Johanna Jarcho, Assistant Professor Brain & Cognitive Sciences Area | Social Area Department of Psychology, Temple University


Dr. Jarcho’s research program bridges the areas of social, developmental, and cognitive neuroscience to study how social processes evolve during adolescence and change across the lifespan.  She uses developmental psychopathology as a theoretical framework to examine how such processes manifest in typically developing adolescents and adults, and those with, or at risk for, psychopathology.  She tests the effects of learning, attention, and affective states on pro- and anti-social behavior, and how this behavior relates to brain function during positive and negative social experiences. She is also interested in disentangling the neural mechanisms implicated in reward and threat processing during positive and negative social and non-social experiences. Dr. Jarcho’s lab recently moved to Temple University from Stony Brook University. Dr. Jarcho is excited to be back in a city, where she is busy rejoicing in public transit and the abundance of excellent restaurant options that Philadelphia has to offer.

Tessa Clarkson, PhD Student


Tessa is in her third year of the Clinical Psychology Ph.D program. She is interested in studying the underlying neural mechanisms of cognitive flexibility and social behavior. She is also interested in developing targeted interventions for children and adolescents with impairments within these domains. She is co-mentored by Dr. Johanna Jarcho, Dr. Phil Kendall, & Dr. Matt Lerner (Stony Brook University).

Megan Quarmley, PhD Student

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Megan is a second year student in the Clinical Psychology PhD program. Megan’s research focuses on the interplay of social rejection and aggression. She is also interested in neural correlates of social functioning deficits and in developing treatment interventions for children and adolescents with impairments in these domains.


Yvette Karvay, M.A. | Research Coordinator


Yvette Karvay recently completed her Master's degree in Psychology at Stony Brook University. Yvette's research interests include the neural correlates of anxiety and eating behaviors through development. She is also interested in the interplay of minority status with anxiety, eating behaviors and their respective treatments. Her hopes for the future are to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology, with a focus on eating behaviors and minority populations.

Katie Jobson, B.A. | Master's Student


Katie is a first year Master's student at Temple University. Her main interest is in the development of mental illness in individuals, as well as an interest in language processing in first and second language speakers. She aims to continue to do research and pursue a PhD upon completion of her Master's

Arron Hall | Research Assistant


Arron is an undergraduate at Temple University, majoring in Psychology and minoring in neuroscience. In addition to working in the social developmental neuroscience lab, he works as a research assistant in the Neuroendocrinology and Behavior lab at Temple University. He is interested in the neurobiological mechanisms of social interactions, and how brain activity/development is altered by stress. As a Senior, Arron is looking to further pursue a career in neuroscience by continuing on to graduate school.

Alex Carpenter | Research Assistant


Alex is a junior majoring in Psychology at Temple University with minors in Biology and Criminal Justice. In addition to her time as an RA, Alex serves as Secretary of Temple’s chapter of the Psi Chi Honor Society and also as a peer mentor in the Honors program. She also is peer teaching Social Psychology under the mentorship of Dr. Melinda Mattingly. Fall of 2018, she began the Honors Psychology Research program. Upon graduation, Alex plans to attend graduate school to pursue a Ph.D. in social psychology, and ultimately pursue a career in human sexuality research.

Hayley Krieg | Research Assistant

Hayley is a junior at Temple University, majoring in Psychology with a minor in Political Science. She is a member of Alpha Xi Delta and the National Society for Collegiate Scholars. She is also involved in the Psychology Honors research program. Upon graduation, Hayley plans to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology.


Nathan Villanueva | Research Assistant


Nathan is currently an undergraduate at Temple University majoring in Psychology and minoring in Cognitive Neuroscience. In addition to working in the SDN lab, he serves as the President of the Temple University Habitat for Humanity chapter and act as one of the Co-presidents for the University’s Biology Society. He is interested in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and loves reading Military Psychology journals. His goal is to one day commission as an officer in the Army and serve active duty in the Medical Service Corps. His long term dream is to become either an Army clinical psychologist or neurologist.


Past Team Members

Julia Feldman, PhD Student (2016-2017)

Sara Bannon, PhD Student (2016-2017)

Hannah Grossman, M.A. (2016-2017)

Erin Gardner, M.A. (2016-2017)

Christian Hadjigeorgiou, B.S. (2015-2017)

Kristy Lee, B.S. (2015-2016)

Amanda Rosati, B.A. (2015-2016)

Dorothy McGee, B.A. (2016)

Johnathan Mathai (2016)

Alexandra Perez (2016-2017)

Alex Rockwell (2017)

Alexander Tairbekov (2017)

Kate Bartolotta, B.A. (2017-2018)

Batool Mubashar (2017)

Lauren Hill, M.A. (2017-2018)

Brady Rainville, M.A. (2017-2018)

Alison Pellecchia, B.A. (2016-2018)

Christine McIsaac, B.S. (2016-2018)

Jordan Sternbach, B.S. (2017-2018)

Sarika Kokate, B.S. (2017-2018)

Nikita Kohli (2017-2018)

Sara Rosenquist (2018)

Hung-Wei (Bernie) Chen (2016-2018)

Maliah West, B.S. (2017-2018)

Nicholas Leonetti, B.A. (2017-2018)

Samantha Sommer, B.A. (2017-2018)

Madison Thornton, B.S. (2017-2018)

Hsin (Sydney) Jaw, B.S. (2017-2018)

Alexa Demanuel (2017-2018)

Aydan McCoy, B.S. (2017-2018)

Neesan Haider (2018)

Justina Henein (2018)

Jillienne Mendoza, B.S. (2018)

Ashley Tranquille (2018)

Vidya Koesmahargyo (2018)