For Students

The Brain Development Lab, part of the Psychology Department at Penn State, is looking for research assistants to study brain development in infants, children, and adolescents for Spring 2017. You can earn research project (PSY 494) credit or work study funds, and learn video, computer, and communication skills. Prior research experience and computer skills are a plus, but aren’t required. We are especially interested in students who have morning availability, computer skills, or are interested in developing skills in advertising, marketing, or public relations. You may apply by completing an application.

Current Staff

Andrea Seisler, Lab Manager

Andrea R. Seisler is the Laboratory Manager of the Brain Development Laboratory directed by Dr. Rick O. Gilmore. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from The Catholic University of America. During her graduate studies, she was a recipient of the Clare Booth Luce Fellowship award.

She completed MRI based neuroscience and orthopedics research while working at The National Institutes of Health from 2001-2007. After her move to State College, she served as an IRB Compliance Coordinator for the Office for Research Protections at Penn State and then moved on to manage the Human Electrophysiology Facility located at the Social, Life, and Enginineering Sciences Imaging Center through 2014.

Contact Information

449 Moore Building
Department of Psychology
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802
ars17 AT-SIGN psu DOT edu

Gillian Bruce, Undergraduate Student

Michael Dexheimer, Undergraduate Student

Michael is majoring in Engineering Science at The Pennsylvania State University. He is working to improve his understanding of research and technology in neuroscience.

After graduating in the spring of 2018 Michael intends to further his education in medical school, where he will combine his interests in Engineering, Neuroscience, and Medicine.

Daved Fared, Undergraduate Student

Daved is majoring in Genetics and Developmental Biology and minoring in Psychology. He started working in the lab since the fall of 2015 because of his interest in the neuroscience field and his passion to learn more about the brain.

After graduating in May, 2017, he will take a year off to work in a research lab related to the neuroscience field. He is planning to attend medical school after that and get his MD-PhD degree to become a medical scientist.

Auburn Lattanzio, Undergraduate Student

Auburn is a Senior majoring in Mathematics and minoring in Psychology at Pennsylvania State University. After graduating in Spring 2017, she hopes to apply the skills she has learned as a Math major to Psychology research in grad school.

In her free time, Auburn is a Math Instructor at Mathnasium, a tutoring center that focuses on instructing students in grades 2 through 12.

Hifzah Malik, Undergraduate Student

Hifzah is a junior majoring in BioBehavioral Health and is minoring in Psychology at Pennsylvania State University. She plans on going to PA school after graduation to become a physician assistant.

Other than social science, she also spends her time taking part in the She’s the First club which focuses on fundraising money to provide education for girls in third world countries.

Michael O’Neill, Undergraduate Student

Michael grew up in State College, PA and graduated from State College Area High School in May 2013. He is currently enrolled at Penn State University, double majoring in Psychology and Communication: Arts and Sciences as an undergrad. He plans to graduate in 2017.

Michael is interested in building his skills in a lab setting, and using said skills to benefit the field of psychology as well as his peers.

Alyssa Pandos, Undergraduate Student

Alyssa is an undergraduate student pursuing a degree in Psychology with a concentration in Neuroscience and a minor in Biology. She plans on graduating in the spring of 2018. After graduation, her ultimate goal is to further her education by obtaining a PhD in a field of Neuroscience or Neuropsychology.

Shivani Patel, Undergraduate Student

Shivani Patel is an undergraduate student majoring in Biological Genetics and minoring in Psychology at Pennsylvania State University. She plans to attend medical school after graduation and become a pediatrician. For the summer of 2015, she plans to attend a medical ashram in India where she will explore different fields in medicine, while volunteering at blood and eye banks.

Katie Torres, Undergraduate Student

Katie Torres is a Senior majoring in Social Psychology in the Penn State Social Psychology Department, intending to graduate in spring of 2017. She intends to continue her education in grad school to be a Personality Analyst.

Katie has been a Power Lifter for two years and plans on getting certified in personal training. In her free time she enjoys doing yoga and meditating.

Raya Willoughby, Undergraduate Student

Raya is a Psychology major with a concentration in Neuroscience and plans to graduate in 2018. Her long term plans include earning her PhD in Psychology and ultimately going into the field of research. She hopes to combine her love for the field with her love for working with kids by specializing in Autism research.

Raya has been an internationally competitive figure skater for 15 years. She coaches figure skating and hockey private lessons and group lessons at Pegula Ice Arena and she also Penn State Figure Skating Team’s THON Chair.

Recent Alumni

  • Michelle Shade
  • Sam Pai
  • Jun Oh, Apprentice Ruby on Rails Developer, Launch Academy, Inc.
  • Amanda Thomas, Postdoctoral researcher, Swarthmore
  • William Adamiak, NIH IRTA
  • Shivam Vedak, Medical student
  • Dan Elbich, Graduate student, Penn State
  • Jeremy Fesi, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Scientist, CUNY
  • Lorena Gonzalez, Graduate student, Penn State
  • Ricky Groner, IT Support Specialist, Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, Penn State
  • Ken Hwang, Consultant, Anexinet
  • Matthew Lee, MBA student, Penn State
  • Patricia Jones, Optometry student, Pennsylvania College of Optometry