Post-Docs and Graduate Students

Research Assistants

Lab Alumni


Dr. Arielle Baskin-Sommers (pronouns: she/her/hers) is a licensed clinical psychologist and Associate Professor (on Term) at Yale University. She received her Sc.B. from Brown University (2007), a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2013), and completed her pre-doctoral internship and fellowship at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Substantively, her research is concentrated on understanding individual differences in cognitive and affective processes as they relate to vulnerability for disinhibitory (impulsive, antisocial) psychopathology. Methodologically, she is interested in integrating a wide range of techniques and technologies to explore this issue. Overall, her professional career goals are based on a desire to develop both innovative theory and research in service of increasing the efficacy of clinical intervention for disinhibited behaviors. 


Office: Kirtland 207 

Mailing: Yale University, P.O. Box 20820, New Haven, CT 06520

Curriculum Vitae

Note: Dr. Baskin-Sommers will be on sabbatical for Spring 2020 and Fall 2021. *

Post-Docs and Graduate Students

Cortney Simmons received her B.A. in Psychology from Rice University and her Ph.D. in Psychological Science from the University of California-Irvine. She broadly focuses on juvenile delinquency and adolescent development within the context of the juvenile justice system. Cortney’s research integrates developmental psychology, criminology, psychobiology, and quantitative modeling to examine how individual and contextual factors contribute to risk taking and antisocial behavior. She also examines the juvenile justice system as a developmental context that affects adolescents’ educational achievement, wellbeing, and behavior.


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Grace Brennan received her B.S. in Psychology and German Studies from the College of William and Mary in 2012. Before joining the lab, she conducted neuroimaging research on alcohol use disorders at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. She is interested in using multiple methodologies to identify the cognitive, affective, and neural mechanisms underlying substance misuse and aggression, and in translating research findings into mechanism-specific clinical interventions. She is particularly interested in using computational modeling techniques to specify the cognitive mechanisms that underlie chronic aggression. Grace is currently completing her clinical internship at the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

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Alli Stuppy-Sullivan received her B.A. in Psychology from Stanford University in 2011. Following her Honors thesis at Stanford, Alli gained research experience at the military medical school’s Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress and the University of Maryland’s Center for Addictions, Personality, and Emotion Research (CAPER) Lab.  At the MoDLab, Alli combines her passions for basic science and behavior change. Her program of research focuses on (1) specifying reward and cognitive factors that contribute to impulsivity among antisocial individuals and (2) translating knowledge about these mechanistic factors into targeted interventions. She is currently completing her Predoctoral Internship at the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System in Austin, TX. 


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Suzanne (Suzy) Estrada received her B.S. in Psychology and B.A. in Spanish from Yale University in 2016. Prior to her graduate studies, she worked at the MoD Lab as an undergraduate and post-baccalaureate research fellow and conducted research on social decision-making in individuals who engage in antisocial behavior. Suzy is interested in identifying and specifying basic mechanisms of learning, their relationship to trauma (e.g., childhood maltreatment, exposure to community violence), and their implications for understanding antisocial behavior.


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Ariel Chang received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Chicago in 2015. Prior to joining the MoD lab, she worked as a research fellow in the McPartland Lab utilizing EEG and eye tracking to study social cognition in individuals with autism spectrum disorder. She is interested in integrating multiple methodologies to investigate how social cognitive factors may differ in people from disadvantaged backgrounds and affect engagement in antisocial behavior. 


Curriculum Vitae

Research Assistants


Alaina Anderson, Grace Hopper ‘21 (

Cali Baillie, Davenport ‘23 (

Callie Benson-Williams, Jonathan Edwards ‘23 (

Ivana Bozic, Benjamin Franklin ‘21 (

Lena Chan, Timothy Dwight ‘21 (

Mei Chen, Grace Hopper ‘21 (

Hannah Johns, Davenport ‘22 (

Hudson Patterson, Benjamin Franklin College ‘22 (

Emma Rutan, Silliman ‘21 (

Elyse VaderWoude, Berkeley ‘21 (

Karena Zhao, Pierson ‘21 (

Lab Alumni


John Barton, Yale ‘18

Emil Beckford, Yale ‘20

Laura BurstonYale ‘16

Andrew del Vecchio, Yale ‘19 

Hatice Nur Eken, Yale ‘17

Elizabeth Felix, Yale ‘19 

Ari Fish, University of Pittsburg ‘14

Karelle FonteneauYale ‘16

Sammy Grob, Yale ‘21 

Joshua Hayden, Yale ‘17

Amelia Haynes, Yale ‘20 

Loryn HelfmanYale ‘16

Evin Henriquez-Groves, Yale ‘19

Katherine Hong, Yale ‘19

Julie (Na Eon) Kim, Yale ‘19

Dana Lee, Yale ‘17 

Sarah Lee, Yale ‘20 

Erika Lopez, Yale ‘19

Jocelle Marius, Yale ‘20 

Samantha Marquez, Yale ’18

Haley Mitchell-Adams, Yale ‘18

Sophia Morales, Yale ’19

William Moran, Yale ’15

Luke Newell,  Yale ‘19

Cole Rianda, Yale ‘18

Cassidy Richards, Yale ‘19

Donald Rodriguez, Yale ’15

Jonathan Ryan, Stony Brook/FSU

Zoe Sernyak,  ‘22

Rebecca Spaulding, Yale ’16

Scott Tillem, Yale GS (post-doc University of Michigan)

Hannah Weinstein, Yale ‘20

Molly Williams, Yale ’17

Ethan Williams, Yale ‘21

Alex Young, Yale ‘20