Congratulations to Our Newest PhDs

The Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences is proud to announce five graduates who successfully completed the PhD program and defended their dissertations in the 2020-2021 academic year.

Dr. Katherine Alfred

Dissertation: "Deductive Reasoning: The Structure of Mental Models and Reasoning in Everyday Life"  Adviser: Associate Professor David Kraemer

Program: Psychological and Brain Sciences

What's next: Dr. Alfred will be continuing her work with Professor Kraemer as a post-doctoral Research Associate at Dartmouth.

 

 

Dr. Jin Hyun Cheong

Dissertation: "Building Relationships Through Dynamic Interactions"

Adviser: Assistant Professor Luke Chang

Program: Cognitive Neuroscience

What's next: Dr. Cheong is headed to Facebook in San Francisco where he will be a Quantitative UX Researcher.

 

 

Dr. Jimmie Gmaz

Dissertation: "Dynamic Coding of Motivationally-Relevant Information in the Rodent Nucleus Accumbens"

Adviser: Associate Professor Matthijs van der Meer

Program: Psychological and Brain Sciences

What's next: Dr. Gmaz is headed to London to work as a post-doctoral researcher in Juan Gallego's lab at Imperial College.

 

Dr. Emily Irvine

Dissertation: "Characterizing Sharp-Wave Ripple Content in Response to Novel Behaviorally-Relevant Shortcuts"

Adviser: Associate Professor Matthijs van der Meer

Program: Cognitive Neuroscience

What's next: Dr. Irvine is taking some time to enjoy her two young daughters before transitioning to industry.

 

Dr. Elizabeth Smedley

Dissertation: "Behavioral and Neural Contributions to Cue-Driven Motivation"

Adviser: Associate Professor Kyle Smith

Program: Psychological and Brain Sciences

What's next: Dr. Smedley is continuing at Dartmouth as a post-doctoral Research Associate research with Professor Smith, as a as well as teaching a Dartmouth undergraduate course on learning.