Research Team

Our lab members include research faculty, post-doctoral scientists, master’s and doctoral students, post-baccalaureate researchers, and undergraduate students. Our members have expertise and background in neuroimaging, cognitive neuroscience, clinical neuropsychology, developmental psychology, computational science and bioinformatics, linguistics, and neuroanatomy.

Interested in joining our team? Current positions can be found here! We also offer research opportunities to highly motivated undergraduate and graduate students. For more information, email BDIL@sdsu.edu

Directors

Ralph-Axel Müller, Ph.D. — Professor, Lab Director

Dr. Müller, aka Axel, has specialized in functional brain imaging of neurodevelopmental disorders and typical child development for over 20 years. Following postdoctoral work on functional plasticity in children with early brain damage, he has applied neuroimaging techniques in autism since the late 1990s. He founded the Brain Development Imaging Laboratory in 2001, which became Brain Development Imaging Laboratories in 2016. He is also one of the founding members of the SDSU Center for Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience (CCN).

 

 


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Inna Fishman, Ph.D. —  Research Associate Professor, Associate Clinical Director
Research Interests:  Social Neuroscience and Social Brain Networks in ASD; Early Brain Development in ASD

 

Dr. Fishman’s broad research interests lie in understanding neural mechanisms underlying human social behavior. Her current research efforts focus on applying multimodal approaches (EEG, fcMRI, DTI) to examine the connectivity patterns in brain networks associated with social cognition in autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). Dr. Fishman’s research has been funded by the Autism Science Foundation (ASF) and NIMH (K01 and BRAINS R01 awards). Her current work is focusing on characterizing structure and function of cortical networks at the time of first behavioral signs of autism (at age 1.5-2 years), and tracking changes in brain network organization through the full symptom manifestation at age 4-5 years. For more information on Dr. Fishman’s current projects, see scan.sdsu.edu.

 


Ruth Carper, Ph.D.  Research Associate Professor, Associate Director
Research Interests:  Neuroanatomy of ASD

Dr. Carper has two areas of research focusing on the brain bases and long-term phenomenology of autism spectrum disorders. (1) She uses structural MRI and Diffusion Tensor Imaging to study the neuroanatomy of autism, how it changes during development, and how these structural differences help to explain differences in cognition. She is working with other BDIL members to combine measures of anatomical connectivity (DTI) with measures of functional connectivity (fcMRI) to better understand the brain bases of autism-related behaviors in toddlers, adolescents, and mature adults. (2) Dr. Carper also has a strong interest in how adults with autism fare as they age.  She currently leads a study examining 40 to 65 year olds with autism.

Principal Investigators & Faculty

jaokeehn_cropR. Joanne Jao Keehn, Ph.D.  Research Assistant Professor
Research Interests:  Neural and Behavioral Development of Multisensory Processing in ASD

Dr. Jao Keehn’s research interests focus on the development of neural and behavioral mechanisms underlying visual, haptic, and multisensory processing in children with and without autism spectrum disorders. Her work currently involves the use of multimodal imaging techniques, including task-based functional MRI and functional connectivity MRI among others, to examine the impact of sensory development on socio-communicative abilities in young children (aged 4-7 years) with autism.

 

 

 


Annika Linke, Ph.D.  Adjunct Professor
Research Interests:  Neural Mechanisms of Development

Dr. Linke received her doctorate in Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of Cambridge in England and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Brain and Mind Institute, Western University in Canada. Her main interest is understanding how brain function changes over the course of development, and how it is altered in neurodevelopmental disorders. She has extensive experience with neuroimaging neonates, infants, children and adults.

 

Post-Doctoral Fellows

Janice Hau, Ph.D.  Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Research Interests:  Atypical Structural Connectivity in ASD

Dr. Hau received her doctorate in Neuroscience from the University of Bordeaux where her dissertation work focused on using diffusion MRI to study the connectional anatomy of white matter pathways and their asymmetry and variability. Her current research interests span across the neuroanatomy of fiber pathways and diffusion MRI methods, and focus on understanding atypical structural connectivity in autism spectrum disorder using diffusion MRI combined with other imaging methods.

