Postdoctoral Researchers


Kai Wang, Ph.D.

Kai Wang is interested in the psychological construct and neural mechanism(s) of executive functions in general, and alterations of these mechanisms in clinical populations (e.g. people with reading disability and/or math disability). He focuses on the role of executive function in the etiologies and the co-morbidity of these disorders/disabilities. Utilizing twin studies, he examines the impacts of genetic and environmental factors on the behavioral and neuroimaging correlates of disorders/disabilities. Contact Kai.


Graduate Students


Alejandro de la Vega

Alejandro is a PhD student in Cognitive Neuroscience. He graduated from Pomona College in 2009 with a degree in Cognitive Science. He is interested in how the brain integrates complex information to make decisions; in particular, he is interested in how people make trade offs about the future (e.g. temporal discounting) and how those decisions are influences by social and episodic information. He is also interested in the functional organization of the brain and has developed neuroinformatic tools to mine large-scale neuroimaging data to this aim. Alejandro also developed a 3-part series on R, found on his website.
Contact Alejandro. Personal Website.


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. Personal Website.


Harry Smolker

Harry Smolker is a Ph.D. student in cognitive neuroscience. He graduated from Vassar College in 2009, where he obtained a bachelors degree in cognitive science, with a focus on music perception and cognition. Harry’s research interests center around the interaction of emotional and cognitive control processes in the adolescent brain, employing structural, functional, and spectroscopy imaging techniques to explore brain-behavior relationships in typically and atypically developing teenagers. Contact Harry


Dan Leopold

Dan is a graduate student in the dual degree clinical psychology and neuroscience program who also works with Dr. Erik Willcutt. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 2010 and is primarily interested in understanding how the structure and function of the cortex and cerebellum contribute to developmental learning disabilities such as reading disability (RD; dyslexia), math disability (MD; dyscalculia), and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). In addition, he is interested in using structural equation modeling to model these cognitive and neural contributions in order to improve learning disability identification and the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based remedial practices. Contact Dan. Personal Website.


Professional Research Assistants


Kathy Pearson, M.S.

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. Contact Kathy.


David Caha, M.S.

David received his M.S. in Neurophysiology from CU Boulder. He investigated the differences in spinal mechanisms of motor control between young and old adults. Currently, he is excited to research the developmental differences between clinical and normal adolescents using neuroimaging focusing on anxiety and depression. Contact David.



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