Pete Hitchcock, PhD

Lab Director

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Brown University, 2019-2023

Clinical Internship, VASDHS/UCSD Psychology Internship, 2019

Ph.D., Psychology, Drexel University, 2019

B.A., Psychology, University of Miami, 2008

I am dually trained as a clinical psychologist with a focus on behavioral treatment and as a computational psychiatry researcher with a specialty in applying formal learning and choice models to depression and anxiety. I am interested in harnessing the remarkable advances in the learning and decision sciences to develop powerful treatments and precise assessments and in understanding the emergence, maintenance, recurrence, and dynamics of psychopathology.

peter.hitchcock@emory.edu | Google scholar | CV

Mina Chang, BA

Lab Manager

B.A., Cognitive Science, UC Berkeley, 2023


I joined the lab in September of 2023 and am broadly interested in mental health and psychopathology across various cultural and social environments. I have experience as a research assistant in the Gopnik Cognitive Development and Learning Lab at UC Berkeley in projects related to language development and picture/object comprehension. I look forward to expanding my working knowledge of computational methods to explore learning and decision-making processes in relation to mental health, and eventually apply to graduate school in clinical psychology.


mina.juhee.chang@emory.edu 

Marta Migó, MA

Graduate Student

M.A., Psychology (Clinical Science & Cognitive and Computational Science), Emory University, 2023

B.A., Psychology, B.F.A., Drama, NYU, 2019


I graduated from New York University with a B.A. in Psychology, a B.F.A. in Drama, and minors in Computer Science and Philosophy. I then worked as a Clinical Research Coordinator at Harvard Medical School for two years, studying neural correlates of cognitive disturbances in bipolar depression and OCD. Currently, I am interested in using computational psychiatry techniques and multimodal data to study free and stuck thought patterns, such as worry and rumination, in mood and anxiety-related disorders.


marta.migo@emory.edu | Google Scholar

Maria Zulfiqar, BS

Post-Bacc Research Assistant

M.S. Clinical Internship, Medical College of Georgia, 2022-2023

Graduate Student, Augusta University, 2021-2023

B.S., Psychology, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2021


My primary research interest is how cognitive processes go awry in mental illness. I have experience as a research assistant in the Attention and Working Memory Lab at Georgia Tech and the lab of Dr. Vaughn McCall at the Medical College of Georgia. My research has focused on cognitive and autonomic nervous system functioning in suicidal patients. During my gap year in graduate school, I am working as a Program Coordinator at the Emory Psychological Center, and am excited to explore decision-making in depression and anxiety through the Translational Lab.


maria.zulfiqar@emory.edu | Google Scholar

Tess Gilmartin

Undergraduate Research Assistant


I am a sophomore at Emory University majoring in Psychology and minoring in Quantitative Sciences. I plan to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology and am particularly intrigued by schizophrenia research. I look forward to exploring psychopathology through the exciting field of computational psychiatry and its clinical applications with the Translational Lab.


tmgilma@emory.edu

Dara Klugherz

Undergraduate Research Assistant


I am a sophomore at Emory University majoring in Psychology and am interested in the mental health sector of the field. In the past, I have been particularly interested in mental illness in patients with chronic illnesses. I enjoy learning about the various mechanisms behind mental illnesses and look forward to exploring decision making as it relates to anxiety and depression.


dara.klugherz@emory.edu

Nicole Cobb

Undergraduate Research Assistant


I am a sophomore at Emory University majoring in Psychology and am interested in studying how decision-making differs in people with anxiety and depression compared to those without, and what contexts lead to those differences. I also am excited to learn how we can translate that knowledge into effective treatments that will help people improve their mental health. 


nicole.cobb@emory.edu

Sissi Li

Undergraduate Research Assistant


I am a freshman at Emory University and joined the lab in the Spring 2024 term. With a genuine interest in psychology, I conducted experiments during my senior year of high school to explore the effectiveness of reinforcement in enhancing learning and modeling. By joining this lab, I aim to further develop my knowledge in clinical psychology and the decision-making process, and to enhance my transferable skills working at the lab.


sissi.li@emory.edu