Alumni: Students


Lisa LaViers, Graduate Student and Research Specialist

Lisa LaViers is a graduate Woodruff Fellow at Emory¿s Goizueta Business School studying Accounting. This award is given to a select group of students who participate in interdisciplinary research in the graduate school. She is currently working on a project with the lab studying the neural correlates of indecision and indifference. Before going to graduate school Lisa graduated with an Economics degree from Emory University and worked full time at the Center for Neuropolicy.

Melanie Pincus, Graduate Student

Melanie joined the Center for Neuropolicy in September 2012. She graduated from Stanford University in 2004 with a B.S. in Environmental Science and worked as a wildlife biologist for several years, before becoming interested in neuroscience. After gaining experience studying human behavior in neuroimaging labs, she applied to Emory's Neuroscience program and joined our lab. She is currently studying the neural mechanisms involved in belief updating, specifically how and why people differ in the rigidity and flexibility of their belief systems.

Brandon Pye, Research Specialist

Brandon Joined the lab in June 2011. He works analyzing data on our Sacred Values Narratives project. Brandon graduated from Georgia Tech in May of 2010 with a BS in Biology including a concentration in Computational and Quantitative Biology.  He previously worked under Dr. Leslie Ungerleider and Dr. Kathleen Hansen in the Laboratory of Brain and Cognition at the National Institute of Mental Health.

David Freydkin 

David Freydkin joined Emory University in September 2010 and works with Dr. Berns¿s lab on Wednesdays as an accountant. He assists Dr. Berns in managing his grant funds. David graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelors degree in Finance and Accounting. He is happy at Emory and hopes to stay for the foreseeable future.


 Brittany Anderson

Brittany was a member of the lab from July 2008 through July 2011. Brittany graduated with a B.S. in Psychology and a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Georgia. She is now a graduate student at Wake Forest.


Sara E. Moore

Sara was a member of the lab from August of 2005 through July of 2011. Sara graduated with a B.A. in computer science and psychology from Duke University. Sara is now a graduate student at Berkeley.


Emily S. Bell

Emily was a member of the lab from February of 2009 through June of 2011. She graduated with a B.A. in economics from Emory University in December, 2009. SHe has now moved on to persue a carear in New York.


Jan B. Engelmann, PhD

Post-Doc-Microeconomics and Experimental Economic Research
Post-Doc URPP Foundations of Human Social Behavior


Giuseppe Pagnon, PhD

Assistant Professor at University of Modena and Reggio Emilia


Caroline (Cary) Zink, Ph.D.

Research Fellow at the National Institute of Mental Health


Rosa Aurora Chávez-Eakle, M.D., Ph.D.

Washington International Center for Creativity


Mukesh Dhamala, Ph. D.
Assistant Professor
Physics and Astronomy
Member to GSU Neuroscience Institute and CBN
Georgia State University