Meet Our Team!

Primary Investigator

Elliott A. Beaton, Ph.D.
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Dr. Elliott Beaton directs the Stress, Cognition, and Affective Neuroscience (SCAN) Laboratory. His research is focused on how stress affects brain development in children and adults at high-risk for mental illnesses including anxiety disorders and schizophrenia to inform early intervention, mitigation, and prevention. To this end, Dr. Beaton and his team use a variety of tools including functional and structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in combination with psychophysiological, hormonal, immunological, and cognitive measures. His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Heath, the National Science Foundation, the Louisiana Board of Regents and the University of New Orleans, and via subcontracts with other universities. He is a committed supporter of regional, national, and international groups that assist families of children with neurodevelopmental disorders.

Current Graduate Students

A. Rowan, B.S.
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Heidi Turner, B.S.
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Lauren Tra, B.S.
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Lilli Richter, B.S.
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Current Undergraduate Students

Shana Moore
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James Latournerie
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Current Research Assistants

Mel Martino
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Mel is an undergraduate student at the University of New Orleans. They will receive a B.S. in Psychology and a B.A. in English with a creative writing concentration in fall of 2022. They aspire to earn an MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics from Naropa University and a master's degree in cognitive neuroscience or social work. Their research interests include psycholinguistics, personality, DNA methylation, stress and telomere deterioration, and the relationship between trauma, psychopathology, and epigenetics.

Julia Domino
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Julia is a recent graduate from UNO where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Minor in Biology. Her interests are in human-computer interaction and data usability, which she plans to explore in graduate school. Along with these work and research interests, Julia will use her background in psychology to improve the accessibility of online education programs.

SCANLab Alumni

Ade Marais, Ph.D.
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Ashley Sanders, Ph.D.
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Diana Hobbs, Ph.D.
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David Stephenson, Ph.D.
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Andrea Tountas, M.S.
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Megan Goldfarb, M.S.
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Collaborators

Louis Schmidt, Ph.D.
Peter Hall, Ph.D.
Tony Simon, Ph.D.
Carl Weems, Ph.D.
Enrique Varelas, Ph.D.