PURSUE Team

Primary Investigators

The Primary Investigators (PIs) have organized a group of experts in cognitive electrophysiology and assessment who embrace a student-centric approach to education that inspires student-faculty research collaboration. Each PI has substantial experience teaching ERP methodology at an undergraduate level
as part of cognitive neuroscience courses, semester-long laboratory courses, and in their research labs.

Dr. Cindy M. Bukach

University of Richmond

Dr. Bukach is an associate professor of cognitive neuroscience and MacEldin Trawick Endowed Professor of Psychology at the University of Richmond, Virginia.

She received her Ph.D. from the University of Victoria, British Columbia and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Vanderbilt University

Her research uses both behavioral testing and cognitive electrophysiology to examine the factors underlying category specificity. One extension of her research is to better understand and ameliorate racial bias and other race effects.

Dr. Jane W. Couperus

Mount Holyoke College

Dr. Couperus is a Professor of developmental cognitive neuroscience at Hampshire College and Visiting Professor at Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts.

She received her Ph.D. in child development with a minor in neuroscience from the University of Minnesota.

Her primary research interests are the development and functioning of visual selective attention using event related potentials. Her research uses both behavioral and physiological techniques to gain a better understanding of the brain over the course of development.

Dr. Catherine L. Reed

Claremont McKenna College

Dr. Reed is the McElwee Family Professor of Psychology & George R. Roberts Fellow Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience at Claremont McKenna College, California.

She completed her Ph.D. at University of California, Santa Barbara.

Her research uses behavioral and electrophysiological techniques (EEG/ERP)  to explore a wide range of topics from a cognitive neuroscience perspective, including perception and action. Her research examines influences of the body on attention, perception, emotional processing, and economic decision making.

Faculty Learning Community:

Participating Faculty

The Faculty Learning Community (FLC) was developed to participate in the development of electrophysiological methodology teaching materials as well as to provide a community and support network for the faculty participating.

Dr. Mara Breen

Mount Holyoke College

Dr. Breen is an assistant professor in Psychology at Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts.

She received her Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Her research focuses on speech prosody. Her research has addressed these topics through behavioral experiments that measure reaction times, ratings, or other measures of interpretation. She also uses event-related potentials to measure real-time scalp electrical activity to more accurately measure the timing and interaction of cognitive processes.

Dr. David Leland

University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire

David Leland, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology at University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire.

He completed his Ph.D. at University of California, San Diego.

Dr. Leland teaches general and cognitive courses in psychology and neuroscience. His laboratory uses electroencephalography (EEG) to study the neural underpinnings of cognition, motivation, and action.

Dr. Anjali Thapar

Bryn Mawr College

Dr. Thapar is a professor in Psychology at Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania.

She received her Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University.

One of her primary research interests is age-related differences in perception, attention, frontal lobe functioning, and memory, using models of information processing. Her other major research focus is on the processes underlying memory performance, with current projects investigating memory illusions and false memories as well as the phenomenon of implicit memory.

Dr. Erika Nyhus

Bowdoin College

Erika Nyhus is an assistant professor in Psychology and Neuroscience at Bowdoin College, Maine.

She received her PhD in Cognitive Science, Neuroscience, and Psychology, at University of Colorado at Boulder. 

Dr. Nyhus’ research focuses on the neural processes involved in higher-level cognition, including executive functioning and episodic memory. Her research has addressed these topics through behavioral and neuroimaging (EEG/ERP), and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) methods. This research has shown how multiple brain systems process information and interact.

Dr. Jeffrey J. Sable

Christian Brothers University

Jeffrey J. Sable, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences at Christian Brothers University.

He received his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia with an emphasis in cognition and neuroscience and an interdisciplinary graduate minor in college teaching.

Much of his research is focused on attention and perception, especially in the auditory system, and he and his collaborators (many of whom are undergraduate students) frequently use event-related brain potentials to study these processes.

Dr. Rebecca Compton

Haverford College

Rebecca Compton is a Professor of Psychology at Haverford College, Pennsylvania.

She received her B.A. from Vassar College and her PhD from University of Chicago, followed by post-doctoral training at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Her teaching at Haverford has covered topics of cognitive neuroscience, research methods and statistics, ERP/EEG research techniques, neuroscience approaches to emotion and psychopathology, and research ethics in psychology. She has also co-authored a cognitive neuroscience textbook with Marie Banich (Cambridge University Press, 2018).

