Ilaria Amato

Graduate Student

Email: ilariaa2@illinois.edu
Lab Phone: 217-300-1464

Ilaria Amato received her B.S. in Psychology from Endicott College and is currently pursuing an M.S. Degree in Psychological Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Broadly, her research interests revolve around the effects of fitness on cognition and brain structure. She is also interested in understanding how lifestyle factors may affect age-related changes and impart cognitive reserve.

Evan Anderson

Graduate Student

Email: Eandrsn2@gmail.com
Lab Phone: 217-300-1464

Evan Anderson completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Illinois with a B.S. in Psychology. He is a member of the Neuroscience program and is a first year graduate student in the Decision Neuroscience lab. Evan’s background is in computer science and cognitive psychology. He is interested in the neural mechanics which underlie choice and decision, and he uses computational modeling and neuroimaging techniques to better understand how they are implemented within the brain.

 

Grace Goodwin

Graduate Student

Email: graceg4@illinois.edu
Lab Phone: 217-300-1464

Grace Goodwin received a B.A. in Psychology and Dance from Loyola Marymount University and is currently pursuing an M.S. Degree in Psychological Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests lie at the intersection of clinical psychology and cognitive neuroscience. Specifically, she is interested in examining cognitive, affective, and neurobiological changes post mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). Grace also works with Dr. Wendy Heller and Dr. Karen Rudolph investigating the psychological mechanisms associated with change in emotion mindsets and the role mindsets play in the development of psychopathology in adolescence. In the future, she hopes to obtain a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.

 

Kelly Hewes

Graduate Student

Email: khewes3@illinois.edu
Lab Phone: 217-300-1464

Kelly Hewes is a student in the Medical Scholars Program and is pursuing her Ph.D. with the Neuroscience Program. She received her B.S. in Neuroscience from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX in 2015 where she worked with a non-human primate model of multiple sclerosis. Now, Kelly’s broad research interests are in nutritional neuroscience. More specifically, she is interested in how dietary antioxidants and inflammation may affect cognitive changes that occur during aging.

Mickeal Key

Graduate Student

Email: mnkey2@illinois.edu
Lab Phone: 217-300-1464

Mickeal Key is a Ph.D. student in the Decision Neuroscience Lab at the Beckman Institute. Her background is in molecular genetics and experimental psychology. Her research interests revolve around how health status, lifestyle factors, and genetic contributions affect cognitive control and learning throughout the human lifespan.

 

Nikolai Sherepa

Graduate Student

Email: nsherepa@illinois.edu
Lab Phone: 217-300-1464

Nikolai Sherepa completed his undergraduate at Concordia College in Minnesota with majors in Biology and Psychology. Here at UIUC he is a second year graduate student whose research interests include motivation, cognitive training, and decision making. He does research in the Decision Neuroscience Lab on the INSIGHT project and the CNLM project and is a TA for MCB 101.