Our Team

Meet the members of the Cognitive and Systems Neuroscience Laboratory! The lab has been at Stanford for over a decade and includes over 25 current members.

Faculty/Research Scientists

Aarthi Padmanabhan, Ph.D.

Scientific Research Director

Aarthi Padmanabhan, Ph.D.

Scientific Research Director  

I graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a B.S. in Cognitive Science and a minor in Communication Design; and received my PhD in Cognitive Psychology with a Cognitive Neuroscience concentration from the University of Pittsburgh. I am specifically interested in the late childhood/adolescent period as the brain systems that underlie social motivation undergo considerable reorganization during this time. My hope is that understanding the progression of the disorder over development will allow us to identify key periods of plasticity that may inform intervention and therapeutic practices in the future.

Dan Abrams, Ph.D.

Instructor 

Dan Abrams, Ph.D.

Instructor

My primary research goal is to understand the neurobiological foundations of speech and language impairments. Specifically, I am interested in how the perception and neural coding of speech impact communication and language deficits in children, with a focus on children with autism spectrum disorders and reading disabilities. I received my Bachelor's degree from the University of Arizona and my Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Northwestern University under the guidance of Professor Nina Kraus.

Weidong Cai, Ph.D.

Instructor 

Weidong Cai, Ph.D.

Instructor

My research combines sophisticated computational methods, advanced functional neuroimaging techniques, and experimental work to understand how cognitive control networks are organized, how dynamic control process is implemented, how these functional circuits are developed, and how these brain systems are disturbed in psychiatric and neurological disorders characterized by cognitive control deficits. I am also interested in developing neuroimaging-based biomarkers for psychiatric and neurological disorders and prediction models for clinical symptoms using systems neuroscience approach and machine learning algorithms.

Shaozheng Cai, Ph.D.

Instructor 

Shaozheng Qin, Ph.D.

Instructor

My primary research of interest is to understand how the brain supports learning and memory, and interaction with stress and emotion. And how these processes develop as the brain matures from childhood to adulthood. Using a multi-disciplinary approach, integrating functional brain imaging and experimental behavioral techniques, endocrine, psychophysiology and genetics, I currently investigate how the medial temporal, prefrontal and parietal systems interplay to support learning and memory and interact with emotion, and their maturational changes from childhood through adolescence into adulthood. The overarching goal of my research is to optimize learning and memory in education and prevention of learning and emotion problems over development.

Tianwen Chen, Ph.D.

Research Scientist

Tianwen Chen, Ph.D.

Research Scientist

Biography forthcoming. 

Kaustubh Supekar, Ph.D.

Research Scientist 

Kaustubh Supekar, Ph.D.

Research Scientist

Biography forthcoming. 

Postdoctoral Fellows

Hyesang Chang, Ph.D.

Post Doctoral Fellow 

Hyesang Chang

Post Doctoral Fellow 

Biography forthcoming. 

Lang Chen, Ph.D.

Post Doctoral Fellow 

Lang Chen

Post Doctoral Fellow

My broad scientific research aims to understand how the dynamic neurocognitive networks in human brain support memory, learning and knowledge representations in multi-domains by combining both computational modeling and neuroimaging approaches. My current projects at Stanford focus on developing computational frameworks to account for both behavioral and neuroimaging evidence on how children learn pivotal cognitive skills, including language, math and social concepts, and how the representations, processes and even structures in the neurocognitive networks change during the learning and development.

Tanya Evans, Ph.D.

Post Doctoral Fellow 

Tanya Evans

Post Doctoral Fellow 

I am interested in the fundamental problem of how the human brain develops to acquire the basic skills necessary for success in the classroom, how this acquisition goes awry in certain individuals, and what can be done to successfully remediate these skills in struggling students.  My research falls broadly under the term educational neuroscience, i.e. how can breakthroughs in neuroscience be leveraged to inform educational practice.  I received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Lehigh University, and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Georgetown University in 2013. I seek to further investigate how language may play a facilitative role in the acquisition of skills in mathematics, and explore what is distinct and common to dyslexia and dyscalculia, two prevalent and often comorbid learning disabilities. 

Tue Herlau, Ph.D.

Post Doctoral Fellow 

Tue Herlau

Post Doctoral Fellow 

Biography forthcoming. 

Yuan Zhang, Ph.D.

Post Doctoral Fellow 

Yuan Zhang

Post Doctoral Fellow

Biography forthcoming. 

Staff

Christina A.

Lab & Recruitment Manager 

Christina A.

Lab & Recruitment Manager 

Biography forthcoming. 

