Dr. Brant Hasler is the principal investigator of the Social Jet Lag in Teens and SLATE research studies. His research focuses on the role of sleep and circadian rhythms in regulating affect and motivation, particularly as relevant to affective disorders and substance abuse. In addition to his research program, Dr. Hasler is actively engaged in research mentorship and clinical supervision, as well as direct clinical practice, and is the Director of our accredited Behavioral Sleep Medicine training fellowship. In his free time, Dr. Hasler enjoys trying new restaurants, cooking at home, hiking, biking, and hanging with his daughter and her trusty canine sidekick, Stellaluna. Dr. Hasler is much better able to enjoy his free time ever since he assembled such a hard-working, responsible, intelligent, and fun team (see below).
Kathryn Aldrich Guo is a research coordinator working on the Social Jet Lag in Teens Research Study and SLATE study. Her role includes coordinating participant visits, assisting with recruitment, and participant tracking. She joined the team in June 2018 after moving to Pittsburgh. In her free time, Kathryn enjoys exploring Pittsburgh, travelling, and spending time with her family.
Alexandria Chisholm is a Research Specialist under Dr. Hasler on the Social Jet Lag and SLATE research studies. Her roles in the lab include coordinating with the sleep lab to schedule participants, conducting participant visits, and working with undergraduate lab volunteers. Alexandria received her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and joined the lab in October 2019. She plans to peruse a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in the near future. For fun, Alexandria enjoys traveling, going on walks in Frick Park, and trying out new restaurants around Pittsburgh.
Mackenzi “Mac” Brozovich is a Research Specialist in the lab currently contributing to the Social Jet Lag and SLATE research studies. She recently graduated from Youngstown State University with her Ed.S. in School Psychology. She also earned her M.Ed. in Intervention Services and B.S. in Special Education from the same institution. Mac recently transferred to Duquesne University to pursue a Ph.D. in School Psychology. In her free time, she enjoys listening to podcasts, cooking, and drinking coffee and tea.
Caitlyn Davis is a Research Associate under Dr. Hasler on the Social Jet Lag and SLATE research studies. Her main roles in the lab include recruitment, scheduling participants for in-person visits, and assisting with overnight visits in the sleep lab. Caitlyn joined the lab in June 2021 after graduating from Allegheny College with a B.S. in Neuroscience and Psychology. She plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in the future. In her free time, Caitlyn enjoys hiking, running, watching horror movies, and spending time with her family and friends.
Alexis Bialota is a Research Specialist in the lab currently contributing to the Social Jet Lag and SLATE research studies. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a B.S. in Neuroscience and hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in Neuroscience in the future. Lexi’s roles include assisting with fMRI scans, creating tasks for the fMRI portion of studies, analyzing brain data, and assisting with overnight visits in the sleep lab. Outside the lab, Lexi enjoys traveling, watching sports, learning new languages, crocheting, and spending time with family.
Mary “Happy” Fletcher is the data manager for the SLATE and Social Jet Lag research studies. She has been the data manger for several of Dr. Hasler’s previous studies as well. She has a B.S. in Computer Science from Edinboro University. She has been a data manager for 25 years and works on several protocols with a range of age groups from teens to seniors and currently with various circumstances such as sleep problems, wellness for those on dialysis, and mental health challenges. In her free time she enjoys classic TV sitcoms, being outdoors, music and singing.
Alexa Bennetch is a Research Specialist in the lab currently working on the Social Jet Lag and SLATE studies. Her main role involves the fMRI scan portion of the studies along with analyzing brain data and assisting with overnight visits to the sleep lab. Alexa joined the lab in June of 2021 after graduating from Lehigh University with a B.S. in Behavioral Neuroscience. In the future, she would like to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Neuropsychology. In her free time, Alexa enjoys cooking, hiking, and exploring her new home of Pittsburgh.