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Injury and Recovery Laboratory

Cole Vonder Haar, Ph.D.

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Cole Vonder Haar, Ph.D.

Primary Investigator

Office: 2104 Life Sciences Building
Email: Cole.VonderHaar@mail.wvu.edu
Phone: 304-293-1787

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Dr. Vonder Haar is primarily interested in the long-term functional consequences of brain injury and other diseases and improving animal models of disease. He received his Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. Subsequently, he took a postdoctoral position at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC. He is currently an Assistant Professor in Psychology's Behavioral Neuroscience area at WVU. Dr. Vonder Haar is available for mentorship for both graduate and undergraduate students. Please contact him for more details or see here.

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Kris Martens, Ph.D.


Office: 1204 Life Sciences Building
Email: Kris.Martens@mail.wvu.edu
Phone 304-293-2322

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Dr. Martens' interests are varied, but her ultimate goal is to help individuals recover function following injury, particularly in the case of TBI. She obtained her doctorate from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, and went on to complete two postdocs. Her first was at the Canadian Centre for Behavioural Neuroscience in Lethbridge, AB, studying the effects of medial prefrontal lesions and her second was at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC, helping to characterize the CHIMERA model of brain injury and serving as a behavioral expert for the School of Medicine. She is currently a Teaching Assistant Professor in Psychology at WVU. Dr. Martens is available to mentor undergraduate students in the lab. Please contact her for more details or see here.

Graduate Students

If you are interested in joining the lab as a graduate student, please see the info on this page

Christopher O'Hearn, B.A.

Email: cmohearn@mix.wvu.edu

Christopher is primarily interested in examining animal models of brain injury. He received a B.A. in Psychology from WVU and is continuing his education at WVU as a graduate student in the Behavioral Neuroscience program. A West Virginia native and Army Reservist, he enjoys exercising, the outdoors, and music.

Cory Whirtley, B.S.

Email: cwhirtle@mix.wvu.edu

Cory graduated with her B.S. in Psychology from WVU. She is a second year student in Psychology's Behavior Analysis program. Her interests revolve around understanding sensitivity to environmental contingencies in animals.

Jenny Ozga, M.S.

Email: jeozga@mix.wvu.edu

Jenny is a fourth year doctoral student in the Behavior Analysis program area at WVU. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale in 2013 and her M.S. in Psychology at WVU in 2016. She is primarily interested in investigating the biological and environmental determinants of choice behavior, especially impulsive and risky choice.

Undergraduate Students

If you are interested in joining the lab as an undergraduate , please see the info on this page

Henna Bhatia

Henna is a senior majoring in Immunology and Medical Microbiology at WVU. In her spare time she enjoys reading and playing with her puppy

Caitlyn Cabral

Caitlyn is a senior studying psychology. She is interested in behavioral neuroscience and enjoys painting and playing with her dog Link during her free time.

Robelle Dalida

Robelle is an undergraduate in Exercise Physiology, hoping to pursue a career in medicine. She enjoys traveling and photography.

Tasso Lake

Tasso is a junior at WVU, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Political Sciences. He hopes to earn a Master's degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology. In his free time, he enjoys golfing.

Taylor Scott

Taylor is a Psychology major interested in the clinical route, with a focus on women and children. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors and trying new foods.

Trinity Shaver

Trinity is a sophomore majoring in Psychology and minoring in Biology, Sociology, and Human Services, as well as a McNair Scholar. She enjoys being the secretary of WVU's Psychology club and Neuroscience club as well as conducting TBI research.

Binxing Zhu

Binxing is a senior Psychology student. She is interested in behavioral analysis.

Former Lab Members

Information about former Injury and Recovery Lab Members can be found on this page.