Our Team

Lab Director

Dr. Matthew Calamia

Dr. Matthew Calamia

Associate Professor, Dept of Psychology, Louisiana State University

Email: mcalamia@lsu.edu

Clinical Psychology, PhD, Minor: Neuropsychology, University of Iowa, 2014

Clinical Psychology Internship, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2014

Psychology, M.S. University of Iowa, 2009

Psychology, B.S., Louisiana State University, 2007

Dr. Matthew Calamia joined the psychology faculty at LSU in 2014 after receiving his PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Iowa. He is also an adjunct faculty member at the Institute for Dementia Research and Prevention at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center. His main research interests involve the measurement of cognitive abilities and psychopathology in the context of neuropsychological assessment. Outside of work, he enjoys listening to podcasts as he tries to establish a running habit, cheering for the Jets (J-E-T-S, Jets!, Jets! Jets!), and going out to eat with friends.


Current Graduate Students


Daniel Weitzner


Daniel Weitzner, M.A., M.S.

Email: dweitz1@lsu.edu

Psychology (MS), West Virginia University

Clinical Psychology (MA) & Psychology (BS), University of Central Florida

Dan is interested in predictive factors associated with the development of dementia and the the effectiveness of cognitive rehabilitation on individuals with, and without, cognitive impairment. Outside of school, he enjoys being outdoors, watching sports, and listening to music.





Erika Pugh




Erika Pugh, M.A.

Email: epugh4@lsu.edu

Psychology (MA), University at Buffalo

Psychology (BS), University of Tennessee at Martin

Erika is largely interested in utilizing neuropsychological approaches to examine predictive factors of cognitive changes and decline in older adults. She is particularly interested in investigating these predictive factors in community and minority populations. Outside of school, Erika enjoys live music, yoga, reading, exploring coffee shops, and hiking with her dog.








Ross Divers



Ross Divers

Email: rdiver1@lsu.edu

Psychological Research (MS) & Psychology (BA), Temple University

Ross is broadly interested in the characterization and assessment of everyday, functional deficits in both healthy and pathological (MCI, dementia) cognitive aging. Specifically, he is interested in biopsychosocial risk factors of functional decline and in the incorporation of technology into functional assessments and cognitive rehabilitation. Outside of school, Ross enjoys cooking, reading, and going to the movies.






Anthony Robinson



Anthony Robinson

Email: arob181@lsu.edu

Psychological Research (MA), Psychology (BS), Criminal Justice (BS), Texas State University

Anthony is broadly interested in the relationship between psychopathological processes and cognitive functioning. He is particularly interested in the relationship between cognitive function and perfectionism, worry, and anxiety. Outside of school, he enjoys watching/playing basketball, photography, and longboarding.





Luke Miller



Luke Miller

Email: lmil149@lsu.edu

Psychology (BS), Drexel University

Luke is interested in the cognitive and psychological factors that mediate neurological rehabilitation. He is particularly interested in using modern technological approaches including virtual reality to measure cognition in novel, ecologically valid ways.

In his free time, Luke enjoys traveling, cooking (but mostly eating) Mexican cuisine, and obsessing over Pittsburgh professional sports.






Christopher ReedChris Reed

Email: creed69@lsu.edu

Psychology (BS), Texas A&M Clinical Psychology (MS), UT Tyler

Chris is interested in the psychological factors associated with neurocognitive disorders, including dementia. Specifically, how they progress in order to develop ecologically valid tests utilizing technology such as virtual reality to better assess an individual's true functioning in the real world. He is also interested in how personality disorders affect results of neuropsychological assessment to better account for their impact.

In his free time, Chris enjoys writing, cooking any type of cuisine, and exploring new places!



Graduate Students on Predoctoral Internship


Grad student Alyssa



Alyssa DeVito, M.A.

Predoctoral Internship: Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Alyssa is interested in using neuropsychological-based approaches to investigate the intersection of anxiety and executive functioning in healthy older adults and those with mild cognitive impairment. When she's not in the lab or in class, she enjoys traveling, cooking Mediterranean dishes, listening to live music, and hiking.