 

Graduate Students

Bosi Chen  Doctoral Student

Bosi is a doctoral student in the SDSU/UC San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, co-mentored by Dr. Fishman and Dr. Marty Sereno, Director of the SDSU MRI Center. She graduated from New York University with B.A. in Psychology and Economics. She then worked as a Research Associate at the NYU Child Study Center to study the underlying neural mechanisms of autism and ADHD in children and adolescent. Her current research interest is in early child and brain development in autism, with a particular focus on sensory brain circuits and sensory processing abnormalities.

 

 


Feifei Gao  Doctoral Student
Research Project: Heterogeneity of Language Network Connectivity in ASD

Feifei is a PhD student in the Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology at SDSU and UCSD, mentored by Dr. Müller. She received her bachelor of science in neuroscience from University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research interests include exploring higher cognition and phenomonology of neurodevelopmental disorders using multimodal imaging techniques. Prior to working at BDIL, Feifei studied hallucinations and sensory processing. Feifei is currently completing her pre-doctoral APA internship.

 

 


Afrooz Jahedi, M.A.  Doctoral Student
Research Project:  Diagnostic Prediction in Autism using Conditional Random Forest with resting state fcMRI

Afrooz received her second Masters degree in biostatistics from San Diego State University. She got her first Masters in Mathematical statistics from Shiraz University in Iran. Her research interests include Machine Learning and Data Mining, and analyzing the behavior of high-dimensional learning algorithms. She is particularly interested in the computational aspect of learning and decision making.

 

 


 

Jiwandeep Kohli, M.A.  Doctoral Student
Research Interests:  Cortical Macro- & Microstructure in ASD; Multimodal Neuroimaging Methods

Jiwan is a PhD student in the Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology at SDSU and UCSD, mentored by Dr. Carper. Jiwan completed his undergraduate studies in Psychology at UC Berkeley and received a master’s in Psychology with an emphasis in behavioral and cognitive neuroscience at SDSU. He is broadly interested in applications of multimodal neuroimaging techniques to study ASD and other neurodevelopmental pathology. His current focus lies in structural and diffusion MRI modalities, which he applies to investigate differences in the trajectory of both macroscopic and microscopic features of cortical development in ASD. Jiwan is a recipient of the Autism Speaks Predoctoral Fellowship.

 


Lisa Mash, M.S. — Doctoral Student
Research Interests: Dynamic Functional Connectivity; Multimodal Neuroimaging Methods

Lisa is a PhD student in the SDSU/UC San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, mentored by Dr. Müller. She graduated from Binghamton University with a B.S. in Neuroscience, and then worked at Vanderbilt University studying the neural basis of sensory dysfunction in children and adults with autism. Lisa is a recipient of the NSF Graduate Fellowship Program.

 

 


lindsayLindsay Olson — Doctoral Student
Research Interests: Early social and brain development; Health disparities in underserved communities

Lindsay is a PhD student in the SDSU/UC San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, mentored by Dr. Fishman. She received her BA in Psychology from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington where she studied the effects of socio-economic status on adolescent identity development. After graduating, she studied pragmatic language use in children with and without ASD as a research assistant at Oregon Health & Science University. Lindsay is a recipient of the Autism Speaks Predoctoral Fellowship.

 


Maya Reiter — Doctoral Student
Research Interests: Multi-modal neuroimaging in ASD; Quality of life and psychological well-being

Maya is a PhD student in the SDSU/UC San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, mentored by Dr. Müller. Maya studies the neural substrates of Autism Spectrum Disorder using neuroimaging methods such as fMRI, DTI and MRS. Her research seeks to identify neural mechanisms that are linked to positive outcome and psychological well-being in this population during key stages of life. Maya is a recipient of the Autism Speaks Predoctoral Fellowship.

 

 


Tiffany Wang — Doctoral Student

Tiffany is a PhD student in the Psychology department at UC San Diego (UCSD). After graduating from UCSD with a B.A/B.S in psychology and biology, she worked with Dr. Aubyn Stahmer at the Child and Adolescent Services Research Center on ways to deliver evidence-based practices into community settings. Tiffany is jointly working with our lab, as well as with Dr. Leslie Carver’s Developmental Neuroscience Lab at UCSD. She is interested in identifying biological or behavioral markers in infants and toddlers at risk for autism.

