People

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; PhD, Neuroscience, University of Michigan; BA, Neuroscience, Oberlin College.

Research Administrator

Katherine O'Malley
Katherine O'Malley
Research Administrator

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 MPH, University of Massachusetts Amherst; BS, Biology, Stonehill College

Lab Manager

Jordyn Cowan
Jordyn Cowan
Lab Manager

Research Interests:Jordyn is interested in 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: BS, Biochemistry, Elon University

Research Assistants

Now hiring for the role of Research Assistant! Interested? Send your CV to anneberry@brandeis.edu.


Post Doctoral Fellows

Hsiang-Yu
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 PhD, 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

PhD Students

jourdan parent
Jourdan Parent
PhD 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: BA, Neuroscience, Boston University.

claire ciampa
Claire Ciampa
PhD 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: BA, Psychology, Rice University.

teodora_markova
Teodora Markova
PhD 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: BS, Psychology, Minor in Neuroscience; McGill University

jared newell
Jared Newell
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: BS, Biology, Kansas State University

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Bailey Gold
Bailey Gold
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Research InterestsBailey is a junior who will graduate in December 2022. She runs neuropsychological testing sessions for the Brandeis Aging Brain Study. Post-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. Post-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 B.S. Neuroscience, Minor: Psychology and Studio Art

Alumni

Charlee Gordon
Charlee Gordon

Research Interests: Charlee's research interests focus on executive function and memory consolidation, and variables that affect these abilities. Her past research involved the observation and assessment of the effect of musical training on children's executive function.

Education: BA, Psychology and Music, Brandeis University

Jessica Collins
Jessica Collins

Research Interests: Jessica’s current research interests include working memory and the various factors that influence a person’s ability to sustain attention when distractors are presented. She has prior research experience examining depression, anxiety, impulsivity, and other aspects of mental health in college students. 

Education: BA, Psychology, Ithaca College; MS, Psychology, Brandeis University

Rebekah Garrett, MA Psychology 2021
Jacqueline Epstein, MA Psychology 2021
Alex Rich, Undergraduate Class of 2021