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Alexander Weigard

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Alexander Weigard

Alexander Weigard is in his fifth year of the Clinical Psychology PhD program, with a specialization in Neuroscience. His primary interest is in researching processes that affect cognitive control at different points in the lifespan by using insights and methods developed from basic cognitive neuroscience research and applying them to clinical populations with known self-regulatory deficits. His dissertation is entitled, “Clarifying the mechanisms of cognitive dysfunction in ADHD and tobacco withdrawal with a model-based cognitive neuroscience approach.” Alex will begin an internship at the University of Michigan in 2017. His mentors are Dr. Cynthia Huang-Pollock and Dr. Steve Wilson.

Alex is first author on four peer-reviewed journal articles and has presented at numerous conferences. He has received a number of awards and honors, including Honorable Mention for a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship in 2013 and the Wisniewski Family Enhancement Fund in 2014. Alex received his M.S. in Psychology at Penn State after attending Temple University, where he received his B.A. in Psychology summa cum laude with a minor in Cognitive Neuroscience.

The Strumpf award helped Alex travel to Australia for one month to work with Drs. Scott Brown and Andrew Heathcote on several projects. While there, he learned additional methods for mathematical modeling of response time data and Bayesian model fitting. He believes the Strumpf Scholar Award helped provide him with the means to further his collaborations and research in clinical science and in the basic study of cognitive control across the lifespan, which will help him attain his goal of a career in research.