Undergraduate Students and Alumni

Ashley Schultz

Ashley graduated with a BA in Psychology from the University of Minnesota in 2009. She began her work in the lab as an undergraduate research assistant, focusing on data collection and since then has worked on multiple projects of Dr. Luciana’s, including the current project where she was lab coordinator for two years. Ashley has also worked full-time at a group home for women with developmental disabilities. Ashley started her Master's Degree in Social Work at the University of Minnesota in the fall of 2014 and completed her degree in 2016. She is currently employed as a mental health practitioner by Mental Health Systems in Minneapolis Minnesota.

Stefan Brancel

Stefan graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BS in Neuroscience and Psychology and minors in Chemistry and Sustainable Studies. He specializes within the Luciana lab as a neuroimaging analyst for MRI, DTI, and resting fMRI. His primary work in the lab is on brain anatomy and connectivity correlates of working memory across adolescent development. This follows his broader interests in understanding how the brain produces complex behaviors and how neurological deficits lead to behavioral deficits. Stefan is currently attending medical school at Indiana University. When he is not immersed in his studies and research, he is an avid juggler.

Sasha Sommerfeldt

Sasha obtained her B.S. degree in Psychology and a B.A. in Philosophy at the University of Minnesota. She worked in the Luciana Lab as an undergraduate student then as a paid junior scientist to collect and process the lab’s neuroimaging data. She is interested in relationships between the mind, brain and body, and the role each plays in emotion. Sasha will begin graduate school in the Fall of 2016 in the Department of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she has been employed as a reseacher for the Center for Healthy Minds.

Kyle Menary

Kyle Menary is currently a graduate student in clinical psychology at Arizona State University. His research interests include the interface between anxiety, depression, and alcohol use, as well as preventive interventions aimed at reducing alcohol use among college students. He obtained his B.A. in Psychology at the University of Minnesota in 2010. He worked as an undergraduate research assistant in the Luciana Lab between 2007 and 2010 conducting data analyses for a project focused on associations between cortical thickness and intelligence.