Vani A. Mathur, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator/Lab Director


Dr. Mathur is an Associate Professor whose work spans several content areas and research disciplines. She is affiliated with the Social & Personality area and Diversity Science cluster in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences and the Texas A&M Institute for Neuroscience (TAMIN). Dr. Mathur values diversity in all domains, including diversity of experiences and approaches among members of her research team. As an interdisciplinary scientist, she received her BS in Human Physiology from Boston University, pre-doctoral training in Neuroendocrinology at the Massachusetts General Hospital, PhD in Psychology from Northwestern University, and completed post-doctoral fellowships in Pain Research at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland, Baltimore. She welcomes students from any related discipline to inquire about joining our incredible team!



Namrata Nanavaty, M.S.


Namrata Nanavaty is a graduate student in the Clinical Psychology doctoral program. Nam is currently completing her clinical internship at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston. Her research interests include exploring the impacts of psychological trauma, threat, and social factors on pain and other physiological health outcomes. Nam has experience with neuroimaging, tDCS, and clinical psychology research methods. Outside the lab, Nam is a certified yoga instructor and enjoys portrait/landscape photography.


Brandon Boring, M.A.


Brandon Boring is a graduate student in Dr. Mathur’s lab and enrolled in  the Social and Personality Psychology training program. He is interested in pain, empathy, and self-control.


Kaitlyn Walsh, B.S.


Kaitlyn Walsh is a graduate student in the Social and Personality Psychology program. Her research interests include psychosocial and environmental factors that contribute to pain disparities among racial/ethnic and socioeconomic minorities, biological mechanisms linking social stressors and pain outcomes, provider decision making, and patient-provider interaction. Kaitlyn joined the Mathur lab to aid in their mission to improve scientific understanding on pain disparities among underserved populations and to help reduce these disparities through research. In her free time, Kaitlyn likes to play tennis with her friends and family, do artsy things (paint or draw), and binge watch the latest series on Netflix.


Hanan Guzman, B.A.


Hanan is a graduate student in the Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience doctoral program. His research interests include exploring psychosocial and cognitive factors that contribute to pain disparities in racial and ethnic minorities from a neurological perspective. Hanan received his B.A. in Psychology from University of Maryland, Baltimore County in 2017 and began working at Nationwide Children’s Hospital as a Research Assistant. He has experience with neuropsychological and cognitive assessment, fMRI data analysis, and research study management. Outside of the lab, Hanan enjoys several different outdoor activities including climbing, skating, and hiking.



Montae Bermudez

Montae is a Psychology major with a minor in Neuroscience. Attributable to his curiosity with pain management, he aspires to attend medical school to become an anesthesiologist.

Katherine Jaffe

Katherine Jaffe is a Psychology major from San Antonio with a dual minor in Neuroscience and Film Studies. She joined Mathur’s lab due to her interest in pain perception and management. In the future, she plans to attend medical school, aspiring to one day be a psychiatrist.

Lennon Lemay

Myriam Moreno

Lennon is a Psychology major from Houston, Texas. He joined the lab to better understand how pain can vary between different sociocultural groups. Upon graduation, he hopes to one day get his Ph.D. in psychology.

Myriam Moreno is an Industrial Distribution major with a double minor in Neuroscience and Business. She decided to join Dr. Mathur’s lab in hopes of better understanding pain as it plays such an important role in determining our quality of life. Upon graduation, I plan to work in operations at a biotechnology company.


Post Doctoral Researchers

Professional Research Staff

Brandon Ng, Ph.D.

Humza Ahmed

Undergraduate Research Assistants

​​​​Priscilla Abraham

Mollie Adams

Maggie Anderson

Magdalena Banda

Lane Bannwart

Kyisha Butcher

Leslie Chaffin

Matthew Cline

Madison Cortez​ 

Katie-Beth Craig

         Alida Demeter

            Paul Forks

​Xochitl Fuentes

Meredith Gary

Nevita George

Melinda Hale​

Meron Haley​

Jordan Hayes

Brianna Hernandez

Karen Kaur​

Hannah Hutchins Lewer

Travis Hyatt

Catherine Ann Kuykendall​

Jamie Loasby

Megan Marisco 

Briana Mitchell​

David Morgado

Mitra Nair

Avery Nennmann

Aketch Osamba​

Sarah Peoples

James Connor Price

 Nathan Ramsey

Ria Rao​

         Alison Richter

Darby Salge​

Cassidy Seale

Rahul Sirigiri

        Zachary Skrehot

Evelyn Stewart-Johnson

Donovan Taylor

Jennifer Van Horn

Fallon Wenck

Second place winners at a lab trivia night.​

Mathur Lab, 2016

Presenting poster at SPSP, 2017

Lab mini golf fun!

The first members of the Mathur Lab, 2015-16​

Mathur Lab reunion with new members and alumni, 2018​

Holiday Party, 2018​

Mathur Lab, 2016​

APS Conference, 2019​

Mathur Lab group photo, 2019​

Mathur Lab group photo, 2020​

Mathur Lab group photo, 2021​