Current Lab Members

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ELIZABETH (LIZ) DUVAL, PhD 

Lab Director

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
 

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

I am an Assistant Professor in Psychiatry and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Psychology at the University of Michigan.  I am interested in understanding emotion and cognitive processes (like memory and attention) in people experiencing anxiety, stress, and trauma.  I use brain imaging techniques (MRI) and physiological measures (sweating) to understand how the brain and body function in response to stress, and how treatment can impact functioning. I am involved in multiple projects to understand emotion regulation, reactivity to threat, attentional control, and memory in people with anxiety, stress, and chronic pain. I am also a licensed clinical psychologist focused on treating adults with anxiety and stress disorders using evidence-based cognitive and behavioral therapies.  I supervise and teach undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral trainees. Outside of academics, I enjoy swimming, other active outdoor activities, and spending time with my pet guinea pigs. 

 

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HANJOO KIM, PhD

Post-Doctoral Fellow
 

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Hanjoo is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Michigan/VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System (VAAAHS) Postdoctoral Consortium. Before joining Dr. Duval's lab, he received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from Penn State University, and completed a psychology internship at the New Mexico VA/Southwest Consortium. Hanjoo’s primary research interests lie in understanding the nature and treatment of anxiety and depression. His current research examines how repetitive negative thought processes, such as worry and rumination contribute to the development and maintenance of these conditions. Hanjoo is interested in utilizing methodologies from psychophysiology (e.g., emotional facial expressions, heart rate, skin conductance, etc.), network analysis and ecological momentary assessment to better understand these processes. Outside of academics, Hanjoo loves playing basketball, reading history articles, and drawing portraits.

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TESSA VUPER, PhD

Post-Doctoral Fellow
 

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Tessa is a current postdoctoral fellow in the University of Michigan/VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System (VAAAHS) Postdoctoral Consortium in Adult Clinical Psychology. She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and completed her pre-doctoral internship at VAAAHS. Tessa's research interests include neuroimaging techniques, treatment outcomes, and PTSD. She is particularly interested in the effect of psychotherapy on the brain and her dissertation examined resting-state functional connectivity changes in brain networks following Cognitive Processing Therapy. Tessa's clinical interests are in using evidence-based treatments for trauma and PTSD with veterans.

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SIMONE WILSON, LMSW

Clinical Research Interviewer
 

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Simone Wilson LMSW  is a Clinical Social Worker who serves as the Clinical Research Interviewer in the lab administering all clinical assessments to potential participants.  She also serves clients in a clinical setting at Radical Well-being Center in Southfield, MI specializing in adults with a history of trauma. Simone obtained her Bachelor’s of Arts from Emory University in Psychology and Literature and received her Master’s of Social Work from University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. 

Her research interests include trauma and cognition, clinical treatment and retention disparities, cultural diversity in treatment and research.

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SONALEE JOSHI, MS, TLLP

Doctoral Candidate

Clinical Science, Department of Psychology
 

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Sonalee is a doctoral candidate in Clinical Science in the Department of Psychology at the University of Michigan. Her primary research focuses are on possible relationships between anxiety-based avoidance behavior and the dimensional construct of negative urgency. Her previous, pre-candidacy research focused on the neurobiology of contextual memory and emotion regulation related to post-traumatic stress disorder. Sonalee is passionate about the ways that treatment contexts may inform clinical research and in turn, the incorporation of research techniques in informing clinical care, and thus, she hopes to learn more about conducting evidence-based therapy for patients with anxiety disorders. In addition to research, Sonalee also enjoys art, photography, and exploring nature.

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SAMANTHA (SAM) GOLDBERG, BA

Research Technician Associate
 

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Sam is a master’s of social work student at the University of Michigan and a research technician associate in the lab. Her primary research interests include the impact of adverse childhood experiences on mental health outcomes and how risk and resilience factors, including neural differences, race, socioeconomic status, gender, among others, play a role in these outcomes. Sam previously obtained a Bachelor’s of Arts from the University of Michigan in biopsychology, cognition, and neuroscience. Her previous research centered on hippocampal differences during fear learning tasks related to PTSD symptoms in both healthy and clinical populations. Sam hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and work in a medical academic center, where she can combine clinical work with children with her research interests. In addition to academics, Sam also enjoys baking, making ice cream, ice skating, and spending time with her cat and puppy. of social work student at the University of Michigan.

