Dr. Lisa Briand // Principal Investigator

Dr. Lisa Briand is the head of the Behavioral Neurophysiology Laboratory and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience Program at Temple University. She began her neuroscience career as an undergraduate at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine working under the direction of Dr. John Kelsey. Dr. Briand continued on to receive her doctorate in Neuroscience from the University of Michigan, where she studied the ability of cocaine abuse to lead to deficits in cognitive function with Dr. Terry Robinson. She then went on to complete a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania in the laboratories of Dr. Julie Blendy and Dr. Chris Pierce studying the circuitry and physiological mechanisms underlying reinstatement of cocaine seeking. Dr. Briand “opened” the Behavioral Neurophysiology Lab in 2014. In addition to running the lab, Dr. Briand enjoys spending time with her husband and two young boys, cooking, photography and traveling.


Dr. Andre Deutschmann // Postdoctoral Fellow

Andre is a postdoctoral fellow who graduated from University of Bonn in Germany with a PhD in cell biology.


Megan Wickens // Graduate Student

Megan is a first year graduate student graduated from Albion College in 2015 with a B.S. in Psychology.


Jeffrey Lenz // Laboratory Manager

Jeff grew up in Colorado and graduated from Arizona State University in 2011 with a B.S. in Psychology. As an undergraduate he worked in the laboratory of Dr. Janet Neisewander studying the role of dopamine D3 receptors in addiction. Jeff then went on to obtain a master’s degree at the University of Maryland, Baltimore working in the laboratories of Dr. Joseph Cheer and Dr. Mary Kay Lobo utilizing optogenetics to study striatal behavior. In his spare time Jeff enjoys playing and watching sports, music, hiking and camping with his lovely wife and dog.


Anne Fosnocht // Research Technician

Anne graduated with a B.S. in Neuroscience and a B.A. in Spanish from Temple University in December of 2014. She began work with Dr. Briand over the last several months of her undergraduate career. Now as a technician she continues to improve her knowledge in addiction research and the drug self-administration techniques utilized in the Behavioral Neurophysiology Lab. In her free time Anne enjoys doing yoga, eating ice cream, and spending time with friends. Following her work here, she hopes to pursue a doctoral program in neuroscience.


Alexandra Ellis// Undergraduate Research Assistant


Robert Juza// Undergraduate Research Assistant


Siani Faison// Undergraduate RA

Savannah Lindquist// Undergraduate RA

Kelsey Lucerne// Undergraduate RA