Lab Members

Graduate Students

Laura Baron lbaron [at] albany [dot] edu


I am starting my first year in my Ph.D. program for Behavioral Neuroscience. I graduated from Ramapo College with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Neuroscience. I have prior lab experience with rat models of stress and the endocannabinoid system with Dr. Christian Reich, as well as independent research projects concerning empathy. I have a wide range of interests in neuroscience and look forward to gaining knowledge, experience, and direction in the Workman lab!

Corey Frank cjfrank [at] albany [dot] edu

unnamed-1.jpgI am interested in how nutrition and immune processes influence development and degeneration in the brain. Particularly, the potential to find specific indications, like biomarkers or radio-imaging evidence, for assistance in precision diagnosis of neuro-pathologies fascinates me. Before coming to the University at Albany I received a Bachelor’s in psychology and went to work for a large clinical/oncology diagnostic laboratory as a product specialist and physician liason. I am thrilled to be a part of Dr. Workman’s lab and the UAlbany community.

Katie Parra kparra [at] albany [dot] edu

Pic for Lab Website.jpgI am a first year Ph.D. student in the Behavioral Neuroscience program at the University at Albany. I graduated with a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Hispanic Studies in 2014 from the University of Pennsylvania. Since then, I primarily worked in breast cancer research but missed psychology too much and had to come back to it! I’m excited to get started on projects with Dr. Workman and to dive into my research project this year.

Joanna Medina, Ph.D. Candidate jmedina2 [at] albany [dot] edu


I am interested in understanding how parity and lactation alter the postpartum female brain. My research is focused on how chronic and acute exposure to maternal hormones, like prolactin, mediate stress-induced depression-like behavior and hippocampal neurogenesis in female rats. Before joining the lab, I graduated from Binghamton University with a B.S. in Integrative Neuroscience. I am currently in my fifth year of study in the University at Albany’s Behavioral Neuroscience Ph.D. program and look forward to proposing my dissertation.

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Eva Lieberman

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I am a junior in the Honors College at the University at Albany and am majoring in Human Biology with a minor in Psychology. My goal is to attend medical school to become an OB-GYN. I’m excited to be in lab with all the other members to expand my knowledge on postpartum depression and neuroscience, and am looking forward to gaining research experience and skills through the projects done this year.

Jayda Melnitsky


I am a junior at the University at Albany with a major in Psychology and double minors in Biology and Neuroscience. Being a part of Dr. Workman’s lab allows me to expand my knowledge in behavioral neuroscience and, more specifically, how maternal experience changes pathways in the brain related to stress and postpartum depression. I plan to continue on to graduate school and become a Clinical Neuropsychologist.

Spandana Pusapati

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I am a senior at the University at Albany with a major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and a minor in Psychology. I plan on going to medical school to pursue a career in psychiatry. Being a part of this lab will give me a chance to expand my knowledge in the field of neuroscience and give me the opportunity to gain experience I can apply in my medical career.