Principal Investigator
Over the past 13 years my research program has been motivated by the need for a new model of mental disorder, one that integrates two complex systems: human brain function and human behavior. 

In 2013 I commenced my faculty position as Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. I also hold a position at the VA Palo Alto MIRECC, and have the leadership role of Director of PTSD Education. Prior to this, I was the Director of the Brain Dynamics Center for 12 years (2001 to 2013) and on faculty at the University of Sydney. In Sydney I was first a member of the tenured faculty in Psychology (1999-2004) and, subsequently, the Sydney Medical School, where I became foundation Professor of Cognitive Psychiatry in 2007, and where I continue to hold an active, honorary position. My PhD was awarded in 1996, and it was completed with a British Council scholarship for study at Oxford University.

My lab - the PanLab - was launched with an R01 project, funded under the NIMH "RDoC" initiative to develop a new understanding of mental disorder based on neurobiology. With this project as the foundation, we are forming at Stanford an interdisciplinary collaboration to advance personalized neuroscience for mental disorder.
Leanne Williams, PhD
Professor & Associate Chair for Research Strategy and Oversight
Stanford University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Director, PTSD Education
VA Palo Alto Sierra-Pacific MIRECC
PanLab Faculty
Andrea earned her PhD in psychology/neuroscience in 2014 from UC Berkeley. There she examined the impact of sleep loss on emotional brain function using high density EEG sleep recording, advanced MRI methods and emotion reactivity paradigms.

Her current research in the PANLab focuses on: (1) using big data methodologies to develop a data-driven taxonomy of depression and anxiety from multiple neurobiological measures of brain function, physiology, and behavior; (2) characterizing how physiological stress contributes to amygdala-anterior cingulate-medial prefrontal dysfunctions in anxiety and depression; (3) identifying objective biomarkers that predict general and medication-specific responses to antidepressant treatment. Andrea was awarded a post-doctoral NRSA fellowship to continue this research. Looking towards the future, Andrea aims to build a program of translational clinical research that utilizes advanced computational modeling, big data principles, human neuroimaging techniques and sleep physiology to develop a precision medicine approach for the treatment of psychiatric disorders.

Link to recent publications in the press: PNAS article featured in Time
Andrea Goldstein-Piekarski, PhD
Instructor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Dr. Michelle Madore is a licensed clinical psychologist and neuropsychologist. Dr. Madore is a clinical neuropsychologist at VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS) in the Sierra Pacific Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC) where she manages the program evaluation for the utilization of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) for treatment-resistant depression in Veterans. Additionally, she is the Co-Director for the Sierra Pacific MIRECC post-doctoral fellowship program at VAPAHCS. Dr. Madore completed her doctorate in Psychology, with a specialization in Clinical Neuropsychology, at the University of Cincinnati. She completed her pre-doctoral internship in neuropsychology at VA Palo Alto Health Care System. She went on to receive post-doctoral training at VA Northern California Health Care System – Martinez, San Francisco VA Medical Center, and VA Palo Alto Health Care System/Stanford University School of Medicine. In her post-doctoral education, she received specialized training in clinical neuropsychology, cognitive rehabilitation, and polytrauma. She is a member of the American Psychological Association – Society for Clinical Neuropsychology (APA-SCN), the International Neuropsychological Association (INS), and the Asian American Psychological Association – Division on Filipino Americans (AAPA-DoFA). She is also involved in several leadership positions within these organizations, serving as the Finance Officer in AAPA-DoFA and the chair of the Ethnic Minority Affairs sub-Committee of APA-SCN
Michelle Madore, PhD
Clinical Neuropsychologist
Claudia Padula, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral fellow at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System and Stanford University. Dr. Padula completed her undergraduate work and research assistant positions at the University of California San Diego and received her masters and doctorate degrees at the University of Cincinnati in psychology with an emphasis in neuropsychology. Claudia enjoys traveling the world, gardening, and cooking. She is most proud of her daughter, Daniella.

Claudia is the Prinicipal Investigator of the BRAVE Lab.