 


Molly Wilkinson  Doctoral Student

Molly is a student in the SDSU/UC San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, mentored by Dr. Müller. She received her B.S. in Behavioral Neuroscience from Northeastern University. Molly has focused on ASD research the past few years, working in a neuroimaging lab at Boston Children’s Hospital, a pharmacology lab at George Washington University, and an emotional processing and cognition lab at the Yale Child Study Center. Most recently, she was a behavior therapist for kids with ASD. She is interested in girls with ASD, as well as development over the lifespan in individuals with ASD.

 

 


Michael Olson  Master’s Student
Research Interests: Functional Connectivity in ASD

Michael received his B.S. in Neuroscience and Psychology from Regis University in Denver, Colorado and is currently a master’s student in psychology at SDSU. His research interests include using functional and structural neuroimaging methods to better understand behavior and neural mechanisms underlying ASD.

 

 


Adam Schadler— Master’s Student

Adam is a student in the SDSU Masters program in Psychology. He received his B.S. in Psychology from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. While there, he worked in a lab that studied attention and multimodal sensory integration. Currently, Adam is interested in both the neurophysiological underpinnings of autism and how such findings can be used to better differentiate and diagnose individuals on the spectrum.

 


Chris Liu — Master’s Student

Christopher received his B.S. in Mathematics from the University of California, Irvine and is currently a graduate student in the M.S. in Statistics program at SDSU. He is interested in developing data mining algorithms that can handle the high dimensionality of multi-modal MRI data with the goal of providing deeper insight into ASD subtypes through data-driven analysis.

 

 


Shiming Zhang — Master’s Student

Shiming is a graduate student in Statistics at SDSU. He is interested in high dimensional data analysis, cluster analysis, as well as time series analysis. He is currently working on a clustering related project to identify and classify subtypes in autism spectrum disorder. After graduating, Shiming plans to pursue a PhD in Biostatistics.

 

 


Apeksha Sridhar — Master’s Student

Apeksha graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a B.S in Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience. She is currently a Masters student in Psychology at SDSU. She is interested in understanding the neural connectivity underlying social and communication domains in children with ASD.

 

Research Staff

 


Ian Shryock  Lab Coordinator

Ian graduated from UC Santa Cruz with degrees in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science. Since then, he has taught AP Psychology and worked as a Behavior Interventionist. Additionally, he was a research assistant at the SDSU Center for Understanding and Treating Anxiety, focusing on the role of attentional bias in anxiety disorders and the psychometric properties of laboratory measures of attention. In BDIL since 2018, Ian coordinates all aspects of the Aging in Autism Project and serves as a supervisor to BDIL Research Assistants. Ian plans to pursue a graduate degree in Clinical Psychology.

 


Vinton Omaleki — Community Outreach Coordinator

Vinton received his BS in International Agricultural Development from UC Davis and is a graduate of SDSU’s Masters of Public Health program in Health Promotion and Behavioral Science. Specializing in Community Engagement and the Social Determinants of Health in public and global health context, he is working to ensure BDIL’s research recruitment efforts equitably include participants from diverse backgrounds across San Diego County. Vinton is also helping us build trust and partnerships between BDIL and the many communities throughout San Diego County and beyond. He also serves as the Community Engagement Director of the SDSU Center for Autism and Developmental Disorders. He plans to pursue a PhD in Public Heath.

 


Kalekirstos Alemu  Project Coordinator

Kalekirstos is a graduate of San Diego State University where he double majored in Public Health and Psychology. As an undergraduate, he volunteered at the UCSD School of Medicine Center for Community Health School Wellness Program where he helped in the development and implementation of evidence-based strategies to increase healthy eating and exercise for school-age children in low income communities. Kalekirstos first joined BDIL as a research assistant in July 2018, and he subsequently became a Coordinator of the BDIL childhood and adolescent projects. Kalekirstos plans to pursue a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology.

