Dr. Alex Bettis is the Director of the REST Lab at VUMC.

She is a licensed clinical psychologist and researcher. She joined the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in September 2020 as an Assistant Professor.

Cara Bedock, Clinical Translational Research Coordinator. Cara has been at VUMC since 2017, and she joined the REST Lab as a research coordinator in Spring 2021. She earned her BA in Psychology at Murray State University and her Master’s in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Neuropsychology at Middle Tennessee State University. She enjoys working with children, and she has experience in neuroimaging (fMRI) along with psychophysiology data collection.

Caroline Ambriano, Undergraduate Research Assistant. Caroline Ambriano is a current junior at Vanderbilt University, and she joined the REST Lab as a research assistant in Spring 2021. She is majoring in Psychology with a minor in Medicine, Health, and Society. She is most interested in psychopathology and mental health literacy in adolescents. 

Destinee Marsh, Undergraduate Research Assistant. Destinee Marsh is a senior at Vanderbilt University from Grayson, Georgia (metro Atlanta area), and she joined the REST Lab as a research assistant in Fall 2021. She is majoring in Medicine, Health, and Society with minors in Gender & Sexuality Studies and African American Diaspora Studies. She loves doing service with her sorority Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., listening to music by SZA, painting, playing volleyball, and eating Liberian food!

Jordan Parrish, Undergraduate Research Assistant. Jordan Parrish is a senior at Vanderbilt University from Lawrenceville, GA, and she joined the REST Lab in Fall 2021. She is majoring in Medicine, Health and Society and minoring in Business. Her other campus involvements include being Co-President of Alternative Thanksgiving Winter Break, serving as the Community Service Chair of the Mu Rho Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and a student worker at Peabody Library. She has been known to never turn down a good book and will rewatch the Harry Potter marathon anytime it comes on. And she would love one day to become a neonatal physician. 

Beth Cosby, Medical Student. Beth is a 3rd year medical student at Vanderbilt University and is interested in pursuing a career in psychiatry. She is from Rhode Island, went to undergraduate at Brown University, and worked in Boston for before finally leaving New England for medical school. Her academic and professional interests include mood disorders, psychosomatic medicine, ethics, and LGBTQ health. Outside of school, she enjoys hiking, going to concerts, and swimming at Percy Priest Lake.

Dr. Zachary Demko, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellow. Dr. Demko is a second year fellow in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at VUMC, and he joined the REST Lab to complete a research elective in Fall 2021. He completed medical school at Florida International University and residency in psychiatry at the University of Colorado.

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