Current Lab Members

Principal Investigator

Dr. Jennifer Britton
Jennifer C. Britton, Ph.D.
Dr. Jennifer Britton directs the BRAIN Group at the University of Miami. She is an Assistant 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 Burdette
Evan Burdette, B.S. '22
Evan T. Burdette 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.

Travis Evans
Travis Evans, M.S.'19

Travis Evans is an adult clinical psychology doctoral student. Broadly, he is interested in understanding how implicit processes (e.g. automatic attention deployment) and explicit processes (e.g. effortful decision-making) interactively contribute to reward and threat processing across anxiety disorders. For his master's thesis, he examined how the time-course of physiological threat responses is disrupted in social anxiety. His dissertation aims to characterize the neural circuitry underlying implicit approach and avoidance responses to social cues and how this circuitry contributes to social behaviors in daily life. When he's not revolutionizing the field or saving lives, he enjoys spending time on the beach with his wife and long walks with his faithful canine companion.

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Mariah Hamby
Mariah Hamby ‘20
Mariah Hamby is majoring in Neuroscience with minors in Chemistry and Spanish. She is an active member in Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Med Honor Society and Cru as well as a Resident Assistant on campus. Upon graduation, she plans to attend medical school and pursue a neurology specialty. She enjoys being both a participant and spectator of Visual and Performing arts. 

Siriveena Nandam
Siriveena Nandam ‘20

Siriveena Nandam is majoring in Psychology and minoring in Chemistry and Art History. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends, traveling, and writing.



Violet Sullivan

Violet Sullivan ‘20
Violet Sullivan is majoring in psychology and minoring in biology and hopes to study abnormal psychology in graduate school after finishing her B.A. Violet is in the Chi Omega fraternity and Alpha Lambda Delta honor society. In her free time, Violet enjoys going to the movies, swimming in the ocean, and bonding with her sisters Lily and Rose. 

Emilio Hospedales-Mohammed
Emilio Hospedales-Mohammed ‘19
Emilio Hospedales is a Neuroscience Major with a minor in Chemistry on the Pre-Med track. On campus, he is involved in Phi Delta Epsilon, Camp Kesem, UGenerations, and is the President of the Astronomy club. He has a broad range of interests such as exploring Miami to find delicious restaurants, going to the gym, watching movies. or watching the night sky. He focuses on finding balance between all of his interests and enjoys spending time with his friends.

Christina Rocchini
Christina Rocchini ‘19

Christina Rocchini is majoring in Psychology with a minors in Biology and Medical Humanities. She hopes to one day attend graduate school for Clinical Psychology after completing her undergraduate degree. On campus, she is Vice President of Psi Chi, the psychology honors society, and is a member of the Miami Motion dance team and the Alpha Delta Pi sorority. Christina works off campus in the Miami community as a Pure Barre instructor. In her free time, she loves to workout, spend time with friends and family, and explore the city of Miami.