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 clinical psychology doctoral candidate at Boston University, and is currently a psychology intern at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Lauren’s research examines the cognitive and affective processes in mood and anxiety disorders, with applications for improving assessments and interventions. As a graduate student, she worked with Dr. Timothy Brown at Boston University’s Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders where she studied classification of emotional disorders, the relationship personality vulnerabilities and psychopathology, and emotion recognition.
David Dodell-Feder, PhD, Research Fellow
David is interested in the neural and behavioral processes that contribute to social functioning in health and psychopathology, and using technology to characterize and intervene on these processes in the case of dysfunction. David received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Harvard University in 2016 and completed a clinical internship at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center.
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.
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.