Meet the Team

MindTrails Leads

Bethany Teachman, Ph.D., is the Director of MindTrails. Bethany is a licensed clinical psychologist and Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia. Her research focuses on biased thought patterns associated with anxiety and other forms of mental illness (see She also directs Project Implicit Mental Health, a website where visitors can learn about their automatic associations toward different mental health topics.

Laura Barnes, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the School of Engineering and Applied Science Engineering, the Data Science Institute, and the Link Lab at the University of Virginia. She directs the Sensing Systems for Health Lab. Her research focuses on the design of intelligent systems for understanding the dynamics and personalization of health and well-being.

Mehdi Boukhechba, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Engineering Systems and Environment Department, the Link Lab, and the Center for Behavioral Health and Technology at the University of Virginia. His primary research interests are in ubiquitous computing, data science, behavioral modeling, and pervasive health technologies (see

Development Team

James Field

Logan McKinley

Project Coordinator

Sarah Tolman, M.Sc.

Graduate Students and Research Scientists

Mehdi Boukhechba, Ph.D.

Jeremy Eberle, M.A.

Ángel Vela de la Garza Evia, B.S.

María Larrazabal, M.S.

Allie Silverman, M.A.

Emma Toner, M.A.

Emma Wolfe, M.A.

Noah French, M.A.

Research Assistants

Liza Khutsishvili

Suraj Patel

Tylar Schmitt

Junbo Yu

Yuhan Hou


Jennifer Boggs , Ph.D.

Katie Daniel, M.A.

Cynthia Tong, Ph.D.

Our Alumni

Dan Funk

Henry Behan, M.Sc.

Suraj Patel, B.A.

Allie Silverman, M.A.

Sophie Ali, B.A.

Anna Baglione, M.S.

Sonia Baee, M.S.

Alexandra Werntz Czywczynski, Ph.D.

Emily Leventhal

Daniel Nguyen

Miranda Beltzer, M.A.

Nauder Namaky, M.A.

Claudia Calicho-Mamani, B.A.

Noah French, B.A.

Nicola Hohensee, M.Sc.

Julie Ji, Ph.D.

Sam Portnow, Ph.D.

Diheng Zhang, M.A.

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