Stacey B. Daughters, Ph.D.

Dr. Daughters is a Professor in the Clinical Psychology program in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, as well as faculty in the Human Neuroimaging Group. She is also a licensed Clinical Psychologist in the state of North Carolina. Her research expertise includes the identification of neural and behavioral determinants of substance use disorder and treatment response, and the translation of this knowledge into the development and testing of novel treatments for substance use disorders.

Graduate Students


Yun Chen, M.A.

I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor in 2013, and I am currently a 4th year graduate student in the BRANE lab. My interests include (1) evaluating and implementing behavioral activation (BA) treatment within a substance using and mood disorder population, (2) developing a modified version of BA that is culturally sensitive to minority populations in the U.S., (3) seeking international cooperation with researcher outside the U.S. (e.g., CHINA), to test the feasibility and validity of implementing BA in countries with a non-western cultural background.


Jennifer Yi, M.A.

In 2012, I graduated from Swarthmore College with a major in psychology and a minor in statistics and worked in a lab at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) after graduating. The majority of my research has utilized neuroimaging and brain stimulation techniques to investigate the neural mechanisms contributing to executive control deficits among substance users to predict the development and maintenance of substance use disorders and ideally inform the development of novel treatments. I am currently completing my doctoral internship through the Durham Veterans Affairs (VA) Health Care System, conducting assessments and treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), substance use disorder (SUD), and co-occurring conditions. In my free time, I love hiking with my dog, Toby.


Elizabeth Reese, M.A.

I received my Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2012 and my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2013 from the University of Arkansas. I spent several years during and after college working as a research assistant to develop my interests and experience with multimodal approaches to studying psychological processes. I currently utilize a combination of longitudinal data analytic approaches and neuroimaging techniques to understand the biobehavioral processes contributing to the maintenance of substance use disorders with the overall goal of translating this knowledge from basic science into clinical treatment research and practice. In my free time, you can find me outside gardening, playing with my three dogs, or binge watching the Great British Bakeoff (my new favorite activity).

Catherine Paquette, MPS

I received my bachelor’s degree in Communication and Urban Studies from Wheaton College, and my master’s in Clinical Psychological Science from the University of Maryland, College Park. After college, I spent four years working as a program manager at a community-based non-profit in Washington, D.C. that provides a range of direct services to sex workers and people who use drugs. The programs I managed aimed to reduce the negative health and psychological impacts of substance use, violence/trauma, and risky sexual behaviors. I also worked for two years as a Research Associate at the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE). At PIRE, I worked for an epidemiologist on NIDA-funded projects that address the health impacts of injection drug use. My research interests include substance use, health risk behaviors, and psychiatric comorbidity, with a focus on empirically supported interventions and harm reduction approaches for marginalized and underserved populations.

Full-Time Research Staff

Alexandra Riedel

I received my bachelor’s in psychology and science in society program from Wesleyan University. At Wesleyan, I worked in the Young Adults’ Mental Health Lab examining young adults’ psychosocial challenges and experiences with mental health treatment. I also worked in the Insight Lab, in which we examined variations in clinical insight definitions throughout history, as well as values of, and techniques used to develop, clinical insight. Finally, I assisted with a statewide study at the Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health examining the efficacy of peer recovery coaches in helping individuals with substance use challenges to recover. My goal is to enter a clinical or counseling psychology program, and my research interests include the interaction between substance use disorder and trauma, as well as how personal growth and the development of meaningful goals might positively affect substance use and increase resilience. Similarly, I am interested in the efficacy of peer support and exercise in aiding mental health challenges. In my free time I like to be outdoors and remain physically active in whatever way possible.

Undergraduate Research Assistants





Emily Rogers

I am a current junior at UNC majoring in Psychology and minoring in Neuroscience. I am particularly interested in researching how neurobiological processes impact a variety of behaviors. After graduation, I hope to pursue graduate school in Psychology. In my free time, I enjoy relaxing with friends and family, exercising, and eating my way through Chapel Hill.



Avra Salters

I am a current junior at UNC Chapel Hill majoring in Psychology with a minor in Socio and Economic Justice. I am interested in substance abuse and addictive behaviors and their relationship with emotional development, specifically distress tolerance. Following my undergraduate education, I hope to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. Outside of research, I enjoy cycling, dancing, and spending time with my family and friends.

Dillon Rubalcava

I am currently a junior at UNC-Chapel Hill double majoring in Psychology and Biology with a minor in Neuroscience. I am interested in the effects of emotional and learning development underlying substance abuse disorders. I’m also interested in the reliability and rates of effectiveness in common rehabilitation programs, and which factors contribute to these rates. After graduating, I hope to travel for a year before entering into a Ph.D. program in Social Psychology or Neuroscience. In my free time, I make too many Spotify playlists (especially 2000s pop), try new recipes for meal-prep, go to concerts with my friends, and otherwise spend time with friends and family.



Erica Scherer

I am currently a sophomore at UNC majoring in Neuroscience with a minor in Chemistry. I am interested in neurobiology and how examining certain traits in individuals can lead to better treatment methods and outcomes. After graduation, I plan to take a gap year before pursuing a medical degree. In my free time I enjoy watching Carolina basketball, trying new foods, and spending time with family and friends.


Ashley Orshoski 

I am currently a senior at UNC Chapel Hill majoring in Psychology and minoring in Latina/o Studies. I am particularly interested in how drug addiction is fostered and developed specifically in adolescents. After graduation, I plan on attending more schooling to pursue a further degree in Psychology. In my free time, I enjoy hanging out with friends and family and watching Carolina Basketball.


Evelyn Gandy

I am currently a sophomore at UNC majoring in Political Science and Psychology with a minor in Biology. I am particularly interested in how socioeconomic inequalities can influence drug addiction and other psychological phenomenon. After graduation, I intend on attending medical school to become a pediatric oncologist. In my free time, I love writing for the Daily Tar Heel and spending time with my family and friends.