Education & Certifications

  • PhD, Stony Brook University, Integrative Neuroscience (2013)
  • MA, Stony Brook University, Psychology (2010)
  • BA, Clark University, Psychology (2008)
  • Certified Instructor, Software Carpentry


All Publications

  • Support Your Data: A Research Data Management Guide for Researchers Research Ideas and Outcomes Borghi, J. A., Abrams, S., Lowenberg, D., Simms, S., Chodacki, J. 2018; 4

    View details for DOI 10.3897/rio.4.e26439

  • Data management and sharing in neuroimaging: Practices and perceptions of MRI researchers. PloS one Borghi, J. A., Van Gulick, A. E. 2018; 13 (7): e0200562


    Neuroimaging methods such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) involve complex data collection and analysis protocols, which necessitate the establishment of good research data management (RDM). Despite efforts within the field to address issues related to rigor and reproducibility, information about the RDM-related practices and perceptions of neuroimaging researchers remains largely anecdotal. To inform such efforts, we conducted an online survey of active MRI researchers that covered a range of RDM-related topics. Survey questions addressed the type(s) of data collected, tools used for data storage, organization, and analysis, and the degree to which practices are defined and standardized within a research group. Our results demonstrate that neuroimaging data is acquired in multifarious forms, transformed and analyzed using a wide variety of software tools, and that RDM practices and perceptions vary considerably both within and between research groups, with trainees reporting less consistency than faculty. Ratings of the maturity of RDM practices from ad-hoc to refined were relatively high during the data collection and analysis phases of a project and significantly lower during the data sharing phase. Perceptions of emerging practices including open access publishing and preregistration were largely positive, but demonstrated little adoption into current practice.

    View details for DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0200562

    View details for PubMedID 30011302

  • Alterations in visual cortical activation and connectivity with prefrontal cortex during working memory updating in major depressive disorder NEUROIMAGE-CLINICAL Le, T. M., Borghi, J. A., Kujawa, A. J., Klein, D. N., Leung, H. 2017; 14: 43?53


    The present study examined the impacts of major depressive disorder (MDD) on visual and prefrontal cortical activity as well as their connectivity during visual working memory updating and related them to the core clinical features of the disorder. Impairment in working memory updating is typically associated with the retention of irrelevant negative information which can lead to persistent depressive mood and abnormal affect. However, performance deficits have been observed in MDD on tasks involving little or no demand on emotion processing, suggesting dysfunctions may also occur at the more basic level of information processing. Yet, it is unclear how various regions in the visual working memory circuit contribute to behavioral changes in MDD. We acquired functional magnetic resonance imaging data from 18 unmedicated participants with MDD and 21 age-matched healthy controls (CTL) while they performed a visual delayed recognition task with neutral faces and scenes as task stimuli. Selective working memory updating was manipulated by inserting a cue in the delay period to indicate which one or both of the two memorized stimuli (a face and a scene) would remain relevant for the recognition test. Our results revealed several key findings. Relative to the CTL group, the MDD group showed weaker postcue activations in visual association areas during selective maintenance of face and scene working memory. Across the MDD subjects, greater rumination and depressive symptoms were associated with more persistent activation and connectivity related to no-longer-relevant task information. Classification of postcue spatial activation patterns of the scene-related areas was also less consistent in the MDD subjects compared to the healthy controls. Such abnormalities appeared to result from a lack of updating effects in postcue functional connectivity between prefrontal and scene-related areas in the MDD group. In sum, disrupted working memory updating in MDD was revealed by alterations in activity patterns of the visual association areas, their connectivity with the prefrontal cortex, and their relationship with core clinical characteristics. These results highlight the role of information updating deficits in the cognitive control and symptomatology of depression.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.nicl.2017.01.004

    View details for Web of Science ID 000405984300005

    View details for PubMedID 28138426

    View details for PubMedCentralID PMC5257188

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