Meet the members of the Ecological Neuroscience Lab

Lab Bios and Pictures

updated 3/16/2009

Dr. Stephanie Preston

is the head of the ENL and an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Michigan. She completed an MA and PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of California, Berkeley where she studied the biological bases of hoarding in animals. This was followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Neurology at the University of Iowa College of Medicine studying the neural substrates of decision making. She is interested in the ways in which emotion intrinsically affects decisions, particularly decisions about resources such as material goods, money, food, and even social support.

Alicia Hofelich

graduated from Hope College with a B.A. in Psychology. She began graduate studies at the University of Michigan in 2007 in the area of Cognition and Perception. She is currently focusing on neural mechanisms of emotion. She is interested in how facial expressions are related to emotion understanding and empathy. When she's not doing research, Alicia enjoys listening to music and playing flute in the Life Science Orchestra at Michigan.

Amy Ross

is a senior undergraduate, who will graduate in the Spring of 2009 with a degree in Brain, Behavior Cognitive Sciences Major. She is currently studying the relationship between empathy and depression. She is also interested in languages, being pretty proficient in German (she's going to Munich Germany this summer to work in a laboratory assisting Alzheimer's, dementia, and Parkinson's patients).

David Chester

is from East Lansing, MI and received his BA in May 2008 from Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC. He is currently taking a break before he applies to graduate school and filling his time with psychological research, being a barista and skateboarding. He plans to pursue a doctorate in evolutionary psychology and look forward to new research opportunities.

Aaron Reina

graduated from the University of Michigan in December 2008 with a B.S. degree in Brain, Behavior, and Cognitive Psychology. Currently, he is applying to graduate schools for Clinical Psychology. In his free-time, Aaron enjoys bike riding, reading, and spending time with his girlfriend.

Megan Sims-Fujita

is a junior undergraduate, who is a Women's Studies major and International Studies minor. She enjoys learning about the gendered aspects of hoarding and OCD. In her free time, she likes to brush up on her Spanish, travel and play volleyball.

Kasey Wang

is a student in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts with interest in Economics and International Affairs. She enjoys playing the piano, rock climbing, hiking, kayaking, and playing tennis. This is her first year at the University of Michigan, and she loves it!