 


Stephanie Peña Project Coordinator

Stephanie graduated from San Diego State University as a distinct Honors graduate with a B.S. in Psychology. During her undergraduate studies she worked as a research assistant in a Child and Family Development lab with Drs. Audrey Hokoda and Emilio Ulloa focusing on developing, implementing, and evaluating youth violence prevention programs, with her own focus on studying the prevalence of bullying towards children with special needs. Since then, she has worked as an Applied Behavior Analysis therapist for children with autism and is an active volunteer applying her training as an ABA therapist to provide academic mentoring to children with autism and learning disabilities. She is also and SDSU AMP mentor for undergraduate Psychology students. At BDIL, Stephanie coordinates all aspects of the Toddler Research Studies while also assisting with conducting clinical assessments. Stephanie plans to pursue a PhD in a doctoral program with a focus in Clinical Psychology.

 

 

Research Assistants

Chantal Chaaban  Undergraduate Research Assistant

Chantal Chaaban is an undergraduate student at SDSU studying Psychology. She joined BDIL in October 2017 and has been assisting with the Aging in ASD study by scoring behavioral protocols, entering data, and attending MRI scans. She has a passion for working with children and plans to be a Pediatric Occupational Therapist in the near future. Outside of school and research, she interns for an Occupational Therapist and helps kids improve their cognitive, motor, and social skills.

 


Katherine Paszek— Post Baccalaureate Research Assistant

Katherine has been a research assistant at BDIL since December 2017. She graduated from Syracuse University in May 2017 where she obtained a B.S in Psychology. Katherine has been involved in Applied Behavioral Analysis therapy as well as intervention research since May of 2016 and hopes to further her education through obtaining a PhD in Clinical Psychology. She is passionate about autism research and hopes to learn more about the neurological signs of autism to further and expand opportunities for treatment for individuals with autism. Katherine plays a leading role in our collaboration with an Improv Project aimed at improving social skills in teens with ASD through use of improv theater.

 


Ashley Baker— Undergraduate Research Assistant

Ashley is an undergraduate student at SDSU studying psychology with a statistics minor. She joined the lab in January 2018 and is assisting with the Aging in ASD project through data entry and scoring. In the future she would like to pursue a doctoral degree in neuropsychology, specializing in autism and neurodegenerative disorders.

 

 


Ian Martindale Undergraduate Research Assistant

Ian is a third-year undergraduate and is majoring in psychology at SDSU. He joined BDIL in January 2018. He is interested in social development and neuropsychology. After graduating, he plans on pursuing a PhD.

 

 

 


Ryan Tung Undergraduate Research Assistant

Ryan Tung is a first year undergraduate student at SDSU majoring in psychology. He joined BDIL in February 2018. He is interested in neuropsychology. In the future, he plans to obtain a PhD in Neuropsychology and be a researcher.

 

 


Ashley Manley — Post Baccalaureate Research Assistant

Ashley is a graduate from California State University, San Marcos (CSUSM) and obtained a B.A. in Child and Adolescent Development. She joined the BDIL lab in November 2017 as a research assistant. She hopes to continue her education to obtain a PhD and is interested in developmental psychology and neuropsychology.

 

 


Julia Pastrana Undergraduate Research Assistant

Julia is an undergraduate student at SDSU working towards a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Child and Family Development. She joined the lab as a research assistant in January 2018 and mainly focuses on the child and adolescent studies. Julia enjoys working with children and is greatly interested in disorders of development. As a research assistant, she hopes to learn more about child development, as well as different approaches to help those affected by developmental disorders. In the future, she hopes to pursue a career as a Occupational Therapist for elementary school-aged children.

 


 Kimberley D’Acquisto Undergraduate Research Assistant

Kimberley is an undergraduate at SDSU studying psychology. She joined BDIL in July 2018. She is interested in developmental psychology and neuropsychology. After graduating, she would like to pursue a career in research.

 

 

 


Monica DeyskiUndergraduate Research Assistant

Monica is an undergraduate student at SDSU majoring in Psychology with an Honors Minor in Interdisciplinary Studies from the Weber Honors College. She joined the lab in January of 2018 and is currently working on the child and adolescent study. Monica has a passion for understanding the correlation between the action patterns of the brain and its resulting behaviors, as well as comprehending the brain patterns of those struggling with neuropsychological disorders. She hopes to follow up this experience with graduate school, and ultimately obtain a doctorate degree in neuropsychology.

