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Alexis Brieant, Ph.D.

Lab Director


Dr. Brieant is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological Science at the University of Vermont. She received her B.A. in Psychology and French from SUNY Geneseo and her Ph.D. in Psychology at Virginia Tech. Prior to joining the faculty at UVM, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Yale University.

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Emma Renwick

Undergraduate Research Assistant


Emma is a junior at the University of Vermont, studying psychology with focuses in human development and neurodiversity. They are interested in discovering how various therapy styles can be made more accessible for people, and specifically children, of different abilities. After graduation, they hope to attend graduate school to work towards their Phd, investigating this topic. Outside of the lab, Emma is involved in the queer and Jewish communities on campus, while also working as a tour guide for the university.

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Emily Tan

Undergraduate Research Assistant


Emily is a sophomore at the University of Vermont, majoring in Neuroscience and Chinese. She is interested in a variety of areas within Neuroscience and Psychology but particularly enjoys the forensic applications of those fields. After school, she hopes to go into medical research and work alongside medical doctors to research neurological diseases.

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 Graduate Students
(coming soon!)

We are currently recruiting graduate students to join the lab -- learn more HERE.

Jen Gonzalez

Undergraduate Research Assistant


Jen is a Senior at University of Vermont, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Human Development and Family Sciences. She is interested in going into the field of developmental psychology and potentially pursuing research/work for preventative mental health and the study of the effects of childhood trauma into adulthood. Outside of the lab, Jen is involved in volunteering at a non-profit called DREAM that offers free childcare to lower-income and predominately refugee communities of families. Outside of the developmental field, she is an avid musician and occasionally will perform with her guitar.

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