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Laboratory of Brain and Cognition (LBC)

Staff

Alex Martin, Ph.D | NIH Senior Investigator and Chief, Section on Cognitive Neuropsychology- Dr. Martin received his Ph.D. from the City University of New York.  He is Chief of the Cognitive Neuropsychology Section, focused on understanding the neural organization of human memory and social processing systems and how they breakdown in neuropsychiatric disorders. Dr. Martin is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Association for Psychological Science, and the American Psychological Association.

Kelly Anne Barnes, Ph.D | Special Volunteer – Dr. Barnes received her B.S from the University of Maryland, College Park and her Ph.D. from Georgetown University. Dr. Barnes conducted her postdoctoral research at Washington University School of Medicine and at the Laboratory of Brain and Cognition at the NIMH. She is currently a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine, where she studies brain and cognitive development.

Stephen J. Gotts, Ph.D.| Staff Scientist – Dr. Gotts received his doctorate in Psychology (Cognitive Neuroscience) from Carnegie Mellon University in 2003. His research investigates the neural mechanisms underlying the processing, representation, and learning of long-term visual and conceptual knowledge. He utilizes a mixture of methodological approaches, including fMRI, intracranial EEG (ECoG), neuropsychology, computational modeling (neural networks), and psychophysical testing.

Kyle Jasmin, M.A.| Pre-doc Fellow- Kyle is a PhD student in the UCL-NIMH Joint Doctoral Training Program in Neuroscience. He is supervised by Alex Martin in the Section on Cognitive Neuropsychology and by Sophie Scott at the UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience. Kyle uses fMRI to study language and social interaction in typically developed and autistic people.

Lauren Kenworthy,Ph.D. | Contractor – Dr. Kenworthy received her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, College Park in clinical psychology. She is director of the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders at Children¹s National Health System and collaborates on the autism project in the LBC.

Monika S. Mellem, Ph.D. | Post Doc Fellow- Dr. Mellem holds a Masters in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and a PhD in Neuroscience from Georgetown University. She is studying the neural basis of language using fMRI and MEG/EEG and is generally interested in how knowledge is represented and processed by the brain in both normal and clinical populations.

Shawn C. Milleville,B.A. | Psychologist - Shawn instructs new staff in the methods and technologies utilized by the section in behavioral and fMRI studies. He collects and analyzes data from a variety of task-based and resting state fMRI experiments on both normal and clinical populations. Shawn serves as the liaison on collaborations with other labs at the NIH by collecting and analyzing behavioral data.

Alexandra Ossowski, B.S. | Post Bac Fellow – Alexandra is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology/Cognitive Neuroscience. She uses task-based and resting state fMRI in order to investigate the neural bases of cognitive and perceptual processes.

Cynthia Peng, B.S. Special Volunteer – Cynthia was a sCNP Post Bac Fellow from 2012-2014 after graduating from Carnegie Mellon University. She is currently working with Dr. Greg Wallace as a lab manager at The George Washington University, while still continuing to work on projects at the LBC.

Mark Plitt, B.A.| Post Bac Fellow – Mark is a graduate of Rice University with a Bachelor of Arts in cognitive science and minors in neuroscience and biochemistry. Mark predominantly works on machine learning applications to resting state fMRI with the LBC's autism project and several other neuroimaging projects in the lab.

Haroon Popal, B.S. | Post Bac Fellow – Haroon is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology. Haroon assists Dr. Alex Martin and Dr. Greg Wallace in the analysis of anatomical MRI scans of subjects with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Jonathan Power,M.D., Ph.D | Post Doc Fellow – Dr. Power obtained an M.D./Ph.D. from Washington University. He has studied the characteristics of fMRI signals at rest. He is currently a post-doc with Dr. Alex Martin since July 2014.

Michal Ramot, Ph.D. | Visiting Fellow – Dr. Ramot received her Ph.D. in computational neuroscience from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. She is currently interested in developing new Neurofeedback techniques with fMRI, which through “rewiring” circuits identified as problematic might form the basis for novel interventions in clinical populations.

Kyle Simmons, Ph.D. | Special Volunteer – Dr. Simmons received his doctorate at Emory University, before joining the NIMH as a postdoctoral fellow with Alex Martin. He now serves as an Assistant Professor at the Laureate Institute for Brain Research, where his lab examines how interoceptive states influence food reward representation and food-related decision making, both normatively and in psychiatric illness.

Dale Stevens, Ph.D. | Special Volunteer - Dr. Stevens received his B.A. in Psychology and M.Sc. in Neuroscience from Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada), and his Ph.D. in Neuropsychology from the University of Toronto. He conducted postdoctoral research at Harvard University and at the Laboratory of Brain and Cognition at the NIMH. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at York University (Toronto, Canada) where he leads the Cognition and Aging Neuroscience Lab. He investigates the neurocognitive specialization, organization, and interaction of human brain systems that underlie higher-level cognition, and how they are affected by healthy aging, and by developmental and neurological disorders.

Dale Stevens, Ph.D. | Special Volunteer - Dr. Wallace received his B.A. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and his Ph.D. from the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College, University of London. He conducted postdoctoral research in the Laboratory of Brain and Cognition and the Child Psychiatry Branch at the NIMH. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at the George Washington University, where he continues to study typical and atypical brain and behavioral development.

Jill Weisberg, Ph.D | Special Volunteer – Dr. Wallace received his B.A. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and his Ph.D. from the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College, University of London. He conducted postdoctoral research in the Laboratory of Brain and Cognition and the Child Psychiatry Branch at the NIMH. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at the George Washington University, where he continues to study typical and atypical brain and behavioral development.

Emily White, B.S. |Post Bac Fellow – Emily recently graduated from Bates College in Lewiston, ME with a B.S. degree in Neuroscience. She works as the coordinator for the Autism Spectrum Disorder studies in the LBC.

Sophie Wohltjen, B.A. | Post Bac Fellow – Sophie is a graduate of University of Virginia with a Bachelor degree in Cognitive Science and Music. Sophie uses fMRI and MEG to study the neural correlates of object recognition.