People

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Lab Director

Kendra Seaman
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Dr. Seaman completed her BA in psychology and biology at the University of Kansas before joining Teach For America. After teaching in Oakland, CA and Washington, DC, she completed a Master’s and PhD at The Catholic University of America. She completed a postdoc in the Motivated Cognition and Aging Brain Lab with Gregory Samanez-Larkin (at Yale and Duke Universities) before joining the faculty at UT Dallas.

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Lab Manager

Sharada Pillai
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Sharada graduated from UT Dallas with a BS in Biology. During her time at UTD, she was an undergraduate research assistant working under Dr. Francesca Filbey in the Filbey Lab at the Center for BrainHealth. She continued her education at Teachers College, Columbia University where she completed her Master's in Neuroscience and Education. Sharada is excited to join the Aging Well Lab as an incoming lab manager and gain experience in the research process.

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Post Doctoral Researcher

Colleen Frank

PhD Students

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PhD Student

Galston Wong
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Galston graduated from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore with a BA in Psychology and second major in Linguistics. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Cognition and Neuroscience at UT Dallas. Galston is interested in the cognitive and structural changes that occur during healthy aging, and the adaptive processes that follow with it. He is also interested in the study of cognitive engagement and preservation in older adults.

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PhD Student

Christopher Garza
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Christopher Garza graduated from UT Dallas with a BA in Economics. He is currently completing a MS in Social Data Analytics and Research. He hopes to earn a Ph.D in Cognition and Neuroscience.

Master’s Students

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Master’s Student

Harold Robinson

 

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Master’s Student

India Blake

Undergraduate Students

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Research Assistant

Amelia Leslie
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Amelia is a freshman at UTD studying Molecular Biology. She plans to attend a M.D./Ph.D. program after undergrad, and is super excited to be part of the Aging Well Lab.

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Research Assistant

May Chinn
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May is an undergraduate student at UT Dallas studying Psychology. After graduating, she hopes to pursue a PhD. She is very excited to contribute to the Aging Well Lab.

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Research Assistant

Anjana Narayanan

Anjana is currently studying neuroscience at UTD. Anjana plans on working as a paramedic after graduation, with later hopes to pursue medical school, and is looking forward to contributing to the Aging Well Lab.

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Research Assistant

Sejal Rahi
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Sejal Rahi is a sophomore at UT Dallas studying psychology. She plans to attain a Ph.D. after undergrad and is excited to be working in the Aging Well Lab. 

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Research Assistant

Yaseen Khalilullah
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Yaseen Khalilullah is an sophomore at UT Dallas studying Neuroscience. After graduating, he hope to pursue a MD/PhD. He is very excited to contribute to the Aging Well Lab.

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Research Assistant

Aarif Fayyaz
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Aarif Fayyaz is a sophomore at UT Dallas studying neuroscience on the pre-med track. Aarif has hopes to enter medical school and pursue an M.D. He is very excited to be part of the Aging Well Lab.

Lab Alumni

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Lab Manager

Shelby Leverett
Fall 2019-Summer 2021
- B.S., Psychology
- M.S., Neuroscience and Cognition

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Master’s Student

Alejandro Perez
Summer 2020-Summer 2021
-B.A., Psychology
-M.S., Applied Cognition and Neuroscience

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Research Assistant

Graham Waller
Fall 2020
- B.S., Psychology

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Research Assistant

Eduardo Betancourt
Spring 2020-Spring 2021
- B.S., Biomedical Engineering

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Research Assistant

Lilianna Pulay
Spring 2020-Spring 2021
- B.S., Neuroscience

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Research Assistant

Susan Summerville
Spring 2020-Summer 2021
- B.A., Kinesiology

Collaborators

Duke University

UNC Greensboro

Emory University

Northeastern University