Lab Members

Principal Investigator:

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Benjamin J. Clark, Ph.D. 
Associate Professor of Psychology 
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Graduate Students:

Gabriela Acosta, B.S. (Psychology)
Project: Thalamic Function in Spatial Memory and after Prenatal Alcohol Exposure

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Lilliana Sanchez, M.S. (Psychology)
Student in the Alcohol Research Training in Neurosciences Program (T32 NIAAA) 2020-2023
Neuroscience Scholars Program 2017-2019
Project: Prenatal Alcohol Exposure and Hippocampal Dynamics during Learning and Memory

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Tia Donaldson, M.S. (Psychology)
Neuroscience Scholars Program 2020-2022
Project: Locus Coeruleus Function in Memory and after Prenatal Alcohol Exposure

Undergraduate Research Assistants:

Ariyana LaCour (Chemical Engineering)
Project: Place Cells and Reference Frame Coordination in Alzheimer’s disease

Kenda Pina (Psychology)
Student in the New Mexico Alliance for Minority Participation in Research Program
Project: Prenatal Alcohol Exposure and Open Field Exploratory Behavior

Zara Roy (Psychology)
Project: Prenatal Alcohol Exposure and Object Learning and Memory

Kehiry Trejo Rico (Psychology)
Project: Prenatal Alcohol Exposure and One-Trial (Episodic-Like) Spatial Memory

Jessica Walker (Psychology/Nursing)
Project: Alzheimer’s disease and Sex Differences in Anxiety and Depression

Enhui Wang (Psychology/Family & Child Studies)
Project: Lateral Thalamus and Spatial Navigation

Lab Alumni:

Over 50 students have participate in our research program. This includes students enrolled in graduate studies (MS and PhD programs) and the Psychology Honors program, including a recipient of the Rachael Dowler Outstanding Honors Thesis Award. Graduate students have participated in the Alcohol Research Training in Neurosciences Program (T32 NIAAA). We have also had undergraduate students participate in Psych 499 courses, the McNair Scholar program, El Puente Research Fellow program, PREP Scholar program, New Mexico AMP, IMSD Student program, and UNM ASSURE program. Some of our alumni have gone onto professional, post-doctoral, and graduate studies. Below is a partial list of our alumni and where they are now. 

Ariyana LaCour, Technician – Pharmacy Grad Student (UNM)

Judit Huerta, McNair Scholar – Grad Student (Arizona State)

Erin Melendrez, Psych 499 – Sample Management Specialist at Lovelace

Tram Le, Psych 499 – Biotechnologist at BennuBio

Gabriela Acosta, Psych 499 – Grad student (UNM)

Kimberly Rogge-Obando, McNair Scholar – Grad student in Neuroscience (Vanderbilt)

Zachary Villasenor, Psych 499 – Technician (UNM)

Laura Berkowitz, PhD student – Post-doc (Cornell)

Ryan Harvey, PhD student (T32 ARTN trainee) – Post-doc (Cornell)

Jonathan Goss, Technician – Systems Administrator at SystemsMD

Monica Goncalves-Garcia, Psych 499 – Grad student (UNM)

Danielle Benthem, Psych 499 – Grad student (Florida State)

Krystalyn Madden, Psych 499 – Clinical Mental Health Counselor

Jack Madden, Psych 499 – Grad student (UNM)

Shannon Thompson, PREP Scholar – Technician (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center)

Elizabeth Sneddon-Yepez, Psych 499 – Post-doc (UCSD)

Lilliana Sanchez, Psych 499 – Grad student (UNM)