Lab Members

Laura Thi Germine (she/her), PhD, Principal Investigator

Laura Germine is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Laboratory for Brain and Cognitive Health Technology at McLean Hospital. She is also Technical Director of the McLean Institute for Technology in Psychiatry. She earned a B.A. in Molecular and Cell Biology 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 platforms in 2005, which later became TestMyBrain.org. Through TestMyBrain.org, her lab has collected data from 2.8 million participants around the globe. In April 2020, Dr. Germine’s group also released the TMB Digital Neuropsychology Toolkit as a resource for researchers and clinicians during Covid, with over 1200 registered users. In addition to her role as lab director, Dr. Germine is also President of the Many Brains Project, a nonprofit 501c3 that supports digital cognitive assessment.

Liz Grinspoon (she/her), PhD, Data Scientist

Liz Grinspoon is the Data Scientist for the Laboratory for Brain and Cognitive Health Technology at McLean Hospital. She earned her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Manufacturing Engineering from Boston University. Her Ph.D. research involved mathematical modeling, stochastic optimization, and simulation applied to manufacturing systems with significant setup times. Dr. Grinspoon has worked at a number of software companies including Oracle, i2 Technologies (acquired by JDA), Blue Agave Software (acquired by i2 Technologies), Dell, having a variety of roles and responsibilities including software engineering, technical consulting, and software system architecting.

Paolo Martini (he/him), PhD, Research Engineer

Paolo Martini is a visual psychophysicist and software engineer who serves as a staff 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.

Roger Strong (he/him), PhD, Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Roger is a postdoctoral research fellow using web-based assessment to investigate how physical and mental health conditions impact cognition, mood, and behavior. He received his Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from Harvard University. Roger’s research interests include understanding attentional processing (the process of prioritizing important information), as well as using simulation techniques to optimize experimental design.

Shifali Singh (she/her), PhD, Licensed Neuropsychologist and Director of Digital Cognitive Research

Shifali Singh is a Licensed Neuropsychologist and Director of the Digital Cognitive Research Program at BaCH Tech Lab/Institute for Technology in Psychiatry at McLean Hospital. She completed her undergraduate training in neuroscience and biomedical research at UCLA. Dr. Singh then attended Illinois Institute of Technology, during which she received specialized clinical training at NorthShore University HealthSystem, the University of Illinois at Chicago, Northwestern University, and the University of Chicago Medicine. She completed her clinical neuropsychology residency at Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Singh’s research and clinical work focuses on the intersection of technology and neuropsychology, with a particular emphasis on developing, validating, and implementing digital tools that may be used to modernize neuropsychological evaluations.

Zoë Hawks (she/her), PhD, Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Zoë Hawks is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Laboratory for Brain and Cognitive Health Technology at McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School. She received her B.S. in Biopsychology, Cognition, & Neuroscience from the University of Michigan and her Ph.D. in Psychological & Brain Sciences from Washington University in St. Louis. Zoë’s research uses digital technology to dynamically assess behavior and cognition, with an eye towards identifying intra-individual processes that exacerbate or maintain psychopathology.

Frances Li (she/her), M.Ed, Lab Manager

Frances Li is the lab manager for the Bach Tech Lab. She earned her master’s in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and her bachelor’s in Psychology as well as Education from the University of California Irvine. She is passionate about researching how childhood adversity predicts change in cognition and behaviors and applying this knowledge to support children and caregivers.

Laneé Jung (she/her), Research Data Analyst

Laneé Jung is a research data analyst for the Bach Tech Lab. She graduated from Smith College with a degree in Economics and Chemistry. She is interested in better understanding how data and technology can improve health tools, outcomes and assessments in psychiatry. Additionally, she enjoys modeling and creating visualizations from health data.

Christina Wu (she/her), Clinical Research Assistant II

Christina Wu is a Clinical Research Assistant II for the BaCH Tech lab. She graduated from Oberlin College with a B.A. in Neuroscience and a minor in Economics in 2021. In the lab, Christina is the lead project coordinator for the ThreatSense study. She is interested in how technology can improve the measurement and treatment of cognition and behavior in neurodegenerative and psychiatric disorders.

Irene Xu (they/them), Research Data Analyst

Irene is a research data analyst with degrees in Psychology and Statistics & Data Science from Smith College. Their projects in the lab focus on validating cognitive EMA measures to understand how they can better inform psychiatric research and developing real-time interventions for the clinical population. They are interested in the role of dissociation in suicidal thoughts and behaviors and studying psychopathology through the lens of gender non-conforming youth.

Minyi Bond (she/her), Research Data Analyst

Minyi Bond is a Research Data Analyst for the Bach Tech Lab. She earned her master’s in Data Analytics from Northeastern University and master’s in Economics from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is interested in revealing knowledge from data to improve the quality of life for people and future generations. Her interest topics include finding the causes of diseases, developmental psychology, economics and statistics.

Lab Alumni

Eliza Passel went to Boston University for graduate school.

Emilia Pozo accepted a position at Benchling.

Ally Kim accepted a position at the Broad Institute.

Hannah Dorris went to University of Colorado Boulder for graduate coursework.

Luke Scheuer went to Boston University for graduate school.

Yi Yi Lu accepted a position at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Jack Turban accepted a position at Stanford University School of Medicine.

Luna An returned to Wellesley College.

Lauren Rutter, PhD accepted a position at Indiana University.

Ella Wahlestedt returned to Babson College.

Delores Nwokeafor-Laz returned to Wellesley College.

Eliza Huang returned to Northeastern University.

Sarah Vogel went to NYU for graduate school.

Niels Wright returned to college at Bowdoin.

Jasmine Kaduthodil went to Nepal as a Fulbright scholar.

Dana Zeng went to Columbia for graduate school.

Claire Peterson graduated from Northeastern University.

Oliva Nicholson graduated from Tufts University.

Alison Tassone graduated from Brandeis University.

Emily Wu graduated from Brandeis University.

David Dodell-Feder, PhD went to the University of Rochester as Assistant Professor of Psychology