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  • Laura Michele Hack

    Laura Michele Hack

    Clinical Instructor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

    Bio Dr. Laura Hack is a Postdoctoral Fellow and Clinical Instructor under the mentorship of Drs. Leanne Williams, Alan Schatzberg, and Ruth O?Hara. She is a translational clinician with a research passion for integrating multiple types of biological and environmental data using advanced analytic techniques into a neuroscience-based taxonomy of mood, anxiety, and stressor-related disorders. Laura envisions herself as a ?psychiatrist of the future,? incorporating genetic information, brain imaging, blood-based markers, and data from wearable sensors into diagnostic and treatment decisions to help relieve the suffering that arises from our current trial-and-error approach.

  • Sarah Louise Hagerty

    Sarah Louise Hagerty

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Psychiatry

    Bio Sarah Hagerty, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University and the Sierra Pacific Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC) at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. She graduated with a BA in Psychology from Carleton College. Recently, she completed dual PhDs in Clinical Psychology and Neuroscience at University of Colorado Boulder and pre-doctoral clinical internship at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. Broadly, Sarah is interested in identifying clinically meaningful patient subtypes based on multimodal data, which could inform personalized interventions. Ultimately, Sarah imagines a new way of conceptualizing psychiatric diagnoses, such that an understanding of biology and behavior yield precision diagnostic insights on a more nuanced, individualized basis. Sarah sees her clinical work as a rich source for scientific hypotheses and personal inspiration, and clinical interactions serve as an important reminder of her dedication to reduce human suffering and increase fulfillment through her program of research A native of Colorado, Sarah is happiest when she's on a hiking trail, playing soccer, or spending time with family. ????

  • Haijing Wu Hallenbeck

    Haijing Wu Hallenbeck

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Psychiatry

    Bio Haijing Hallenbeck, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral fellow at the National Center for PTSD at VA Palo Alto Health Care System, in conjunction with Stanford University School of Medicine. After completing her internship at VA Palo Alto Health Care System, she earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Washington University in St. Louis. Haijing's graduate work focused on using mobile app technology for the assessment of depression. As a postdoctoral fellow, she is investigating how this technology can be adapted for purposes of treatment, particularly for PTSD and depression. She is interested in optimizing mobile apps to improve both mental health symptoms and psychosocial functioning for individuals.

  • Sahar Harati

    Sahar Harati

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Psychiatry

    Bio Sahar Harati, Ph.D., graduated with a PhD in Biomedical Informatics from Emory University. She received her Master?s degree in Computer Science from the same university and her Bachelor?s degree in Software Engineering from Sharif University of Technology in Iran. Her research interests are broadly Machine Learning and Data Mining with applications to Mental Health and Biomedical Informatics. For her thesis, she utilized advanced signal processing and machine learning techniques to study longitudinal data collected from patients recovering from Major Depressive Disorder when treated by Deep Brain Stimulation. Her research goal is to improve human mental well-being by developing computational techniques to find objective biomarkers of depression. She joined PanLab to work on interdisciplinary projects to develop predictive models of depression from physiological and behavioral measures.

  • Alesha Heath

    Alesha Heath

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Psychiatry

    Bio Dr. Alesha Heath is a Postdoctoral Scholar at Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford School of Medicine and the MIRECC the VA Palo Alto. She earned her PhD from the University of Western Australia and Sorbonne University.

    Dr. Heath's research has been primarily focused on the mechanisms and applications of brain stimulation therapies, in particular repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation. Her research involves both basic and clinical components with the aim of improving the efficacy of these therapies for the treatment of disorders such as depression and Alzheimer's disease.

  • John P. Hegarty II

    John P. Hegarty II

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Child Psychiatry

    Bio The overarching goal of my research is to identify neurobiological subgroups and develop objective biomarkers for individuals with psychiatric and neurological disorders in order to improve biologically-based diagnosis and advance the development of precision medicine for mental health. Biologically-based diagnosis and treatment are extremely limited for some psychiatric conditions, especially neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD), but also critically-needed to increase early identification and improve treatment outcomes. My early career training has focused on developing expertise in non-invasive neuroimaging approaches for examining participants ranging from young children to adults and my research has focused on identifying the neurobiology underlying typical and atypical neurodevelopment.

    Thus far in my early research career, my primary contributions to science fall within four major categories:
    1) identifying the neural correlates of different cognitive and behavioral deficits, 2) investigating the neurobiological substrates of treatment response, 3) examining the etiological factors that contribute to atypical brain development in children with autism, and 4) summarizing and increasing accessibility to autism-related research. My earliest research investigated the neurobiology associated with the cognitive deficits of alexithymia, dyslexia, and stress to further develop theories of the underlying mechanisms that contribute to differences in cognitive and behavioral processing. My subsequent dissertation research, in which I began to focus on neurodevelopmental disorders, examined the neural correlates of treatment response to beta-blockers in adults with ASD and also assessed the contribution of cerebellar circuits to autism-related symptoms, which is well-supported from postmortem studies but understudied in clinical populations. During my postdoctoral training, I have been further developing skills for working with young children with and without neurodevelopmental disorders as well as utilizing advanced neuroimaging and neurophysiological approaches to examine the biological mechanisms underlying different types of cognitive and behavioral symptoms. My most recent research has focused on examining the neural correlates of response to behavioral interventions as well as examining the etiological factors that contribute to atypical brain development in twins with autism. The independent line of research that I will continue to develop in my research lab will aim to improve our understanding of typical and atypical brain development and identify objective biomarkers for application in precision medicine. Overall, my track record exemplifies that I am highly dedicated to improving biologically-based treatment approaches and am uniquely-qualified to develop this line of research based on my neuroimaging expertise, incorporation of basic research findings into clinical studies, and extensive experience collaborating with clinicians and other researchers to conduct novel biological and treatment-related research in pediatric, adolescent, adult, and geriatric populations.

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