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KAYLA SMITH, BS

Post-Baccalaureate Research Assistant

Accelerated Master's Degree Student

Clinical Science, Department of Psychology
 

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Kayla is a master’s student in the department of psychology at the University of Michigan serving as a research assistant in the Duval Lab. Her primary research interests include the effect of symptom severity on cognitive differences in mental illnesses and clinical interventions for mental illnesses, specifically trauma-related and affective disorders. Kayla previously obtained a Bachelor of Science from the University of Michigan in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience with a Minor in Writing. Her previous research centered on spatial navigation performance and symptom severity  in people with PTSD versus healthy controls. Kayla plans to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology and work with veterans, in addition to teaching and researching mental illnesses including PTSD, anxiety and depression. In addition to research, Kayla also enjoys golf, creative writing, music, and reading.

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MADELINE (MADDIE) SAGE

Undergraduate Research Assistant
 

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Maddie is a research assistant in the Duval Lab in the Department of Psychiatry. Her primary research interests include anxiety, depression, and the underlying neural mechanisms that contribute to these issues, but she is also excited to expand her interests within the lab. She is currently a sophomore at the University of Michigan studying BCN and Spanish.  She hopes to use the skills gained working in the lab to help her succeed in medical school and also provide more opportunities to participate in research. Outside of the lab, Maddie enjoys running, music, being outdoors, traveling, and spending time with friends and family. 

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YACOUB FADHL

Undergraduate Research Assistant
 

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Yacoub Fadhl is a research assistant in the department of Psychology at the University of Michigan. His primary research focuses are on PTSD and fibromyalgia. Yacoub is currently obtaining a Psychology degree from the University of Michigan in his undergraduate program. Following graduation, he aims to attend law school in hopes of eventually affecting change surrounding social and environmental issues including mental illnesses at a more legislative level as well as with his current research. In addition to research, Yacoub also enjoys a variety of activities such as painting, soccer, tennis, and just being outdoors in general.

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JESSICA STOUT

Undergraduate Research Assistant
 

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Jessica is a junior studying BCN at the University of Michigan, and is a research assistant in the Duval Lab in the department of psychiatry. Her primary research focuses include anxiety related disorders, depression, and the neural mechanisms behind these issues, though she is still exploring her interests in the field. She plans to complete an honors thesis in the Duval Lab to further hone in on these interests. Jessica also has experience working in Michigan’s Mindfulness lab, under Dr. Anthony King, primarily studying the neural mechanism of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Additionally, she is an undergraduate intern at the university Psychological Clinic.  Jessica is hoping to use this gained experience and knowledge in pursuit of an MSW or PhD in clinical psychology, with the ultimate goal of practicing therapy and continuing research. Outside of research , Jessica also enjoys travelling, outdoor activities, cooking and baking, and spending time with friends and family.

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SOFIA URBAN

Undergraduate Research Assistant
 

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Sofia Urban is a Research Assistant in the department of Psychology at the University of Michigan. Their primary research focuses are anxiety, substance abuse, and PTSD. Their previous research centered on racial and gender bias in the media. Sofia hopes to learn more about childhood trauma and its impacts on substance abuse and psychological disorders. Sofia hopes to attend medical school and become a psychiatrist. In addition to research, Sofia also enjoys cooking, yoga, and reading.

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MADDY JUNGBLUTH

Undergraduate Research Assistant
 

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Maddy Jungbluth is a research assistant in the Duval Lab in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan. Her primary research interests include anxiety disorders and the neural mechanisms that impact them, but she has various other interests that she’s excited to look into. She is currently a sophomore studying Neuroscience and German, and she hopes to use this lab experience to further narrow her interests in psychology. Following graduation, Maddy hopes to attend medical school, with the eventual goal of continuing research in either an academic or governmental setting. In addition to research, Maddy enjoys figure skating, playing the viola, cooking, and reading.

