Principal Investigator


Elizabeth Losin, Ph.D.     |    CV

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!

Lab Manager


Jenna Perry, B.S.

Jenna Perry is the research coordinator for the SCN Lab. She graduated from the University of North Carolina in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and minors in Neuroscience and Computer Science. At UNC, she worked with Kristen Lindquist on the psychological construction of emotion, specifically the relationship between emotion intensity and bodily awareness. Her current work focuses on psychophysiology in social interactions. She plans to eventually earn her Ph.D. in Social Psychology or Neuroscience.

Graduate Students


Steven R. Anderson, M.S.

Steven Anderson graduated from Harvard University 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. 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 responses to emotional imagery.



Morgan Gianola, B.A.

Morgan Gianola 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.

Post-baccalaureate Research Assistants


Sofia Mercer, B.S.

Sofia Mercer is a 2017 graduate from the University of Miami, where she studied psychology and international relations, with minors in Spanish and chemistry. She is currently working on behavioral coding paradigms for simulated doctor-patient dyads and examining galvanic skin response during painful stimuli. Sofia is broadly interested in theory of mind, consciousness, mindfulness, and spirituality. She intends to pursue a graduate degree in psychology or neuroscience.



Beatriz Yepes, B.A.

Beatriz Yepes graduated from Clark University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She is primarily interested in how society and culture shape identity development, especially in the context of immigration. She plans to earn a PhD in Social Psychology, so that she can continue working in research, scientific communication, and education.

Undergraduate Research Assistants


Taylor Bak

Taylor Bak is a sophomore at the University of Miami majoring in neuroscience and minoring in chemistry and engineering. Previously, she assisted with neuroimaging research at Rutgers University and has also worked with behavioral coding analyses at UM. Her current work involves assisting in writing and validating R scripts and also collecting data.



Mary Christodolou

Mary Christodolou is a sophomore 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.


Felipe Parodi

Felipe Parodi will be graduating from the University of Miami in May 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience. As a research assistant at the SCN Lab, he collects data for a study on pain perception in English-Spanish bilinguals. He also participates in some lab management duties for that study, including file maintenance and recruitment. Broadly, Felipe is interested in decision making and addiction. He intends to pursue a graduate degree in neuroscience.



Madeleine Snider

Madeleine Snider is a junior 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.

Lab Alumni

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

Efrain Rodriguez Sierra, Undergraduate Research Fellow, 2018.

Rachael Eickmeyer, Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2017.

Fiona Collins, Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2016.

Joshua Myers, Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2016.

Elaine Costa, Postbaccalaureate Student and Digital Media consultant, 2015.

Augusto Cividini, Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2015.