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I would like to thank collaborators, project coordinators, graduate students, undergraduate research assistants, and staff who have made the process of research intriguing, fun, and rewarding for me.  This series of photographs is just a small representation of that large group of individuals to whom I owe so much.


Thanks Everyone!

Patty Brennan 


*Scroll through the slide shows below to learn more about our lab history


Emily Grekin, my first graduate student, presenting a poster

Sarnoff Mednick 

Best. Mentor. Ever.

The California Years: 

Pre-doctoral and Post-Doctoral Training

National and International Collaborations:

Youth at Risk Studies in Australia, Denver, and Palo Alto

My Early Graduate and Undergraduate Students

Emory: The Most Recent Chapter

Connie Hammen and the Research Coordinators from the Age-20 Mater Hospital study


The foundation of the BUILD lab is the team of fabulous undergraduate and graduate researchers and our project manager, Julie!


BUILD Lab Alumni: Where Are They Now?  

We are proud of the impact our alumni continue to make through their work and service!


Elaine Johnson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
Emory University

Brooke McKenna, Ph.D. 
Postdoctoral Fellow
Center for Genomic Medicine
Massachusetts General Hospital

Madeleine Wittenberg, Ph.D.
Attending Psychologist
Division of Psychology, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Boston Children's Hospital

April Brown, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow
Emory University School of Medicine &
Children's Hospital of Atlanta (CHOA)

Cassie Hendrix, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
NYU Langone Medical Center
Brooke Reidy, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Nika Anne Winiarski, Ph.D.
Counseling and Psychological Services

College of Lake County

Yunsoo Park, Ph.D. 
Social Science Analyst

U.S. National Institute of Justice

Brittany Robinson, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor
Emory University

Erica Smearman, M.D., Ph.D.
Plastic Surgery Resident
Emory University School of Medicine
Lulu Dong, Ph.D.
Associate Behavioral and Social Scientist
Rand Corporation
Santa Monica, CA

Julia C. Schechter, Ph.D. 

Assistant Professor
Department of Psychiatry
Duke University Medical Center
Sarah Brand-McCarthy, Ph.D.
Research Associate
Department of Psychiatry/Psychology
Mayo Clinic - Rochester
Stacy R. Ryan-Pettes, Ph.D. 
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
Baylor University

Patrick Sylvers, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Director of Psychology Training
VA Pudget Sound Health Care System

Amanda Church, Ph.D.
Crime Analyst
Roanoke, Virginia Police Department

Dawn Ilardi, Ph.D. 
Department of Rehabilitation
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite

Emily Grekin, Ph.D. 
Associate Professor of Psychology

Associate Chair/Graduate Director
Wayne State University


Nicole Azores-Gococo* (Northwestern University)

Sarah Brislin* (Florida State University)

Joanne Choi**

Carter Comrie* (University of Detroit-Mercy)

Melissa Engel* (Emory University)

Isabel Feuer

Allison Fries*

Connesia Handford* (James Madison University)

Hannah Goldstein-Rea* (University of Georgia)

Jodie Jackson

Jie Jiao

Sarah Kim**

Sloan Krakovsky

Kelly Lauersen

Morgan Levy

Dwight Lindquist

Lauren Mackie

Madison Malone

Emily Mast

Ellie McAfee

Loren McLendon**

Julie Merlin   

Rachael Newman

Emily Ng


*pursued graduate programs in Psychology

**former SURE/BRAIN student


Deniz Parmaksiz

Brittany Pearson

Michelle Peretz

Madeleine Pike* (Temple University)

Alex Prager   

Casey Randelman

Alyssa Redmon

Emily Ronkin*  (Georgia State University)

Emily Roth

Lindsey Rudov

Yvette Szabo*/** (University of Louisville)

Jason Sell

Alana Shoenhals

Jocelyn Stanfield*/** (Emory University)

Sydney Sumrall* (Virginia Commonwealth University)

Danielle Swales* (University of Denver)

Katie Taylor

Christine Wang

Katherine Wilcox

Ivory Williams

Adelia Witten

Kerri Woodward* (University of Colorado, Boulder)       

Jordan Wylie* (City University of New York)

Sarah Zisser



Stella Blakeborough

Ryan Hackett* (Emory University)

Cassie Hendrix* (Emory University)

Shannon King-Green

Zadie McConoughey

Ellie Richburg

Courtney Timms

Jordan Wylie* (City University of New York)  


*pursued graduate programs in Psychology


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