Lab Director

Eva Telzer, Ph.D.

Email: ehtelzer [at] unc [dot] edu | CV| Publications

Eva TelzerEva Telzer is an Assistant Professor of Psychology. She received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from UCLA. Her research centers around adolescent development and the role the brain plays during this important transitional period. Her research takes a multimethod approach including the use of fMRI, daily diaries, and diurnal cortisol. She has authored over 70 publications, and has received numerous awards for her work, including a NARSAD Young Investigator Grant, a Jacobs Young Scholars Grant, an SRCD and SRA dissertation award, and was named a 2015 Rising Star by the Association for Psychological Science.

Post-doctoral Fellows


Tae-Ho Lee, Ph.D. 

Email: taehol [at] email [dot] unc [dot] edu | CV | Google Scholar

Tae-Ho LeeIn 2015, Tae-Ho Lee completed his Ph.D. in the Department of Psychology (Brain Cognitive Science division) at the University of Southern California, under the direction of Dr. Mara Mather. He is now working on several projects examining neural pattern similarity and social affective attachment level between children and parents across the lifespan. His long-term goal is to develop a research program aimed at understanding how social affective cognitions arise in the brain during the early developmental stage and how parent-child relationships may influence developmental differences in brain function related to social behavior.

Jorien Van Hoorn, Ph.D.

Email: jvanhoorn [at] unc [dot] edu

Jorien van HoornJorien received her education (BS, Research MS in Developmental Psychology) from Leiden University in the Netherlands. In 2012, she received a grant to start her PhD in the Brain & Development Lab at Leiden University under the direction of Prof. Eveline Crone. During her PhD she examined the influence of peers on prosocial decisions and risky decisions, in both healthy adolescents and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). As a postdoctoral researcher in Dr. Telzer’s lab, she will investigate the influence of social context on decision-making. She enjoys playing basketball, traveling around the world and live music.

Christy Rogers, Ph.D.

Email: crrogers [at] email [dot] unc [dot] edu | CV

Christy Rogers HollifieldChristy is a postdoctoral fellow who graduated with her PhD in Human Development from the University of California, Davis. She is interested in the influence of sibling relationships on risk-taking behavior and emotional well-being across adolescence, and how the brain plays a role in these associations. Christy investigates multiple levels of sibling influence using various methods: video-taped interaction observations, questionnaires, and brain activation via fMRI. Christy enjoys exploring Carolina, running, cheering for the San Jose Sharks, and having solo dance parties.

Graduate Students


Michael Perino, M.A.

Email: mperino2 [at] illinois [dot] edu

Michael PerinoMichael received his BA in Psychology and History from NYU and his MA in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. His research focuses on how aberrant social, affective, and motivational processes relate to antisocial outcomes. Currently, he is examining how individual differences alter social perception and affect interpersonal decision-making. He is an ardent supporter of the NY Rangers, films made by the Coen Brothers, and culinary experimentation.

Ethan McCormick, M.A.

Email: emccormick [at] unc [dot] edu

Ethan McCormick received his B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Arkansas and MA in Psychology from the University of Illinois. He is a fourth-year graduate student in the Developmental Psychology program. He is a ray of sunshine on a cloudy day. His primary research interest involves exploring how the brain adapts to its environment in an experience-dependent manner. He is interested in examining this question on two different levels: over the course of learning and skill acquisition, and across development. This line of research contributes to our understanding of how changes in the environment drive mechanisms of neural flexibility and plasticity.

Paul Sharp, M.A.

Email: psharp89 [at] live [dot] unc [dot] edu | Personal website

Paul SharpPaul Sharp is a fifth year doctoral student in developmental psychology. He graduated with a BA in political science and psychology from Temple University’s honors college in 2013. For his first three years, he pursued a clinical psychology doctorate, studying the development of depression and anxiety. Having resolved that developmental neuroscience was his passion, he transferred into the developmental psychology track. The main focus of his research is to explicate the mechanisms that give rise to mood regulation and threat processing, and how they can become maladaptive in late childhood and adolescence. To do so, he leverages several emerging tools in human neuroimaging to test models of neural structure and function, including connectomics and MVPA. He is currently particularly interested in how parent-child dynamics shape neural mechanisms of threat processing.

Kathy Do, B.A.

Email: kathydo [at] unc [dot] edu

Kathy DoKathy received her BA in Psychology and Sociology from UCLA in 2013. Following graduation, she worked as a lab manager for Adriana Galvan at UCLA. She is currently a third-year graduate student in Developmental Psychology. Her research examines how social influence and brain development affect adolescent behavior and decision making, specifically within prosocial and risky contexts. This work seeks to leverage our understanding of the developing brain to better inform public policy. Fun fact: One of Kathy’s bucket list goals is to hike all 59 U.S. National Parks (8/59 done!).

