Meet The Team

The Core 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 Mental Health, a web site where visitors can learn about their automatic associations toward different mental health topics.
Dan Funk is the lead software developer for MindTrails. Dan is a software development consultant working out of Staunton, Virginia. His favorite projects are at the University of Virginia, working with leading experts in the sciences to make the world a better place to live.
Diheng Zhang, M.A., is the project coordinator for MindTrails. Diheng is an experienced web developer and psychological researcher. His research focuses on the cognitive mechanisms that sustain mood disorders, the developmental trajectories of mood disorders, and interventions for mood disorders.
Sam Portnow, M.A., is the lead graduate assistant for MindTrails. Sam is a Community Psychologist in-training, and also has experience developing open-source web applications. As such, Sam has extensive experience working alongside both web developers and psychologists.
Sara Gómez Trillos, is pursuing a double degree in Psychology and Cognitive Science at the University of Virginia. Her background in programming and knowledge of cognitive psychology complement the project and contribute to her goal of developing practical ways to apply scientific knowledge to the improvement of mental health.
Jim Gibson is the user interface designer for MindTrails. His company, Gibson Design Associates, provides graphic design, web design, and user interface design to a national clientele from their offices near Charlottesville’s downtown mall. In addition to work for the Library of Congress, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Department of Homeland Security, GDA designed the integrated graphic identity for the University of Virginia.
Lee Ritterband, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia. His research focuses on the development of Internet interventions for various behavioral health issues.
Andrew Mathews, Ph.D. is a (visiting) Professor of Psychology at King’s College in London and Research Associate at the University of California, Davis. His research focuses on biased thought patterns involved in the development and maintenance of anxiety.
Jessica Beadel Cruz, M.A.
Jen Green, Ph.D.
Nauder Namaky, B.A.
Shari Steinman, Ph.D.
Imani S. Nichols, B.A.
Chongyu Yuan, M. Eng.
Anyi Zhang, M. Eng.
Zhuo Chen, M. Eng.
Alexandra Werntz, B.A.
Program for Anxiety, Cognition, and Treatment (PACT) Lab