 


Mari Arcadio Arce— Post Baccalaureate Research Assistant

Mari graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. She’s been volunteering at the Child and Adolescent Services Research Center for over a year studying the implementation strategies used to treat children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She joined BDIL to gain experience working with imaging techniques such as MRI. She is also hoping to gain expertise and mastery performing quality checks to imaging scans as well as scoring assessments. Mari plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Neuropsychology.

 


Hannah Levine — Undergraduate Research Assistant

Hannah Levine is an undergraduate student at USD studying psychology with an emphasis on clinical work, child development and has finished her minor in Spanish. She is currently working on the BDIL toddler project. She intends to pursue a masters after graduation in the spring of 2020.

 

 


Alexis Rivkin — Undergraduate Research Assistant

Alexis is a first year Psychology student at San Diego State University. She is very excited to be a research assistant here at BDIL. She hopes to possibly pursue a career in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and cannot wait to learn all about the research world.

 

 


Devin Bowers — Undergraduate Research Assistant

Devin is an undergraduate student at SDSU and is majoring in psychology. She joined BDIL in February 2019, and is planning on becoming an occupational therapist in the future.

 

 

 


Irem Sogutlugil — Undergraduate Research Assistant

Irem is a second year Psychology major at San Diego State University. She joined BDIL in February of 2019 and is interested in clinical and developmental psychology, specifically focused on Autism Spectrum Disorder. She hopes to attend graduate school to earn her Ph.D. in clinical psychology and conduct psychological research in the future.

 

 


Julia Cataldo — Undergraduate Research Assistant

Julia is currently attending SDSU and majoring in Psychology. She is interested in cognitive psychology and neuropsychology. She plans to obtain a PhD and work in research.

 

 

 


Tamara Pinhassian — Undergraduate Research Assistant

Tamara is a third year undergraduate in the Psychology department at SDSU, with an emphasize in psychobiology. She joined BDIL in March 2019 assisting specifically with the Toddler project. She is a working member at both the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the National Society of Leadership and Success. She hopes to obtain her PhD in clinical neuropsychology in the near future and further her understanding in psychobiology in order to develop treatments and cures for neurological and chemical based disorders.

 


Emma Churchill — Undergraduate Research Assistant

Emma is an undergraduate student at SDSU majoring in psychology and minoring in gerontology. She joined BDIL in July 2019and has been assisting with the aging project. She is interested in understanding how neurological disorders effect the developing brain. She has previously been involved with Applied Behavioral Analysis therapy to assist those with ASD. Emma hopes to further her education and hopes to obtain her Ph.D. in either cognitive or clinical psychology.

 

 


Alexa Davis — Undergraduate Research Assistant

Alexa is an incoming junior transfer student at SDSU, majoring in Psychology. Alexa joined BDIL in June 2019 and is assisting with the Aging ASD project. Her interests lie in learning more about the neurological basis behind disorders such as autism, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder. She plans to obtain a PhD to become a researcher, specializing either in clinical or neuropsychology.

 

 


Elisa Mendez — Undergraduate Research Assistant

Elisa is an undergraduate student studying psychology and child and family development at SDSU. She joined the BDIL in fall 2019 and assists with the Toddler MRI Project. Elisa is interested in understanding childhood developmental disorders from a psychological and behavioral perspective. She has a passion for working with children and has a strong desire to give back to her community. She is interested in pursuing a PhD in Developmental or Clinical Psychology in the future.

 

 


Shannon Mullen — Undergraduate Research Assistant

Shannon is an undergraduate student at San Diego State University working towards a B.A. in Psychology. She joined BDIL lab in September 2019 and is apart of the toddler study project. Shannon’s main interests are in developmental disorders and hopes this lab will give her a better understanding of autism development, specifically in children. She is currently a pre-med student and hopes to continue her education through medical school to become a psychiatrist.

 

 


Jenna Foster — Undergraduate Research Assistant

Jenna Foster is a third-year undergraduate student at San Diego State University majoring in Psychology. She joined the BDIL as a research assistant in September 2019 and is primarily interested in psychopathology treatment and disorders. In the future, she plans to go to graduate school and obtain a PhD in Clinical Psychology.