Research Staff

Susannah Ivory, B.A

Email: sivory [at] email [dot] unc [dot] edu

SusIvorySusannah is the Lab Manager for the DSN Lab. She is originally from the Philadelphia area, and is new to the South. She completed her undergraduate studies at Colgate University in 2014, with a BA in Psychology and History. After her time at UNC, she intends to pursue a PhD in psychology. In her free time, Susannah enjoys hiking and exploring the great outdoors.


Carina Fowler, B.A.

Email: carina25 [at] email [dot] unc [dot] edu

Carina FowlerCarina is the project coordinator for the NeuroTeen Project. She is a Washington University in St. Louis graduate, originally from Lawrence, Kansas. She comes to the lab after time as a post-baccalaureate student at the University of Kansas and a study coordinator at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Carina is interested in socio-emotional development in adolescence, particularly the neurobiology underlying the emergence of psychopathology in this population. Ultimately, she hopes to pursue a PhD in Psychology. 

Virnaliz Jimenez, B.A.

Email: jimenezv [at] live [dot] unc [dot] edu

ViviJimenezVirnaliz Jimenez is the Project Assistant for the NeuroTeen Project. She is a recent UNC graduate with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Hispanic Studies. Virnaliz plans on pursuing a PhD. in Psychology and is broadly interested in prevention programs and applied developmental psychology. In her free time she enjoys reading a good book, salsa dancing in the Triangle area, and trying out different restaurants.


Amanda Benjamin, B.A.

Email: acbenj [at] email [dot] unc [dot] edu

Amanda is a Project Assistant for Project NeuroTeen. She is originally from Northern Virginia, but stayed in North Carolina after graduating from Elon University in 2017 with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Public Health. Amanda is broadly interested in the psychological, social, and genetic factors linked with health and risk behavior. Ultimately, she hopes to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology. In her free time, she enjoys drawing, exercising, and trying new foods and exploring new places.

Karee Jones, B.A.

Email: kjones92 [at] email [dot] unc [dot] edu

Karee is the lab manager for the DSNLab. He is from Philadelphia, PA, and completed his undergraduate studies at Penn State University Park in 2017 with a BA in Psychology. He is primarily (and particularly) fascinated with the mirror neuron system and its role during empathetic and sentence processing. Specifically, he is interested in social media and the influence it has on the cognitive and socioemotional development across the lifespan, and how that influence affects real-world social contexts. Ultimately, he wants to pursue a PhD in developmental social neuroscience (if that’s even a thing), and become a professor, educating students from all walks of life, and adding to the knowledge base with his research.

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Christina Bogdani
Melissa Burroughs
Gaby Clossick
Cassidy Fry
Ally Shaw
Kelsey Smith
Julia Sorensen
Kiki Paré


Lynda Lin

Lynda was a graduate student from 2015-2017. Her research in the lab focused on cultural neuroscience and affective processes. Lynda is currently a student at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Yang Qu

Yang was a graduate student from 2010-2016. His research in the lab focused on culture, motivation, parenting, and cognitive/emotional regulation. He is currently a post-doctoral scholar at Stanford University working with Jeannie Tsai.

Michelle Miernicki

Michelle was a graduate student from 2012-2016. She was interested in emotional and cognitive responses to social stress (e.g., peer victimization) in adolescence and how emotional, cognitive, and biological risk factors contribute to the development of psychopathology. She is currently a masters student in human resources and industrial relations at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Heather Ross

Heather was the project coordinator for the Children Social Development Project (CSDP), where she examined parent-child dynamics using neuroimaging tools as part of a 10-year longitudinal study. She is currently a masters student in human resources and industrial relations at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Xin Yuen

Xin was a graduate student from 2013-2016. Her work investigated how families negotiate children’s transitions into and through adolescence, with a particular focus on culture and immigration. She currently works as a Research Manager at the Physician Assistant Education Association.

Elizabeth Barlow Lozano

Liz was the project coordinator for Project Social Contexts & Adolescent Neural Development (SCAND), where she investigated the role of social contexts on the developing brain. She is currently a graduate student at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign working with Sean Laurent.

Joao Guassi Moreira

Joao graduated from the University of Illinois in 2016 with a BS in Psychology. He worked primarily on projects related to risk taking and adjustment in adolescents and young adults. He is currently a graduate student at the University of California, Los Angeles working with Jennifer Silvers.


Andrew Fuligni, UCLA

Adriana Galvan, UCLA

Kristen Lindquist, UNC

Nancy McElwain, UIUC

Mitch Prinstein, UNC

Karen Rudolph, UIUC

Nim Tottenham, Columbia University

Jay Van Bavel, NYU

Eva Telzer