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 use. 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.
Kaylyn Clairmont is a Research Specialist in the lab currently working on the Social Jet Lag and SLATE studies. Her main role in the lab involves assisting with participant visits in the sleep lab, fMRI scans, and data processing. Kaylyn received her BS in Biology from Carnegie Mellon University and joined the lab in April 2022. Outside of lab, Kaylyn loves to be outside, on the water rowing and coaching, as well as spending time with friends and family.
Zach Hendricks is a Research Specialist under Dr. Hasler on the Social Jet Lag and SLATE research studies. His roles include conducting consent visits and semi-structured diagnostic interviews as well as assisting with participant overnight visits. He received his B.A in Psychology and Religious Studies from Albright College in 2020 and is currently pursuing an M.A in Psychology at Carlow University. He plans to pursue a Ph.D in Counseling Psychology in the near future. Outside of the lab, he enjoys making music, riding his bike, reading, and traveling when he has time.
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.
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.