 

 


Annie Andriasyan — Undergraduate Research Assistant

Annie graduated from the University of California, Riverside with a B.A. in Psychology and a B.S. in Anthropology. She joined the BDIL lab in August 2019 and is currently a part of the Toddler Study. She plans to continue her education and pursue an M.S. in Psychology.

 

 


Quynn Ton — Undergraduate Research Assistant

Quynn Ton is a student at SDSU majoring in Psychology with a minor in Counseling and Social Change, and concurrently working as an ASD behavioral therapist. He hopes to learn more about the disorder and gain experience in brain imaging methods and wants to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology in the near future.

 

 


Merna Nissan — Undergraduate Research Assistant

Merna is an undergraduate student at SDSU majoring in Biology with a minors in Cognitive Psychology She joined the lab in September of 2019 and is currently working on the Toy/Toddler studies. Merna has always been interested in the inner mechanisms of the brain and its many functions. She is also interested in working with kids with Autism to better understand the neurological disorder. After graduating, she will be applying to medical schools in hopes of becoming a physician one day.

 


This Could Be You! — Undergraduate Research Assistant

We are always looking for more research assistants to get hands on research experience.

Alumni
Past Post-Doctoral Researchers (and Where Are They Now)

Katherine Turner, Ph.D.  Associate Director of Psychology Undergraduate Advising, SDSU

Erica Palmer, Ph.D. — Research Scientist, Pacific Science & Engineering Group, Inc.

Monika Kast, Ph.D. — School Psychologist, Zurich School District, Switzerland

Dinesh Shukla, Ph.D. Maryland Psychiatric Research Center, University of Maryland

A.R. Jac Fredo, Ph.D. Centre for Bio Devices and Signal Analysis (VALENS), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Mikaela Kinnear, Ph.D. — Staff Psychologist, Developmental Evaluation Clinic (DEC), Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego (RCHSD)

Jonni Johnson, Ph.D.

 

Past Graduate Students (and Where Are They Now)

Angela Abbott, M.A. — Psychometrist, Barrow Neurological Institute, Phoenix, AZ

Surina Basho, Ph.D — Director of Research in Learning Disabilities, Morrisey-Compton Educational Center, San Francisco, CA

Christine Brown, M.A. — Director of Research and Compliance, Pacific Science & Engineering Group, Inc.

Laurie Brenner, Ph.D. — Assistant Professor, Dept. of Neurology, University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, VA

Erin Burns, M.A.  Lab Manager, The Child Language and Cognitive Processes Lab, SDSU

Colleen Chen, M.A. — Doctoral Student in Cognitive Science, UC Irvine

Mike Datko, Ph.D.  Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Mindfulness, University of Massachusetts School of Medicine, Worcester, MA

Janae Deyoe, M.A. Study Coordinator, UC San Diego CARE Program

Michael Gaffrey, Ph.D. — Assistant Professor, Dept. of Psychology & Neuroscience, Duke University

Merage Ghane, B.S. — Doctoral Student in Clinical Psychology, Virginia Tech

Emily Grenesko, LMFT Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Chicago Center for Evidence Based Treatment, Chicago, IL

Kai Hwang, Ph.D. — Assistant Professor, Dept. of Psychological and Brain Sciences, University of Iowa

Kiley Hill, M.A.  Research Assistant, Gleeson Neurogenetics Lab, UC San Diego

Amanda Kahn, Ph.D. Postdoctoral Fellow in PTSD, San Francisco VA Health Care System, San Francisco, CA

Brandon Keehn, Ph.D.  Assistant Professor, Dept. of Psychological Sciences, Purdue University, Indiana

Chris L. Keown, M.A. — Doctoral Student in Cognitive Science, UCSD

Anna Christina Macari, M.A. Neuroimaging Research Associate, UCSD

Samantha Marshall, M.A. Instructor, MiraCosta College, San Diego, CA

Alecia Moser, M.S.  Graduate Student at Binghamton University

Aarti Nair, Ph.D. — Postdoctoral Fellow, UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior

Sangeeta Nair, M.A. — Doctoral Student in Behavioral Neuroscience, University of Alabama at Birmingham 

Birgit Öttl, Ph.D. — Professional School of Education, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany

Erin Parks, Ph.D.  Clinical Psychologist, Director of Outreach and Admissions, UC San Diego Eating Disorders Center

Theo Perrod Uwimana, M.S. (Visiting Graduate Student) Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL)

Colin Porter, M.A.

