Faculty & Senior Research Staff

Allan Reiss, MD 

Allan L. Reiss, MD is the Howard C. Robbins Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences Research (CIBSR) at Stanford University School of Medicine. 

Email: areiss1

Joseph Baker, PhD 
Adjunct Lecturer

Email: jbaker2

Jennifer Bruno, PhD 
Senior Research Scholar

Dr. Bruno is a cognitive neuroscientist specializing in human brain development. The overarching goal of her research is to inform and advance clinical care and heath policy for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Email: jenbruno

Lara Foland-Ross, PhD
Senior Research Associate/Lab Manager

Email: lfolandross

Tamar Green, MD
Assistant Professor

Email: tgreen2

Scott Hall, PhD

Scott Hall's primary area of interest is understanding the pathogenesis of problem behaviors shown by individuals diagnosed with neurogenetic disorders such as fragile X syndrome, Cornelia de Lange syndrome and Prader-Willi syndrome.

Email: hallss

David Hong, MD
Assistant Professor

Email: dshong

Hadi Hosseini, PhD 
Assistant Professor

Hadi is a computational/cognitive neuroscientist investigating large-scale structural and functional brain networks in various neuropsychiatric disorders using multimodal neuroimaging, graph theoretical and multivariate pattern analyses techniques. He is also working on developing novel NIRS-based neurofeedback interventions to enhance executive functions.

Email: hoesseiny

Booil Jo, PhD 
Associate Professor

Dr. Jo is Associate professor (biostatistics) with expertise in latent variable modeling and causal inference.  Her current focus is in developing statistical methods and inferential strategies for clinical trials and intervention studies accounting for various complications such as treatment noncompliance, missing data, clustering, mediation, and longitudinal heterogeneity.

Email: booil

Amy Lightbody, PhD
Senior Research Associate

Email: amy.lightbody

Catherine Misener, BA
Administrative Manager

Catherine has a B.A. in Film Studies from San Francisco State University, and since graduating has established a career in administrative and project support that spans various industries. She has held the position of Front Office Manager for a private medical practice in San Francisco, as Transaction Manager for a Real Estate firm in downtown Seattle, and most recently as an Administrative Assistant II in a Bay Area based government agency.

Catherine aims to act as a business partner to the Clinical Researchers, Professors, and Postdoctoral staffers of the Division of Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences, and is excited to have a hand in the important work that they do for the Stanford School of Medicine, and for the broader research community. Here at Stanford she looks to focus on grant funding, while expanding her interests in the life cycles and data collection related to different studies. 

Email: misener

Mira Raman, MS
Lead Scientific Programer

Email: mraman

Manish Saggar, PhD
Assistant Professor

Manish is a computational neuroscientist and focuses on developing novel experimental designs and computational analyses to better understand typical and atypical brain functioning. His current research projects include - (a) finding neural correlates of creativity and its enhancement; (b) developing multi-person fMRI paradigms to assess the neural correlates of live social interaction; and (c) constructing methods to characterize and model dynamics of brain’s intrinsic activity. Manish is also part of Stanford’s d.school teaching team, where he is actively involved in teaching design thinking principles and their relation to mental health.

Email: saggar

Gisela Sandoval, MD, PhD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Clinical Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences - Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences Research.

Email: gsandoval

Post Doctoral Fellows and Visiting Researchers

Javad Ansarifar, PhD
Postdoctoral Scholar

Javad earned a Ph.D. degree in the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering and M.Sc., majoring in Computer Science at Iowa State University in 2021. He received his additional M.Sc. degree in industrial engineering at the University of Tehran in 2017. Javad's research lies in deep learning, computer vision, computational biology, and big data optimization. He integrated machine learning models with optimization models to develop decision-making tools under uncertainty and present a transparent and explainable machine learning model to decipher complex non-linear interactions between predictors.

Email: javad

Barbara Avelar, PhD
Postdoctoral Scholar

Barbara completed her PhD at Karolinska Institutet in September 2019 under the supervision of Lars Bäckman, Alireza Salami, and Lars Nyberg. During her time in Stockholm, she used different neuroimaging techniques to investigate functional, structural, and molecular correlates of cognitive aging with a special focus on functional connectivity. She has a research master’s in Cognitive Neuroscience from Leiden University (’14) and a bachelor’s in Psychological Sciences from the University of Lisbon (’12), and has also worked at both Leiden University and University College London investigating brain correlates of language and emotion. Barbara will be working with Dr. Hadi Hosseini on ways to integrate multimodal data to characterize and better predict Alzheimer’s disease progression.

