Lab Manager

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Sarah Lipitz

Brandeis University

B.S. in Neuroscience and Psychology, 2017

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

Project Managers

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Adrian Williams 

Voorhees College

B.S. in Child Development & Family Studies, 2013

Alabama A&M University

M.S. Counseling Psychology, 2016   

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.

Email: adrianw@andrew.cmu.edu


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Halley Hu 

Duke University

B.S. in Economics | B.A. in Philosophy, 2010

Washington University in St. Louis School of Law

J.D. | LL.M. in Taxation, 2013   

Hometown: Wuhan, China

Research Interests: While I am relatively new to psychology research, I have been interested in various topics in psychology for most of my life. My current interests are predominantly in personality and social psychology and positive psychology. I am especially fascinated by close relationships, well-being, and motivation.

Fun Fact: I once created a dating spreadsheet that contained a dozen tabs, multiple formulas, and very sophisticated statistical analyses. It still lives in my Google Drive.

Email: hyhu@andrew.cmu.edu