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Graduate Students

Melinda (Ashe) Furer, M.S.

Melinda is currently completing her predoctoral internship at the Penn State Counseling and Psychological Services. Before starting her internship, Melinda successfully defended her dissertation, which was a laboratory study designed to address an important limitation of previous research applying construal level theory to self-control. Melinda grew up in Virginia, but moved to Cleveland, OH for undergrad, and graduated from Case Western Reserve University with B.A.'s in Psychology, Economics and Cognitive Science. Melinda’s coursework, as well as working with Project RESTORE, a novel post-release intervention for inmates with substance abuse and severe mental illness, fostered her interest in using behavioral economic and psychological lenses to study addiction. Currently, she is interested in exploring how to best structure, or frame, health-related decisions in order to best facilitate change. When not in school, Melinda enjoys cooking (eating) new foods and game nights with friends.

Siyuan Huang, M.A.

Siyuan (Josie) Huang is currently a fourth year doctoral student in the clinical psychology program at Penn State. She is from China and finished her undergraduate studies at Peking University. In 2017 she obtained her master’s degree in psychology at San Diego State University, where she was working to examine the spatio-temporal dynamics of affective and cognitive functions in the context of binge drinking. Currently at Penn State, Siyuan's research work focuses on the interactions between perceived opportunities to obtain substance, reward processing/responses, and substance addiction through a combination of approaches including fMRI, EMA, and behavioral measures. Outside research, Siyuan is trained in psychological assessment, diagnosis, and treatment. During her spare time, she enjoys running, swimming, and reading.

Young In Chung, M.A.

Young In is a third year student in the adult clinical Psychology doctoral program at Penn State. She is broadly interested in understanding why people repeat self-defeating behaviors and how we can help them towards better physical and psychological health. She graduated with a B.A. in Psychology and Art History from Swarthmore College. Before she came back to the U.S. she received her master’s degree in the Clinical and Counseling Psychology program at Seoul National University, where she used self-reports and experimental tasks to understand psychological and cognitive rigidity (e.g., set-shifting, rigid self-regulation) relevant to disordered eating behaviors. Outside of doing research, she is also a dedicated plant lover, an amateur swing dancer, and a cinephile.

Walter Dyer, B.S.

Walter is a first-year graduate student in the adult clinical psychology doctoral program at Penn State. After graduating from Westmont College with degrees in Biology and Kinesiology, Walter worked as a project assistant at the University of Southern California on a lab study examining tobacco dependence and obsessive-compulsive symptom comorbidity. This formative experience paved the way for his current interest in mapping out mechanisms underlying addictive behaviors from a transdiagnostic perspective (e.g. anhedonia) and developing novel treatments based on such translational science. He is also interested in better understanding why addiction disproportionately affects certain groups over others. Outside of research, Walter enjoys making music, playing sports, and discovering new places to hike.