Faculty & Senior Research Staff

Allan Reiss, MD 
Director

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 
Instructor

Email: jbaker2



Jennifer Bruno, PhD 
Instructor

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



Xu Cui, PhD 
Research Associate

Dr. Cui uses brain imaging technologies (fMRI and NIRS) to study how live brain works and to interpret the brain signal using machine learning methods. He received his PhD in Baylor College of Medicine and B.S. in Beijing University.

Email: cuixu


Lara Foland-Ross, PhD
Lab Manager/Research Associate

Email: lfolandross



Tamar Green, MD
Assistant Professor

Email: tgreen2



Scott Hall, PhD
Associate Professor

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


Ning Liu, PhD 
Research Associate

Dr. Liu has over 10 years educational and research experiences in Biomedical imaging and is the author of over 20 peer-reviewed scientific publications and conference papers. Her current research focus on the following projects: development of neurofeedback-based intervention paradigms to enhance cognitive functions of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD); investigation of neuroimaging as a biomarker for children with ASD and PTSD; development of functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) as a stand alone technique and in combination with functional MRI for cognitive studies; development of hyperscan technique to study neural mechanisms for social cognition.

Email: ningl



Paul Mazaika, PhD 
Associate Director, Computational Neuroimaging

Dr. Mazaika is the Associate Director for Computational Neuroimaging. After a successful career developing smart image processing algorithms for industry, he is currently applying new methods to interpret brain image data to help understand the impacts of disease on brain development and function.

Email: mazaika



Mira Raman, MS
Lead Scientific Programer

Email: mraman



Reiko Riley, MPH
Division Manager

Reiko is the Administrative Manager of the Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences Research (CIBSR). She is also a graduate of the San Jose State University Master of Public Health program, which enables her to enhance both her administrative skills with knowledge of scientific methods.

Email: reikor


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


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



Joseph Geeseman, PhD
Visiting Scholar

Dr. Geeseman is a visting scholar from the US Navy where he serves as an Aerospace Experimental Psychologist.  While in the lab, he will focus on fNIRS capability in the aerospace environment and he will support other projects investigating human-automation interaction.  

 

Email: geeseman



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



Iliana Karipidis, PhD
Postdoctoral Scholar

 

Email: ilianak



Naama Mayseless, PhD
Postdoctoral Scholar

 

Email: nmay



Jonas Miller, PhD
Postdoctoral Scholar

 

Email: jgmiller



Omid Miry, PhD
Postdoctoral Scholar

 

Email: omidm7



Gavin Tempest, PhD
Postdoctoral Scholar

Email: gtempest



Research and Administrative Staff

Vanessa Alschuler, BA
Clinical Research Coordinator Associate

Recent research involvement includes longitudinal neurodevelopmental studies with adolescents and teens, and sleep and physiologically based studies with adults. Previous research includes work on squirrel cognition and altruistic behaviors and the use of animal modeling to explore helping behavior and its neural circuits. 

Email: avanessa

 


Kristi Bartholomay, BA
Clinical Research Coordinator Associate

Email: kristi.bartholomay


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


Maureen Gil, BA
Clinical Research Coordinator Associate

Maureen has a B.S. in Psychology with an emphasis in Biology from University of California, Davis. After graduating, she focused time on research - working on multiple projects such as the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study and the National Consortium on Alcohol and Neurodevelopment in Adolescence (NCANDA) Study with Dr. Fiona Baker. She is excited to be working with Dr. David Hong on the Gender project and looks forward to developing her knowledge on neuroimaging and neuropsychological assessments. Maureen plans on going back to school for a PhD in Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology with a focus on neurodevelopment.

Email: magil


Cindy Lee, MA
Clinical Research Coordinator Associate

Email: leecindy


Matthew Marzelli, MS
Research Data Analyst

Email: marzelli


Kat Monlux, M.S., BCBA
Clinical Research Coordinator

Email: monlux


Ravit Peled, MHA
Research Administrative Associate

Ravit holds a BSc in Biology and an MHA in Health Management Administration from the University of Haifa, Israel. Until recently she worked as an Office Manager/Operation Manager in a Cyber Security Start-up company in Sunnyvale. She loves to hike, travel and spends time with her family. Here at Stanford she hopes to acquire new skills, and have a great working environment.

Email: ravit19


Aaron Piccirilli, BS
Research Data Analyst

Email: picc


Bhavana Rai, BS
Research Assistant

Email: brai


Sharon Bade Shrestha, BS
Research Data Analyst

Email:  sharonbs


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 Buckinham, 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



Kiki Chang, MD

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

Email: kchang88



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

Associate 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

Assistant 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