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Fall 2022 Lab Party at Sarah's!

Research Staff

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McKenzie Figuracion, B.S.

Graduate Student 

McKenzie graduated from Portland State University with a B.S. in Psychology. They are currently pursuing their Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology under the mentorship of Dr. Sarah Karalunas at Purdue University. McKenzie's research interests include how EEG biomarkers can be used to understand heterogeneity within ADHD and how these may be used to enhance access to clinical diagnosis.

McKenzie's email:

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Sarah Pieper, B.S.

Graduate Student 

Sarah graduated from Smith College with a B.A. in Psychology and spent several years working in pediatric neuroimaging labs at the New York State Psychiatric Institute/Columbia University Irving Medical Center before joining the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program at Purdue under Dr. Sarah Karalunas. Her research interests include the neural and cognitive mechanisms underlying ADHD and how that knowledge can be leveraged to further parse the heterogeneity present within the disorder.

Sarah's email:

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Sarah Karalunas, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator

Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology

Licensed Psychologist (Indiana, #20043695A; Oregon, #2414)

Sarah was born and raised in upstate NY. She completed her B.A. in Neuroscience at Hamilton College and received her Ph.D. in Child Clinical Psychology from Pennsylvania State University with a Specialization in Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. She is passionate about ensuring that all children and families have access to high-quality, evidence-based mental health care that addresses their unique needs and hopes her research can contribute to that goal.

Sarah's email:

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Madelyn Heise, B.S.

Graduate Student 

Madelyn graduated from the University of Missouri with a B.A. in Psychology and Political Science. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Clinical Psychology under the mentorship of Dr. Sarah Karalunas. Madelyn is interested in the underlying neurophysiology associated with cognitive impairments and emotion dysregulation in children with ADHD.

Madelyn's email:

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Sydney Aller, B.S.

Research Technician

Sydney graduated from Saint Louis University with a B.S. in Neuroscience. She is working as a research technician in the iCAN Lab before applying to graduate school for Clinical Child Psychology. Sydney's research interests include academic outcome research with ADHD diagnoses as well as the development of accessible classroom and home interventions to best support students and their families.

Sydney's email:

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Josh Becerra, B.S.

Research Technician

Josh graduated from Oregon State University with a B.S. in Psychology, minoring in Sociology. His studies focused on Criminology and Drug Use & Abuse. Josh has experience working with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder as a licensed Applied Behavior Analyst, and he is currently building his resume for graduate school with his clinical interviewing experience from the iCAN Lab.

Josh's email:

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Annie Menart, B.S.

Research Technician

Annie graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Engineering. She previously focused on neural networks and machine learning, and she is excited to apply her data processing and analysis skills to psychology research!

Annie's email:

Student Research Assistants

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Mads Owen

Mads is a junior at Purdue University studying Brain and Behavioral Sciences. They joined the iCAN lab to gain experience with researching, as they hopes to pursue a career as a clinical psychologist.

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Sarah Ramsey

Sarah is currently pursuing her B.S in Psychology and Human Development Family Sciences. After graduation she plans on attending graduate school for clinical psychology so she may reach her goal of becoming a clinical psychologist for teens and young adults. She chose the iCAN lab for the chance to work in a more interpersonal clinical setting to become more prepared for her future career.

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Izabella Santos

Izabella is pursuing a B.S. in Psychological Sciences and Human Development Family Studies. She eventually plans on attending graduate school for clinical psychology and working as a Child Therapist. She saw the iCAN Lab as an opportunity to enhance her skills working in a clinical and child-based environment and is excited to gain more experience within her future career field.

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Lillian Millspaugh

Lillian is a junior in Psychological Sciences, with minors in Human Development and Philosophy. Lilly hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Neuropsychology and eventually treat children with anxiety-related disorders. 

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Trina Tagamolila

Trina is studying Brain and Behavioral Sciences with a focus on pre-med and a minor in Statistics. Her goal is to gain experience in research working with children and eventually pursue a career in child psychiatry.

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Benjamin Blachly

Ben is majoring in Psychology and minoring in Statistics. He is excited to join the iCAN Lab to explore a different side of clinical psychology, since his other work mostly involves adults with mood disorders and anxiety. He hopes to get a PhD in clinical psychology and work as a practitioner or researcher.

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Grace Gilbert

Grace is a Brain and Behavioral Sciences major and she has plans to earn a Bachelor's degree in Neuroscience. She joined the iCAN lab because she has an interest in researching better ways to diagnose ADHD and provide resources and treatments to the individuals that won't change core aspects of their personality. ADHD is very personal to her as three of her four siblings have been diagnosed with ADHD.

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Alex Davis

Alex Davis is studying Psychology with minors in Human Development and Family Studies, and Learning Sciences. Alex later plans attenting  graduate school to get her doctorate in hopes of becoming a school/child psychologist. She saw the iCAN Lab as a wonderful opportunity to learn from professionals in the field and get a glimpse of what clinical practice with children and families may look like! 

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George Reillo

George Reillo is majoring in psychology with a Spanish minor. George enjoys being with friends and family. He joined the lab to gain research experience in pursuit of his Ph.D. in clinical psychology. 

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Emma Pucket

Emma Puckett is majoring in Brain and Behavioral Sciences with minors in Forensics and Biological sciences. Emma hopes to purse a Ph.D. in Neuropsychology. She is excited to join the iCAN lab and for the opportunity to gain valuable research experience.

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Amanda Davis

Amanda is studying Brain and Behavioral Sciences with a minor in Spanish for the Professions. She is excited to work in the iCAN lab and gain experience while also working with kids, as she aspires to be a child psychiatrist.

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Ayush Bansal

Ayush is studying Biomedical Health Science, with a pre-med concentration. Outside of the lab, he is an EMT and loves working with kids. He hopes to one day be a pediatric emergency medicine doctor.

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Sarah Ghormley

Sarah is majoring in Brain and Behavioral Sciences with a minor in Spanish. Sarah joined the iCAN lab to gain valuable experiences contributing towards her goal of earning her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. 

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Colleen Duguid

Colleen is studying Brain and Behavioral Sciences. She is very excited to gain lab experience aligning with her passion for developmental psychology. 

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Tabitha Zachariah

Tabitha is pursuing a major in Psychological Sciences with a minor in Computer Science. She became a member of the iCAN lab to acquire valuable experiences that align with her goal of becoming a child psychologist and to gain hands-on laboratory experience.

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Ella Garrett

Ella is a Law and Society major with minors in Political Science, HDFS, and Forensics. She is excited about all the valuable experience the iCAN lab will provide her- as she prepares for her future career in family law.  

Lab Alumni


Rachelle Swan, Ph.D.

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Kiriana Sanchez

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Jason Dude, B.S.

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Gideon Miller, B.S.


Zach Yaple, Ph.D.


Chandni "Maggie" Garg

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Danielle Wilson

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Ethan Miyake


Jack Naumovich

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Javier Camarillo


Katelyn Macknyk

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Lauren Schiro

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Mia Griffin

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Olivia Hay

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Raiyana Alam

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William Heagerty

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Yanni Wei

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Abigael Click


Roni Heyman

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Abigail Fouts

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Kennedi Cole


Joslyn Burke, B.S.


Dhivya Gunasekar

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