Lab News

Welcome to the lab Melissa!

August 21st, 2023

Melissa Puopolo is the newest addition to the BRANE lab

Congratulations to Dr. Paquette!

August 1st, 2023

Dr. Catherine Paquette is off to post doc!

Stacey and Flavio receive Girman Family donation

May 17th, 2023

Stacey and Flavio receive Girman Family donation

Apply to work with us!

May 19th, 2023

Reserach assistant position available

Happy Graduation to Zander

May 14th, 2023

Zander graduates UNC!

Louisa Proposes Dissertation

May 9th, 2023

Louisa Successfully Proposes Dissertation

Paulina Proposes Master’s

May 8th, 2023

Paulina Successfully Proposes Master’s Thesis

CPA 2023

April 1st, 2023


ABCT 2022

December 1st, 2022


Fall Semester Kick Off!

September 12th,2022

New semester, fresh updates.

Spring 2022 Updates

March 17th, 2022

As spring is coming into full swing, the BRANE Lab has a lot going on!

The Life of a Graduate Student: COVID Edition

March 1st, 2022

We spoke with our two newest grad students about their first semester experience.

BRANE lab won an ice cream party!

December 18, 2018

The UNC Clinical Psychology department hosts “Clinical Psychology Lunch Series” every Friday where faculty, post doctoral fellows, graduate students, and research staff come together to eat and attend a lecture on the latest research in the field. This year the clinical department held a friendly competition to determine which lab made the best food for the clinical lunch series.

BRANE lab celebrates two newly accepted publications

December 17, 2018

Chen, Y., Anand, D., Thissen, D., Chen, L.H., Liang, H., & Daughters, S.B. (in press). Cultural differences in behavioral activation across samples from China, Taiwan, and the United States. European Journal of Psychological Assessment.

BRANE lab members tackle Bandido’s 5lb burrito challenge

December 6, 2018

The end of the semester is a stressful time, but the BRANE lab knows how to throw some excitement and friendly competition in to the mix! Congratulations to the four BRANE lab El Gigante competitors, (from L to R) Stephanie Martin, Elissa Scherer, Julie Maccarone, and Mike Loeffler.

Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Annual Conference

November 17, 2018

The BRANE Lab was represented by Yun Chen at the Annual ABCT Conference. Congratulations on successful symposium and poster presentations to Yun Chen, M.A., who served as chair of the Transcultural and Transdiagnostic Application of Behavioral Activation symposium on Saturday, November 17, 2018.

Stacey Daughters presents at the International Society of Addiction Medicine Annual Meeting

November 3, 2018

Dr. Stacey Daughters traveled to Busan, Korea for the 20th International Society of Addiction Medicine Annual Meeting where she presented on the BRANE lab’s most recent tACS findings.

Catherine Paquette is awarded the IVP Fellowship

November 2, 2018

Catherine Paquette is the recipient of a 2018-19 UNC Injury Prevention Research Center (IPRC) Injury and Violence Prevention (IVP) Fellowship. Congrats, Catherine!

Catherine Paquette, MPS guest lectures at Columbia University

October 9, 2018

Our very own, Clinical Psychology graduate student, Catherine Paquette, MPS, was invited to guest lecture for the course “Bridging the American Divide” taught at Columbia University by Professors Raymond Horton & Bruce Usher. Catherine’s lecture focused on bringing awareness to the U.S. Opioid Crisis.

Welcome back from China, Yun!

September 19, 2018

Over the summer, Yun collaborated with a research team from the Wuhan Center for Disease Prevention and Control on a RCT examining the feasibility, acceptability, and initial efficacy of a Chinese translated Behavioral Activation Treatment for Substance Use (C-BA) among 90 heroin users seeking Methadone Maintenance Treatment in Wuhan, China.

Congratulations Julie!

May 21, 2018

Congratulations to our BRANE lab manager, Julianna Maccarone who won the Psychology and Neuroscience Staff Excellence Award! It is such an honor and well deserved! We appreciate all of your work and dedication to the lab!

Welcome Baby Devyani!

May 14, 2018

The BRANE Lab is happy to announce that our very own, Deepika Anand, welcomed her beautiful baby girl, Devyani, on May 15, 2018. Congratulations to Deepika & her husband & Happy Birthday to Devyani!!! The BRANE Lab already loves you!

Congratulations BRANE Lab Seniors!

May 13, 2018

Congratulations to Su Cho, Rachel Wells, Savita Madan, Alex Cowand, and Ethan Miller on their graduation from UNC & the BRANE lab. We’ll miss you guys!

