Graduate Students

Brennan Hickson | Email

Brennan is a fifth year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program. She received degrees in Neuroscience and Philosophy from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is interested in developing methods to predict individual vulnerability to cognitive decline based on cardiovascular health, structural and functional brain integrity, and cognitive functioning at midlife.


Janelle Thompson Foret, M.A.

Nell is a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate in the Psychology program at UT Austin. She received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Art History from Trinity University and her Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Psychology from the University of California Berkeley. Her primary research interests pertain to identification of early markers of brain vulnerability and modifiable risk factors for neurocognitive decline. She is particularly interested in examining the role of sex as a biological variable in cardiometabolic health and brain integrity.

Selected Publications:

Foret, J. T., Dekhtyar, M., Cole, J. H., Gourley, D. D., Caillaud, M., Tanaka, H., & Haley, A. P. (2021). Network modeling sex differences in brain integrity and metabolic health. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 13. https://doi.org/10.3389/fnagi.2021.691691

Foret, J. T., Dekhtyar, M., Birdsill, A. C., Tanaka, H., & Haley, A. P. (2020). Metabolic syndrome components moderate the association between executive function and functional connectivity in the default mode network. Brain Imaging and Behavior. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11682-020-004090

Foret, J. T., Oleson, S., Hickson, B., Valek, S., Tanaka, H., & Haley, A. P. (2020). Metabolic Syndrome and Cognitive Function in Midlife. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology: The Official Journal of the National Academy of Neuropsychologists. https://doi.org/10.1093/arclin/acaa112


Maria Dekhtyar

Maria is a third year Ph.D. student in the Clinical Psychology program at UT Austin. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Neuroscience and Psychology from Boston University. Maria worked as a research assistant at the Center for Alzheimer Research and Treatment at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and later as a lab manager at the Boston University Aphasia Research Lab prior to coming to UT. Her primary research interests pertain to identifying modifiable risk factors for age related cognitive decline.


Momo Li


Former Graduate Students:

Alex Birdsill
Stephanie Oleson
Sonya Kaur
Evan Pasha
Janet Morrison
Hannah Calvert
Danielle Eagan
Mitzi Gonzales
Victor Jeongsoek Lee
Takashi Tarumi
Bryan Barksdale
Talia Swan-Sternberg