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.
Postdoctoral Fellow

Jessica Busler, Ph.D.:  Dr. Busler is interested in connectivity modeling of cortical and subcortical structures, examining the neural and autonomic substrates of emotion processing and their subsequent effects on cognitive decision making. She is also interested in methods and statistical procedures guiding cognitive neuroscience and psychophysiology.

Graduate Students
jayJay Murphy: Jay is an Active Duty Army Officer attending Auburn University through a personal development academic program. He has a Master’s degree from Liberty University in Professional Counseling and a Bachelor’s degree from Weber State University in Forensic Science. His research interests are PTSD, TBI, and functional neuroimaging approaches.
Julio Yanes: Originally from Miami, Florida, Julio is a fourth-year doctoral student who recently was awarded an NIH/NIDA F31 to study the neurobiological mechanisms supporting cannabis-related therapeutic effects.
Ryan Bird: Ryan is a third 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.
Research Assistants (with bios)
Kaitlyn Conner: Kaitlyn is a native of Austin, Texas and is a junior working towards concurrent B.S. degrees in biomedical sciences and neuroscience at Auburn University. Kaitlyn hopes to pursue an M.D./Ph.D. with an emphasis on pediatric neurology and neuroscience.
Sarah Etherton: Sarah is a junior at Auburn University, majoring in Neuroscience. She is originally from Valley, Alabama. Sarah’s interests in neuroscience began when she attended Auburn University Brain Camp in 2015.  She is primarily interested in functional neuroimaging and perception. Sarah plans to go to graduate school for neuroscience.
Paul Kornman: Paul recently received his B.A. in Psychology from Auburn University. He has served as a research assistant in the CAN Lab for over a year, and is currently applying to graduate school.
Research Assistants (without bios)
  • Taylor Briede
  • Jamie Cronin
  • Meghna Dash
  • Whee Nguyen
  • Lukas Segroves
  • Baker Smith
  • Victoria Zona
Lab Alumni

Graduate Students

  • Lauren Ashley Jessica Kirby, Ph.D. (2018) – Assistant Professor, University of Texas – Tyler
  • Jessica Busler, Ph.D. (2015) – Postdoctoral Fellow, Auburn University

Undergraduate Students

  • Zach McKinnell
  • Ashlyn Masters
  • Tres Bodet – Fulbright Scholar, delayed admission to 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
  • Anna Kirkland – Nutritional Neuroscience (American University)
  • Sally Kirklewski – Counseling Psychology (University of Georgia)
  • Cade Loftin – South Alabama School of Medicine
  • Megan Thomas – Clinical Psychology (Morehead State University)
  • Tyler Toledo – Clinical Psychology (University of Tulsa)
  • William (Patrick) Wilson – Emergency Medical Technician
  • Farra Winters