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Alex Martin, Ph.D. | NIH Senior Investigator and Chief

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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.

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Anna Argon | Post-baccalaureate Fellow

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Anna graduated from University of Oregon with a BS in Psychology and a minor in Biology. She currently works on a simultaneous fMRI and EEG project investigating the neural processing of repetition suppression and repetition priming. Her interests include developmental psychology, psychopathology in the family context, and mental health treatment and prevention.

Sam Audrain, Ph.D. | Post-doctoral Fellow

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Sam received her Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Toronto, and joined the Laboratory of Brain and Cognition in 2021. Her research focuses on understanding the neural substrates of long-term memory formation, consolidation, and retrieval in typical adults and in populations with memory dysfunction. She primarily uses fMRI and behavioral approaches to answer her research questions.

Jason Avery, Ph.D. | Research Fellow

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Dr. Avery received his Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from The University of Tulsa in 2013. He joined the Laboratory of Brain and Cognition in 2017 after completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the Laureate Institute for Brain Research, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. His current research focuses on the neurobiology of taste perception and food-related cognition, and incorporates a combination of machine-learning methods, behavioral modeling, and high-field functional MRI.

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Madeline Carrington | Post-baccalaureate Fellow

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Maddie graduated from Duke University with a BS in Neuroscience and minors in Spanish and English. She currently studies taste perception using fMRI and will be pursuing a PsyD at the Wright Institute in Berkley, CA starting in fall 2023.


Leonardo Claudino, Ph.D. | Staff Scientist

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Leo holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Maryland College Park (2016). Prior to joining the Section on Cognitive Neuropsychology as a Staff Scientist, Leo was a Postdoc at the Human Cortical Physiology and Neurorehabilitation Section (HCPS-NINDS) and a Staff Scientist at the Section of Neurobiology of Fear and Anxiety (SNFA-NIMH). He is interested in the neural and behavioral bases of perception, action, consolidation, motivation, and decision-making. Leo’s tools include, but are not limited to: MEG, tACS, crowdsourcing, computational modeling, signal processing and numerical optimization.

Adrian Gilmore, Ph.D. | Research Fellow

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Adrian received his PhD in Psychological and Brain Sciences from Washington University in St. Louis. His research focuses on retrieval processes in human memory, with a particular emphasis on how we remember specific events or episodes from our past. Adrian employs a combination of behavioral and neuroimaging methods in his work.

Stephen J. Gotts, Ph.D. | Senior Associate Scientist

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Dr. Gotts received his B.A. from Trinity University (TX) in 1994 and his Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University in 2003 in Cognitive Neuroscience (Psychology). Following postdoctoral fellowships at CMU (Dr. David Plaut) and NIMH (Dr. Robert Desimone and Dr. Alex Martin), he joined the Section on Cognitive Neuropsychology as a Staff Scientist in 2010.  Dr. Gotts’s research is aimed at understanding the neural mechanisms that underlie the processing and representation of long-term perceptual and conceptual knowledge in the brain, with a particular focus on mechanisms of inter-regional physiological interaction (functional connectivity) and neural oscillations. He uses behavioral, fMRI, and electrophysiological (ECoG,EEG,MEG) experiments and neural network modeling in order to formulate explicit theories about the relationship between brain and behavior.

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Shawn Milleville | Psychologist and Lab Manager

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Shawn received his BA in Psychology and Computer Science from St. Mary's College of Maryland. He collects and analyzes data from a variety of task-based and resting state fMRI and behavioral experiments on both normal and clinical populations. Shawn serves as the liaison on study collaborations with other labs at the NIH. He also performs administrative and purchase requests for the lab.

Cameron Paranzino | Post-baccalaureate Fellow

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Cameron graduated from the University of Maryland with a BS in Neuroscience. He currently contributes to research using task-based fMRI experiments to explore cognition and neural representation.


Andrew Persichetti, Ph.D. | Research Fellow

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Dr. Persichetti received his BA in Philosophy and Psychology from Portland State University and his PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience from Emory University. He joined the Lab of Brain and Cognition at NIMH in 2018. He primarily uses a combination of fMRI and behavioral measures in humans to study how perception, memory, and language systems contribute to the acquisition and  representation of knowledge.

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Jiayu Shao | Post-baccalaureate Fellow

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Jiayu graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a BS in Neuroscience. His research explores the neural connectivity patterns underlying autism spectrum disorder using fMRI, behavioral assessments, and various computational analyses.


Jenna Wilson | Post-baccalaureate Fellow

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Jenna received her BS in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology with a minor in Philosophy from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She then completed a Master of Research in Neuroscience at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. Her current work utilizes fMRI to investigate the role of the human hippocampus in constructing and distinguishing memories. She is interested in modulating factors of memory, such as time and emotion, as well as how memory processes are affected in clinical disorders.

Lab Alumni

Staff Scientist and Post-doctoral Fellows

Kelly Anne Barnes, Ph.D.

Patrick Bellgowan, Ph.D.

Linda Chao, Ph.D.

Monika Mellem, Ph.D.

Monika Mellem, Ph.D.

Dale Stevens, Ph.D.

Greg Wallace, Ph.D.

Cheri Wiggs, Ph.D.

Michael Beauchamp, Ph.D.

Camille Bushell, Ph.D.

Avniel Ghuman, Ph.D.

Jonathan Power, M.D., Ph.D.

Kyle Simmons, Ph.D.

Miranda van Turennout, Ph.D.

Thalia Wheatley, Ph.D.

Jiongjiong Yang, Ph.D.


François Lalonde, Ph.D.

Joseph Snow, Ph.D.

Medical Fellows

Chinedu Anyaeji, M.D.

Mike Mrizek, M.D.

Graduate Students

Ricardo Gil-da-Costa, Ph.D.

Rachel Smith, Ph.D.

Kyle Jasmin, Ph.D.

Post-baccalaureate Fellows and Research Assistants

Kevin Anderson

Laura Case

Meghan Collins

Kelsey Csumitta

Joseph Denning

Laura Dolan

Timothy Ellmore

Jessica Gilbert

Madeline Harms

Seth Kallman

Ilana Levy

Sean Matlis

Lydia Milbury

Alexandra Ossowski

Mark Plitt

Alina Quach

Mark Reddish

Cameron Riddell

Briana Robustelli

Henry Tessler

Catherine Walsh

Emily White

Brenna Argall

Rachel Caravella

Jason Crutcher

Nathan Dankner

Eunice Dixon

Ian Eisenberg

Gretchen Fry

Estefanía Gonzalez-Araya

Sarah Kalinowski

Sara Kimmich

Alexander Liu

Jonathan McDaniel

Bako Orionzi

Cynthia Peng

Haroon Popal

Kristina Rapuano

Gabrielle Reimann

Rich Roberson

Jennifer Silvers

Rebecca van den Honert

Jill Weisberg

Sophie Wohltjen

Summer Students

Bess Bloomer

Miriam Menken