Research assistants in the Cognitive Aging Lab are responsible for scheduling participants, administering and scoring cognitive tests, and entering data in spreadsheets.


Summer 2019 Research Assistants

Amber Curran

Amber Curran is a fourth year from Ashburn, Virginia majoring in Biology and Psychology. She enjoys volunteering with Madison House, College Mentors for a Kids, and at the UVA Hospital. She hopes to apply to PA school after graduation to become a pediatrician. Some of her favorite things include coffee, Cookout, and online shopping.



Benjamin Comire

Benjamin Comire is a fourth-year undergraduate, majoring in Philosophy and minoring in Religious Studies. Following graduation, he plans on attending graduate school for clinical counseling at Radford University. During his time here at UVA, he has been involved with psychology research in Professor Teachman’s PACT lab, worked as a Canvas Support Specialist in the Curry School, and he has been an active member of Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship. He enjoys watching movies and TV shows, going out for runs, and hanging out with his friends in his free time.



Brittany Stiefel

Brittany Stiefel is a rising second year and plans on majoring in biology and minoring in Spanish. She would like to attend medical school after graduation to become a surgeon. In her free time, she participates in MedLife, beach volleyball club, and project peanut butter. Additionally, she enjoys skiing and eating sushi.



Camille Digamo

Camille Digamo is a second year undergraduate pursuing a double major in in Cognitive Science and Psychology. She holds interest in the field of educational psychology. During the school year, Camille is a research assistant at the Computational Memory Lab and serves as Financial Chair of FLUX, the poetry and spoken word CIO at UVA. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering with Madison House, creating music, and coding video games.



Christine DeFluri

Christine DeFluri is a third year from northern Virginia double majoring in Cognitive Science and Psychology. She hopes to pursue graduate school in the field of Clinical Psychology. Christine is also a research assistant for the Dodson Cognition Lab, and is a Peer Health Educator, a ULink Peer advisor, and a member of the Veggies of Virginia. In her free time, Christine enjoys cooking, watching Netflix, working out, and listening to podcasts.



Claire Haynes

Claire Haynes is a rising third year from Northern Virginia majoring in Biology and minoring in French. She plans on applying to medical school after graduation. She also participates in clinical research through the BANDIT lab in the Neurology Department at UVA Hospital. She is involved with Phi Delta Epsilon, the Women In Medicine Initiative, and volunteering. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her friends, chugging coffee, and reading.



Emily Han

Emily Han is a third year undergraduate studying biochemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences and is planning to attend medical school after college. During the school year, she volunteers at the UVA Hospital through Madison House and is involved in Warm Up America, a knitting club that makes blankets to donate to women’s shelters. In her free time, Emily enjoys reading, napping, hanging out with friends, and caring for her plants.



Gloria Lee

Gloria Lee is a rising second year majoring in Cognitive Science, concentration in neuroscience, and upon graduation she hopes to attend medical school. She is currently involved in Global Medical Missions Alliance (GMMA) on grounds. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, playing the cello, and hiking.



Jane Bae

Jane Bae is an upcoming third year from Fairfax, VA. She is double majoring in Cognitive Science and Economics and during the school year, she volunteers for a Madison House program called Action in Reading and is the Editor-in-Chief for an organization called Unsung People. In her free time, she loves going grocery shopping, watching hockey, and making Spotify playlists for every occasion.



Joya Bhattacharyya

Joya Bhattacharyya is currently a second year majoring in global public health as well as cognitive science with a concentration in neuroscience, and minoring in psychology. Her interests include social and abnormal psychology, especially approaching mental health as a global health issue. After undergrad, she plans to pursue a MPH in epidemiology and then a PhD in neuroscience. Outside of classes, she is the president of UVA’s Global Infectious Diseases Academic Council, an editor of Conflux global health magazine, and a member of Ektaal A Capella.



Julia Trachtenberg

Julia Trachtenberg is a rising fourth year from Richmond, VA. She is majoring in psychology, with interests in developmental and clinical psychology. Julia is a Peer Health Educator and a brother in the gender-inclusive service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega. She also enjoys volunteering through Madison House’s Adopt-A-Grandparent program and advising first years through ULink. In her free time, she enjoys taking walks, visiting the beach, watching travel documentaries, and exploring Charlottesville with friends.



Kara Fallin

Kara Fallin is a rising third year from Fairfax, Virginia. She is a Cognitive Science major, hoping to concentrate in neuroscience and linguistics. Outside of the lab, she volunteers for the Martha Jefferson Hospital and is an active member of Sustained Dialogue. In her free time, she enjoys playing soccer, traveling, and spending time with friends.



Katie Hosey

Katie Hosey is a rising fourth year from Wilmington, Delaware. She is double majoring in cognitive science and psychology with a minor in history. At UVA, she is involved in the Young Women Leader’s Program through the Curry School and as an RA in the Dodson Cognition Lab. After her time here, she plans to take some time off before pursuing a graduate degree in clinical psychology. Aside from school, she loves reading, spending time with friends and family, and finding new restaurants in Charlottesville.



Kaylyn Wertz

Kaylyn Wertz is a fourth year from Richmond, Virginia majoring in Psychology and minoring in Biology. She hopes to pursue graduate school for neuropsychology after completing her last year at UVA, focusing on the relationship between brain processes and behavior. Kaylyn is passionate about animals and is involved in volunteering at the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA through Madison House and with the Human-Animal Support Services. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.



Kiera Holt

Kiera Holt is a recent UVA graduate with a degree in Psychology. She plans on taking a gap year before continuing her studies in graduate school. During her time at UVA, she volunteered for over 150 hours in the physical therapy department at Sentara Martha Jefferson hospital, and served as a mentor for high school students through the non-profit organization Rise Together. Currently, Kiera does wedding videography for Banco Productions, a company that she helped co-found.



Natalie Goggins

Natalie Goggins is a rising second year from Fairfax, Virginia majoring in biology with the goal of attending medical school after graduation. She enjoys volunteering with Madison House Medical Services, College Mentors, and Happy Kids Healthy Kids. She is also involved in her sorority, Chi Omega. Her favorite things include brunch, reading, spending time with friends, and exploring Charlottesville.



Richard Craig Gallagher Jr.

Richard Craig Gallagher Jr. is a rising third year from Virginia Beach, VA. He is majoring in Psychology and Cognitive Science with a concentration in Computer Science, and has an interest in Clinical Psychology research. Craig enjoys volunteering with VISAS and WXTJ student radio, as well as performing with various student theatre organizations on grounds. He is happy to be a member of Phi Sigma Pi, a gender-inclusive national honor fraternity dedicated to scholarship and service. In his free time, Craig loves to read, write, play guitar, and listen to music with friends.



Zack Landsman

Zack Landsman is a third year in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences studying Biomedical Engineering with a minor in technological entrepreneurship. He hopes to work on technological engineering consulting after graduation and maybe go back to school for his MBA. Outside of academics, he is the Recruitment Co-chair of the University Guides Service, a volunteer with the Cavs in the Classroom program, Community Outreach Co-chair on Third Year Class Council and an engineering research assistant in the Neuromodulation Lab.