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 

Email: jbaker2

Jennifer Bruno, PhD 

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

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

Megan Klabunde, PhD
Clinical Instructor/Postdoctoral Scholar

Dr. Megan Klabunde is a cognitive neuroscientist and clinical psychologist. Her research interests include interoception neurodevelopment and its influence on emotion processing, empathy and the development of psychiatric symptoms during childhood and adolescence. The examination of early life social interactions and the influence of stress on interoceptive neurodevelpment is also of interest.

Licensed Psychologist #26429 in California Board Certified Biofeedback Specialist.  

Email: mklabunde

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
Administrative and Financial 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

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

Naama Mayseless, PhD
Postdoctoral Scholar


Email: nmay

Jonas Miller, PhD
Postdoctoral Scholar


Email: jgmiller

Omid Miry, PhD
Postdoctoral Scholar


Email: omidm7

Stefani O'Donoghue, PhD
Postdoctoral Scholar

Email: stefani1

Gavin Tempest, PhD
Postdoctoral Scholar

Email: gtempest

Research and Administrative Staff

Vanessa Alschuler, BA
Clinical Research Coordinator Assoiate

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


Raul Barete, BA
Research Assistant

Email: rbarete

Kristi Bartholomay, BA
Clinical Research Coordinator Associate

Email: kristi.bartholomay

Tobi Britton, BA, BCaBA
Clinical Research Coordinator Associate

Email: tobi.britton

Lindsay Chromik, MS
Clinical Research Coordinator

Email: lchromik

Maureen Gil, BA
Clinical Research Coordinator Associate

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

Aaron Piccirilli, BS
Research Data Analyst

Email: picc

Bhavana Rai, BS
Research Assistant

Email: brai

Sharon Bade Shrestha, BS
Research Assistant

Email:  sharonbs

Alex Tayts
System Administrator

Email: atayts

Gabby Tong, BA
Research Assistant

Email:  khtong

Ellen Wilkinson, MA
Clinical Research Coordinator

Email: ehwilk 

Cassidy Zimmerman, MA
Research Administrative Associate

Email: cassidyz

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