Mike Rubio, M.A., BCBA — Case Manager, Psychiatric Centers at San Diego (PCSD)

Sandra Sanchez, M.A.  Study Coordinator, UC San Diego CARE Program

Mark Shen, Ph.D. — Assistant Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry, University of North Carolina School of Medicine

Patricia Shih, M.A. Doctoral Student in Cognitive Neuroscience, Brown University

Claire Stewart, M.A. — Research Associate, Affiliated Research Institute

Vicky Weiqi Zhao, M.A. Doctoral Student in Cognitive Science, UC San Diego

Aina Eill, M.A. Clinical Research Assistant, Scripps Health, San Diego, CA

Fatima Tuz-Zahra —

Cynthia Ibarra, M.A. —

Christopher Fong, M.A. — Doctoral student, SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, San Diego, CA

 

Past Research Staff (and Where Are They Now)

Shadia Assi, M.P.H. Dept. of Family Medicine and Public Health, UC San Diego

Sarah Reynolds 

Mikaela (Mikki) Orner Clinical Operations Associate, Allergan, Irvine, CA

 

Past Undergraduate Students (and Where Are They Now)

Akiko Mizuno, Ph.D. — Postdoctoral Fellow, Geriatric Psychiatry, Western Psychiatric Institute, Pittsburgh, PA

Aurora Ramos, Ph.D. — Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, College of Coastal Georgia, Brunswick, GA

Becky Bazzill, B.A.

Brad Monk, M.A.  Doctoral Student in Cognitive Sciences, UC San Diego

Brent Jensen, B.A. — Post-Baccalaureate Research Assistant, Center for Understanding and Treating Anxiety

Camilla Catignas a senior at SDSU working on Bachelor’s in Public Health Science

Elly Pueschel, B.A. Doctoral Student in Developmental Psychology at University of Southern California (USC)

Fardowsa Hassan, B.A.

Francisco Velasquez, Ph.D. Integrated Brain Imaging Center, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Irene Demarco, B.A. Traveling the world post-graduation

Jansyn Spradling, B.A.  Doctoral Student, Alliant University, San Diego

Jeff Treiber, M.D. Neurosurgery residency, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX

Kelly Leyden, B.A. — Doctoral Student in Psychology, University of Birmingham, UK

Lancey Pratt, B.A. — Doctoral Student in Speech, University of Colorado, Boulder

Laura Alba, M.A.  Doctoral Student in School Psychology at UC Riverside

Mercedes Palacio, B.A. — Applying to graduate programs in Clinical Psychology

Michael Apostol  — a senior at University of San Diego working on Bachelor’s in Psychology

Michael Toussaint, B.A. — Master’s Student in Neuropsychology, University of Maastricht

Michelle Ortega, B.A. — Master’s Student in Special Education with specialization in Autism, SDSU

Michele Villalobos, Ph.D. — Assistant Professor and Clinical Director of TEACCH Autism Center, UNC School of Medicine

Nicholas Ray, M.Ed. — 

Nicole Baggett, B.A.  Doctoral Student in Clinical Psychology at Pacific University

Nicky Harpster, B.A. — applying to graduate programs in Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Omar Maximo, Ph.D.  Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Alabama, Birmingham

Ryan Cardinale, Ph.D.  Postdoctoral Fellow in Clinical Psychology, Kaiser Permanente, Sacramento, CA

Saba Al-Jawad, B.A. — Research Technician, Johnson & Johnson

Sarah Levy, B.A.  Doctoral Student in Clinical Psychology, Suffolk University

Seraphina Solders, B.A. — Doctoral Student in Neuroscience at UCSD

Shae Dinino, M.A.  Doctoral Student in Neurobiology and Behavior, University of Washington

Shelly Jones, B.A.

Tamae Sugiura, B.A. — Graduate student in Speech and Language Pathology Masters Program, SDSU, San Diego, CA

Valerie Posada, B.A.

Wanda Snell, B.A. — Behavioral technician in San Diego, CA

Yuliana Cabrera, B.A. — Project Coordinator, UCS Alzheimer’s Therapeutic Research Institute (ATRI)