OUR TEAM

BRUNA MARTINS-KLEIN, PH.D.

Principle Investigator

Dr. Martins is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences at the University of Massachusetts- Amherst. She completed Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Pittsburgh, a Ph.D. in Clincal Psychology at the University of Southern California, and a Geropsychology clinical internship and post-doctoral fellowship at the VA Boston Healthcare System. She is a core member of UMass Amherst's Clinical Psychology Program and Neuroscience & Behavior Graduate Program.

Graduate Student

CLARA DEFONTES

I received a BA in Brain and Cognitive Sciences, and Psychology, from the University of Rochester. Prior to graduate school, I worked as a research assistant at Yale University's Department of Psychiatry and the West Haven VA studying fear-learning processes and PTSD in veteran and civilian populations. I am interested in using cognitive and physiological methods to understand how mindfulness facilitates emotion regulation abilities across age and how these mechanisms impact psychological resiliency. In my free time I enjoy being outdoors, listening to music, and baking. 

IRINA ORLOVSKY

Graduate Student

I received my B.S. in psychology and neuroscience at UMass Amherst and my Masters in Psychology at Brandeis University. I have served as a pre-doctoral research fellow with the US Army and shared a dual role as a research coordinator and psychometrist for the Harvard Aging Brain Study and Center for Alzheimer Research and Treatment. My research interests include the neural, cognitive, and behavioral substrates of memory that support late-life emotion regulation. In my free time, I enjoy powerlifting, eating, and being outdoors. 

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