Claudia Padula, PhD
Instructor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
PanLab Post-Docs
Tali is a T32-funded postdoctoral fellow under the mentorship of Dr. Williams.  Her primary research aim is to translate neuroscience models of anxiety into improved treatment outcomes.  She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of California San Diego in 2015 under the mentorship of Drs. Murray Stein and Martin Paulus.  Her dissertation established relationships between brain activation during fear extinction learning and anxiety reduction following a brief exposure intervention.  Within the PanLab, her areas of research include (1) developing clinically useful metrics of brain circuit function (using data from iSPOT-D, TWIN-E, and RAD), (2) incorporating neuroscience-based assessments into clinical practice (Precision Psychiatry Continuity Clinic), and (3) evaluating an online CBT intervention for transdiagnostic anxiety and depression symptoms (RAD-CAT).  She is also a therapist in Stanford’s Psychosocial Treatment Clinic, specializing in CBT and ACT for anxiety and depression.  Outside of work she enjoys dancing and bad puns.
Tali Manber Ball, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow
Adina is a resident physician within the Stanford Psychiatry Residency Training Program's Research Track and a T32-funded postdoctoral fellow under the mentorship of Professor Leanne Williams and Professor Alan Schatzberg. Adina received her B.Sc. in Brain and Cognitive Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she conducted research on early childhood cognition. She earned her M.D. and Ph.D. in Neuroscience at Dartmouth College, School of Medicine. Her dissertation research examined the effects of cannabis on brain circuitry and cognition using advanced MRI methods, pharmacologic interventions, clinical, behavioral, and cognitive assessments. Her clinical interest is in college mental health, focusing on treatment of mood and anxiety disorders through psychodynamic therapy, psychopharmacology and patient specific strength-based approaches that enhance resilience.  Her current areas of research complement her clinical interests and include: (1) examining neuroimaging, behavioral and clinical correlates of resilience (2) investigating differential predictors of antidepressant treatment response as they relate to quality of life measures, emotion regulation, and cognitive function and (3) developing improved pharmacologic interventions that better preserve and treat cognitive capabilities in depressed individuals.
Adina Fischer, MD, PhD
Psychiatry Resident Physician
John is a recent graduate of the Stanford Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship, Research Track. Previously, he served as Chief Resident of the General Psychiatry residency at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, where he also attended medical school. His clinical interests are many and include working with young people with disruptive behaviors, ADHD, anxiety disorders, and family conflict. His research interests are complimentary and he has been working with Prof. Leanne Williams in developing personalized approaches to treatment of ADHD and anxiety by understanding the relationships between measures of impulsivity, inattention, and arousal across different levels of organization. Some of this work has benefitted from collaboration and the incredible expertise in statistics and computer science here at Stanford, and he is currently working on a project involving the Apple Watch for deep phenotyping via passive data collection. He has greatly enjoyed his time at Stanford so far and is excited to be joining the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Division as a junior faculty member. In his personal life, he enjoys spending relaxing time with family and friends, yoga, and exploring the natural beauty of the Bay Area on foot.
John Leikauf, MD
Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist
and Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr. Matthew D. Sacchet is the Stanford School of Medicine Dean’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. In his research he uses clinical, computational, and neuroimaging methods to study individuals with mood and anxiety disorders. Since 2012, he has authored over 40 publications and his work has been presented over 100 times. Dr. Sacchet has been awarded funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), and Stanford University. His work has received coverage by major media outlets including CBS, NBC, NPR, TIME, and The
Wall Street Journal, and in 2017, Forbes Magazine named him as one of its “30 Under 30”. Dr. Sacchet received a bachelor’s degree from Brown University and a doctorate from Stanford University.


Please see his  website for more information.
Matthew Sacchet, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow
Zoe earned her Research Master from Leiden University (NL) in the context of which she studied the effect of horizontal saccadic eye movements used in EMDR on episodic memory and interhemispheric EEG coherence. She received her PhD in 2015 from Maastricht University where she examined: 1) the basic functional organization of the orbitomedial prefrontal cortex using MRI functional connectivity and graph-theory parcellation methods and 2) functional connectivity and reactivity alterations in currently depressed individuals and people with familial susceptibility to major depression. At the PANLab, she is studying connectivity aberrations of the reward network in depressed and anhedonic patients, and ways to tailor anti-depressant treatments to individuals according to MRI markers. Outside of work, Zoe loves crossfit, watching movies and theater plays, and the sea.

