The Mood Processing and Treatment (MPAT) Lab at Lafayette College conducts research on mood disorders and related conditions. Specifically, we study cognitive and emotional processes in individuals with sub-threshold and threshold-level mood and anxiety symptoms. We also conduct research on mental health treatment needs and outcomes for affective disorders, anxiety, stress, and related concerns. As the director of the MPAT Lab, I have the pleasure of working with bright, enthusiastic, and motivated students, who have served as research assistants, EXCEL Scholars, and undergraduate collaborators on my work. My program of research at Lafayette would not be possible without the help of these dedicated individuals. MPAT Lab students help with all stages of my studies, from design and IRB submission, to participant recruitment and tracking, data collection and entry, statistical analyses, and writing up results. Students have been included as co-authors on published papers and conference presentations, and one even accompanied me to the annual Twins Days Festival in Twinsburg, OH, where we ran nearly 170 participants in 2 days (Wenze & Battle, 2018)!

Recent projects include a study of the relationship between class start times and academic outcomes in college students (Wenze & Charles, 2022) and an ecological momentary assessment study of mood, stress, sleep, and other postpartum outcomes in a sample of new mothers of multiples vs. mothers of singletons (Wenze, Battle, Huntley, Gaugler, & Kats, 2023).

Below you will find a list of students who have worked in the MPAT Lab since I arrived at Lafayette in 2014, as well as some “action shots” of lab staff testing protocols, collecting data, and presenting our work. We are located in room 212I of Lafayette’s Oechsle Hall of Psychology and Neuroscience, and we can be reached at or

Current Students

Jess Langlois (’24)

Lab Alumni

Se Jun Cho (‘23)

Huixin Deng (‘23)

Mujtaba Pal (‘23)

Bia Brait Amorosino (‘22)

Lia Charles (‘22)

Hannah Greaves (‘21)

Cynthia Mikula (‘21)

Abby Sandman (‘21)

Josselyn Alvarenga (‘20)

Annie O’Dea (‘20)

Marissa Falcone (‘20)

Julia Howard (‘20)

Jamie Taber (‘19)

Danya Kats (‘19)

Julia Crawford (‘19)

Ashley Kinard (‘19)

Anna Pohoryles (‘19)

Quinn Miers (‘19)

Deniz Bengi (‘18)

Jessica Fields (‘18)

Charlotte Jamieson (‘18)

Natalie Cardenas (‘17)

Nikki Bauer (‘16)

Grace Marchena (‘15)

Dana Ahern (‘15)


Danya Kats (’19) presents preliminary findings from an ongoing MPAT Lab study at the LVAIC Undergraduate Psychology Conference

Natalie Cardenas (’17) tests a heart rate monitor

Nikki Bauer (’16) helps with data analysis



Data collection at the 2014 Twins Days Festival in Twinsburg, OH

EXCEL Scholar Lia Charles (’22) presents our work at the 2022 Eastern Psychological Association conference in New York City


Anna Pohoryles (’19) presents data from an MPAT Lab study at the LVAIC Undergraduate Psychology Conference

Fall, 2019 lab members Cynthia Mikula, Josselyn Alvarenga, and Annie O’Dea (left to right)