likes to hike back home in PA, go to the beach, read, and hangout with friends and family.

Jaclyn FosterJaclyn Foster '21

Jaclyn is a Neuroscience major on the Pre-Med track and minoring in Chemistry and Spanish. I plan to attend medical school after I graduate. I am part of the new women's club basketball team and I was part of First Year U my freshman year. I enjoy working out, cooking, boating, and hanging out with friends in my free time.‌

Emily PowellEmily Powell '20

Emily is majoring in Psychology and Sociology with a minor in Women and Gender Studies. She is extremely passionate about becoming a therapist for those suffering from mental illness. Emily is the Vice President of Programming for her sorority, involved in the President's 100 Organization, started her own club to give support to those with eating disorders, and writes for The Odyssey. In her free time, Emily loves to dance, write, travel, and spend time with her friends. 

 Siriveena NandamSiriveena Nandam ‘20

Siriveena is majoring in Psychology with minors in Biology, Philosophy, and Mathematics. She hopes to one day attend graduate school for Clinical Psychology and obtain a PhD. In her free time, she enjoys reading, making art, and traveling.

Violet SullivanViolet Sullivan ‘19

Violet is majoring in psychology and minoring in biology as well as human and social development. She hopes to pursue a Masters of Social Work in graduate school after finishing her B.S.. Violet is currently the Director of Campus Activities in the Chi Omega fraternity. On campus, Violet is involved in Alpha Lambda Delta, Psi Chi, and acts as the current secretary for both Order of Omega and Rho Lambda. In her free time, Violet enjoys going to the  movies, swimming in the ocean and going to the beach, and bonding with her sisters Lily and Rose

Emilio Hospedales-MohammedEmilio Hospedales-Mohammed ‘19

Emilio is a Neuroscience Major with a minor in Chemistry on the Pre-Med track. On campus, he is involved in Phi Delta Epsilon, Camp Kesem, UGenerations, and is the President of the Astronomy club. He has a broad range of interests such as exploring Miami to find delicious restaurants, going to the gym, watching movies. or watching the night sky. He focuses on finding balance between all of his interests and enjoys spending time with his friends. 

Christina RocchiniChristina Rocchini ‘19

Christina is pursing a B.S. in Psychology with minors in Biology, Public Health and Medical Humanities. She is passionate about studying neuropsychology and hopes to attend graduate school and help reduce the stigma towards mental illness through her future career. On campus, she is Vice President of Psi Chi, the psychology honors society, a member of the Miami Motion dance team and a leader in the Alpha Delta Pi sorority. Christina works off campus in the Miami community as a Pure Barre instructor. In her free time, she loves to workout, spend time with friends and family, travel, and explore the city of Miami.