Lab Director/Principal Investigator

Ashley F. Curtis, PhD

Ashley F. Curtis, PhD

Bio

Ashley Curtis, PhD, received her doctoral degree in Psychology (with a specialization in Brain, Behavior and Cognitive Science) from York University in Toronto, ON, Canada. Her dissertation work focused on developing and evaluating strategies to improve cognition in younger and older adults. She completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Sunnybrook Research Institute in Toronto, ON, where she studied sex differences in risk factors and outcomes of neurodegenerative disorders. She most recently completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship with Christina McCrae, PhD, in the Mizzou Sleep Research Lab in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Missouri.

Dr. Curtis is currently an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Psychological Sciences at the University of Missouri and the Director/Principal Investigator of the Cognition, Aging, Sleep, and Health (CASH) Lab. Dr. McCrae and Mary Beth Miller, PhD, Lab Director and Principal Investigator of the Behavior and Addictions Research Lab, in the Department of Psychiatry remain close research collaborators. Dr. Curtis’s research focuses on the bidirectional associations between sleep and cognition in healthy and pathological aging populations. Current research investigates how cognitive training paradigms impact sleep and cognition. She is also interested in sex differences and other risk factors (e.g., pain, medication) that alter sleep and cognitive profiles across the lifespan. She employs clinical, behavioral, and neuroscience methods to examine novel research questions in these areas.

Lab Staff

Jacob Wilhelm, M.Ed.

Jacob Wilhelm, M.Ed.

Senior Research Assistant/Project Coordinator

Bio

Bio: Jacob Wilhelm is the Senior Research Assistant/Project Coordinator for the Cognition, Aging, Sleep and Health (CASH) Lab. Jacob earned a Bachelor’s degree focusing on Psychology, Sport Management, and Business at the University of Missouri, and also obtained his Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Stephens College. He plans to pursue a doctoral degree in the future, with a focus on Affective and Behavioral Neuroscience.

Anthony Schmiedeler, MS

Anthony Schmiedeler, MS

Graduate Research Assistant

Bio

Bio: Anthony (he/him/his) is a second-year doctoral student in the University of Missouri counseling psychology program. Anthony earned a B.A. in human biology with a minor in religious studies from the University of Kansas and a M.S. in psychology from Avila University. In addition to the CASH Lab's ongoing projects, Anthony's research interests include examining relationships between mental health concerns and vocational psychology constructs.

Angela Atkinson

Angela Atkinson

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Bio

Bio: Angela Atkinson is an undergraduate research assistant from St. Louis, Missouri. Angela is currently studying Biology and Psychology at the University of Missouri and aspires to go to medical school and continue pursuing research. In her free time, Angela enjoys traveling and cooking.

Maggie Connell

Maggie Connell

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Bio

Bio: Maggie Connell is a third-year undergraduate research assistant majoring in Nuclear Medicine. Maggie is also Pre-Med and plans to attend medical school. Maggie is also is a student assistant at the Mizzou Research Reactor and work with the Epidemiology group. She is also part of the Mizzou Club Synchronized Skating Team and in her free time, she enjoys cooking, reading, and spending time with her dog.

Mikayla Rodgers

Mikayla Rodgers

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Bio

Bio: Mikayla Rodgers is an undergraduate research assistant from O’Fallon, Missouri. Mikayla is currently studying Nuclear Medicine at the University of Missouri and aspires to go to medical school and continue pursuing research. During her free time, Mikayla enjoys traveling and spending time in nature.

Grant Stokes

Grant Stokes

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Bio

Bio: Grant Stokes is an undergraduate research assistant currently studying Biology at the University of Missouri. Grant has the goal of going to medical school and eventually becoming a physician. In the CASH lab, Grant works on data collection of cognitive, sleep, and other physiological assessments.

Sadhika Jagannathan

Sadhika Jagannathan

Visiting Undergraduate Research Assistant

Bio

Bio: Sadhika is a fifth year student in the University of Missouri - Kansas City’s six year BA/MD program. She finished her undergraduate coursework for her BA in Biology in Spring of 2020. In the CASH lab, some of Sadhika’s tasks include conducting online assessments, online data collection, data processing/analysis, conducting literature reviews, and assisting with poster and manuscript writing. She is interested in the role of non-pharmacological therapies for psychiatric disorders.

Lab Alumni

Emilee Carlton

Emilee Carlton

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Bio

Bio: Emilee is currently an undergraduate student majoring in health sciences at the University of Missouri, Columbia. She is particularly interested in the psychological sciences and how it pertains to medicine. Emilee was adopted from China at the age of two, and ever since she has lived in Hannibal, Missouri for most of her life. During her free time, Emily enjoys playing her violin and walking her dog at the park. In the CASH lab she is involved in clinical trial preparation, creation of surveys and databases, conducting sleep, cognitive and other physiological assessments, participant screening, and literature reviews.

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Cameron Myers

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Bio

Bio: Cameron Myers is a junior at the University of Missouri at Columbia where he is majoring in biological sciences. In the CASH lab, he assists with data collection, administering cognitive tasks, literature searches, and physiological assessments. He is looking towards a career path in clinical lab studies. His interest in this field began while on a service trip to to a New York City based HIV health clinic where he saw first hand the complications connected to autoimmune disease. Cameron aspires to pursue a career in pathogen research and promoting public health. When he is not looking over scientific articles, he enjoys kayaking and cooking.