Medical & Clinical Psychology: The Grunberg Research Lab

Current Members

Graduate Students

Brendon Finton LT Brendan Finton, M.S. is a fifth year student (U.S. Navy) working towards a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. Brendan earned a B.S. in Psychology (2008) from Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA. At Georgia Tech, Brendan was a research assistant in the Adult Development Laboratory under the supervision of Fredda Blanchard-Fields, Ph.D., where he studied accuracy predicting emotional reactions among men and women, aged 18 - 65 years old. He also worked as a research assistant for William Fantegrossi, Ph.D., in Emory University's Neuroscience Department examining psychopharmacologic antagonists to MDMA in mice. Brendan was a graduate student in Clinical Psychology at Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH (2008-2010), where he studied treatment preferences for PTSD. While at CSU, Brendan gained experience leading psychoeducation and conflict resolution groups and administering psychological assessment instruments. Brendan's research activities at USU have focused on animal models of brain injury and stress and non-pharmaceutical interventions for recovering Service Members. His Master's work, entitled "High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU): A Novel Model of Traumatic Brain Injury," focused on neurobehavioral outcomes and sex differences following HIFU-induced brain injury. LT Finton's ongoing doctoral research is investigating a novel intervention to assist with the treatment of PTSD in U.S. Service Members. He is currently on internship at the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Portsmouth, VA and can be contacted at: brendan.finton@usuhs.edu.


Matthew MooseyCPT Matthew Moosey, M.A. is a fourth year graduate student (U.S. Army) working towards a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. Matt attended the United States Military Academy, West Point where he earned his B.S. (2005) in International Relations. After college, Matt commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant of Armor and was assigned as an Abrams tank platoon leader to the 4th Infantry Division, Ft Hood, Texas. During his assignment to the 4th Infantry Division, CPT Moosey served in a variety of jobs including reconnaissance platoon leader, company executive officer, general's aide-de-camp, and hospital company commander, 10th Combat Support Hospital. After two combat deployments to Iraq, CPT Moosey became interested in psychology and earned an M.A. (2009) in forensic psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Matt's research at USU has focused on animal models of nicotine use and stress. His Master's thesis entitled "Effects of Nicotine and Stress on Anxiety-related and Depression-related Behavior in Rats" examined how sustained nicotine administration affects sex-related differences in male and female rats under environmentally stressful conditions. Matt has completed a one year clinical externship at Naval Health Clinic-Annapolis and a one year counseling externship at the American University Student Counseling Center. He is currently developing his clinical skills at the Department of Adult Behavioral Health, Ft. Belvoir Community Hospital. Matt's doctoral research project will be focused on the development and assessment of uniformed medical leadership. He can be contacted at: matthew.moosey@usuhs.edu.


Aaron WeisbrodLTJG Aaron Weisbrod is a third year student (U.S. Navy) working towards a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. Aaron served as a rifleman in the United States Marines with the 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, completing tours with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and in Iraq. After 2/5, Aaron attended the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) completing a bachelor's degree in Applied Psychology. While at UIC, Aaron worked under the supervision of Dr. Robin Mermelstein on cigarette smoking cessation studies. While at USUHS, Aaron has been involved with the Bushmaster Research Activities Group (BRAG), which focuses on program development for the leadership training curriculum as part of the Bushmaster field exercise for the School of Medicine military students. Currently, his main interests within BRAG include examining SOM student perceptions of the Bushmaster field exercise before and after completing it. Additionally, Aaron is currently co-leading an experiment investigating the effects of nicotine and stress in rats. Aaron's particular interests for this experiment involve the effects of nicotine and stress on biological and behavioral indices of anxiety and depression. An additional interest of Aaron is post-combat deployment re-entry time in the form of Third Location Decompression. Aaron is currently developing his clinical and research skills with the Marine Corps Embassy Security Group and the Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington. Aaron can be contacted at: aaron.weisbrod@usuhs.edu.


Maggie Baisley1LT Maggie Baisley is a third year graduate student (U.S. Army) working towards a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. She earned a B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Business Administration from Fordham University in 2012, where she was also a member of NYC Army ROTC. At Fordham, she worked under the supervision of Dr. Rachel Annunziato and studied interventions to help adolescent pediatric patients transition to adult-oriented care. Her honors thesis investigated peer feedback as a tool to develop professional behavior in undergraduates. Currently, she is leading an experiment on how caffeine affects behavior under stress and sleep disruption conditions in male and female rats. This experiment is intended to model the deployed experience of our service members and to help us understand how caffeine consumption overseas may be related to broader military health trends, such as incidence rates of combat-related PTSD. For her doctoral research, she is interested in studying how humor can be used to enhance provider effectiveness and improve medical and mental health treatment. Maggie is currently receiving clinical training in therapy and assessment at The Women's Center, a non-profit community counseling center, in Vienna, VA. Maggie can be contacted at: margaret.baisley@usuhs.edu.


