Johanna Jarcho, Assistant Professor

Cognition and Neuroscience Area | Social Area

Department of Psychology, Temple University

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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

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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.

 


Camille Johnston | PhD Student

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Camille is a first year doctoral student in the Social Psychology program at Temple University. She graduated from UCLA in 2018 with a BS in Neuroscience. Camille is interested in the development of social cognition in close relationships from a neuroscience standpoint. In particular, she is interested in how early life stress and insecure attachment impact intimate relationship processing and perception. In her free time she enjoys reading non-fiction, crowdsourcing food recommendations, and fermenting her own vegetables.


Yvette Karvay, M.A. | Research Coordinator

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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.


Rachel Ore, B.A. | Research Coordinator

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Rachel recently completed her bachelor's degree in psychology and cognitive neuroscience at Temple University. She started in the SDN lab as an undergraduate research assistant and is now working full time as a research coordinator. Rachel is interested in autism research, specifically the differences in presentations between males and females. She plans to pursue a Ph. D in clinical psychology in the coming years and would like to work with children and adolescents in a clinical setting.



Caleb Haynes | Research Associate

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Caleb is a research assistant interested in cognitive and affective social neuroscience. He graduated in 2019 from Arizona State University with a bachelor's degree in psychology.


Marissa Chitwood | Master’s Student

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Marissa is a first year Master's student in the Neuroscience program at Temple University. She graduated from NKU in 2018 with a BS in Psychology. Marissa's research interests include investigating the impact that positive and negative experiences have on the developmental brain and the neural mechanisms that lead to mental disorders. She is also interested in studying the advancement of diagnostic tools and developmental psychopathology prevention and early intervention. Marissa hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in experimental psychology with a concentration in behavioral neuroscience.


Alex Carpenter | Research Assistant

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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.


Nathan Villanueva | Research Assistant

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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.


Athena Vafiadis | Research Assistant

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Athena is a junior at Temple University majoring in Neuroscience.  In addition to her role as an RA, she is also the Mental Health and Well-being Program Assistant at the Wellness Resource Center. Her research interests include how social and emotional development occurs in children and adolescents, as well as the impact of mood disorders on adolescents as they transition into young adults.  She also has a tangent interest in the neural mechanisms surrounding sleep and sleep disorders.  Athena is looking into graduate school to continue studying neuroscience upon graduation. 


Sam Fernandez | Research Assistant

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Sam is a junior at Temple University majoring in Neuroscience. In addition to her time in SDN Lab, she works as a clinical lab assistant at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and volunteers as a mentor to several middle and high school students for Mighty Writers in North Philadelphia. Sam is an aspiring surgeon, and plans to further her education in medical school. 


Rachel Carey | Research Assistant

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Rachel is an undergraduate student at Temple University majoring in Neuroscience with a minor in Psychology. In addition to working in the SDN lab, she is working at a medical daycare for children with various disabilities. She is interested in the underlying mechanisms and treatment of developmental disorders in children and hopes to continue onto graduate school to pursue a PhD in Neuroscience.


Smana Bukhari | Research Assistant

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Smana is a sophomore undergraduate student majoring in Psychology and minoring in Cognitive Neuroscience. In addition to working in the lab, she also works as a Program Facilitator at Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. She is interested in OCD and mood disorders, and plans to go on to graduate school to pursue a career in clinical psychology. 


Kelly Lee | Research Assistant

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Junior undergraduate student majoring in neuroscience at Temple University. In addition to her time in SDN lab, she works as an assistant in the Concepts and Cognition Laboratory, assists on the effects of stress and hormones on the serotonin system at the Lewis Katz School's medical research building, and is a member of Alpha Epsilon Delta.


Jennifer Dooher | Research Assistant

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Jen is a sophomore undergraduate student at Temple University. She is majoring in Psychology and minoring in Spanish. In addition to working in the lab, she enjoys working with children and investigating developmental psychology. After graduating, she plans to continue her education and pursue a career in psychology.



Janis Anning-Gyan | Research Assistant

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Janis is a senior undergraduate student at Temple University. She is majoring Neuroscience with a minor in clinical and health psychology. In addition to working in the lab, she enjoys working with children and investigating cognitive neurological development. After graduating, she plans to continue her education in nursing.


Jared Chalfin | Research Assistant

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Jared is currently a senior undergraduate student majoring in Psychology and minoring in Cognitive Neuroscience at Temple University. In addition to working in the SDN Lab, Jared enjoys assisting in positive youth development for children who come from disadvantaged backgrounds. Jared's research interests include the correlation between neural processing, fear, and social anxiety, as well as the study of behavioral neuroscience. Upon graduation, Jared is looking to pursue a Master's degree in Neuropsychology with future goals of becoming a Clinical Neuropsychologist. 


Veronica Alday | Research Assistant

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Veronica is a junior at the University of Pittsburgh majoring in Neuroscience and Psychology. Aside from working at the SDN lab, she works at a clinical research lab studying congenital heart disease, and she volunteers at local hospitals in Pittsburgh. Her research interests involve the clinical manifestations and neural mechanisms of social interactions, affection, and bonding. Veronica hopes to attend medical school and pursue a career in pediatric neurology or pediatric neurosurgery. 


Sarah Uddin | Research Assistant

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Hello! My name is Sarah Uddin and I am a second year Neuroscience major in Temple'e CST! Neuroscience and Social Psychology have been realms I have always been interested in ever since high school and I am so excited to take part in the SDN research! In addition to research, I am also involved in dance, greek life, and student government on campus. And in the Fall 2019, I will be bringing a new organization onto campus called CHAARG!


Tiffany Duong | Research Assistant

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Tiffany is a senior at Temple University majoring in psychology with a minor in cognitive neuroscience. Her interests include children with autism, child development (psychological and neurological), and rehabilitation for children and adults with stroke. She also has an interest in stress in school and advocates for mental health. In addition to working in the SDN lab, she volunteers at CHOP in occupational therapy rehabilitation and is the secretary of Temple First. Upon graduation, Tiffany intends to pursue a graduate degree in occupational therapy. 


Nishi Patel | Research Assistant

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Nishi is a rising sophomore studying Neuroscience at Temple University. Upon completion of her undergraduate studies, she plans to pursue a graduate degree and start research of her own on Trigeminal Neuralgia. She is a member of Undergraduate Neuroscience Society and the Temple Honors Program.


Bernice Frempong | Research Assistant

I am a senior undergraduate student majoring in Neuroscience at Temple University. I am currently interested in the clinical aspect of neuroscience. Preferably neuropsychology or neuropharmacology. I plan on continuing my education in medical school to pursue a career as a 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), Arron Hall (2018)

Hayley Krieg (2018), Kenya Newsome (2018), Caroline Kessler (2018-2019)

Emily Seaman, B.S. (2018-2019), Akshay Rajaram (2018-2019)