Graduate Students

Ph.D. candidate (co-mentored by Dr. Jennifer Foss-Feig)
BA in Neuroscience and Behavior, Wesleyan University

I am interested in understanding the neural mechanisms underlying aberrant social behavior and decision-making in neurodevelopmental disorders, particularly Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). I aim to combine computational modeling, human imaging, and clinical assessment to examine the behavioral outcomes of atypical neurocognitive development.



Sarah Banker

Soojung Na, M.A.

Ph.D. candidate

MA in Social Psychology, Seoul National University

I have always wondered what makes us possess different views and thoughts, not limited to individual differences but including variations across situations and cultures. The most fascinating approach I have found so far is to explore the neural and computational mechanism of the valuation system that leads one to behavioral decision making.

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Madeline O'Brien, B.A.

Ph.D. candidate

BA in Psychology and Theatre, Northwestern University

I am interested in exploring the functional neural markers of phenomena such as social decision-making and impulsivity. I use human imaging and computational modeling to examine how and why maladaptive behaviors are performed sparingly by healthy individuals but excessively and compulsively in those with psychiatric disorders.


Kaustubh Kulkarni

MD/PhD candidate (co-mentored by Dr. Daniela Schiller)

BA in Cell Biology and Neuroscience, Rutgers University

Broadly, I am interested in understanding the dynamics of brain architecture in psychiatric disorders by studying the underlying cognitive, emotional and social processes. I aim to utilize computational and statistical modeling to uncover and characterize the hidden variables responsible for maladaptive states in these disorders.


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