Zoe was named as a 2017 Stanford Neurosciences Interdisciplinary Scholar Award Receipent.  

Zoe Samara, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow
Leonardo graduated as a Medical Doctor from Pisa University and Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies in 2013. Immediately thereafter, his interest in the investigation of mood disorders using Magnetic Resonance Imaging led him to join the R'Birth Consortium, a Marie Curie Initial Training Network spanning across 7 European countries. In 2017, he was awarded his Ph.D. from Trinity College Dublin for his research on the interaction between genetic risk factors, epigenetic modifications and environmental stressors as predictors of structural and functional brain changes related to Major Depression. Leonardo joined the PANLab at the start of 2018 as a post-doctoral fellow within the framework of the Human Connectome Project. His goal is to use functional and structural connectivity analyses to develop precision psychiatry metrics related to the biology underpinning anxiety and depression. By combining connectomics and predictive algorithms, he also aims to assess the potential of these measures for clinical applications such as guiding treatment selection and estimating therapy response. In his free time, Leonardo enjoys practicing martial arts, playing video-games, reading and discovering the local culture.
Leonardo Tozzi, MD, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow
PanLab Staff
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    Sarah Chang
    Data Specialist
    Sarah earned her BSc in Psychobiology from UCLA, where she researched at UCLA Neuromodulation and the Social Cognitive Neuroscience Lab. In these labs, she investigated the clinical outcomes of depression and how we inform impressions of others. She is currently a research coordinator for the RAINBOW-ENGAGE study in the Panlab. In the future, she aspires to attend graduate school for clinical psychology. Outside of lab, you can find Sarah taking hiphop dance classes and scouting the area for cute cafes.
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    Carlos Correa
    Research Software Engineer
    Carlos studied computer science for his undergraduate degree at University of Texas at Austin. He was a programmer for several years. Carlos works with the PanLab to streamline data management and analysis processes. He hopes to become a neuroscientist when he grows up. Carlos likes to read and take long walks in urban areas.
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    Druthi Ghanta
    Neuroscience Research Coordinator
    Druthi graduated from Stanford with a B.S. in Biomedical Computation and a M.S. in Biology (with a focus on neurobiology). She is excited to use her backgrounds in both wearable technologies and neuroscience research to contribute to the Catalyst and Connectome projects, where she is helping to create and clinically test a wearable technology to monitor and address mental states. She spends her free time trying to understand the intersecting systems that create the environments for our (mental) experiences and tries to more frequently engage with the works of marginalized peoples, particularly those of people of color and women. Currently, she is involved in the Stanford Refugee Research Project. She recently also worked with Stanford Global Health on the Women Leaders in Global Health conference and particularly contributed to compiling the data that evidenced the barriers to women’s leadership in the field. Druthi also likes to go running and travels frequently to explore other parts of the world on foot.
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    Katherine Grisanzio
    Neuroscience Research Lab Manager
    Katherine received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Boston College, where her research involved studying the quantification of attention allocation, as well as examining memory and emotion in the aging population. In the PanLab, Katherine is the Research Lab Manager across studies, including the RAD, RAD-AT, and Connectome studies. Her research in the PanLab has focused on using data driven approaches to examine brain-behavior subtypes in transdiagnostic samples. She plans to attend graduate school to pursue her interest in cognitive and affective neuroscience and neuroimaging. Outside of work, she likes to surf, be outdoors, and spend time with family.
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    Bailey Holt-Gosselin
    Lab Manager, Clinical Operations
    Bailey received her Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience from the University of Vermont in May 2017. When she was an undergrad, she interned in a child psychiatry research lab wherein she conducted her honors thesis on various environmental factors that promote child emotional-behavioral well-being. Additionally, she participated in the 2016 Summer Neuroscience Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SNURF) at the University of Vermont, where she studied the relations between inflammation in utero of pregnant female rats and brain damage in the offspring. After graduating, she had the opportunity to participate in the 2017 Summer Program for Undergraduate Research in Life and Biomedical Sciences (SPUR-LABS) at UCLA, where she investigated dopaminergic mechanisms underlying effort-based decision making in adolescents. In the PanLab, Bailey is a research coordinator for the human connectome study. When she's not in the lab, she likes to spend her time exploring nature, playing volleyball, and reading.
