Kathleen Gates (Katie)                                                                                                 Email:
Katie is an associate professor of Quantitative Psychology  in the Department of Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a member of the Human Neuroimaging Group  and affiliated faculty of the UNC Biomedical Research Imaging Center (BRIC). She obtained her Ph.D. in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies (quant focus) at Penn State, a Masters of Forensic Psychology at the City University of New York (John Jay College), and a BS in Psychology from Michigan State University. Katie’s work is motivated by problems in analyzing individual-level data. She develops algorithms and programs that may aid researchers in better quantifying behavioral, psychophysiological, and emotional processes across time.  The end goal is to help researchers identify patterns within individuals so we can provide person-specific prevention, treatment, and intervention protocols as well as better understand the varied basic physiological underpinnings for emotions, cognition, and behaviors. Her funding primarily comes from the National Institute for Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering.

Post Doctoral Fellow

Jessica Girault

Jessica completed her PhD in Neuroscience at UNC Chapel Hill in 2018 and is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow supported by the T32 Program at the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities. Jessica’s research is focused on identifying the neurobiological mechanisms that shape individual differences in cognition and behavior during early childhood. During her postdoc, Jessica plans to investigate how deriving neurobiologically-based subgroups using functional MRI data can help parse the heterogeneity in cognitive and behavioral profiles in infants and toddlers at familial high risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Such an approach has the potential to identify distinct brain phenotypes that are more closely associated with underlying biological mechanisms than current conceptualizations of ASD, which will allow for the development of targeted, individualized treatments and interventions.


Current Graduate Students

Cara Arizmendi

IMG_0617Cara is a 4th year Ph.D. student in Quantitative Psychology.  She earned her BA in Psychology and Women’s Studies from UNC, graduating with honors in 2012.  Cara’s research focuses on modeling within-person dynamic processes and finding solutions to measurement problems in daily diary data.






Chris Urban

Chris is a 2nd year Ph.D. student in Quantitative Psychology. He graduated from Stony Brook University in 2016 with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Mathematics. Methodologically, he is interested in data science methods for psychometrics and in the analysis of web-based data, while his substantive interests range from equality issues to mindfulness research. Chris also enjoys hiking, food, and practicing and teaching yoga.




Lan Luo

Lan is a 1st year Ph.D. student in Quantitative Psychology. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a BA in Psychology and Economics with a minor in Japanese. Lan is broadly interested in the development of methods for psychophysiological data.







Former Graduate Students

Stephanie Lane

laneStephanie completed her Ph.D. in Quantitative Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2017. She graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from UNC in 2011. Her research broadly focuses on the development and evaluation of methods for intensive longitudinal data, with particular applications to psychophysiological data (startle response & functional MRI).

Stephanie is now working for the Institute for Defense Analysis.





Teague Henry

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Teague graduated from the University of Washington in 2012 with a B.S. in Psychology, minoring in math. He graduated with a Masters in Statistics and Operations Research and a Ph.D. in Quantitative Psychology program at UNC in 2017. He is interested in methods to analyze complex networks with unobserved covariates, and focuses his research on methods for neuroimaging data.  He is substantively interested in heterogeneity in clinical disorders, such as autism and ADHD, as well as peer influences on alcohol and drug use.

Teague is now working as a post doc in Jessica Cohen’s lab.




Former Research Assistants

Kelly Duffy 

Kelly Duffy was a post-baccalaureate research assistant with the Gates Lab, focusing on fMRI data analysis methodology. She earned a B.S. in Psychology and a B.A. in Biology with a minor in neuroscience from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Kelly is interested in network connectivity and imaging methodology and analysis, and plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Quantitative Psychology. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, reading, and traveling. Kelly is also currently working in the Cohen Lab in the Cognitive Psychology department at UNC.







Hallie Pike


Hallie was a Psychology major at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with a minor in History. She is broadly interested in longitudinal methods for developmental research.










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