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Dr. Brandon Scott

Lab Director

Dr. Scott is an associate 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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Katie Poppler

Graduate Student

My name is Katie Poppler and I am in my third year of the Psychological Science Program at Montana State University. I study adolescent development and social psychology. More specifically, I am interested in how adolescents experience age-based discrimination. Given that I study development, part of my research examines how experiencing ageism might negatively influence important developmental processes. The CAALM Lab provides a unique opportunity to examine teenagers' physiology and study anxiety processes as a consequence of discrimination. I love to spend time outside and enjoy mountainous Montana, so I feel lucky to do this work in beautiful Bozeman!



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Paige Rasmussen

Research Assistant

My name is Paige Rasmussen and I am a fourth year undergraduate student studying Psychology at Montana State University. I plan to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology with a concentration on Forensic Psychology. I love the brain and the mysteries within it. I look forward to broadening my knowledge of how environmental and genetic factors interact to influence behaviors. Being apart of the CAALM Lab is extremely exciting to me as I get to be apart of research that is beneficial to current populations and future generations. Apart from being a student, I am also a member of the MSU Rodeo team, go cats! When I am not studying or on the back of a horse, you will most likely find me playing and writing music, or reading a good book.

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Tegan Wold

Research Assistant

My name is Tegan Wold and I am a fourth year undergraduate student studying Psychology and minoring in Human Development. I am originally from Colorado and found the passion for Psychology from my sport. I plan to pursue a Masters Degree in Psychology. I am very excited to be apart of the CAALM lab as I want to have a career working with children. Having the opportunity to help further research on the topics such as anxiety is very important to me. Outside of the lab, I am a member of the MSU Alpine Ski Team. I love being outside and almost anything that includes being active.