People

Lab Members

Laura Germine, PhD, Principal Investigator

Laura Germine is Director of the Laboratory for Brain and Cognitive Health Technology at McLean Hospital, Co-Director of the Institute for Technology in Psychiatry, and Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.  She earned a B.A. in Neurobiology from UC Berkeley in 2004, a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychopathology from Harvard University in 2012, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Psychiatric Genetics at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Germine’s research is oriented around understanding cognitive functioning in health and disease, as well as building technology for studying cognition and behavior using the web and mobile devices. She created one of the first online neuropsychological laboratories in 2005, which later became TestMyBrain.org.

Paolo Martini, PhD, Research Engineer

Paolo Martini is a visual psychophysicist and software engineer who serves as a consulting scientist and developer for TestMyBrain.org. He is interested in the measurement of human cognition and behavior using the web and mobile devices.  He has a PhD from Harvard University. 

Lauren Rutter, PhD, Research Fellow

Lauren is a research fellow currently examining how various aspects of cognition predict the development and maintenance of psychopathology using web-based assessment. She recently completed her internship in clinical psychology at McLean Hospital. She received her Ph.D. from Boston University. Research interests include assessment and classification of anxiety and mood disorders, cognitive processing biases and social cognition, temperament/personality vulnerabilities and psychopathology, and transdiagnostic treatments.

Sarah Vogel, Lab Manager

Sarah is a research assistant and lab manager in the Laboratory for Brain and Cognitive Health Technology at McLean Hospital. She earned a B.A. in Psychology and French from the University of Rochester in 2016, where she worked as a research assistant for three years. Sarah is interested in how environmental and social factors influence early brain development and cognition.

Luke Scheuer, Research Assistant

Luke Scheuer is a technical research assistant in the Laboratory for Brain and Cognitive Health Technology at McLean Hospital. He earned a B.A. in Biochemistry and Mathematics from Bowdoin College in 2017. Luke is interested in medical applications of computerized testing of human cognition and behavior.

Jasmine Kaduthodil, Undergraduate Lab Assistant

Jasmine Kaduthodil is an undergraduate research assistant in the Laboratory for Brain and Cognitive Health Technology at McLean Hospital. She is a senior at Wellesley College majoring in neuroscience. Jasmine is interested in how neural processes are affected by environment, and subsequently how environmental factors and intervention methods can shape childhood development.

Eliza Passell, Undergraduate Lab Assistant

Eliza Passell is an undergraduate research assistant in the Laboratory for Brain and Cognitive Health Technology at McLean Hospital. She is a senior at the University of Chicago, where she is majoring in Comparative Human Development. Eliza is interested in the effect of social connectedness on mental health and in how social factors effect cognitive and emotional development.

Claire Peterson, Undergraduate Lab Assistant


Claire Peterson is an undergraduate research assistant working on collaborative research between the Laboratory for Brain and Cognitive Heath Technology at McLean and the Dunn Lab in the Psychiatric and Neurodevelopment Genetics Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is a senior at Northeastern University pursing a major in Behavioral Neuroscience. Her research focuses on identifying sensitive stages of human development when adverse childhood experiences are most impactful on cognitive development. In the future, she hopes that this research  will be used to develop an early intervention treatment to reduce the development of cognitive deficits from childhood adversity.

Olivia Nicholson, Undergraduate Lab Assistant

Olivia Nicholson is an undergraduate research assistant in the Laboratory for Brain and Cognitive Health Technology at McLean Hospital. She is a senior at Tufts University majoring in Clinical Psychology and Child Study and Human Development. Olivia is interested in how environmental factors affect development during childhood and how these factors contribute to the formation of different cognitions about one’s self and world.

Alison Tassone, Undergraduate Lab Assistant

Alison Tassone is an undergraduate research assistant in the Laboratory for Brain and Cognitive Health Technology at McLean Hospital. She is a senior at Brandeis University majoring in Neuroscience, Biology, and Health: Science, Society, and Policy. Alison is interested in cognitive development and how environmental factors and early interventions can help people with developmental disorders and learning disabilities.

Dana Zeng, Undergraduate Lab Assistant

Dana (Deyuan) Zeng is an undergraduate research assistant in the Laboratory for Brain and Cognitive Health Technology at McLean Hospital. She is a senior at Brandeis University majoring in Psychology and Health: Science, Society, and Policy. Dana is interested in cognitive development, data analysis and statistical modeling, and she will pursue a master of science in biostatistics upon graduation.

Emily Wu, Undergraduate Lab Assistant

Emily Wu is an undergraduate research assistant in the Laboratory for Brain and Cognitive Health Technology at McLean Hospital. She is a senior at Brandeis University majoring in Psychology with a minor in Health: Science, Society, and Policy. She is interested in studying and understanding the etiologies of mental health disorders in an effort to improve treatment for clinical patients. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a Ph.D in Clinical Psychology to further this research.

Lab Alumni

David Dodell-Feder, PhD

David is now an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Rochester in New York.  (And still a collaborator!)