Current Members

Christa Ouellette, Research Assistant

Christa is a Research Assistant on the Rockland Sample 2 Study. She is responsible for all participant interactions, from recruitment and scheduling to facilitating on-site data collection. She graduated from Colby College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology with a concentration in Neuroscience. As an undergraduate, she worked with Professor Christopher Soto as a research assistant in Personality Psychology. She presented a project on the interactions between personality and social media usage during the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently, she is interested in the various sensory systems involved in the perception of music or audio more generally, and plans to pursue a PhD in Cognition and Neuroscience

Olivia Ripley, Research Assistant

Olivia is a Research Assistant on the Rockland Sample 2 Study. She is responsible for recruitment, data collection, managing participant interactions, and study operation logistics. She graduated from Skidmore College in 2023 with a B.A. in Neuroscience and Music. During her time at Skidmore, Olivia completed research on cognitive aging, sensory plasticity, unconscious attention, and music cognition. She culminated her education with a project investigating how acoustic characteristics can impact the differentiation of music and speech. Currently, Olivia is interested in the mechanisms underlying the therapeutic utility of music, specifically how it can facilitate movement and memory abilities. In the future, she plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience or Psychology.

Daniel Garcia-Barnett, Technical Specialist

Daniel is a Technical Specialist on the Rockland Sample 2 Study. Daniel helps to further develop and modify the current technologies used in the Rockland sample. He graduated from Dartmouth College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Cognitive Science. He worked as a research assistant with Dr. Jonathan Philips’ lab, aiding in the development of a meta analysis of the infant Theory of Mind subfield, and Dr. Viola Stoermer’s lab, collecting data for visual perception research. He also completed an independent study under the supervision of Dr. Jonathan Philips and Dr. Michael Casey: his study explored the interaction between arousal-induction via music and task performance. This interest is maintained as he plans to pursue a PhD in Psychology, interested in music-intervention-based research and practice.

Eduardo Gonzalez-Moreira, Research Scientist

Dr. Gonzalez-Moreira’s long-term research interests involve the development of novel approaches for joint estimation of source activity and connectivity based on non-invasive electrophysiological recordings (MEG/EEG/ECoG) and the analysis of coactivation patterns in fMRI signals. Dr. Gonzalez-Moreira joined the Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research under the supervision of Dr. Alexandre Franco in 2022. During his professional career, he has gained significant expertise in computational neurosciences, EEG/MEG/ECoG/MRI data analysis, and neuroinformatic tools (Brainstorm, EEGLab, BrainVision Analyzer, SPM, FieldTrip, and FreeSurfer).

Karl-Heinz Nenning, Research Scientist                           

Dr. Nenning is a research scientist at the Center for Biomedical Imaging and Neuromodulation. He graduated from the Medical University of Vienna with a PhD in Medical Informatics, Biostatistics and Complex Systems. His research focuses on leveraging in vivo fMRI to study the functional organization of the brain in health and disease, investigating the impact of neurological diseases such as brain tumors and epilepsy. Overall, his research aims to support the clinical application of neuroimaging.

Raj Sanjoi, MRI Technician

Caixi Hu, MRI Technician

Tina Bermudez, Administrative Support