Lab Director

Jasmeet Hayes, Ph.D.

Dr. Hayes joined the Psychology Department at the Ohio State University in 2018 and is also a faculty member in the Chronic Brain Injury Program. Dr. Hayes graduated with High Honors from the University of California, Berkeley. She completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (specialization in Neuropsychology) at the University of Arizona. Prior to OSU, Dr. Hayes was a PI in the National Center for PTSD, and Boston University Medical School. She recently received the Early Career Investigator Award from the International Brain Injury Association. As a licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Hayes’ interests include neuropsychological assessment of TBI and PTSD.

Graduate Students

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Jena Moody

Jena joined the MINDSET lab in 2018. She is a recent graduate of St. Olaf College and is pursuing a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Neuropsychology. Her research interests include stress, TBI, and the relationship between the brain and behavior. Outside of lab, she enjoys running, going to her cabin in northern Minnesota, and spending time with family and friends.


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Sarah Prieto

Sarah graduated from SUNY Geneseo with a degree in Psychology and Early Childhood/Childhood Education in 2015. Following graduation, she worked on a study examining the effects of mindfulness training on measures of stress and inflammation in older adults with HIV. She joined the clinical psychology program at The Ohio State University in 2018. Her research interests include the effects of chronic and traumatic stress on metrics of cognitive and physical health.


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Kate Valerio

Kate is a recent graduate from Stony Brook University with a master’s in Neuroscience. She is pursuing a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Neuropsychology. Her research interests include TBI and the relationship between brain and cognition. In her free time, Kate loves to read European historical fiction, bake cookies for her loved ones, and travel.


Undergraduate Students


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Abigail Shell

Abby is an undergraduate at The Ohio State University with a major in Psychology and a minor in Neuroscience. She has previously performed research at the medical center studying patients with TBI. Her interests include TBI, degenerative brain disease, and sports-related brain injuries. In her free time, she enjoys working out and learning about new things.


Nimanthi Ranatunga

Nimanthi is an undergraduate student studying Psychology with a minor in Human Development and Family Studies, and joined the MINDSET Lab in 2020. Her previous experiences in research involved utilizing eye tracking technology with deaf children who have cochlear implants to study differences in cognitive abilities. Her research interests include stress, trauma, mental health, and social support and how such aspects influence behavior. Outside of the lab, Nimanthi loves reading, traveling, and spending time with her friends and family.


Christina Himes

Christina is an undergraduate student at The Ohio State University studying Psychology and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Her research interests include the effects of chronic stress on mental and physical health as well as finding new treatments and therapies. In her free time, Christina enjoys exercising, hanging out with friends, and watching reality tv shows.


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Erin Gilliland

Erin is studying neuroscience with a minor in clinical psychology as an undergraduate student here at The Ohio State University. She is interested stress-related disorders, trauma, and neuropsychology. She is planning on pursuing graduate school in the future. Outside of the lab, Erin is a Wellness Coach for the University. She enjoys working out, taking care of her plants, cooking, and spending time with her loved ones.


Research Assistant

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Alex Hasselbach

Alex joined The MINDSET Lab in 2019 after graduating from The Ohio State University with a B.S. in biomedical engineering. He previously co-authored A Novel Methodology for Extracting and Evaluating Therapeutic Movements in Game-Based Motion Capture Rehabilitation Systems (2018), with the Brain and Neurorecovery Lab at Ohio State. He is interested in clinical applications of neuroscience research and its potential to create new and better treatments. When he isn’t in the lab, he likes running, traveling, and building computers.



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