Consultants

Cobblestone Consulting

Cobblestone Applied Research & Evaluation, Inc. was founded in 2008 by the current president, Dr. Rebecca Eddy, who started the company as an extension of her work as a faculty member at Claremont Graduate University. They specialize in designing and conducting program evaluation and applied research studies, largely drawing on social science methodology.

Rebecca Eddy, Ph.D.

Rebecca is the Founder and current President at Cobblestone. As the Principal Investigator or co-PI on more than 70 funded contracts and grants, she has 20 years of experience in teaching and conducting evaluation and applied research studies. She received her Ph.D. in Applied Cognitive Psychology and has spent her career applying the principles of learning and cognition to the evaluation of educational programs, primarily for underserved students.

Monique Matelski, Ph.D.

Monique is the Director of Research and Evaluation at Cobblestone. She received her Ph.D. in Applied Social Psychology from Claremont Graduate University. As an evaluator for eight years, she has helped to design, manage, and coordinate multi-year evaluations of higher education programs funded through Title V, Title III, FIPSE, and NSF. Most of her work has focused on evaluating programs serving underrepresented minority and low-income students.

General Consultants

The general consultants have extensive experience with EEG/ERP education and consult on content and course design as well as on lab equipment setup and protocol, experiment design, programming and analysis, and data quality control.

Steve Luck

Steven J. Luck is the Director of the Center for Mind & Brain and a Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Luck’s research focuses on the neural and cognitive mechanisms of attention and working memory in healthy young adults, in people with neurological and psychiatric disorders, and across the lifespan. He has written books on ERPs, leads an NIH-funded summer workshop on ERPs that attracts 35 researchers from around the world each year (the ERP Boot camp), and oversees the development of a leading software package for ERP data analysis (ERPLAB Toolbox).

Emily Kappenman

Emily Kappenman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at San Diego State University. Dr. Kappenman’s research is broadly focused on understanding cognition and emotion in typical adults, and how these processes become disrupted in individuals with psychological and psychiatric disorders. She is also highly focused on the development and dissemination of ERP and tDCS methods, including the development of tools to facilitate the use of ERPs and tDCS across the field.

Staff and Student Contributors

The staff and students assist the PIs at each of their subsequent universities with research and the creation of all PURSUE educational materials including courseware, animations, simulations, and instructional videos.

Olivia Stibolt

University of Richmond
Lab Manager

Aalok Sathe

University of Richmond

Ting Chen

University of Richmond

Thalia Viranda

University of Richmond

Pascaline Munezero

University of Richmond

Kendall Stewart

University of Richmond

Lexi Frost

University of Richmond

Christopher Cotter

University of Richmond

Matthew Strange

University of Richmond

Jake Cardwell

University of Richmond

Brianna Charlton

University of Richmond

Patrick Sutphin

University of Richmond

Eliz Akin

University of Richmond

Claire McLam

University of Richmond

Callie Cinque

University of Richmond

Cam Smith

University of Richmond

Kira Bartnick

University of Richmond

Zachary Cole

University of Richmond
Past Lab Manager

Madison Lodge

Claremont McKenna College

Morgan Berlin

Claremont McKenna College

Abraham Saikley

Claremont McKenna College

Adrienne Jo

Claremont McKenna College

Anthony Burre

Claremont McKenna College

Audrey Siqi Liu

Claremont McKenna College

Emilia Hagen

Claremont McKenna College

Emily Diamond

Claremont McKenna College

Hannah McCarthy Potter

Claremont McKenna College

Jackson Zeladon

Claremont McKenna College

Jessica Kim

Claremont McKenna College

Emily Lavine

Claremont McKenna College

Aditi Chitre

Claremont McKenna College

Aditi Garg

Claremont McKenna College

Anwen Tobalske

Claremont McKenna College

Astrid Petropolous

Astrid Petropoulos

Claremont McKenna College

Jasmin Joshi

Claremont McKenna College

Sophia Rose

Claremont McKenna College

Chandlyr Denaro

Claremont McKenna College

Josh Ortiz

Claremont McKenna College

Juniper Hollis

Hampshire College

Amy Lowe

Hampshire College

Zoe Pestana

Hampshire College

Zara Cannon-Mohammed

Hampshire College

Flavia Nwanko

Hampshire College

Yaritza Bushnell

Hampshire College

Sally Borgatti

Hampshire College

Kirsten Lydic

Hampshire College

Heather Welty

Hampshire College

Owen Neubeurger

Hampshire College

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