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.

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).


Research Coordinator

Beatriz YepesBeatriz Yepes, B.A.

Beatriz Yepes graduated from Clark University in 2017 with a B.A. in Psychology. She is primarily interested in how society and culture influence identity development, as well as the role of anxiety in the context of immigration. She plans to earn a PhD in Social Psychology, so that she can continue working in research, scientific communication, and education. She is passionate about learning and sharing new information to people. When she is not in the lab she enjoys doing and teaching Pilates, reading, and spending time with her family.



Undergraduate Research Assistants

Ian MalesiewskiIan Malesiewski '21

Ian is on the pre-med track with a major in neuroscience and a double major in chemistry and philosophy. He currently plans to attend med school upon graduation and hopes to one day become a neurologist to help patients with spinal cord injuries. Ian is an active member of Student Government and he enjoys spending the majority of his free time reading, listening to music, and playing chess.


Erica ZakotyanskyErica Zakotyanosky '21

Erica is a psychology major on the premed track. She plans to attend medical school and become a psychiatrist. Erica volunteers at Nicklaus children's hospital with Art for Kids. In her free time, she likes to draw and paint.


Caroline StrongCaroline Strong '21 

Caroline is on the pre-med track with a major in Psychology and a double minor in Spanish and Chemistry. She is an active member in Zeta Tau Alpha, and enjoys spending majority of her free time outside doing water sports with her friends and family.


Justyna Piszczor

 Justyna Piszczor '21 

Justyna is a double-major in Psychology and Spanish with a minor in Biology. I am the upcoming Vice President, and former Treasurer, of the Psi Chi organization on campus. In the future, I hope to attain my doctorate in Clinical Neuropsychology with a focus on children and adolescents. I love to go to the beach, dance, and spend time with my friends and family. 


Maria Angela Rodriguez JimenezMaria Angela Rodriguez ‘21

Maria Angela is majoring in Psychology with a minor in Philosophy. She aspires to one day obtain a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and juggle her time between neuropsychological research and private practice. In her free time, she enjoys listening to music, reading, writing, working out and binge-watch Netflix shows.


 Lindsey HoshawLindsey Hoshaw '20

Lindsey is an undergraduate student majoring in psychology with a minor in music and biology.  She currently plans to pursue a PhD in clinical neuropsychology and hopefully one day establish her own practice.  Lindsey loves to sing and is a member of the Marine Mammal Rescue Team on campus. 


 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.  



Jaclyn FosterJaclyn Foster '21

Jaclyn is a Neuroscience major on the Pre-Med track and minoring in Chemistry. She plans to attend medical school after she graduates. She is the Vice President of the women’s basketball club team. She is very passionate about health and wellness and is interested in the impact of nutrition and sleep on the brain. She enjoys cooking, reading, spending time in nature, hanging with friends, and working out.

Emily PowellEmily Powell '20

Emily is majoring in Psychology with minors in Women and Gender Studies, Sociology, and Public Health. She is extremely passionate about becoming a therapist for those suffering from mental illness. Emily works for a psychiatrist in Coral Gables, is on the A-Board the President's 100 Organization, 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.