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and treatment of mental illnesses.

Neuroscience and Novel Therapeutics Unit (NNT)

Neuroscience and Novel Therapeutics Unit: Meet the Team

The Neuroscience and Novel Therapeutics Unit (NNT) is a group of dedicated, compassionate, and talented scientists, clinicians, trainees, and volunteers. Our expert, interdisciplinary team works together to study and develop new treatments for children with psychiatric illnesses through innovative research, clinical care, and community outreach.

Staff Spotlight

Simone Haller, Ph.D.

Simone Haller, PhD has received a two-year NARSAD Young Investigator Grant from the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation for her project “Predicting longitudinal psychiatric effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in a transdiagnostic sample of youth using rest and task-based fMRI.”

Dr. Melissa Brotman

Melissa A. Brotman, PhD was awarded a second NIH Bench to Bedside Award for her proposal, in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin's Dr. Ned Kalin, entitled “Cross-Species Circuit-Based Treatment: White Matter Microstructure in Anxiety.” In 2017, a study by Drs. Brotman and Kalin entitled “Irritability and Aggression in Clinically Impaired Youth and Rhesus Monkeys” also received an NIH Bench to Bedside Award.

An image from the CALM-IT app with four brightly colored squares that depict motor inhibition.

CALM-IT, a mobile app game designed by Melissa A. Brotman, PhD has won a 2020 Federal Health Innovation & Technology (FedHealthIT) Innovation Award.

Current lab members

A screenshot of a Zoom meeting when current members of the NNT lab gathered to celebrate a birthday.

NNT’s team comes from diverse academic and personal backgrounds, who all share a keen interest in studying mental illnesses.

Read more about our current members below.