Kate Duberg

Research Assistant 

Kate Duberg

Research Assistant 

Biography forthcoming. 

Christopher Hamblin

Research Assistant 

Christopher Hamblin

Research Assistant 

Biography forthcoming. 

Julia Kang

Research Assistant  

Julia Kang

Research Assistant 

I graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Education. During my undergraduate career, I worked as a research assistant in various labs within the psychology and social welfare departments, including Dr. Silvia Bunge’s Building Blocks of Cognition lab. My research interests include learning and cognition, developmental, neural and clinical disorders, and hope to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Neuropsychology where I can keep exploring the brain and behavior using neuropsychological assessments and brain imaging. At the Stanford Cognitive and Systems Neuroscience Lab, I am exploring the relationship between cognitive and brain processes such as learning and memory. I’m particularly working with children with math difficulties and autism. In my free time, I enjoy playing with my dog, exploring the Bay Area and spending time with family and friends.

Shelby Karraker 

Research Assistant 

Shelby Karraker

Research Assistant 

Biography forthcoming. 

Jeremy Rudoler

Research Assistant  

Jeremy Rudoler

Research Assistant 

Biography forthcoming. 

Maddie Snyder

Research Assistant  

Maddie Snyder

Research Assistant 

Biography forthcoming. 

Sheena Chand

Research Administrative Assistant   

Sheena Chand

Research Administrative Assistant 

I graduated from San Jose State University with my B.A. in Communicative Disorders and Sciences, concentration in Speech-Language Pathology. I have gained experience as an administrative assistant, speech/language therapy assistant, and applied behavioral analysis (ABA) therapist in a variety of settings including private clinics, schools, daycares, and homes. I joined the central administrative staff for the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences as a Pre-Award Accounting Associate in 2016, and work directly under Dr. Aimee-Noelle Swanson, Director of Research Development, Integrity, and Strategy. I support Dr. Menon with preparing and routing grant proposals for institutional review and submission to the sponsor. 

Alumni

Faculty/Research Scientists

Miriam Rosenberg-Lee, PhD

Lucina Uddin, PhD

Marie Schaer, PhD MD
John Kochalka    

Post Doctoral Fellows

Sarit Ashkenazi, PhD

Naama Barnea-Goraly, PhD

Soohyun Cho, PhD

Sonia Crottaz-Herbette, PhD

Christa-Lynn Donovan, PhD

Amy Garrett, PhD

Michael Greicius, MD, MPH

Michael Haberecht, MD, PhD

Anna Lembke, MD

Judith Piggott, PhD

Susan Rivera, PhD

Elena Rykhlevskaia, PhD

Leanne Tamm, PhD

Tony Yang, MD, PhD

Dietje Jolles, PhD

Ting Ting Chang, PhD

Aron Metcalfe, PhD

Christian Battista, PhD

Jalil Taghia, PhD    

Graduate Students

Anjali Bhatara

Catie Chang

Ting-Ting Chang

Matt Davis-Ratner

Sridhar Devarajan

Nirav Kamdar

Valorie Salimpoor

Symeon Mengkai Shieh

Gauarav Srivastava

Jessica Tsang

   

Research Assistants

Robert Anagnoson

Jose Anguiano

Maria Barth

Kevin Holmes

Katherine Keller

Amirah Khouzam

Leeza Kondos

Meghan Meyer

Sangeetha Santhanam

Charles Lynch

Emily Escovar

Anna Gorn Swigart

Caitlin Tenison

Sarah Wu

Christina Young

Emma Adair

Sandhya Prathap

Sarah-Nicole Bostan

Holly Wakeman

Sally (Se Ri) Bae

Shivani Kaushal

Paola Odriozola

Rachel Rehert

Yeo Bi (YB) Choi
Amanda Baker Samantha Mitsven Jonathan Nicholas

Collaborators

Jonathan Berger, MFA, DMA

Chris Chafe, PhD

Mark Eckert, PhD

Stephan Eliez, MD

Carl Feinstein, MD

Lynn Fuchs, PhD

David C. Geary, PhD

Gary Glover, PhD

Michael Greicius, MD, MPH

Booil Jo, PhD

Jennifer Keller, PhD

Daniel Levitin, PhD

David Lyons, PhD

Josef Parvizi, MD, PhD

Allan Reiss, MD

Alan Schatzberg, MD

Daniel Schwartz, PhD

Victor Carrion, MD
Ruth O'Hara, PhD Joachim Hallmayer, MD Jennifer McNab, PhD
Jin Lee, PhD Antonio Hardan, MD Stacie Warren, PhD