Brynne Velia, Post-baccalaureate Research Coordinator
Brynne 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
Kaleigh Wilkins is a Junior 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.