Filbey Lab Team

Francesca M. Filbey, Ph.D.
Principal Investigator

Dr. Filbey is the Bert Moore Endowed Chair and Professor at the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at the University of Texas at Dallas.  Her studies focus on determining the neurobiological mechanisms of reward system dysfunction.

Amy Wessenberg
​Lab Coordinator

​Amy Wessenberg is the lab coordinator for the Filbey lab.  Amy graduated from the University of Arkansas (woo pig!) in May 2019 with a bachelor of arts in Psychology.  Prior to joining Dr. Filbey’s lab, she worked in the Laboratory for Alcohol and Substance Abuse Research at the U of A. Amy is interested in the effects of different substances on neurological processing.  In the future, she plans on pursuing a graduate degree in Clinical Psychology.

Ryan Hammonds
​Research Assistant

Ryan received a BS in Psychology and Neuroscience from UT Austin in May and Decemeber 2017. He is interested in neuroimaging analysis, machine learning, parallel computation utilizing HPCs, drug abuse, and psychiatric illness.


Jennifer DiMuzio
​Research Assistant

Jenn is a currently a research assistant working as Team Lead  on the “Multisite Study of Cannabis Users and Non-Users” project. She has over 8 years of neuroimaging research experience working with diverse populations, including adolescents and young adults with bipolar disorder, ADHD, and marijuana dependence and abuse, adult Veterans with PTSD, depression, and suicidal ideation, young adults diagnosed with schizophrenia, and student athletes vulnerable to concussion. She has also previously worked as a research assistant on the ABCD Study at the University of Utah site. Her research focus is on adolescent cognitive development, specifically how environmental factors, including onset of substance use and early life stress/trauma, are associated with neurobiological and behavioral changes.

Mackenzie Taylor
Ph.D. Student

​Mackenzie Taylor is a PhD Student in the cognition and neuroscience program at UT Dallas working in the Filbey lab. She received her bachelor of science in Psychology and minor in Biology at Texas Wesleyan University in May of 2017. Previously she has worked in research focus areas such as behavioral neuroscience, self-control and impulsivity, and pharmacology. She has also worked closely with addiction through previous clinical work. Currently she is interested in biomarkers of the brain and body, behavioral markers, and genetic markers that are indicative of changes related to the addiction process.


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