People

Principal Investigator
Victoria L. Templer, Ph.D.

My lab develops animal models of memory, learning, and attention that answer both behavioral and neurobiological processing questions. The goal is two-fold: 1) to characterize cognitive and neural substrates of different memory systems implicated in human aging, disease, and mental health, and 2) inform cognitive evolution in the comparative cognition tradition.

Email: vtempler@providence.edu

Undergraduates

Senior Lab Manager
Annie Dankert ’21

I am a senior pursuing a B.A. in biology and a B.A in psychology as well as a neuroscience certificate and Spanish minor. Neuroscience fascinates me because the brain is so important yet not fully understood. Ultimately I would like to discover more about neurological disorders in humans through studying behavior and neuroscience in animal models. Recently my role in the NAC lab has been focused on studying rats with posterior parietal cortex damage. With this knowledge, we can better understand the function of the posterior parietal cortex in humans. This summer I am at the University of Florida working with Dr. Sara Burke and Dr. Abbi Hernandez, researching cognitive decline due to aging.

Senior Lab Manager
Carina Alessandro ’21

I am a senior currently pursuing a B.A. in biology and a B.A. in psychology with a certificate in neuroscience and a theology minor. I have always been fascinated with the idea of using animal models to better understand brain processing and I look forward to learning more about it by working in the NAC lab. Currently, my role in the NAC lab is investigating the role of the PPC in spatial recognition memory. On the graduate level, I hope to continue with research in order to study fear and stress in a rodent model.

Colin Call ’22

I am a junior pursuing a B.A. in psychology and a certificate in neuroscience. After taking multiple course pertaining to the intersection of psychology and biology, I found myself intrigued by the study of neuroscience and animal cognition. After taking an interest, I joined the NAC lab in the Summer of 2019 and worked on projects concerning the functions of the PPC. Ultimately, I hope that through our current research to further our understanding of these complex networks that intertwine these two domains. And in the future, I hope to apply this knowledge to treat neurological injuries and disorders. 

Rachael Layden ’23

I am currently a sophomore pursuing a B.A. in psychology as well as a certificate in neuroscience. I have always been interested in the functions of the brain and its unknown parts. Working with animal models allows us to better understand the processes of the brain and apply these processes to humans. In the future, I wish to continue research in neuroscience in order to better understand neurological abnormalities. Through this, I will be able to apply my knowledge in a pediatric clinical setting and be better able to diagnose and treat human patients. I aspire to work in the field of neuroscience as a pediatric clinical neuropsychologist.

Allie Eurell ’22

I am a junior pursuing a B.A. in psychology on the neuroscience track, as well as a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies. I love learning about the brain and how it works, as it helps us to better understand ourselves and our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. I am especially interested in studying the connection between the mind and body, and I am excited to learn more about the research process as a whole through being a part of the NAC lab.

Christopher Walsh ’23

I am a sophomore currently pursuing a B.S in biology and a B.A in psychology. As I learned more about the brain during my time at Providence College, I became interested in the connections between different areas of the brain and how they work in unison to enable behavior and cognition. I look forward to working in the NAC lab because I believe it will bring a great understanding of these different areas of the brain and I hope to make valuable comparisons between human and animal models.