Rebecca M. C. Spencer, PhD


Principal Investigator


      Director and founder, Rebecca Spencer runs the show - at least when there's enough coffee to keep her going.  

In her spare time she runs marathons and
surfs (too bad she has no spare time).  

Everything else she does is summarized here

She can be contacted at:
rspencer [at]
Bengi Baran PhD student    


Alisha Allen


Undergraduate RA        


Mike Brickhouse


Undergraduate RA          


DeAnna DeLaCruz


Undergraduate RA   DeAnna is a senior at Umass Amherst pursuing a B.S. in Psychology.

She is interested in Neuroscience as well as a career in the medical field after graduation. Other interests include writing, crocheting, and traveling.


Jonathan King


Undergraduate RA    

Jonathan is graduating UMass Amherst this Spring with a Bachelors in Psychology.

He is interested in research and statistics. After college he plans to continue his education to recieve his PhD. His interests include film, theater arts (the technical side), and travel.


Sing H. Leung


Undergraduate RA        Sing is originally from Hong Kong and is currently a senior at UMass.  He is majoring in Biochemistry with a Psychology minor. He feels very fortunate that he can work under Professor Rebecca Spencer as a research assistant in her Cognac Lab.

After graduation, he plans to attend pharmacy school. When he is not in the lab, he enjoys playing badminton, swimming, and skiing.


Evelyn Peppas


Undergraduate RA         


Kaylyn Utley


Undergraduate RA          

Sam Bromfield

Undergraduate RA          
Sam is a senior psychology major and is minoring in education.  

He plans on getting a Masters in school psychology, and he want to pursue a career in school psychology.  His other interests include traveling, and Spanish.

Danielle Gianferante

Undergraduate RA   DanielleRA%20pic.JPGDanielle is a junior psychology major with a minor in biology. She is interested in many areas of psychology, including clinical psych, social psych, and psychopharmacology.

 She hopes to go on to study one of these subjects in graduate school. When she's not wrapped up in schoolwork, Danielle enjoys reading and writing poetry as well as painting.