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ARUNA GANESAN

Undergraduate Research Assistant
 

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Aruna Ganesan is an undergraduate research assistant at the Duval Lab in the Department of Psychiatry. She is currently a sophomore at the University of Michigan majoring in BCN and minoring in Applied Statistics. Aruna plans to attend physician assistant school following graduation. She has an avid interest in learning more about the underlying neural mechanisms involved in anxiety and stress-related disorders, and is eager to examine ongoing and potential treatments for mental illnesses. In addition to research, Aruna enjoys running, playing the violin, traveling with her family, and spending time with friends.

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CHARAN TALWAR

Undergraduate Research Assistant
 

Charan is a research assistant at the Duval Lab in the University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry. His primary research interests are stress-related disorders, autoimmune diseases, and the holistic mind-body connection. Previously, he has worked on research studying anxiety in children with food allergies and their families. Charan is a sophomore studying Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience, and he hopes to attend medical school and become an immunologist. Outside of academics, Charan likes to read, exercise, and watch sports.

 

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MELINA SETTINERI

Undergraduate Research Assistant
 

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Melina Settineri is an undergraduate research assistant at the Duval Lab in the University of Michigan department of Psychiatry. She is a first-year student looking to gain experience in the research field and is hoping to explore her interests in cognitive psychology and anxiety related disorders. Throughout her undergraduate career she plans to major in either Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience(BCN) or Chemistry and work towards attending medical or PA school. Outside of academics, Melina enjoys music, drawing, photography and hikes.

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KARAN KAMATH

Undergraduate Research Assistant
 

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Karan Kamath is an undergraduate research assistant at the Duval Lab in the Department of Psychiatry. His primary research interests are depression, stress-related disorders, and their underlying biological mechanisms, though he is excited to continue exploring different research interests. He is currently a sophomore at the University of Michigan studying Biology. He hopes to attend medical school following graduation. In addition to research, Karan enjoys reading, biking, and playing tennis.

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ASHLEY LAPLANT

Undergraduate Research Assistant
 

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Ashley LaPlant is an undergraduate research assistant at the Duval Lab in the Department of Psychiatry. She is currently a freshman at the University of Michigan, who plans on majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Gender and Health. After graduation, she hopes to attend medical school. Her primary research interests are anxiety and anxiety-related disorders, the physiological markers of mental health, and treatments of mental illnesses; however, she is still excited to explore different areas of neuroscience and psychology. In addition to research, Ashley enjoys diving, growing houseplants, reading, and spending time with friends.

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ROSHNI MOHAN

Undergraduate Research Assistant
 

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Roshni Mohan is an undergraduate research assistant at the Duval lab in the University of  Michigan department of Psychiatry. She is hoping to learn more about stress-related disorders and the neural mechanisms behind them. She is a first-year student intending to major in Neuroscience. Following graduation, she plans to attend medical school and continue research. Outside of research, Roshni enjoys painting, film, music, and cooking.

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SINIT LIJAM

Undergraduate Research Assistant
 

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Sinit Lijam is an undergraduate research assistant at the Duval lab in the University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry. Her primary research focuses include neurology and mental health, as well as health disparities and its long term impacts on mental and physical health. Sinit is a freshman intending to major in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience (BCN). In the future, Sinit plans to attend medical school in hopes of helping work towards health equity for marginalized groups. Outside of research, Sinit enjoys baking, photography, and reading.

Lab Alumni

Esther Choi- Research Assistant (2020-2021)

Rachel John, BS- Research Technician (2017-2020)

Saige Rutherford, MS- Data Analyst (2017-2020)

Rukhsar Asef- Research Assistant (2019-2020)

Kyra Lipman- Honors Thesis Student (2019-2020)

Amanda Hicks, MA- Clinical Interviewer (2017-2019)

Bradley Kubat- Research Assistant (2017-2018)

Asia Green- Research Assistant (2016-2017)

Brianna Osofisan- Research Assistant (2016-2017)

Chaewon (Claire) Sagong- Research Assistant (2016-2017)

Anna Haynes- Research Assistant (2015-2016)

Karlin Stern- Research Assistant (2015-2016)

Annie Rashes- Research Assistant (2016)

Mackenna Hill- Research Assistant (2013-2015)

Cherise White, LMSW- Social Work Research Fellow (2014-2015)

Alyssa Paskow- Research Assistant (2014-2015)

Troy Swodzinski- Research Assistant (2014-2015)

Kelsey Krus- Research Assistant (2013-2014)