Principal Investigator
20140224, Jennifer Robinson, College of Liberal Arts, Psychology,Jenny Robinson, Ph.D.:  Dr. Robinson received her B.A. in Psychology and Biochemistry, as well as her M.A. and Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from Case Western Reserve University, under the guidance of Heath Demaree, Ph.D. She completed a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship in psychiatric neuroimaging at the Research Imaging Institute at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio under the mentorship of David Glahn, Ph.D.  (now at Yale University). Following her postdoctoral fellowship, Dr. Robinson joined Scott & White Healthcare and Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine where she established and directed the functional neuroimaging program, bridging research efforts among 5 academic departments, and managing the neuroimaging component of over 15 studies.  Dr. Robinson joined Auburn University in 2012 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology where she has built the only 7T MRI laboratory with the capability to collect over 6 channels of psychophysiological measurements. Dr. Robinson is interested in the dynamic interaction between the central and autonomic nervous system, and how these two systems support emotional processes.  She is also interested in how emotions affect cognition, especially in clinical disorders such as depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Graduate Students
Julio Yanes: Originally from Miami, Florida, Julio was awarded an NIH/NIDA F31 pre-doctoral fellowship to study the neurobiological mechanisms of cannabis as it relates to pain processing.
Ryan Bird: Ryan is a fifth year graduate student. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Psychology from the University of West Florida (Pensacola). His research interests include fMRI, cognition-emotion interaction, the mirror neuron system, and consciousness.
Steven Nichols: Steven is a second year graduate student interested in neuroimaging and the effects of psychoactive substances on brain anatomy and behavior.
Mackenzie Leavitt: Mackenzie is a second year graduate student from Las Vegas, Nevada, where he attended the UNLV for his undergraduate degree in psychology. He is interested in the intersection between affective neuroscience, personality, and neuroimaging.

Lab Alumni

Graduate Students

  • Jay Murphy, Ph.D. (2019) – Research Scientist, United States Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory
  • Lauren Ashley Jessica Kirby, Ph.D. (2018) – Assistant Professor, University of Texas – Tyler
  • Jessica Busler, Ph.D. (2015) – Postdoctoral Fellow, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School

Undergraduate Students

  • Zach McKinnell – Experimental Psychology (University of Kansas)
  • Ashlyn Masters
  • Tres Bodet – Fulbright Scholar, Experimental Psychology (University of Houston)
  • Katie Bottenhorn – Cognitive Neuroscience (Florida International University)
  • Jordan Brown – PREP Program at University of Alabama – Birmingham
  • Nikki Christ – Clinical Psychology (University of Toledo)
  • Robert Cooper – Industry
  • Rachel Haley – Marriage & Family Therapy
  • Brian Jantzen – Clinical Mental Health Counseling (Auburn University)
  • Anna Kirkland – Nutritional Neuroscience (American University), earned Ph.D. in 2020
  • Sally Kirklewski – Counseling Psychology (University of Georgia)
  • Paul Kornman – Experimental Psychology (University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth)
  • Emerson Larios – Clinical Psychology (University of Texas – San Antonio)
  • Cade Loftin – South Alabama School of Medicine
  • Clayton Ridner – Cognitive and Behavioral Sciences (Auburn University)
  • Megan Thomas – Clinical Psychology (Morehead State University)
  • Tyler Toledo – Clinical Psychology (University of Tulsa)
  • William (Patrick) Wilson – Emergency Medical Technician
  • Farra Winters
  • Victoria Zona – Pharmacology (Georgetown University)