Email: barave

Stephanie Balters, PhD
Postdoctoral Scholar

Stephanie’s research focus lies on unobtrusive human physiology sensing and subtle interventions in critical human machine interactions, whether it is in a car, airplane cockpit, or on a ship bridge. Stephanie is working on developing robust fNIRS systems that allow for interface-embedded in situ neurofeedback to enhance human task performance.

Email: balters

Edith Brignoni Pérez, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Scholar


Email: edithbp

Elveda Gozdas, PhD
Postdoctoral Scholar


Email: elvedags

Tracy Jordan, PhD
Postdoctoral Scholar

Tracy earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Pediatric Neuropsychology at Palo Alto University. Throughout graduate school, Tracy administered neuropsychological assessments and assisted with several projects at CIBSR including the Turner Syndrome project. She was also involved with a study examining brain development in bilingual children with Dr. Fumiko Hoeft at the UCSF BrainLENS lab. During her pre-doctoral internship at the University of Minnesota Medical School/Masonic Children's Hospital, she completed neuropsychological evaluations with children and adolescents in a clinical setting and worked on a research project investigating treatment outcomes for children identified with Hurler Syndrome at birth. Tracy is excited to expand upon her clinical research experience as a postdoctoral scholar at CIBSR by working with Dr. Lara Foland-Ross on the Klinefelter Syndrome project and with Dr. Amy Lightbody on the Fragile X project. In her free time, Tracy enjoys teaching yoga, running, and spending time outdoors with her dogs.  


Email: tracyjordan

Rihui Li, PhD
Postdoctoral Scholar

Rihui completed his PhD in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Houston. His PhD work primarily focused on applying multimodal brain imaging techniques (EEG and fNIRS) to explore and characterize brain dynamics associated with various brain disorders (Alzheimer's Disease and Stroke). Currently, Rihui is involved in several projects: 1) investigating dynamic functional connectivity and brain states during social interactions using fNIRS-based hyperscanning technique; 2) developing multimodal approaches to characterize the brain alterations in patients with Fragile X and establish robust risk-predictive models for the early management of Fragile X Syndrome.


Qianheng Ma, PhD
Postdoctoral Scholar

Qianheng (Jessica) Ma obtained her PhD degree of biostatistics at University of Chicago under the supervision of Prof. Donald Hedeker and in 2021 she recieved the dissertation grant from Society of Multivariate Experimental Psychology (SMEP). Her current research focus are modern statistical methods and deep learning techniques for mining (multivariate) intensive longitudinal data especially psychological/behavioral measures collected by mobile/wearable devices. Her postdoctoral research mentors are Professor Booil Jo and Professor Allan Reiss. Besides research, she loves playing the piano and is good at Jazz improvization and she can speak fluent Cantonese. 

Email: qianhengma

Jonas Miller, PhD
Postdoctoral Scholar


Email: jgmiller

Monica Siqueiros Sanchez, PhD
Postdoctoral Scholar

Monica completed her PhD in neuroscience at Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. During her PhD, her research focused on the underlying genetic and environmental influences of attentional mechanisms, and of their association to ASD and ADHD traits, in childhood and early infancy using eye tracking and twin studies. She holds a MSc in Developmental Psychopathology for Durham University and a BSc in Psychology from Universidad de Monterrey. Currently, her research focuses on combining MRI and behavioral data to understand underlying neural correlates of cognitive functions (e.g. attention) and social skills in rasopathies.