Raquel MackRaquel Mack, M.S. is a second year civilian student working towards a dual-track Ph.D. in Medical & Clinical Psychology. Raquel attended Fisk University in Nashville, TN, where she earned a B.S. (2010) in Psychology. She attended Lipscomb University where she earned an M.S. (2012) in Psychology, and completed a research thesis on the efficacy of Cognitive Processing Therapy to reduce hopelessness in victims of sexual assault. After college, Raquel was a Project Coordinator at Meharry Medical College (2011-2013) under the supervision of epidemiologist Dr. Maureen Sanderson working on several research projects with underserved populations including: a provider intervention for Human Papillomavirus; an investigation of possible causes of breast cancer in African American breast cancer survivors; a study of the relationships among hormones, diet, body size, and breast density in healthy African-American and Hispanic women. Raquel is currently co-leading an experiment that aims to determine effects of nicotine on military-relevant stressors in male and female rats and determine if males and females are affected differently. Raquel's research interests include health disparities in minority populations, the effects of stress on the immune system and non-pharmacological treatments of PTSD and TBIs in active duty military as well as veteran populations. Raquel can be contacted at: raquel.mack@usuhs.edu.


Amanda WebbCPT Amanda Webb, M.A. is a second year graduate student (U.S. Army) working towards a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. Amanda attended North Georgia College and State University on a four year Army ROTC Scholarship, where she earned a bachelor's degree in Psychology. After college, she commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army's Military Intelligence Corps and served as a Battalion Intelligence Officer, Platoon Leader, Company Commander, and Division Intelligence Officer Observer/Controller/Trainer. She was assigned to 7-101 AVN, 311th MI BN, 3rd Brigade, 101st ABN DIV (AASLT), and Operations Group Joint Readiness Training Center and completed three combat deployments (Afghanistan, OEF X and Iraq, OIF I & IV). Amanda earned an M.A. degree in Clinical and Community Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (2007). While at UNCC, she served as a psychological intern at Piedmont Correctional Institution in Salisbury, NC. Amanda's interests include animal models to study PTSD; animal models to study stress and drug use; and techniques and interventions to reduce stress among military personnel. Amanda can be contacted at: amanda.webb@usuhs.edu.


2LT Kathryn Eklund is a first year graduate student (U.S. Army) working towards a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. Kathryn attended Southern Utah University in Cedar City, UT, where she earned a B.S. in Psychology (2012). Under the supervision of Dr. Grant Corser and Dr. Britton Mace, she conducted research on psychological control, aggression and impulsivity. Throughout college she worked at inpatient residential treatment centers for adolescent males and females as well as community centers for developmentally disabled adults. While in Utah, she enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserves and served three years in the 308th Multifunctional Medical Battalion as a radio operator-maintainer. She is interested in the 172nd studying pharmacotherapies, such as ketamine, for PTSD and TBI as well as the neurobiological factors underlying nicotine use and subsequent morphine self-administration. Kathryn can be contacted at: kathryn.eklund@usuhs.edu.


Research Staff

Erin BarryErin Barry, M.S. is a Research Associate, Laboratory Manager, and Biostatistician in Dr. Grunberg's laboratory. She also works with Dr. Grunberg on Psychological and Behavioral Health issues relevant to human performance optimization for the Consortium on Health and Military Performance (CHAMP). Erin earned a B.E. (2006) in Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Mathematics from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. She earned an M.S. (2008) in Biomedical Engineering from University of Texas at Arlington with a focus on Tissue Engineering and Drug Delivery. Prior to joining Dr. Grunberg's lab (2010), Erin worked at the Baylor Institute for Immunology Research in Dallas, TX, with Dr. Damien Chaussabel to identify biomarkers in B-cell deficient patients, Multiple Sclerosis patients, Rheumatoid Arthritis patients, lung cancer patients, and performance-enhancing drugs in Olympic marathon runners. She also has worked at the Center for BrainHealth in Dallas, TX, with Dr. Richard King, using fractal dimensions to diagnose Alzheimer's disease. Her research activities at USU have focused on animal models of brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and effects of improvised explosive devices on the body. Erin is currently collaborating on research projects investigating novel treatments for traumatic brain injury in animal models, contributions of nicotine and caffeine to the development of PTSD, and the role of canine exposure as part of rehabilitation of Wounded Warriors. She also is helping to determine optimal strategies to analyze complex behavioral and biological data. Erin can be contact at: erin.barry.ctr@usuhs.edu


Kevin CravediKevin Cravedi is a part-time Research Assistant working in Dr. Grunberg's lab. Kevin graduated from Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., with a B.S. in Biochemistry (2010). Kevin worked as a full-time Research Assistant in Dr. Grunberg's Lab from May 2010 to June 2012 and then began studying at George Mason University to earn an M.S. in Forensic Science (expected 2014). Kevin rejoined the Grunberg Lab as a part-time Research Assistant in October 2013 to work primarily on investigations of novel biochemical treatments for TBI in animal experimental models. Kevin can be contacted at: kevin.cravedi.ctr@usuhs.edu.


Alice GrahamAlice Graham is a part-time Research Assistant working in Dr. Grunberg's lab. She is currently pursuing a B.S.N. degree. She was a 2007 recipient of the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Scholarship where she spent one year abroad in Braunschweig, Germany. There she participated as an intern in Dr. Wolfdieter Schulz-Pilgramm's general physician office where she helped arrange home visits, assisted with blood work and EKG readings, and helped with administrative tasks. Alice is working on nicotine, caffeine, TBI, PTSD, pain perception, and behavior studies in the Grunberg lab. She also designs web-based tutorials with Dr. Grunberg regarding effective teaching and helps to coordinate animal behavior. Alice can be reached at: alice.graham@usuhs.edu.