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!


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 sixth year of graduate school and look forward to defending my dissertation.


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.

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Logan Atchinson

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I am a junior at the University at Albany with a major in Psychology and a minor in Biology. I plan to go to medical school to pursue psychiatry. The research experience I’m gaining through the Workman lab enhances my understanding of the neurological basis of psychiatric illnesses towards my goal of eventually providing quality care to a diverse population.


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.


Anna Port


I am a junior at the University at Albany with a major in Psychology and a minor in Neuroscience. I plan on going to graduate school and searching for a career related to behavioral neuroscience. Dr. Workman’s lab has provided me with a lot of experience to help me figure out what path to take. I’m very excited to see where our research takes us in the coming semesters.


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.