Email: msiquei

Stephanie Van Riper, PhD
Postdoctoral Scholar

Stephanie Van Riper earned her PhD in Exercise Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The focus of her doctoral work was to examine how exercise influences the central nervous system of individuals with fibromyalgia, Gulf War Illness, and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome; chronic multi-symptom illnesses that are significantly heterogeneous, though frequently have overlapping symptoms of pain, fatigue, and emotional dysregulation. Through her work applying Diffusion Tensor Imaging, she examined how cerebral white matter structure may be dysfunctional in these individuals, as well as how exercise may interact with these mechanisms. The goal of her current work at CIBSR is to examine how exercise influences brain activity and cognitive function in neurodevelopmental disorders such as ADHD using Functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS). Stephanie hopes to improve our understanding of how exercise may interact with disease symptoms and underlying mechanisms to advance treatments for these complex conditions.

Email: vanriper

Research and Administrative Staff

Safiyyah Bachar, MS
Clinical Research Coordinator 

Safiyyah earned her B.A. in Psychology from the University of San Francisco and completed her M.S. in Human Neuroscience from the University of Turku in Finland. During her studies she learned about the complexities of the brain and the diverse neurological and psychiatric illnesses that can affect it. Additionally, she was introduced to various neuroimaging methods and completed her thesis on the structural changes in gambling disorder. Safiyyah is excited to continue learning about the brain and having the opportunity to improve her neuroimaging skills. She looks forward to working with clinical patients as she hopes to pursue a doctorate in clinical psychology.

Email: sbachar

Alexa Booras, BA
Clinical Research Coordinator 

Alexa received her BS in cognitive science from UC Davis. After, she worked under Dr. Timothy Hanks researching perceptual decision making. She is interested in studying brain dynamics via computational modeling and neuroimaging.

Email: boorasak

Lauren Dacorro, BA
Clinical Research Coordinator Associate

Lauren received her B.A. in Psychology from Biola University and is completing her M.A. in Cognitive Psychology at San Francisco State University. At SFSU under the guidance of dr. Mark Geisler, she is researching the neural correlates, using EEG, of emotion on working memory in anxiety. Before Stanford, she was an Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator at Neuroscape at UCSF under the direction of Dr. Adam Gazzaley. There she spearheaded participant recruitment as well as organized and administered neuropsychological assessments to older adults to assess his or her cognitive levels for determining his or her eligibility for the lab’s older adult studies.  At Stanford, she will be working with Dr. Hadi Hosseini and hopes to learn more about neuroimaging while expanding her interests in clinical research in various clinical populations.  She aims to get her PhD in Clinical Neuropsychology, working with children and adolescents.

Email: ldacorro

Hannah Fingerhut, BS
Clinical Research Coordinator Associate

Hannah completed her B.S. in Biopsychology at UC Santa Barbara and her post-baccalaureate certificate in Advanced Biosciences through UC Berkeley Extension. She is interested in understanding underlying mechanisms giving rise to dysfunction in neurological and psychiatric disorders and hopes to contribute to research developing novel therapeutics. She currently works on two projects under Dr. Hadi Hosseini observing the effects of computerized cognitive training in older adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment and in children with ADHD. Outside the lab, she enjoys painting, running, hiking, traveling, and looking after her planted aquariums and golden retriever, Luna.

Email: hfingerhut

Daniel Hasegan, BA
Research Data Analyst

Daniel is a computational expert, coming from the tech industry and currently advancing Computational methods of understanding the brain and its disorders in the Brain Dynamics Lab. Previously, he led AI initiatives at a Healthcare/Radiology Startup, Braid Health. Daniel started his career at Twitter, where he became a Staff Machine Learning Software Engineer, building ML infrastructure, data pipelines, and product improvements on trends, recommendations, and safety. He is thrilled about computational modeling of brain networks for advancing science and decreasing human suffering.

Email: hasegan

Cindy Lee, MA
Clinical Research Coordinator 

Email: leecindy

Matthew Marzelli, MS
Research Data Analyst

Email: marzelli

Aysha Meacham
Research Administrative Associate

My name is Aysha and I am delighted to be coming from a nonprofit background working with the Boys and Girls Club as well as contributing to the same community that essentially raised me. I recently relocated to the Bay Area after spending my time in Los Angeles obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in English. I have a passion for creative and technical writing and hope to demonstrate my skills in my new role as it has been a dream to finally be a part of the professional community within Stanford University.