BRANE Lab Baby Shower

April 4, 2018

Happy Surprise Baby Shower to our favorite Post Doc, Deepika! We can’t meet to meet your new baby girl and for her to wear these very snazzy onesies we decorated for her! ?

Congratulations Catherine Paquette

April 3, 2018

Congratulations to BRANE Lab first year graduate student, Catherine Paquette, who recently had two articles accepted for publication!

Abstracts Accepted for Summer 2018 Conferences

March 5, 2018

Congratulations to our BRANE Lab team for their accepted abstracts at APS, CPDD and APA this summer!

BRANE Lab Holiday Party

December 14, 2017

The Annual BRANE Lab Holiday Party was a success! Dr. Daughters hosted the party at her home where we all contributed to a delicious potluck dinner, followed by a white elephant gift exchange, followed by handing out Lab Awards. It’s our favorite lab event of the year! We wish all of our members could have been there!

Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Annual Conference

November 16, 2017

The BRANE Lab was represented by three of its members at the Annual ABCT Conference this year. Congratulations on successful poster presentations to Deepika Anand, Ph.D., Sydney Baker, B.A., and Julianna M. Maccarone, M.A., MPH

Welcome Baby Eden!

October 13, 2017

The BRANE Lab is happy to announce that our very own, Yun Chen, welcomed his beautiful baby girl, Eden, on October 13, 2017. Congratulations to Yun and his wife Yulu! & Happy Birthday to Eden!!! The BRANE Lab already loves you!

LETS ACT RCT in press at Addiction

September 14, 2017

Congratulations to our many BRANE Lab members and their colleagues for their recent publication in Addiction: The Effect of a Behavioral Activation Treatment for Substance Use on Post-treatment Abstinence: A Randomized Controlled Trial
Stacey B. Daughters, Ph.D., Jessica F. Magidson, Ph.D., Deepika Anand, Ph.D., C.J. Seitz-Brown, M.A., Yun Chen, B.A. & Sydney Baker, B.S.

Dr. Deepika Anand’s Emotion Differentiation paper in press at Drug and Alcohol Dependence

September 8, 2017

Congratulations to the BRANE lab’s favorite Post Doctoral Associate, Deepika Anand, Ph.D. whose most recent paper was accepted at Drug and Alcohol Dependence: Emotion Differentiation Predicts Likelihood of Initial Lapse following Substance Use Treatment
Deepika Anand, Ph.D.; Yun Chen, M.A.; Kristen A Lindquist, Ph.D.; Stacey B Daughters, Ph.D.

Reducing Mental Health Stigma among International Students

August 25, 2017

Two of our very own BRANE Lab members, Deepika Anand, Ph.D. and Yun Chen, M.A. worked with Arun Nagendra, M.A. and Kimberly Pentel to reduce mental health stigma among International students at UNC.
This group of international graduate students and scholars working at the clinical psychology department at UNC invited other international students at UNC to attend an interactive one-hour discussion session. This session served as a safe place to explore some of the challenges of adjusting to life at UNC as an international student, discuss some effective, clinically-based tools for coping and adjusting, and review useful resources on campus.

Tribute to Avery Mitchell

August 22, 2017

On Wednesday August 16, 2017 the BRANE Lab came in to work to receive the devastating news of our cherished friend and colleague, Avery Devell Mitchell’s passing. We continue to struggle with this new reality, but we feel to not share what made him so special to us would be a disservice. Avery was passionate, supportive, vivacious, and overall a truly good human being. No matter the length of time you knew Avery, you spent every minute of it laughing or passionately discussing topics of the world today.

The BRANE Lab misses you, Avery. We’ll do our best to make you proud.

Congrats Stacey!

August 2, 2017

The BRANE Lab is EXTREMELY HAPPY to announce that our wonderful Director, Dr. Stacey Daughters, received a promotion to FULL Professor! Your BRANE Lab team is proud of you!

Jennifer Yi awarded an NRSA

May 16, 2017

Congrats to graduate student Jennifer Yi who was awarded a NIH/NIDA Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA predoctoral fellowship (F31) for her study, Working Memory Network Connectivity and Inhibitory Control in Cocaine Use. Hooray!!

Baby Announcement!

May 9, 2017

The BRANE Lab celebrates the announcement of a new little lab member! Congrats to Yun and Yulu on the new baby girl!

Katie McKay – Top Ten Scholar Athlete and Honors Thesis Presentation

May 3, 2017

The incredibly talented Katie McKay received the Top Ten Scholar-Athlete award and then raced to Davie Hall to present her senior honors thesis to the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience! We’re so proud of her!

March for Science!

April 22, 2017

The BRANE Lab attended Raleigh’s satellite March for Science. SCIENCE, NOT SILENCE!