Our Team

Graduate Students

Nicholas Pepe

Nicholas Pepe is a fifth year Cognitive Science student. He received his B.A. in Psychology from Saint Joseph’s College and received his M.A. in Psychology from the Experimental Psychology Program at Long Island University. His current research focuses on cultural effects on retrieval disruption.

Tori Peña

Tori Peña is a third year Cognitive Science student. She received her B.S. in Psychology and Biological Anthropology from Binghamton University in 2018.  Her current research focuses on understanding the nuances of the effects of retrieval disruption on recall.

Garrett Greeley

Garrett Greeley is a second year Cognitive Science student. He received his B.A. in Psychology from Winona State University in 2018.  He is interested in researching the ways in which memory influences decision making and problem solving in collaborative contexts.

Daisy Alejandra Estrada

Alejandra Estrada is a first year doctoral student in the Cognitive Science program. She has received her B.A. in Psychology and History from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2020.  Her current research focuses on culture and collective memory.

Research Assistants

Vanessa Chan

Vanessa is currently a junior at Stony Brook. She is a biology major on the pre-health track with a minor in Health and Wellness. Her hobbies include reading, photography, and traveling.

Kylon Coombs

Kylon is a biology major with a minor in chemistry on a pre-med track. His hobbies include xbox, movies, and exercising at the gym. He loves the movies so much that he even has an AMC membership. 

Lobsang Dolma

Lobsang is currently a junior at SBU majoring in Psychology and minoring in Writing and Rhetoric on the pre-vet track. Her hobbies including reading, painting, hiking, and meditating. 


Jiajun Li

Jiajun is currently a sophomore at SBU and is majoring in Psychology and Business. Some of his hobbies include biking, hiking, music, and soccer. Jianjun is particularly Interested in studying memory and social psychology.

Jasmine Mui

Jasmine is currently a sophomore majoring in biology. Her hobbies include trying new foods and painting. Jasmine is also a public relations officer in the Chinese Association at Stony Brook (CASB).

Sara Samad

Sara is a Sophomore at SBU and is currently majoring in Psychology for a B.S. degree. Her other work includes the PreMed Society and Division of Information Technology. Sara’s hobbies include watching movies in Bryant Park on Thursdays in the summer.

Weiye Yuan​

Weiye is a recent SBU graduate who majored.in Psychology and minored in anthropology. She likes knitting, singing and traveling. She was previously an advertiser at the International Student Organization.

Undergraduate Honors Thesis Advisees

Lab Graduate Alumni

International Visiting Doctoral Scholars

  • Guido D’Angelo (University of Bari, Italy)
  • Celia Harris (Macquarie University, Australia)

Former NSF/REU Students

  • Christina Chan
  • Melissa Chen
  • Mili Shah
  • Annesta Batuwangala
  • Yvonne Chanda
  • Jenny Chen
  • Ivy Wu

NSF-Funded SUNY AGEP Summer Research Institute for Underrepresented Students

  • Alysia Forster

NIMH/MARC (Minority Access to Research Career) Undergraduate Fellow

  • Monica Jefferson