Faculty & Staff

Director


Beatriz Luna, PhD is the Staunton professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics and Professor of Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh. She is the founder and Director of the Laboratory for Neurocognitive Development, and the founder and president of the Flux Society for Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience. Her research uses multimodal neuroimaging methods including: functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI), Magnetoencephalography (MEG), Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopic Imaging (MRSI). Her findings have led to influential developmental models emphasizing the implications of specialization of different brain systems with regards to cognitive development.

 

Faculty


Maria Jalbrzikowski, PhD
Assistant Professor, Psychology

Finnegan Calabro, PhD
Research Instructor, Staff Scientist

 

Postdoctoral Fellows


Ashley Parr, PhD
Understanding individual differences in the development of cognitive processes throughout adolescence; reward; dopamine; neuroimaging.

Graduate Students


Brenden Tervo-Clemmens
Neurodevelopment of Externalizing Psychopathology; Psychiatric Comordbidity; Risk for Substance Use

Orma Ravindranath
Influences of emotion on cognitive abilities; development of systems of emotion and cognitive control through adolescence; effect of puberty and hormonal changes on brain development

Maria Perica
Neural mechanisms underlying cognitive development through adolescence

Research Staff


Nathan Rockcastle
Research Project Coordinator

Jennifer Fedor
Research Specialist

Laurie Thompson
Research Specialist

Julia Lekht
Research Specialist

Matthew Missar
Research Specialist

Will Foran
Data Coordinator/Analyst
Anna Nelson
Assistant to the director

Alumni

Faculty

Vishnu “Deepu” Murty, PhDJunior Faculty, now tenure-track Faculty at the Psychiatry Department of Temple University

Postdoctoral Fellows

Bart Larsen, PhD
Cognitive Neuroscience Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Fellow, now Postdoctoral Fellow at The Psychiatric And Developmental Imaging Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania
David Montez, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow and University of Pittsburgh Graduate Student, now Postdoctoral Fellow at the
Dosenbach Lab at the Washington University School of Medicine
Miya Asato, MD
Postdoctoral Fellow, now Program Director, Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Residency Program, UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh;
Associate Director, Child Neurology Residency Program, UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh;
Professor, Pediatrics and Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Kirsten O’Hearn, PhDPostdoctoral Fellow, now Assistant Professor of Physiology and Pharmacology at Wake Forrest School of Medicine
Michael Hallquist, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, now Assistant Professor of Psychology, Penn State University
David Paulsen, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, now Data Scientist at Prosper
Chuck Geier, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow and University of Pittsburgh Cognitive Psychology Grad Student, now Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at Penn State, Director of the Geier Lab for Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
Katerina Velanova, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Science Writer
Suzy Scherf, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychology, Penn State

Graduate Students

Scott Marek, PhD
University of Pittsburgh Neuroscience Graduate Student, now Postdoctoral Fellow at the
Dosenbach Lab at the Washington University School of Medicine
Daniel Simmonds, MD, PhD
University of Pittsburgh Neuroscience Graduate Student, now Pediatric Resident at the University of Maryland Medical Center
Aarthi Padmanabhan
University of Pittsburgh Cognitive Psychology Grad Student, now Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University Cognitive and Systems Neuroscience Laboratory
Kai Hwang
University of Pittsburgh Cognitive Psychology Grad Student, now Lab Director of the Hwang Lab and
Assistant Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the Iowa Neuroscience Institute, The University of Iowa
Sarah Ordaz, PhD
University of Pittsburgh Clinical Psychology Grad Student, now Licensed Psychologist, Assessment Clinic Lead with the Pacific Anxiety Group

Ana Almeida Rojo
CNUP Predoctoral Fellow – Rotation Student, now on rotation with Dr. Yanhua Huang, University of Pittsburgh Psychiatry Department

Research Staff

Kevin Seelaus Research Assistant, now Graduate Student at Carnegie Mellon University
Michelle Mathew Research Assistant
<Elijah MerriamResearch Assistant, now Staff Scientist in the Section on Neurocircuitry of the NIMH
Melanie Wilds
Lab Manager
Rajpreet Chahal
Research Assistant, now Graduate Student Researcher, University of California, Davis
Melissa Resutko
Research Assistant, now Support/On-Boarding Analyst at Pacsoft
Andrew Lynn
Research Assistant, now Graduate Student Researcher at Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory, Brown University
Emily Mente
Assistant to the Director, now Administrative Assistant at Winchester Thurston
Jessica Graves
Research Assistant, now Research Specialist
Catherine Wright, LSW
School-Based Brief Mobile Therapist at Wesley Spectrum Services
Natalie Nawarawong
Research Assistant, now Neuroscience Doctoral Program Graduate Student, Medical College of Wisconsin
Krista Garver
Research Assistant, now Digital Content Manager and Co-Founder at Realize Content
Laryssa Richards
Research Assistant, now in Medical School
Ran Liu, PhD
Research Assistant, now Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Carnegie Mellon University
Theresa Teslovich Woo, PhD
Research Assistant, now Clinical Research Fellow, Washington DC VA Medical Center
Trinity Urban
Research Assistant, now Product Manager for Precision Imaging Metrics at Massachusetts General Hospital