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Principal Investigator

Dr. Fairbairn is a Helen Corley Petit Associate Professor in the department of psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her doctoral training in clinical-health psychology spanned multiple disciplines ranging from social psychology to biostatistics, a transdisciplinary perspective that has expanded through her years as an independent investigator to encompass fields ranging from machine learning to social neuroscience. In recognition of her alcohol research, she was named a Rising Star by the Association for Psychological Science, a Lincoln Excellence Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois, and was the 2020 recipient of the Early Career Investigator award from the Research Society on Alcoholism. Her work focuses on basic social and emotional processes driving alcohol use as well as the application of novel methods and measures within addiction science more broadly

Catharine Fairbairn, Ph.D.

Graduate Students

Staff

Undergraduate Assistants

Lab Alumni

Hieu Nguyen received his Bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Clinical/Community Psychology. He was in the lab through his undergraduate career and served as a post bacc research coordinator from May 2023 to May 2024. He is now a post-bacc working in a sleep lab at Rush in Chicago.

 

Anna Garrison received her B.A. in Psychology and Theater from Oberlin College. She is interested in exploring the psychophysiological underpinnings of alcohol use in different social contexts. More specifically, she would like to further understand the mechanisms of AUD development in the LGBTQ+ community. In her free time, Anna enjoys reading with a cup of tea, spending time outside with family and friends, and discovering new music. Anna is currently getting her Ph.D. at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis. 

 

James Morris received his B.S. in Criminology and Psychology from Florida State University. His research background and interests are at the cross-section of emotion regulation and risk-taking behaviors, including how emotional response to one’s environment relates to heavy substance use. He also is interested in unique statistical methods for analyzing both individual and community-level health behavior data. Outside of research, James enjoys playing soccer, chess, and speedrunning video games. James is currently getting his master's degree in Public Health at Johns Hopkins. 

 

Laura Gurrieri received her B.S in Psychology from Truman State University in the spring of 2020. She was a research coordinator in the Alcohol Research Lab for one year (Fall 2020-Spring 2021), then worked as a post-bacc researcher at Georgia State University. She has returned to the Alcohol Research Lab in the Summer of 2022. She is currently getting her Ph.D. at the University of Illinois Chicago. 

 

Talia Ariss received her B.A. in psychology from the American University of Beirut and an MA in Psychology in Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Her research interests focus on investigating the interplay between one’s emotions, cognition, and social interactions as they relate to substance misuse. Specifically, she is interested in looking at the factors that increase one’s likelihood of developing of a substance use disorder. Outside the lab, Talia enjoys drawing and reading about nineteenth century European art. Talia is now a post-doc at Puget Sound VA. 

 

Dani Kang received her B.S. and M.S. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She  is broadly interested in identifying socio-contextual and emotional factors that might contribute to understanding the underlying mechanisms of AUD development. Specifically, she is interested in employing electroencephalogram technique into the lab’s alcohol administration paradigm to investigate the effects of alcohol on individuals’ cognitive processing of social contexts. In addition, she is interested in applying machine learning algorithms to social science data. In her spare time, Dani enjoys traveling, swimming, baking desserts, and spending quality time with the lab members! Dani is now a post-doc at the University of Washington School of Medicine. 

Rashmi Ghonasgi was an honors student and undergraduate lab manager in the Alcohol Research Lab for one year (2021-2022). She received her B.S. in Psychology with a concentration in Clinical Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2022. She is currently a post-bacc research coordinator at the University of Missouri St Louis. 

Liz Garrity was a research coordinator in the Alcohol Research Lab for one year (Fall 2021-Spring 2022). She received her B.S. in Psychology and English at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She is currently earning her  masters degree in psychology at DePaul University. 

Coco Yu was an honors student in the Alcohol Research Lab for two and a half years (2018-2021). She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a concentration in Clinical/Community Psychology and a minor in Business from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2021. Coco is currently enrolled in the doctoral program in clinical psychology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. 

Zoe Lee was an honors student and undergraduate lab manager in the Alcohol Research Lab for two years (2018-2020). She received her B.S. in Psychology with a concentration in Clinical Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2020. Zoe is currently a research assistant in the Clinical Addictions Research Laboratory at the University of Chicago. 

Sara Mei was an honors student in the Alcohol Research Lab for two years (2018-2020). She received her Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology with a clinical concentration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2020. She is currently a doctoral student in counseling psychology at Colorado State. 

Brynne Velia received her B.S. in Psychology from Stony Brook University in 2017, and was a post-bacc in the Alcohol Research Lab for three years (2017 to 2020). She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Georgia State University. 

Daniel Garcy was an undergraduate student and then a project manager in the Alcohol Research Lab for three years (2015-2018). He received his BS in Psychology with a concentration in Behavioral Neuroscience from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May 2017.  He is currently a doctoral student in behavioral neuroscience at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis. 

Kaleigh Wilkins was an honors student and undergraduate lab manager in the Alcohol Research Lab for three years (2016-2018). She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2017.  Kaleigh is now a doctoral student in Clinical Psychology at Loyola University, Chicago. 

Konrad Bresin was a graduate student in the Alcohol Research Lab for three years (2015 to 2018). He received his PhD in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2018. Konrad is currently an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Louisville. 

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