Staff Members

Dr. Chelsie Benca-Bachman
Associate Director of Research

Learn more about Dr. Benca-Bachman

Dr. Benca-Bachman received her PhD in Behavioral Genetics from the University of Colorado Boulder. Her research focuses on the intersection of executive functions, psychopathology, and substance use. She utilizes a variety of methodologies to better understand the genetic and environmental contributes of these constructs, from twin studies, to whole genome approaches, and functional magnetic resonance imaging.

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Jenipher Ober
Clinical Research Specialist

Learn more about Jenipher Ober, MPH

Jenipher joined the lab in 2020. Prior to joining, she obtained multiple advanced degrees in both dentistry and public health. She is very passionate about ensuring equitable access to quality and affordable health care services especially for marginalized individuals and communities such as those with special healthcare needs. As a member of BGA, she is largely involved overseeing the MAPme project with Dr. Barfield and provides additional clinical insights to other BGA studies.

Maia Amellio
Research Assistant/ MAPme Outreach

Learn more about Maia

While attending Oxford College, Maia joined our team remotely to assist with data collection at the Oxford site as a MAPMe ambassador. After graduating from Oxford in 2019 and upon starting at Emory, she continued to participate in the MAPme project by helping to expand data collection to Kennesaw State University and by developing outreach materials for MAPme participants. Additionally, she started working as a research assistant in the lab and fostered an interest in examining risk factors (e.g., stress and internalizing disorders) for substance use among college students. She recently graduated a semester early; however, she is continuing to work within the lab as a research assistant. She plans to pursue a doctoral program in psychology in Fall 2021.

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