Meet the Team

Principal Investigator

Anne Berry
Anne Berry
Assistant Professor, Psychology and Neuroscience
Assistant Professor, Volen National Center for Complex Systems
781-736-3278 Lemberg 101

Expertise: Cognitive neuroscience, executive function, neuromodulator systems (dopamine, acetylcholine), aging.

Education: Postdoctoral Fellowship, Neuroscience, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, UC Berkeley; Ph.D., Neuroscience, University of Michigan; B.A., Neuroscience, Oberlin College.

Research Administrator

Katherine O'Malley
Katherine O'Malley
Research Administrator
781-736-3243 51 Sawyer Road, Suite 520, Room 507

Research Interests: Katherine's master's-level research and future interests include projects on aging and social and behavioral trends including cognitive resilience, isolation and loneliness on cognitive status, and preventative methods for cognitive decline. Additionally, Katherine is interested in the intersection of research and public policy and using scientific advancement to inform and promote forward progress in local, federal, and global legislation.

Education: Pursuing an M.P.H., University of Massachusetts Amherst; B.S., Biology, Stonehill College

Lab Manager

Jordyn Cowan
Jordyn Cowan
Lab Manager
781-736-3254 51 Sawyer Road, Suite 520, Room 507

Research Interests: Jordyn is interested in studying the structural and functional changes that the brain undergoes during normal healthy aging and how these changes affect cognition. Her past research has examined how multisensory stimuli benefit encoding and retrieval of associations in memory.

Education: B.S., Biochemistry, Elon University

Research Assistants

Alex Adornato
Alex Adornato
Research Assistant
781-736-3210 51 Sawyer Road, Suite 520, Room 507

Research Interests: Alex is interested in developmental psychology. His past research focused on early social and cognitive development, specifically looking at potential biomarkers for healthy childhood development.

Education: B.S., Psychology, University of Miami

Post Doctoral Fellows

Hsiang-Yu Chen
Hsiang-Yu Chen
Post-Doctoral Fellow

Research Interests: Hsiang-Yu used a multimodal approach including pupillometry assessment, MRI, and modeling during her Ph.D. to investigate decision-making and reward learning in aging. Her current research interests include PET and pupillometry study to understand how age-related decline in the catecholaminergic functioning such as dopamine or norepinephrine may affect decision-making in old age and how it may be related to brain network activity or tau pathology.

Education: Ph.D., Psychology, Technische Universität Dresden

Thomas Morin
Thomas Morin
Post-Doctoral Fellow

Research Interests: Tom studies how catecholamine synthesis modulates age-related changes in cognition and functional brain network architecture. His work combines multimodal neuroimaging with analysis methods from network science.  During his Ph.D., Tom used fMRI to study how brain networks interact over time during rule-learning and abstract reasoning tasks.

Education: Ph.D., Computational Neuroscience, Boston University

Jenny Crawford

Research Interests: Jenny’s research centers on the behavioral and neurobiological mechanisms underlying motivation and decision-making across the adult life span. To study this, she uses a variety of techniques, including behavioral, neuroimaging (fMRI, PET), and translational (EMA, passive sensing) methods.

Education: Ph.D., Psychological & Brain Sciences, Washington University

PhD Students

Jourdan Parent
Jourdan Parent
Ph.D. Student in Psychology

Research Interests: Jourdan has worked in psychological assessment, eye-tracking, MRI and animal model research in the past. Her current research interests use fMRI and PET imaging techniques to understand how individual differences in dopamine release are related to higher-level cognition and brain network activity.

Education: M.A., Psychology, Brandeis University; B.A., Neuroscience, Boston University.

Claire Ciampa
Claire Ciampa
Ph.D. Student in Neuroscience

Research Interests: Claire’s current interests involve studying how the dopamine and norepinephrine systems are related to mechanisms of resilience and reserve in aging, and how these mechanisms impact structural and functional brain changes in healthy older adults. Before starting a Ph.D. at Brandeis, Claire worked as the lab manager in the Neurochemistry and Cognition Lab.

Education: B.A., Psychology, Rice University.

Teodora Markova
Teodora Markova
Ph.D. Student in Neuroscience

Research Interests: Teodora's research interests include neuroimaging and neuromodulation, specifically looking at how the serotonin system works to compensate for changes related to normal and pathological aging. In the past, she has worked on understanding the evolutionary purpose of chronic pain using mouse models, as well as on characterizing the proteome of RNA granules.

Education: M.S., Neuroscience, Brandeis University; B.S., Psychology, McGill University

Rachel Marcus
Rachel Marcus
Ph.D. Student in Psychology

Research Interests: In the past, Rachel has worked in psychological assessment and imaging techniques such as fNIRS, MRI, and PET. Her current research interests use fMRI and PET imaging techniques to understand sex differences of catecholaminergic functioning in age-related cognitive decline and what roles these difference may play in brain network activity or tau pathology.

Education: B.A., Psychology, Brandeis University

Jared Newell
Jared Newell
Ph.D. Rotation Student in Neuroscience

Research Interests: Jared is a neuroscience rotation student interested in studying cognition, learning, and memory. His previous research experience includes studying the neural circuitry underlying associative learning and decision making in the zebrafish model.

Education: B.S., Biology, Kansas State University

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Bailey Gold
Bailey Gold
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Research Interests: Bailey is a junior who will graduate in December 2022. She runs neuropsychological testing sessions for the Brandeis Aging Brain Study. After college, she plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Neuropsychology. She has prior experience volunteering with nursing home residents diagnosed with Alzheimer's.

Education: Pursuing a B.S. in Neuroscience and Psychology

Maya Stiefel
Maya Stiefel
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Research Interests: Maya is a sophomore who will graduate in June 2024. She runs neuropsychological testing sessions for the Brandeis Aging Brain Study. After college, Maya plans on pursuing a Ph.D. in Neuroscience and continuing to broaden the world's limited knowledge of the mysterious functions of the brain. 

Education: Pursuing a B.S. in Neuroscience with minors in Psychology and Studio Art

Isaac Zygmuntowicz
Isaac Zygmuntowicz
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Research InterestsIsaac is a sophomore who will graduate in Spring 2025. He runs neuropsychological testing sessions for the Brandeis Aging Brain Study and the Aging, Memory, and Emotional Salience studies. After college, Isaac plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Neuroscience with the ultimate goal of running his own lab studying complex cognitive function.

Education: Pursuing a B.S. in Neuroscience with minors in Computer Science and Linguistics

Alumni

Charlee Gordon
Charlee Gordon
B.A., Psychology & Music, 2021; Former Lab Manager
Jessica Collins
Jessica Collins
M.A., Psychology, 2022
Rebekah Garrett
Rebekah Garrett
M.A., Psychology, 2021
Jacqueline Epstein
M.A., Psychology, 2021
Alex Rich
B.A., Psychology, 2021