Lab Members & Alumni

Group photo of GLASS Lab members

From left to right: Austin Grinberg, Brian Arizmendi, Saren Seeley, Mary-Frances O'Connor, Eva-Maria Stelzer, Deanna Kaplan, Roman Palitsky, Lindsey Knowles, Mairead McConnell.


Current Graduate Students

Deanna Kaplan is a Clinical Psychology doctoral student in the Department of Psychology, a Cognitively Based Compassion Training (CBCT) instructor for Center for Compassion Studies, and President of the Arizona Meditation Research Interest Group (AMRIG). Her research explores how everyday cognitions and behaviors relate to physical and mental health, particularly in the context of contemplative practices such as meditation. Prior to pursuing her doctorate, Deanna was a Research Specialist in the Frances McClelland Institute for Children, Youth and Families. She holds an M.A. in Educational Psychology from the University of Arizona and a B.A. from Emerson College.  


Lindsey Knowles is a Clinical Psychology doctoral student in the Department of Psychology, a UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center certified mindfulness facilitator and a UCLA Mindful Awareness Practices instructor. Her research examines the relationship between profound life stress and mental & physical health, specifically in the areas of autonomic arousal and immune dysregulation. Lindsey combines basic science and clinical science to examine novel interventions such as mindfulness training for stressful life events like bereavement. Prior to pursuing her doctorate, Lindsey worked as a research associate at the Norman Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology at UCLA and taught high school English as a Teach For America Corps member in Phoenix, AZ from 2009-2011. She holds a M.Ed. in Secondary Education from Arizona State University and a B.A. in Psychology from Columbia University. 


Roman Palitsky is a clinical psychology PhD student at the University of Arizona. His research centers on cultural, religious and existential topics in clinical health psychology. He has earned an MDiv from Harvard University.


Mairead McConnell is a Clinical Psychology doctoral student in the Department of Psychology. Her research interests include the impact of emotions and emotional experiences on physical health, and specifically how this relationship is mediated in the brain. Her current research uses neuroimaging (fMRI) to study reward processes in bereavement. Mairead holds a B.A. in Psychology from Fairfield University. Prior to pursuing her doctorate, Mairead worked as a research specialist in the Kable Lab at the University of Pennsylvania studying neural correlates of decision making.


Saren Seeley is a doctoral student in Clinical Psychology, working with Dr. Mary-Frances O’Connor in the Psychology Department at University of Arizona. Saren uses neuroimaging (fMRI), psychophysiology, and other methods to parse interactive relationships between cognition and emotion, and the mechanisms through which these interactions can give rise to distress and impairment. She is particularly interested in the role of functional connectivity among intrinsic brain networks. Her current research project examines how intranasal oxytocin and variation in the oxytocin receptor gene influence resting state functional connectivity in spousally-bereaved older adults. She hopes to be able to link dynamic processes in the brain to real-world behaviors, in order to predict individuals at risk for poor adaptation following the death of a loved one. She holds an M.A. in Psychology from the University of Arizona and a B.A. in Psychology from the City University of New York - Hunter College. Prior to pursuing her doctorate, Saren worked as a research assistant/fMRI coordinator in Douglas Mennin's Regulation of Emotion in Anxiety and Depression lab in New York City.


Eva-Maria Stelzer Eva-Maria Stelzer is a doctoral student in the Department of Psychology. Prior to pursuing her doctorate at the University of Arizona, Eva worked at the Department of Palliative Medicine & Comprehensive Cancer Center Erlangen, Germany.  Eva earned her Bachlor of Science and Master of Science in Psychology from the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen, Germany. Eva studies the effects of major life stressors, such as the loss of a loved one, on mental and physical health. Her second area of research focuses on hospice volunteerism.


Da'Mere Wilson is an incoming graduate student in Clinical Psychology (Fall 2018). She previously joined the GLASS Lab as a McNair Scholar, after being selected for the University of Arizona's UROC Summer Research Institute 2017.


Lab Personnel






Lab Alumni - Graduate Students

  • Brian Arizmendi, Ph.D. 
Brian recently completed his predoctoral internship at Palo Alto VA Hospital. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Phoenix VA.


  • Austin Grinberg, Ph.D.
Austin will be finishing a postdoctoral fellowship at the San Diego VA in August of 2018. He has taken a job as a research psychologist at the Sepulveda VA in Los Angeles, working on a project investigating CBT-I in older adults.


    Lab Alumni

    Eli Ramirez
    Emily Long
    Madison Koza
    Michael Beiley
    Candace Mayer
    Jack Deeming 
    Krystal Jovel 
    Victoria Wacik
    Meleesa Nocera 
    Laila Alshami 
    Megan Winfrey 
    Alaina Martinez 
    Andre Sisk 
    Chris Williams 
    Christian Schultze-Florey 
    Emily Noethen
    Jesus Serrano-Careaga
    Monica Fallon
    Rebecca Birch
    Savannah Chavez 
    Sebastian Karl 


    The GLASS Lab goes rock climbing! From left to right: Roman Palitsky, Lindsey Knowles, Saren Seeley, Krystal Jovel, Mary-Frances O'Connor, Brian Arizmendi, Mairead McConnell, Eva-Maria Stelzer, Austin Grinberg.

    Da'Mere Wilson presents on methods for recruiting bereaved individuals at the 2017 UROC Summer Research Institute poster forum. 

    From left to right, standing: Monica Fallon, Christian Schultze-Florey, Brian Arizmendi, Austin Grinberg, Jesus Serrano-Careaga.  Seated: Mary-Frances O'Connor, Emily Noethen. 


    Krystal Jovel at the UA Psychology Undergraduate Honors Research Forum, 2015



    Jesus Serrano Careaga at the UA Undergraduate Biology Research Program annual conference, 2014

    Savannah Chavez at the UA Undergraduate Biology Research Program annual conference, 2013

    Brian Arizmendi at the Association for Psychological Science annual conference, 2013