Team Members

Brynne Velia, Post-baccalaureate Research Coordinator

20170802_171831Brynne graduated with her B.S. in Psychology from Stony Brook University in May of 2017. She is interested in how substance abuse manifests itself differently across populations and how behaviors associated with substance abuse are perceived differently depending on the social context. Specifically, she hopes to better understand how predispositions and environmental factors, like belonging to social groups that are more likely to abuse substances (e.g., the LGBTQ community), interplay to lead to the differential development of substance abuse. She is interested in how a better understanding of the role of these factors in the development of substance abuse could inform treatment courses that could be catered to the individual and eliminate stigmas, allowing substance abuse to be conceptualized as a mental illness by the community at large. Outside of the lab she enjoys hiking, singing/playing ukulele, and line dancing.


Kaleigh Wilkins, Undergraduate Lab Manager

unnamed.jpgKaleigh Wilkins is a Senior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign studying Psychology as her major with a double minor in Spanish and African-American Studies. She has been working in the lab since her sophomore year. Kaleigh has interests in going to graduate school after completing her B.S. in order to become a clinical psychologist. She would like to assist in the improvement of mental health conditions in minority communities. Outside of the lab, Kaleigh enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, crafting, and watching 80s & 90s sitcoms.


Daniel Garcy, Project Manager and Behavioral Analysis Specialist


Daniel Garcy received his BS in Psychology with a concentration in Behavioral Neuroscience from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May 2017. As an undergraduate, he worked in the Alcohol Research Lab from its inception in the Fall of 2015. He is currently in the process of applying to graduate school, and hopes to pursue a career in research in either clinical psychology or behavioral neuroscience. Whichever field he ends up pursuing, his primary research interests are in how individual differences predict differential likelihood of developing substance use disorders, as well as how comorbidity (especially of anxiety and depressive disorders) may affect the development and maintenance of substance use disorders. Outside of the lab, Dan’s favorite pastimes are listening to and playing music as a hobby (mostly on the guitar), exercising, reading both fiction and non-fiction, keeping up with movies and TV series, and playing video games.