People

photo credit: Justin Hackworth

Brock Kirwan

Professor, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience Center
Director, MRI Research Facility
Brigham Young University

I am interested in how the brain forms long-term memories and how we use those memory representations to guide future decision making. I use a number of different methods in my research. These include neuropsychological studies with memory-impaired patients, behavioral tests with healthy adults, and functional neuroimaging (fMRI). Contact me at kirwan [at] byu [dot] edu if you are interested in participating in a study or in joining the lab.

Current Students

Kirwan Lab January 2022

Julie Van

Julie is a PhD student in the psychology program with an emphasis on cognitive and behavioral neuroscience. She hails from Southern California with a background in marketing and design, and currently lives in Utah with her astronomer husband and their two feline daughters.

Jared McFarlane

Jared is pursuing a PhD in Neuroscience with an emphasis in memory and learning. He is from Boston, MA, and enjoys music, tabletop RPGs, and board sports in his free time.

Current Undergraduates

Sydney Willden

I am a Neuroscience major at BYU and will be attending medical school after graduation. I am originally from San Diego, and I love the beach, reading, and watching Survivor.

Isaac Hamm

A Psychology major & Pickleball aficionado, Isaac loves doing research that can answer big questions.

Austin Schmidt

I’m a neuroscience major and will be graduating from BYU to move on to a PhD program in Neuroscience. I enjoy playing piano and guitar, fencing (the sport), video games, and being a contrarian.

Monica Clarke-Smith

A Psychology major and lover of the arts, Monica loves learning about the brain and research about learning and neurodevelopmental disorders.

Alice Wang

A I’m a psychology major with a minor in business. I’m from Shanghai, China and Vancouver, Canada. I’m an amateur snowboarder, a foodie, and a professional singer when no one’s around.

Sam Nielsen

Sam is from Sandy, Utah, and is now an undergraduate studying biochemistry and psychology. He may speak Swedish, but he can’t stand Swedish Fish.

Lab Alumni

  • Ariana Hedges-Muncy, PhD (2021)
  • Cooper Hodges, PhD (2020)
  • Nathan Muncy, PhD (2020)
  • Emily Maxwell, BS (2022)
  • Clara Rodriguez, BS (2021)
  • Annelise Toolson, BS (2020)
  • Landon Dyer, BS (2020)
  • Daniel Asay, BS (2020)
  • Laurine Geraud-Carrier, BS (2019)
  • Dan Bjornn, PhD (2018)
  • Ty Bodily, MS (2018)
  • Ben Mahler, BS (2018)
  • Torin Kelley, BS (2018)
  • Elija Möller, BS (2018)
  • Caitlyn Towne, BS (2018)
  • Mia Felin, BS (2018)
  • Lauren Kauer, BS (2018)
  • Todd Winn, BS (2017)
  • Corinne DeVault, BS (2017)
  • Eric Brighton, BS (2017)
  • Jordan Clark, BS (2017)
  • Leila LaSueur, BS (2017)
  • Athena Howell, BS (2017)
  • Lindsay Westra, BS (2017)
  • Danyelle Morley, BS (2017)
  • Nathan Muncy, MS (2016)
  • Autumn Reay, BS (2016)
  • Malia Anderson, PhD (2016)
  • Chris Doxey, PhD (2016)
  • Michelle Nash, PhD (2015)
  • Brigham Wright, BS (2016)
  • Bryce Owen, BS (2016)
  • Cassie Widdison, BS (2016)
  • Haley Schuster, BS (2016)
  • Mary Jo Talley, BS (2016)
  • Kayla Alder, BS (2016)
  • Seth Spencer, BS (2016)
  • Mandi Ellgen, BS (2016)
  • Bengt Grua, BS (2015)
  • Briana Crook, BS (2015)
  • Storm Atwood, BS (2015)
  • Erika Vavrek, BS (2014)
  • Mary White, BS (2014)
  • Meaghan Gilmartin, BS (2014)
  • Alex Dresden, BS (2014)
  • Nathan Giles, BS (2014)
  • Emily White, BS (2014)
  • Jess James, PhD (2014)
  • Jeremy Carter, BS (2013)
  • Megan Oliver, BS (2013)
  • Matt Schneider, BS (2013)
  • Ariel Poulson, BS (2013)
  • Paul Morris, BS (2013)
  • Josh Freckleton, BS (2013)
  • Alex Doroshkin, BS (2013)
  • Ellen Ivory, BS (2013)
  • Rick Stone, BS (2013)
  • DJ Shelton, MS (2013)
  • Jeremy Williams, BS (2012)
  • Sarah Motley, MS (2012)
  • Brett Wilson, BS (2012)
  • David Lopez, BS (2012)
  • Josh Ruchty, BS (2012)
  • Marshall Rodel, BS (2012)
  • Quentin Smith, BS (2012)
  • Trace Stay, BS (2012)
  • Danny Jacobs, BS (2011)
  • Stefania Ashby, BS (2011)
  • Jeremy Roper, MS (2011)
  • Andrew Hartshorn, BS (2011)
  • Tim Austin, BS (2011)
  • Justin Forsyth, BS (2011)
  • Cary Crall, BS (2011)
  • Emily Wright, BS (2010)
  • Jon Hedges, BS (2010)
  • Andrew Lee, BS (2010)
  • Landon Hansen, BS (2010)