Team Leaders

Kim McNally


Nancy Zucker



Faculty/Staff Team Members

Sheri Branson


Undergraduate Team Members

Ana-Clara Caldwell

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Ana-Clara Caldwell is a senior at Duke double majoring in Psychology and Spanish. She is planning on pursuing Physical Therapy after graduation, so has a passion for exercise and physiology. She joined this research team three years ago because she saw it as an opportunity to combine her interests in psychology with her passion for exercise.

Research question: How does exercise affect anxiety symptoms?

Vidal Arditi

Vidal Arditi is a current senior studying Psychology and Computer Science at Duke. Originally from Istanbul, Vidal has had a deep interest in mental and digital health. He became interested in the Bass Connections project to better understand the underlying causes of mental health and the positive effects of exercise on the brain. His primary focus on the team is to develop the website for the Activity Finder Tool which provides patients and locals to take advantage of low cost physical fitness opportunities in Durham.


Madeline Wilkerson

Madeline Wilkerson is a senior majoring in Psychology with a double minor in Global Health and Cultural Anthropology. In her spare time, she does theater, works at Perkins library, is a National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) senator, and is the vice president of House Council for her dorm. She is very interested in working with eating disorders and the effect of eating disorders on exercise and vice versa.
Research Topic: The interaction of body image and exercise for people with and without eating disorders.

Madison Heath

Madison Heath is a current senior at Duke University. As a student-athlete and psychology major, exercise and mental wellness are two of the things she is most passionate about. On the Exercise and Bass Connections team, she will be analyzing moderators (including intensity and types of exercise) on the effect exercise has on depression.
Research Question: Does type of exercise and/or intensity of exercise moderate the effect exercise has on depression?

Past Team Members

Valerie Adams



Helena Wu


Kira Panzer


Christina Williams


Collean Trotter