Meet the Research Team
Dr. Lau-Barraco joined ODU in the Fall 2009. She came to us from the Research Institute on Addictions at SUNY Buffalo where she completed an NIH-sponsored postdoctoral fellowship. Broadly, her research focuses on the determinants (e.g., cognitive, social, environmental) of alcohol use and other risk behaviors. She's also interested in developing brief interventions to address problematic alcohol use among young adults. Dr. Lau-Barraco was born in Hong Kong but moved to the States at the age of 10. She lived in Florida for most of her life but now considers Chesapeake, VA home, where she resides with her husband Anthony. Dr. Lau-Barraco is a self-proclaimed craft-nerd who enjoys knitting, scrapbooking, decorating, and photography.
Ashley is a fourth-year doctoral candidate
(ABD) in the Applied Experimental Psychology PhD program at ODU. She
completed her undergraduate work at Central Michigan University in 2010
and received her M.S. in Experimental Psychology from ODU in 2012. She
currently serves as the BARS lab coordinator. Ashley's primary research
interests are in caffeinated alcohol use (e.g., Red Bull and vodka),
mental health, and associated cognitive factors among young adults.
Ashley's Curriculum Vitae
Joe is currently a fourth-year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology PsyD program offered jointly through ODU, Eastern Virginia Medical School, and Norfolk State University. He earned his undergraduate degree in Neuroscience from Trinity College in Hartford, CT in 2008. Joe is currently working on the REACH project as an interventionist. His primary research interests center on the psychosocial factors that relate to alcohol use in emerging adults. Joe's clinical interests include substance use, grief, trauma, and anxiety and mood disorders within young adult and adult populations.
Brynn is currently a third year in the Applied Experimental
Ph.D. program. She completed her undergraduate work at Bloomsburg University
and received her Masters in Justice from the University of New Hampshire in
2011. For the last two years, Brynn served as the BARS lab graduate research
coordinator. Her primary research
interests include alcohol-related aggression, social dominance, and risky
alcohol and health behaviors.
Brynn's Curriculum Vitae
Cristina is currently a second-year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology PsyD program offered jointly through ODU, EVMS, and NSU. She earned her undergraduate degree from Longwood University in 2010 where she double majored in psychology and sociology. She earned her MA in psychology with a concentration in substance abuse treatment from the University of North Carolina Wilmington in 2012. Cristina is currently working on the REACH project as an interventionist. Her primary research interests center on the psychosocial factors that relate to alcohol and drug use in collegiate emerging adults.
Amy is a first year in the Applied Experimental PhD program. She completed her BS in Psychology at Northern Kentucky University in 2010. From 2010-2013, Amy worked on an NIH funded grant, which examined the behavioral and cognitive effects of consuming alcohol with energy drinks. Amy is currently the lab's REACH Project Coordinator. Her research interests include alcohol use (alone and with other substances) in emerging adults, alcohol-related cognitions and risks, and individual differences in subjective responses to alcohol.
Undergraduate Research Assistants
Melanie is a Senior at
ODU majoring in Psychology. After graduating in December 2013, she plans to pursue
a Masters’ in Counseling. She is an active member of Phi Kappa Phi, Psi Chi,
and Golden Key International Honor Society.
Lora is a
senior at Old Dominion University majoring in Psychology. After
graduating in the spring of 2014, she is planning to pursue graduate
school to study clinical psychology. Her interests involve depression,
anxiety, and working with autistic children.
Bailey is a Senior at Old Dominion University who is majoring in
Psychology with a Women's Studies minor. After graduating in Spring of
2014, she aspires to pursue a Masters degree in counseling, her
interests are alcohol and depression. She also spends her time as an
active member of Pi Beta Phi sorority.
Taylor is currently a junior at Old Dominion University studying biology
with a minor in psychology. After graduating in the spring of 2015, she
plans to attend grad school and continue doing research with Health
Psychology. Taylor's interest in Health Psychology stems from the
biological aspect of it. Taylor would like to one day focus her research
on the correlation between biological functions and stress.
Natalie is a fourth year undergraduate student majoring in Psychology
with an interdisciplinary minor in Health and Wellness. Natalie plans
to attend graduate school this upcoming Fall to study Clinical
Psychology after expected graduation this upcoming May 2014. Natalie is
a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society as well as Sigma Alpha Lambda
Honors Society. Her main interest is in physiological psychology, and
other interests include drugs and behavior and the criminal mind.