Email: ayshasm

Megan Mullis, MS
Clinical Research Coordinator 

Megan serves as a Clinical Research Coordinator at the Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences Research for the Klinefelter Study. She earned her M.A. in Forensic Psychology from the George Washington University and her M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University. With a background primarily in forensic psychological evaluation and research, she is excited to expand her skills to include neuropsychological testing and brain imaging. Her current research interests lie in the interactions between genetic disorders, adolescent development, and long-term mental health outcomes.

Email: mnmullis

Aaron Piccirilli, BS
Research Data Analyst

Email: picc

Bhavana Rai, BS
Research Assistant

Email: brai

Samantha Reitmaier, BS
Clinical Research Coordinator 

Samantha completed her B.S. in Psychology & Computer Science at Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada. She is excited to learn more about neuroimaging and the development of novel technology to treat neurological and psychiatric disorders through her work at C-Brain. She has always been fascinated by the brain and hopes to one day apply her psychological and computational knowledge to simulate human intelligence in machines. Outside of the lab, she enjoys traveling, hiking, running, and swimming.  

Email: samreit

Jamie Sundstrom, BS
Clinical Research Coordinator 

Jamie is a recent graduate from the University of California, Davis where she earned her degree in Cognitive Science with an emphasis in Neuroscience and a minor in Psychology. She now serves as a Clinical Research Coordinator for the PANDA study as well as the BGAP study. During her undergraduate years, she was involved in a longitudinal study for young children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She has a special interest in developmental disorders as well as the genetic components that underlie brain development and function.

Email: jlsundt  

Alex Tayts
System Administrator

Email: atayts

Stanford Collaborators

Tandy Aye, MD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Endocrinology) at the Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital

Email: taye

Bruce Buckingham, MD

Professor of Pediatrics (Endocrinology) at the Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital

Email: buckingham

Alan Schatzberg, MD

Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Email: afschatz

Victor Carrion, MD

Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford University Medical Center

Email: vcarrion

Gary Glover, PhD

Gary Glover research interests encompass the physics and mathematics of imaging with Magnetic Resonance. Presently my research is directed in part towards exploration of rapid MRI scanning methods using spiral and other non-Cartesian k-space trajectories for dynamic imaging of function.

Email: gary.glover

Joachim Hallmayer, MD, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

Email: joachimh

Antonio Hardan, MD

Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford University Medical Center.

Email: hardanay

Lynne Huffman

Associate professor (teaching) of pediatrics (neonatology) and, by courtesy, of psychiatry and behavioral sciences.

Email: lynne.huffman

David Lyons, PhD

Email: dmlyons

Kirk Neely, MD

Clinical Professor, Pediatrics - Endocrinology and Diabetes.

Email: ekneely

Manpreet Singh, MD, MS

Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Child Development) at the Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital.

Email: mksingh

David Spiegal, MD

Dr. David Spiegel is Willson Professor and Associate Chair of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Director of the Center on Stress and Health, and Medical Director of the Center for Integrative Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine, where he has been a member of the academic faculty since 1975. He is Past President of the American College of Psychiatrists, and Past President of the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, and a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies.

Email: dan.spiegal

Margo Thienemann, MD

Email: mthiene

Extramural Collaborators

Roy Beck, MD, PhD

DirecNet Research in Children Network, Jaeb Center for Health Research

Jessica Black, PhD

Humor Study in Children, Boston College

Doron Gothelf, MD

Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University

Brian Haas, PhD

Williams Syndrome, University of Georgia

Heather Hazlett. PhD

Fragile X Brain Development, University of North Carolina

Fumiko Hoeft, MD, PhD

Associate Adjunct Professor, University of California, San Francisco

Nelly Mauras, MD

DirecNet Research in Children Network, Nemours Children's Clinic

Nancy Minshew, MD

Autism Research, University of Pittsburgh

Joseph Piven, MD

Fragile X Brain Development, University of North Carolina

Katrina Reudy

DirecNet Research in Children Network, Jaeb Center for Health Research

Judith Ross, MD

Klinefelter Syndrome, Thomas Jefferson University

William Tamborlane, MD

DirecNet Research in Children Network, Yale University

Eva Tsalikian, MD

DirecNet Research in Children Network, Children's Hospital of Iowa

Stuart Weinzimer, MD

DirecNet Research in Children Network, Yale University

Neil White, MD

DirecNet Research in Children Network, Washington University