Michael P. Milham, MD, PhD, is a board-certified adult and board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist. He is a Research Psychiatrist at the Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research, an internationally recognized expert in open science and neuroimaging, and the founding director of the Center for the Developing Brain at the Child Mind Institute. Dr. Milham received his PhD in cognitive neuroscience and MD at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Milham completed his general psychiatry residency and child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at New York University. Dr. Milham is the Principal Investigator for the NKI Rockland Sample and the Longitudinal Pediatric Rockland Sample.
Dr. Milham has been a leader in open science towards the goal of accelerating the pace of discovery. Dr. Milham is also a world authority in Magentic Resonance Imaging (MRI) in neuropsychiatric disorders, particularly contributing in the recent development of resting MRI. Dr. Milham and others have used resting MRI to identify connections of, functions of, and the interplay between various brain regions. Dr. Milham has published over 100 articles in some of the most scientifically respected journals, including the American Journal of Psychiatry, Journal of Neuroscience, Biological Psychiatry, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science and the Archives of General Psychiatry. He has received numerous honors throughout his career.
Cameron Craddock, PhD is a neuroscientist and Director of the Image Analysis and Informatics Core and Associate Professor, Department of Diagnostic Medicine, Dell Medical School, The University of Texas at Austin. He has expertise in neuroimaging methodology, particularly in the area of neurofeedback (where participants learn to modulate brain activity through feedback by an activity display). He received his PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology and completed his postdoctoral fellowship at the Baylor School of Medicine and the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute. He is a Co-Investigator in the NKI Rockland Sample and the Principle Investigator in the NKI Rockland Sample Neurofeedback Protocol.
Stan Colcombe, PhD is a neuroscientist, Research Scientist, and Director of Human Imaging at the Center for Advanced Brain Imaging at NKI. He received his PhD in neuroscience from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Colcombe came to NKI from Bangor University, Wales, UK, where he served as Associate Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience. He is a Co-Investigator in the NKI Rockland Sample. Dr. Colcombe pioneered large scale longitudinal studies of neurocognitive aging and, in particular, cardiovascular fitness and cognitive training to offset functional and structural brain changes that typically accompany normal aging.
Russell Tobe, MD is a board certified adult psychiatrist and a board certified child and adolescent psychiatrist. He attended medical school at University of Chicago and completed his residency in adult psychiatry and fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Columbia University, where he remains on faculty. Dr. Tobe is a Co-Investigator in the NKI Rockland Sample and Director of the Outpatient Research Department at NKI. In his role, Dr. Tobe assisted in the development of the NKI Rockland Sample assessment battery. He supervises all staff involved in data-gathering and is directly involved in administration of several assessments. Dr. Tobe lives in Rockland County with his family.
Anna MacKay-Brandt, PhD is a New York State licensed psychologist with specialized training in neuropsychology and geriatrics. She received her PhD from Washington University in St Louis. Dr. MacKay-Brandt completed her clinical internship at the Warren Alpert Brown Medical School of Brown University. She completed a National Institute of Mental Health T32 postdoctoral fellowship in Geriatric Psychiatry working as a member of the Cognitive Neuroscience Division of the Taub Institute at Columbia University, where she remains on faculty. Dr. MacKay-Brandt is lead Neuropsychologist for the NKI Rockland Sample, a Co-Investigator and a Research Scientist in the Outpatient Research Department at NKI. Her research interests are in cognitive changes associated with aging, plasticity of cognitive function, and factors that can modify the preservation of cognitive abilities into later adulthood. Dr. MacKay-Brandt supervises all staff involved in data-gathering and is directly responsible for the oversight of the cognitive testing components of the study.
Melissa Kramer, LMSW serves as the Clinical Evaluator and implementation team leader for the NKI Rockland Sample program. She is a licensed social worker and received her MSW from New York University. Prior to coming to NKI, she worked in the field of child welfare where she received extensive clinical training and experience working with vulnerable children, adolescents, and families. She plans to pursue her PhD in clinical social work research. Ms. Kramer oversees research protocol implementation for the NKI Rockland Sample studies. She supervises program staff and is directly involved in the administration of several clinical and diagnostic assessments for both children and adults. Given her advanced training in diagnostic assessment, Ms. Kramer is also involved in providing evaluation feedback to families of child and adolescent participants.
Kristin Dietz Trautman, LCSW is a research scientist and the Community Outreach Liaison for the NKI Rockland Sample and the Nathan Kline Institute. She is a licensed clinical social worker and received her MSSW from Columbia University. She has extensive clinical and research experience in a wide variety of areas, including adolescent suicide prevention, assessment of substance use and other mental disorders, identification of characteristics and service use of runaway youth and those in the early stages of severe mental disorder, and the genetics and course of mood disorders over the lifespan. Ms. Trautman meets with members of community organizations to explore partnerships and plan events for the Rockland Sample Initiative. She coordinates public service activities, such as presentations given in libraries, and special events, such as Brain Day at NKI.