Principal Investigator


Elizabeth Losin, Ph.D.

Elizabeth Losin, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Psychology and Director of the Social and Cultural Neuroscience Lab at the University of Miami.  She received her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from UCLA in 2012 and came to the University of Miami at the start of 2015. Her passion lies in combining her training in anthropology and neuroscience to explore the bidirectional relationship between culture and the brain. She has investigated how humans acquire cultural beliefs and practices through imitation, how these beliefs and practices shape psychology and brain function by comparing individuals with different sociocultural backgrounds, and how both processes impact human health and health care. Along with the SCN Lab members, she is currently focusing on how cultural experiences (e.g., discrimination) and social situations (e.g., the doctor-patient relationship) influence pain perception and the brain mechanisms underlying it. She is also passionate about sharing scientific knowledge and enthusiasm with the general public!

Research Coordinator & Lab Manager


Emma Grace Choplin, B.S.

Emma graduated from the University of North Carolina in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with Highest Honors and minors in Neuroscience and Religious Studies. At UNC, she worked with Dr. Eric Youngstrom in the Mood, Emotions, and Clinical Child Assessment Lab, focusing on Evidence-Based Assessment, Dissemination & Implementation Science, and Multi-Informant Discrepancy. As Past-President of Helping Give Away Psychological Science (HGAPS), a national non-profit organization, she hopes to involve Miami in projects that will bridge the gap between clinicians, researchers, students, and the public to increase open access to psychological science. She plans to earn her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.

Graduate Students


Steven R. Anderson, M.S. | Website

Steven graduated from Harvard University Extension School in 2011 with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts in Psychology and a citation in Japanese Studies. He joined the Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience Program in 2015 and is graduating May, 2020. His research interests concern the psychological, sociocultural, and neurobiological modulators of pain perception. In addition to statistical modeling of pain processes, Steven is presently examining cross-cultural differences in the neural empathic response to pain.


Morgan Gianola, B.A.

Morgan graduated from Carthage College with a Bachelor of Arts in neuroscience and Spanish, and has since done work in human populations as well as with animal models. He became a student in the Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience Program at UM in 2017. He is interested in investigating how interactions between cultural upbringing, mindset (language of use, psychological state, etc.), and the environment influence neurobiological activity as well as emotional and bodily perception. Disseminating and applying the results of such research toward improved health outcomes is also a central focus for Morgan. Currently, he is investigating processes impacting pain perception in English-Spanish bilinguals.

Undergraduate Research Assistants


Mary Christodolou

Mary is a junior at the University of Miami pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience. She has previously worked as a biology lab assistant and an emergency medical technician. At present, she works closely with dyadic psychophysiology verification and analysis.


Madeleine Snider

Madeleine is a senior at the University of Miami majoring in neuroscience and minoring in chemistry. In 2017, she completed a summer research internship at the SCN Lab studying the effect of gender and ethnic biases on the perception of pain in others; she returned in the summer of 2018 as a Lois Pope scholar. She plays a key role in collecting, analyzing, and organizing data for the lab’s project on pain perception in a new stimulus set. Madeleine will be doing her Honors Thesis with Dr. Losin in the SCN Lab this year.

Lab Alumni


Jenna Perry, B.S., Research Coordinator/Lab Manager of the SCN Lab, 2017-2019.

Beatriz Yepes, B.A., Post-baccalaureate Research Associate, 2018-2019.

Natalia A. Medina, M.S., Research Coordinator of the SCN Lab, 2015-2017.

Post-baccalaureate Students

Sofia Mercer, 2017-2018.

Elaine Costa, Digital Media consultant, 2015.


Felipe Parodi, 2019

Efrain Rodriguez Sierra, Leadership Alliance Research Fellow, 2018.

Rachael Eickmeyer, 2017.

Fiona Collins, 2016.

Joshua Myers, 2016.

Augusto Cividini, 2015.