Lab Director

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Carly Leonard

Assistant Professor
Behavioral/Cognitive Neuroscience
Dr. Leonard is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at University of Colorado Denver. As an undergraduate, she attended Rutgers University, with a double-major in Psychology and Economics, and a minor in Cognitive Science. She then received a Ph.D. in Psychological and Brain Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University, and conducted postdoctoral work at the UC Davis Center for Mind and Brain. She arrived at CU Denver in...

Postdoctoral Fellows

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Ryan Ringer

Dr. Ringer is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Psychology at the University of Colorado Denver. He completed his undergraduate (B.S.) and graduate (M.S., Ph.D.) degrees in Psychological Sciences at Kansas State University with Dr. Lester Loschky. Most recently, Dr. Ringer worked as a postdoctoral fellow in Human Factors at Wichita State University with Dr. Rui Ni, as part of the CNAP (Center for Neurobiological Approaches to Plasticity), an...

Research Assistants

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Sabrina Durham

My name is Sabrina Durham and I am involved with Dr. Leonard’s perception research lab at CU Denver. I will be graduating May 2023 with a BA in Psychology and double minors in sociology and cognitive behavioral neuroscience, after which I will be pursuing my PhD in clinical psychology. I am especially interested in working with people who have mental illnesses, as well as understanding new treatments and diagnostic technologies...
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Melanie Edwards

Psychology Department
Melanie Edwards is a graduate from Texas State University with a BA in Psychology and is currently studying, researching, and working at CU Denver before applying to graduate programs. Mel has always had a love of the brain and has academic interest in neuropsychology and cognitive processing programs. While working in the lab, Mel has enjoyed getting to learn more about applying statistical research within lab experiments and has participated...
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Dylan Kammerzel

Psychology Department
My Name is Dylan Kammerzell. I am a senior at CU Denver soon to get my B.S. in psychology. I intend to use that degree for research and aim for graduate school. My interests in research are very wide, spanning from behavioral to neural.
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Kelly Karagias

Psychology Department
Kelly Karagias is a senior psychology major in the Gardner Research Scholar Program. She has an interest in behavioral and cognitive neuroscience, mental health counseling, and psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy. Currently, Kelly is investigating the individual differences that arise from fatigue during a useful field of view (UFOV) task. She is also interested in observing any pseudoneglect effects that may occur during the task. In her free time, Kelly enjoys hanging out...
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Christiana Smith

Psychology Department
Christiana Smith is an undergraduate student pursuing her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Criminal Justice. Christiana is passionate about education and devotes much of her time to the pursuit of knowledge, student organizations, research, and advocating for stigmatized communities. After completing her undergraduate degree, she plans to attend graduate school. In her free time, Christiana enjoys writing poetry, watching horror films, and playing with her pets. As a research...