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

Colin Call ’22

I am a junior pursuing a B.S. in biology B.A. in psychology and a certificate in neuroscience. Neuroscience peaked my interest as the relationship between structure and function has always fascinated me. Following this interest, I joined the NAC Lab, Summer 2019. This opportunity has allow for the exploration of this relationship within the nervous system in animal models; connections that are critical in understanding how developmental, pathological, and psychological pathways are understood. With my accrued knowledge, I hope to pursue a career in further research or medicine.

Lab Manager

Rachael Layden ’23

I am currently a junior 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 senior 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 junior 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.

Margaret Low ’24

I am a sophomore pursuing a B.A. in psychology, health policy & management, and a certificate in neuroscience. I am interested in the connection of the mind and body, and how neurological brain processes manifest in our behaviors and perceived emotions. In the NAC lab, I look forward to learning about what animal models can reveal about homologous human brain structures.  In the future, I hope to apply this information, and the skills I gain in the lab, to improving our approach to cognitive therapies. 

Jose Pena ’25

I am currently a freshman pursuing a B.S. in Biology. I am interested in neuroscience because I would like to know more about the bond between biology and psychology. I think that through research using rats as a model we can discover things that are applicable to the human brain. I am also really fascinated by the cognition of animals, especially in comparison to humans. I want to know if animals are comparable to humans in terms of their cognition and psychological complexity. I am thrilled to be a part of the NAC lab and to participate in research that studies the brain and its functions.

Tess Cody ’25

I am currently a freshman pursuing a B.A. in psychology and potentially a certificate in neuroscience. The ways in which the brain functions and, more specifically, malfunctions has always intrigued me. Having just entered the NAC lab, I am eager to conduct research and witness the animals’ brains in action. In the future, I aspire to study Law and I believe that knowing why people do what they do as a result of their brain’s way of functioning could be invaluable. I hope to learn more about the human brain through the use of these animal models!