Kelsey Winkeler: Clinical Psychology PhD Student

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I am a graduate student researcher in Brooks Casas and Pearl Chiu’s labs in the Computational Psychiatry Unit at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute of Virginia Tech Carillion.

Our labs are at the intersection of computer science, neuroscience, clinical psychology, and economics; we design studies that investigate social interactions, psychopathology, and response to treatment using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and microeconomic games. A great open access recent example of our lab’s work is this paper on reinforcement learning in depression.

If you want to get in touch, feel free to contact me using the links in the sidebar, or set up a meeting.


My research focuses on interpersonal interactions in Veterans with PTSD, using economic games and fMRI, and while I haven’t published on it (yet), you can learn a little about it under the Talks tab.


Before my PhD, I collaborated on a few interesting studies involving various combiations of plants, genetics, and volatile metablomics, which you can read about in my Publications tab.

Clinical Portfolio

I’m currently on externship at the Boston Child Study Center in Portland, Maine,, working under the supervision of Dr. Michael Hollander to co-lead a DBT group for adolescents. For more information about my prior clinical experience, check out the Clinical Portfolio tab.


Previously, I was an AmeriCorps member and a middle and high school science teacher, and I care deeply about equitable and accessible primary, secondary, and post-secondary education. You can read about my teaching experience under “Teaching”.

In my free time, I also still provide mentoring and outreach to undergraduates at my alma mater, the College of Wooster, via the Fighting Scots Career Connections website, as well as a handful of high school students. If you’re not a Wooster alum and would like advice about grad school, being a first-generation college student, or anything else, feel free to send me an email or schedule a Zoom meeting on my Google Calendar and we can chat.

Other Pursuits

If you’d like to learn a little about me outside of school, you can check out the Other Pursuits page. Note: Other Pursuits page is currently under construction (3/27/23).


Finally, if you’re just here because you want to download my CV, click CV for a PDF.