Meet the Team

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 Health, a website where visitors can learn about their automatic associations toward different mental health topics.

Dan Funk is the lead software developer for MindTrails. Dan runs a software development company out of Staunton, Virginia called Sartography. Sartography's mission is to partner with scientists and innovators to create engaging software that improves the health and well being of our communities. Some of Dan's favorite projects are at the University of Virginia, working with leading experts to make the world a better place to live.

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

Project Coordinator

Henry Behan, M.Sc.

Graduate Students and Research Scientists

Anna Baglione, M.S.

Sonia Baee, M.S.

Jeremy Eberle, M.A.

María Larrazabal, M.S.

Alexandra Silverman, B.A.

Ángel Vela, TBC

Alexandra Werntz Czywczynski, Ph.D.

Kaiser Team

Arne Beck, Ph.D.

Megan Baldwin, TBC

Jennifer Boggs, Ph.D.

Valerie Paolino, TBC

Research Assistants

Sophie Ali

Liza Khutsishvili

Emily Leventhal

Daniel Nguyen

Suraj Patel

Tylar Schmitt


Miranda Beltzer, M.A.

Katie Daniel, M.A.

Ilana Ladis, B.A.

Nauder Namaky, M.A.

Cynthia Tong, Ph.D.

Hongning Wang, Ph.D.


Sam Hubley, Ph.D.

David Mohr, Ph.D.

Lee Ritterband, Ph.D.

Bonnie Spring, Ph.D.

Kimberly Wilson, Ph.D.

Our Alumni

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.

Thank you to Gibson Design Associates.