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    Catherine Kircos
    Neuroscience Research Coordinator
    Catherine is the Research Coordinator for the Precision Psychiatry Continuity Clinic project in the PanLab. Catherine joined the PanLab in 2017 after completing her Master of Arts degree in Psychology (Mind, Brain, and Behavior) from San Francisco State University. At SFSU, Catherine's research focused on utilizing smartphone technology to measure feelings of loneliness, anxiety, and depression in everyday life. Before moving to the Bay Area, Catherine grew up in Detroit, Michigan and completed her BA in Psychology in 2015 at Glendon College, York University in Toronto. In her free time, Catherine enjoys mountain biking and cycling in new places.
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    Celestine Navarro
    Program Specialist, Clinical rTMS
    Celestine joined the PanLab in 2016 with the aim of focusing her effort toward neuroscience research after having worked a number of years conducting forensic autopsies and pathology research with the Sacramento County Coroners. Previous research was focused in neurological disorders at UC Davis and neurotrauma with UCSF/SF General Trauma Center and Midwestern University. She completed her education in biochemistry and biomedical sciences at Sacramento State University and Midwestern University. Time permitting, she prefers to explore places that lack phone reception, tactical items and gadgets, snowblading.
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    Brooke Staveland
    Lab Manager, Neuroimaging Operations
    Brooke Staveland graduated from The George Washington University with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a minor in Mind/Brain Studies. Brooke is a Neuroimaging Research Associate on the Connectome Project which seeks to characterize how connectome disorganization gives rise to disordered emotional states at the level of the individual patient. Prior to her role in the Connectome Project, Brooke utilized graph theoretical analysis to parse differences in functional networks in MDD subjects from the International Study to Predict Optimized Treatment – Depression (iSPOT-D). When not in the lab, Brooke could be found playing capoeira, supporting overly-trendy coffee shops, or swimming in the bay.
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    Serena Tally
    Neuroscience Research Coordinator
    Serena received her Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience from the University of Pittsburgh. While there, she worked in a basic science laboratory investigating the effects of statin drugs on the developing brain, by looking at their role in the growth and migration of neural stem cells. Fascinated by reproduction and the development of the human nervous system, she hopes to go into medicine and women's health in the future. At the PanLab, she is a research coordinator for the RAD-AT study. Outside of work she enjoys playing guitar and piano, and attempting to be athletic.
PanLab Students
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    Andrew Bueno
    BS Student, Human Biology
    Andrew Bueno is a junior undergrad majoring in Human Biology with a concentration in neuroscience. His research interests include the intersection of mind and body, especially the way that mindsets can influence behavior as well as physiological processes. In a couple of years, he hopes to go to medical school and specialize in either psychiatry or neurology. In his free time, you can find him petting cats or traveling.
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    Elizabeth Chin
    PhD Student in Biomedical Informatics
    Liz is a first year PhD student in Biomedical Informatics. She earned her BS in Applied Mathematics from UCLA, where she worked with Prof Grace Xiao on building bayesian networks to model regulatory elements in cancer. Previously, Liz worked with Prof Rachel Martin to develop statistical methods to detect protein aggregation, as well as Prof Pardis Sabeti to identify the optimal set of clinical variables needed to make informed medical decisions that drastically reduced the time of diagnosis for Lassa Fever. Liz is interested in unsupervised machine learning methods, particularly with causal inference, multiscale, multivariate problems in time series analysis. Her rotation in the PanLab focuses on identifying patterns in longitudinal fMRI data and augmenting them with time series mobile data to find digital phenotypes for these patterns.
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    Scotty Fleming
    MS Student in Biomedical Informatics
