Postdoctoral Researchers

 

Brendan Depue, Ph.D.

Brendan Depue's interests lie in the interface of cognition and emotion. Specifically the brain regions and neural substrates that support emotional memory and an individual's control of such memories. Furthermore, specific interactions of the amygdala and hippocampus and their bidirectional connectivity with ventral and other PFC areas. These pursuits underlie a hope to gain insight into specific clinical disorders that give rise or are central to PTSD and OCD. Further interests include the "mysterious frontopolar" (BA10) region of anterior PFC and its hypothesized modulatory influence on other PFC areas. Contact Brendan. Personal Website

   

Detre Godinez, Ph.D.

Detre Godinez is interested in understanding the biological systems underlying the development of executive function (EF) and the environmental factors influencing their development. She is particularly interested in the effect of stress, both acute and chronic, on the development of EF and performance on EF tasks. She is also interested in best practices for using genetically informative and individual differences data with fMRI and ERP techniques. The very nature of EF as an ability to plan and control behavior, or structure your thoughts and life, to manage predispositions is an area of great interest to her. Contact Detre

   

Jessica Andrews-Hanna, Ph.D.

Jessica Andrews-Hanna is interested in using fMRI to investigate the neural mechanisms underlying top-down control of attention. How does the brain enhance or suppress attention to stimuli in the external environment? Do the same mechanisms facilitate enhancement and suppression of attention to internal representations (i.e. memories, daydreams)? By characterizing these mechanisms in healthy young adults, she hopes to examine how they change across the lifespan as well as in clinical populations. Contact Jessica. Personal Website

   

Joseph Orr, Ph.D.

Joseph Orr is interested in understanding the neural mechanisms underlying voluntary task selection. While we may think we have control over which task we choose at any given moment, there are a number of factors that influence our choices. He is particularly interested in how goal-directed control processes and stimulus-driven processes interact to guide our choices. Joe will be using fMRI and ERP to examine the interplay of these processes in the brain. He is also interested in examining how voluntary task selection is affected in disorders such as addiction, ADHD, and schizophrenia. Contact Joseph. Personal Website

   

Graduate Students

 

Alejandro de la Vega

Alejandro de la Vega is a doctoral student in Cognitive Neuroscience. He graduated from Pomona College in 2009 with a major in Linguistics & Cognitive Science and a minor in Psychology. In his final year at Pomona, he completed a senior thesis on the effects of emotional stimuli (taboo words) on dual-task processing. He is generally interested in executive function as well as how it interacts with emotion. Currently, he is working on a project on how unattended emotional information is processed (or not) when task-relevant attentional demands are high. Contact Alejandro

   

Roselinde Kaiser

Roselinde Kaiser is a graduate student in clinical psychology and neuroscience at the University of Colorado, Boulder with research and clinical interests in behavioral and cognitive therapies for mood and anxiety disorders. Over the course of her graduate career, Ms. Kaiser has conducted several research projects exploring the cognitive and neurobiological underpinnings of depression and anxiety, with the goal of investigating mechanisms of effective psychosocial treatment on both behavioral and neurological levels. Ms. Kaiser is an advanced clinician trainee, with treatment experience in cognitive, behavioral, and interpersonal therapies, and has worked with a diverse range of clients. Ms. Kaiser received her BA in Psychology and Cognitive Science from Dartmouth College in 2004, and her MA from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2008. Contact Roselinde

   

Kristen Mackiewicz

Kristen Machiewicz is a doctoral student in Clinical Psychology. She received her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2007 and her B.S. in Psychology and English Literature from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 2003. Prior to graduate school, she was involved in fMRI studies investigating the neural circuitry of anxiety and its relation to emotional memory. Currently, Kristen's research interests are focused on using fMRI to examine alterations in cognitive processing in people with PTSD and how these affected cognitive processes influence emotion regulation. Contact Kristen

   

Andrew Reineberg

Andrew Reineberg is a graduate student in cognitive neuroscience. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2009 with a Bachelor of Philosophy in Neuroscience and Psychology. He is interested in the interplay between internal spontaneous thought (i.e. - mind wandering) and executive function. Specifically, he wants to further our understanding of the neural processes mediating the content, occurrence, and awareness of mind wandering. Contact Andrew

   

 

Professional Research Assistants

 

Kathy Pearson

Kathy Pearson received her M.S. in Computer and Information Sciences from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. She is a software developer with a background in neurophysiology and fMRI. Her interests are in signal processing and scientific visualization.

   
   

Harry Smolker

Harry Smolker received his B.S. in Cognitive Science from Vassar College in 2009, where he focused on Cognition and the Arts. He is primarily interested in auditory perception, language development, and music cognition, with a specific emphasis on the implicit learning of prosody and musical tonality. Harry is an avid musician and outdoorsman, and intends on pursuing an advanced degree in Audiology and Neuroscience in the near future.

   

Volunteers

 

Alaina Pearce

Alaina Pearce graduated from the University of Minnesota Morris with a B.A. in both psychology and Spanish with Honors and a minor in statistics. She is currently applying to doctoral programs in cognitive psychology. Her personal interests involve the use of neuroimaging technology to study the development of the default mode network and executive functions in both neurotypical populations and people with ADHD.

John Reitz

John is a senior psychology student here at CU, and is also minoring in Italian. He hopes to continue his education in a clinical psych Ph.D program. His personal research interests include mindfulness based therapy and its applications in substance abuse, anxiety, and depression. Outside of school, John enjoys hiking, climbing, camping, and spending time with friends.

Rebecca Toll

Tina Gupta

   

 

Past Postdoctoral Researchers

Past PhD. Students

Past Undergraduates