Predoctoral Trainees

Alexander daSilva, BS

I’m a graduate student in department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Dartmouth College, working with Dr. Meghan Meyer in the Dartmouth Social Neuroscience Lab. Broadly, I study aspects of self-processing and mental health using behavioral measures and smartphone sensing. Before Dartmouth, I graduated Iowa State University with a major in psychology and minor in statistics. While at Iowa State, I also completed a NSF REU at the University of South Carolina.


Danielle Fournier, BA

The main focus of my research within Dr. David Bucci's lab is on the neurobiology of learning and memory, which includes how different memory systems impact acquisition, consolidation and retrieval of memory. Specifically, I am interested in the role of the retrosplenial cortex in cross-modal (e.g. auditory & visual cues) integration, which has implications for disorders involving sensory processing abnormalities (e.g. schizophrenia & autism spectrum disorder). Previous research has motivated my work in understanding how the retrosplenial cortex impacts persistent and strong fear memories involving specific environments ("contexts") and/or cues using different animal model paradigms. This research relates to work being done on post-traumatic stress disorder which involves the generalization of fear responses to otherwise neutral contexts or stimuli.


Elizabeth Saunders, BA

As an undergraduate at Brandeis University, I was involved in research on spatial orientation and motion sickness in Graybiel Lab, and research on sexual aggression and psychopathy with Dr. Raymond Knight. I have also been involved with research on attentional processes in trauma survivors at Middlebury College. My research interests include the treatment of opioid use disorders. I am also interested in the use of technology to improve access to evidence-based treatments for individuals with co-occurring disorders. I currently conducting this research under the supervision of Dr. Lisa Marsch. In my free time, I enjoy playing flute and guitar, reading, hiking, and kayaking.