Donna Murdaugh, Ph.D., ABPP-CN

Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Hematology/Oncology
Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology
Member, Institute for Cancer Outcomes and Survivorship
Member, O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center

Study Staff

Lauren Lindsey

Clinical Research Coordinator

Lauren attended Mississippi State University, graduating with a BS in Biological Sciences and then obtained a Master of Science in Agriculture. Lauren assists with participant recruitment, study coordination, administering cognitive testing, and coordinating MRI scans for all C-READY studies. When not at work, Lauren can likely be found reading, journaling, or painting.

Grace Turner

Clinical Research Coordinator

Grace graduated with a Bachelors degree in English from Wellesley College in May 2023. Grace assists in study coordination for the LAUNCH Lab. In her free time, Grace enjoys reading and pursuing her passion of stand up comedy.

Kevin Battles

Graphic Designer

Kevin completed his Master’s degree in Physics from UAB in August 2020. After graduating, he moved to Atlanta to join the Quantum Systems Division (QSD) as a Research Scientist at the Georgia Tech Research Institute’s (GTRI) CIPHER Laboratory. Kevin assists with the lab’s graphic design needs, including designing our C-READY logo and our LAUNCH logo. He also contributes his graphic design expertise across all of our social media and research promotional materials.

Graduate Students

Victoria Seghatol-Eslami

Fifth Year Medical-Clinical Psychology Graduate Student

Victoria earned her BS in psychology from UAB in 2017. Prior to starting graduate school in 2019, Victoria worked as a research assistant in Dr. Rajesh Kana’s Cognition, Brain, and Autism Laboratory and as a clinical research coordinator at the Institute for Cancer Outcomes and Survivorship under the supervision of Dr. Donna Murdaugh and Dr. Noha Sharafeldin. Victoria’s research interests include the cognitive and emotional/behavioral outcomes of childhood cancer survivors. She is especially interested in using functional neuroimaging and neuropsychological testing to examine how executive dysfunction affects adaptive functioning in survivors of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Victoria is a current Cancer Prevention and Control Training Program (T32) predoctoral trainee.

Amanda Cook

Third Year Medical-Clinical Psychology Graduate Student

Amanda Cook received her BS from the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW), where she majored in Biology and minored in Psychology, Neuroscience, and Spanish. At UNCW, Amanda was a part of a cross-cultural neuropsychology lab, a clinical neuropsychology private practice, and a community clinic. After graduating, she was a Research Coordinator in a forensic clinical cognitive neuroscience lab. She joined the LAUNCH Lab in 2021. She is interested in factors that are associated with neurocognitive outcomes, such as neural mechanisms, in cancer survivors and other neurological populations. Broadly, she hopes to improve rehabilitation strategies and patient centered outcomes in these populations. 

Undergraduate Students

Emily Hatcher

Emily is an undergraduate student at UAB majoring in Neuroscience and is also a part of the Accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s (ABM) Program pursuing a Master’s degree in Multidisciplinary Biomedical Science. She is also involved in the Honors College where she is a part of the Global and Community Leadership (GCL) program. Emily joined the LAUNCH lab in the Fall of 2023. In her free time, Emily enjoys reading, going to concerts, and watching her favorite movies and TV shows.

Caroline Schock

Caroline is a current undergraduate student in the Honors College at UAB majoring in Public Health on the Pre-Med track. She joined the LAUNCH lab in the Fall of 2022 and is currently exploring her interests in Neuropsychology within the lab. She plans to begin coursework for a Master’s degree in Public Health in the Spring of 2023 through the Accelerated MPH program at UAB. Outside of academics, Caroline enjoys reading, going to concerts, and mountain biking

Former Lab Members

Julie Trapani

Current Clinical Neuropsychology Fellow at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Karthik Reddy

Current Medical Student at University of Michigan Medical School

Eleanor Lee

Current Medical Student at University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Kate King

Current Clinical Psychology Intern at Texas Children’s Hospital/Baylor College of Medicine

Tiffany Tucker

Current Clinical Neuropsychology Intern at Emory School of Medicine

Shreya Grandhi

Current Medical Student at UAB School of Medicine

Sarah-Ann McGilvray

Graduated from UAB Honors College with a degree in Psychology May 2023

Satvi Penala

Current undergraduate student at UAB majoring in Neuroscience and pursuing a Master of Public Health

Former Clinical Research Coordinators

Annie Stewart

Sylvia Cartagena

Kinnon Ward

Andie Grimm

Lab Mascots