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Dr. Brandon Scott

Lab Director

Dr. Scott is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Montana State University. He completed his doctorate training in Applied Developmental Psychology at the University of New Orleans under the mentorship of Dr. Carl Weems. Dr. Scott spent two years (2013-2015) as an NIMH T32 post-doctoral fellow at the ASU REACH Institute (formerly known as the Prevention Research Center) before coming to MSU. When not conducting research or teaching, he enjoys spending time with his amazing wife and children, exploring all Montana has to offer, and playing a round of golf, if the weather permits.


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Eleanor Armstrong 

2nd Year Graduate Student

My name is Eleanor Armstrong. I have been coming to the Bozeman and Big Sky area since I was 3 years old and I loved it so much, I decided to return for college. I am a junior this year at MSU majoring in Applied Psychology and Chemistry. I am also enrolled in the Honors Program. I hope to continue my education in graduate school at Montana State University. 


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Keegan Diehl 

CAPE Project Coordinator

Born and raised Montanan, I have found myself drawn to Montana State University. I am currently a sophomore pursuing a bachelor's degree in applied psychology with aspirations to receive a doctorate in clinical psychology. My research interests include emotion regulation in children and psychopathological trajectories for at risk youth. I have received the Presidential Emerging Scholars Grant for my work with the Late Positive Potential as it converges with maternal reports of emotion regulation. Outside of academia, I enjoy mountain biking, hiking, and skiing. I am grateful to be a part of this great lab. 


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Gwen Vitalis

Research Assistant

Four years ago I ventured to Bozeman Montana hailing from the land of long ooo's, Minnesota. I am currently pursuing a B.S. in Applied Psychology minoring in Business Administration. At this point I'm unsure where this academic path will take me but right now my interest is in youth and school systems so, school counseling may be in the cards. When I'm not studying you can find me fly-fishing the Gallatin, taking long walks with other people's dogs, or enjoying a brew with friends. I am very excited to be a part of the CAALM team.