Past Lab Managers

Past Graduate Students

Jennifer Merrill defended her dissertation, titled “Subjective Evaluations of Alcohol Consequences as Predictors of Subsequent Change in Drinking Behavior” in June 2011. She completed her clinical internship at the Medical University of South Carolina (Charleston Consortium), as well as a research fellowship at Brown University’s Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies (CAAS), funded by a T32 from NIAAA. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences at Brown University. In 2014, she was awarded a K01 career development award from NIAAA to examine the impact that event-level alcohol-related consequences have on subsequent drinking decisions among heavy drinking college students.

Rachel Bachrach started in the lab in Fall 2008. While in lab, she was interested in researching the co-morbidity between alcohol related-problems and PTSD in young adults. Rachel graduated with her PhD in Spring 2014. She completed her clinical psychology internship at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in 2015 and an NIAAA-funded postdoctoral fellowship (T32AA007453) at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 2017. She is currently a first-year research fellow in the Interprofessional Advanced Fellowship Program in Addiction Treatment at the Pittsburgh VA Healthcare System.

Jeff Wardell is an Independent Scientist with the Institute for Mental Health Policy Research at the the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, Canada. He is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at University of Toronto. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo and is a licensed Clinical Psychologist. He completed his clinical residency in the outpatient addiction service at CAMH, where he focused on the assessment and treatment of clients with alcohol use disorders. He subsequently completed a postdoctoral fellowship at CAMH, for which he received funding from Canadian Institutes of Health Research to study behavioural risk factors for alcohol use disorder using novel human laboratory methods.

Jenna Dellaccio was a member of the Alcohol Research Lab from 2008–2013. She served as a Research Assistant from 2008-2010, and became a co-lab manager after graduating with her BA in 2010. She also served as a Project Coordinator for Dr. Read’s NIAAA-funded study from 2012-2013. Using data collected from this study, Jenna analyzed drinking motivations in students exhibiting PTSD symptoms to complete her Masters project. Jenna earned her Masters degree under the advisement of Dr. Read in May 2013. She currently works in grant administration, where she assists faculty in securing research grants.

Past Lab Managers

Amanda Ayler was a member of the Alcohol Research Lab from May 2006 to August 2008. She was Lab Manager from the Summer of 2007 to the Summer of 2008. Amanda obtained a Master in Public Health Degree from UB in 2010. Her Master’s project was entitled “Protective Behaviors Used by Male and Female Freshmen College Students to Avoid Alcohol-Related Consequences”. She is currently working in the Division of Endocrinology/Diabetes at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo.

Katrina Bytschkow was a member of the Alcohol Research Lab from January 2007 to August 2009. She began as a research assistant and then became Lab Manager from Fall 2008 to Summer 2009. She did an honors thesis under Dr. Read in her senior year of undergrad titled “Motives for Pre-gaming: Measure Development and Associations with Drinking”. She is currently pursuing a dual Master’s degree in Business Management and Social Work at the University at Buffalo and  graduated in 2012.

Carol Malik was a member of the Alcohol Research Lab from August 2006 through May 2009. She entered as a research assistant and began gaining more responsibility in the lab until becoming Co-Lab Manager with Katrina Bytschkow from August 2008 through May 2009. Carol is attended Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina where she attained a Master’s of Arts degree in Professional School Counseling as well as a Certificate in Expressive Arts Therapy. She graduated in May 2011.

Sara O’Donnell was a member of the Alcohol Research Lab from 2012-2015. She served as a Research Assistant from 2012-2013, and became the lab manager in August 2013. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Clinical Psychology under the supervision of Leonard H. Epstein at the Division of Behavioral Medicine, where she is studying the risk factors contributing to the developments of pediatric obesity.

Justin Kimber was a member of the Alcohol Research Lab from 2010-2015. He served as a Research Assistant from 2010-2012, and became the lab manager in August 2012. In May 2015, Justin received his Masters in General Psychology and is hoping to pursue his doctorate in the near future. He is currently pursuing his PhD in Counseling Psychology at the University at Albany the State University of New York.

Abby Braun was a member of the Alcohol Research Lab from 2014-2016. She served as a Research Assistant from 2014-2015, and became the lab manager in August 2015. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Mental Health Counseling at the University at Buffalo.

Past Research Assistants

Lisa Braun, Sarah Freed, Josh Helak, Alysia O’Rourke, Lucinnie Ng, Roy Getsis, Elizabeth Mahar, Colin Flanagan, Jamie Parnes, Alex Spara, Jill Swanson, Conor Sweeny, Stephen Pictrowski, Kristen Mahony, Ashley Penque, Chris Riddick, Mackenzie Northrup, Aya Balan, Corinne D’Andria, Jason Diviney, Ian Troidl, Paige Szarafin, Amberlynn Azcona, Shauna D’Arcy, Bethany Laufer, Xiaoqi Huang