Research Group


emily bernstein 

Emily Bernstein

Emily graduated from Yale University in 2012 with a B.S. in Psychology. She is interested in the intersection of emotion regulation and information processing, and her research aims is to identify transdiagnostic interventions for the prevention and treatment of affective disorders. Emily is currently working on studies examining how aerobic exercise influences emotional responses to positive and negative stimuli, and how exercise may benefit mood through enhanced attentional control and emotional resilience. She can be reached at

Payton Jones

Payton is a current doctoral candidate in Clinical Science at Harvard. He is interested in machine learning and quantitative approaches to studying mental health. Payton develops open-source software in R and conducts applied research that uses network science to study emotional disorders. He is also interested in how modern sociocultural attitudes and practices impact psychopathology and how these factors relate to stagnant or increasing rates of depression, anxiety, and PTSD. He can be reached at

Ben Bellet

Ben graduated from the United States Military Academy in 2010 with a B.S. in Kinesiology, served a U.S. Army officer, for 5 years, and earned his M.S. in General Psychology at the University of Memphis in 2017.  He is interested in how humans make meaning of trauma and bereavement, and how such meaning-making processes contribute to both symptoms and positive outcomes.  His current research focuses on trauma survivors who “self-trigger,” or seek reminders of trauma in an effort to make meaning of their traumatic events.  He has also conducted research on the role of trigger warnings in the appraisal of stress and self-concept, as well as other research on the relationship between complicated grief, self-concept, and positive outcomes of loss such as posttraumatic growth.  He can be reached at, and his research is available on OSF at

Mike Osorio

Mike graduated from Amherst College in 2015 with a B.A. in Philosophy. He is interested in tackling issues of individual differences and dynamic complexity in psychopathology. He is also interested in understanding what role sleep disruptions play in the development and maintenance of mental disorders. His current research is working to uncover the cognitive processes underlying insomnia as well as the connection between sleep issues and emotion dynamics. He can be reached at

Shaan McGhie

Shaan graduated from San Diego State University in 2016 with a B.A. in Psychology. She is interested in using network analysis to characterize the maintenance of PTSD. She is also interested in investigating how network analysis can be used to personalize treatment for individuals. Her current research focuses on using intensive longitudinal data to examine the dynamic structure of PTSD symptoms.