Lab Manager

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Megan Lipsett

University of Colorado at Boulder '06
B.A. Psychology
California Institute of Integral Studies '11
M.A. in Integrative Health Studies

Hometown: Dillon, Colorado and Berkeley, California

Research Interests: how subjective mindsets (thoughts and beliefs about the world) impact psychological, emotional, physiological, and behavioral mechanisms and modulate stress pathways, health-related behaviors, and social structures. I am passionate about exploring the mediation of these subjective mindsets through modalities (e.g. meditation, mindset interventions, and cognitive reappraisal) designed to generate self-awareness, self-compassion, stress-resilience, ecological awareness and social belonging

Fun Fact: I have studied traditional indigenous wisdom practices in India, Peru, Southeast Asia, Bali, Central America, and China.

Email: meganlipsett@gmail.com

Project Managers

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Sarah Lipitz

Brandeis University ‘17

B.S. in Neuroscience and Psychology

Hometown: Hollidaysburg, PA (Altoona)

Research Interests: Mindfulness meditation as an intervention for emotional and cognitive well-being and as a mechanism of self-concept, autobiographical narratives, stress and inflammation, longitudinal research, neuroimaging, aging and life transitions, psychiatric disorders and clinical interventions from pharmacology to music therapy, mental health and illness, resilience and prevention, trauma, cross-cultural psychology, memory and cognition.

Fun Fact: I love to bake. My favorite things to make are macarons, bread of all kinds (especially challah and banana bread), and cake.

Email: slipitz@andrew.cmu.edu


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Adrian Williams 

Voorhees College ‘13

B.S. in Child Development & Family Studies

Alabama A&M University, 16

M.S. Counseling Psychology   

Hometown: Atlanta, GA

Research Interests: My interest focuses broadly on psychobiological mechanisms underlying social influences on health outcomes, coping and resilience, and social relationships. I seek to investigate how individual characteristics (e.g. affective traits, attachment orientation, and coping strategies) and social relationships help individuals foster resilience and promote well-being. I’m also interested in the use of stress reduction interventions (e.g. mindfulness,) and the psychological and biological pathways that ameliorate the negative effects of stress and promote positive health.

Fun Fact: I’m a bookworm and I enjoy the outdoors.