    Scott is a graduate student in the Biomedical Informatics Training Program at Stanford University's School of Medicine. He graduated with a BS in Mathematical and Computational Science from Stanford in Spring 2017. Scott's primary interests involve data-driven approaches to understanding the patterns of neural activity that govern behavioral dimensions of mental health disorders. Recently, he has been working on the Research on Anxiety and Depression (RAD) study, trying to discover subtypes of anxiety and depression in the data by employing machine learning techniques like regularized feature selection, dimension reduction, and clustering. Scott also enjoys classical music, listening to podcasts on politics, and playing with his adorable nieces and nephews.
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    Arielle Keller
    PhD Student in Neuroscience
    Arielle earned her M.S. in Neuroscience, B.S. in Neuroscience and Psychology, and minor in English from Brandeis University. In her previous research with Dr. Robert Sekuler, she explored neural oscillations associated with selective and divided attention and developed models of audio-visual sequence integration in trained musicians. As a graduate student in the PanLab funded by the Department of Defense NDSEG fellowship, Arielle is investigating the neural correlates of attention impairments in depression and anxiety, and is involved in the design and implementation of the RAD-AT study. She is also conducting research as a Stanford Mind, Brain and Computation trainee, developing computational fMRI methods for understanding neural mechanisms of attention. Outside of lab, Arielle is involved in science communication projects with NeuWrite West, leading outreach activities as the VP of Stanford Science Penpals, and loves teaching kids about the brain.
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    Emily Livermore
    PsyD Candidate in Clinical Psychology
    Emily is currently a doctoral student in Clinical Psychology at the PGSP-Stanford PsyD Consortium. Emily received her B.A. in Psychology from Stanford University in 2012. After undergrad, she worked as a research coordinator in the Carstensen Life-span Development Lab for a year as well as in Ian Gotlib’s Stanford Mood and Anxiety Disorders Lab for three years. In her free time, Emily enjoys cooking and walking her dog. Emily is currently the research coordinator for the RADCAT study, examining how online self-guided programs and applications can improve mood and anxiety symptoms.
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    Persephone Crittenden
    PsyD in Clinical Psychology
    Persephone is a recent graduate of the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium in Clinical Psychology. While in the lab, Persephone was a graduate research assistant for the RAD study. Her research interests were examining the relationships between anxiety and cannabis use on neurocognition; aspects of healthy cognitive aging; the manifestations of trauma in individuals and communities in Central African Republic (CAR); and trauma healing program evaluation in CAR. Persephone earned a master of science in clinical psychology from the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium and a master of arts in counseling psychology from University of San Francisco. Her undergraduate work was completed at University of California, Santa Cruz. Consistent with her experience in international aid, development, and global mental health work, Persephone still loves to travel and explore as much as possible.
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    Monica Kullar
    Neuroscience Research Coordinator
    Monica received her BSc in Psychology from University of California, San Diego. Before coming to the PanLab, Monica worked in Dr. Jamil Zaki's Stanford Social Neuroscience Lab. While there, she worked on projects investigating the effects of stress on empathy & the neural representation of social networks. In the PanLab, Monica worked on the RAD-S and ENGAGE projects. Starting Fall 2018, Monica will be attending University of Cambridge where she will pursue a doctorate in biological science in the university’s MRC Cognition and Brain Science Unit. She aims to conduct research on the effectiveness of down-regulating negative emotions in stressful, real-world contexts, and elucidate further on neurobiological models of emotion regulations across both health and vulnerable populations. In her free time, you can find Monica painting, watching live jazz, and exploring nearby nature.
Collaborators
  1. Managing Director
    Mayuresh Korgaonkar, PhD
  2. Managing Director
    Max Wintermark, MD
  3. Managing Director
    Caroyln Rodriguez, MD, PhD
  4. Managing Director
    Alan Schatzberg, MD
  5. Managing Director
    Jerome Yesavage, MD
  6. Managing Director
    Ruth O'Hara, PhD
  7. Managing Director
    Patricia Suppes, MD, PhD
  8. Managing Director
    Nancy Haug, PhD
  9. Managing Director
    Nolan Williams, MD
  10. Managing Director
    Jun Ma, MD, PhD
  11. Managing Director
    Lisa Goldman Rosas, PhD, MPH