Principal Investigator
Leanne Williams, Ph.D. is a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and founding director of the Stanford Williams PanLab for Precision Psychiatry and Translational Neuroscience. Building on the insights from the Williams PanLab and collaborators across campus, she has launched the Stanford Center for Precision Mental Health and Wellness. She is associate chair of research strategy and chair of the major labs and translational and clinical neuroscience incubator in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. She is also director of education and dissemination at the Palo Alto VA Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center.

Prior to joining the Stanford community, Leanne was the founding chair of cognitive neuropsychiatry and directed the brain dynamics center at Sydney Medical School. Her PhD was completed with a British Council Scholarship for study at Oxford University.

Leanne’s Center and translational programs integrate advanced neuroimaging, technology and digital innovation to transform the way we detect mental disorders, tailor interventions and promote wellness. She has developed the first patented taxonomy for depression and anxiety that quantifies brain circuits for diagnostic precision and prediction. Leanne has contributed over 250 scientific papers to the field.

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
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 Williams 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
John is a 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 Clinical Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Michelle Madore, PhD
Clinical Neuropsychologist
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.
Tali is an Instructor in the department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences who joined the PanLab as 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
Instructor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
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
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 & 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
Christina received her PhD in Clinical Psychology and MS in Statistics from Northwestern University. She joined the PanLab as a post-doctoral fellow on a NIDA-funded project examining the effects of drugs of abuse on the brain’s risk and reward circuits. She is interested in using neuroimaging to better understand the mechanisms of potential novel treatments for depression and anxiety, and in developing personalized approaches to treatment. More broadly, her research aims to translate breakthroughs in neuroscience into tangible benefits for patients with depression and anxiety. Clinically, Christina is continuing her training at the Stanford Neuropsychology Clinic, where she is providing comprehensive assessments for a range of neurological, psychiatric and other medical disorders. Outside of work, Christina enjoys playing basketball, spending time with her dogs, and volunteering at the animal shelter.​​
Christina B. Young, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow
Laura is an MD Fellow through the Palo Alto VA MIRECC and Stanford University under the mentorship of Drs. Williams, Schatzberg, and O’Hara. She received her B.S. in Neuroscience from the College of William and Mary and her M.D. and Ph.D. in Human and Molecular Genetics from VCU. For her dissertation work, she focused on the genetic underpinnings of alcohol use disorders and related phenotypes. Subsequently, she completed a Psychiatry Residency at Emory University School of Medicine, where she was Chief of the Research Track. Her residency research involved the use of epigenetic data and machine learning approaches to gain insight into the individualized nature of suicide and stressor-related disorders. During her fellowship, Laura will focus on further refining our understanding of Dr. Williams’ neural circuit-based biotypes of depression and anxiety using genetic information and big data approaches. She will work clinically on the PanLab’s precision psychiatry projects, which seek to leverage biological and phenotypic data to inform selection of effective therapies from the initiation of treatment and relieve the suffering that comes from poor treatment selection. In her free time, she enjoys travel, vegetarian cooking, attending her boyfriend’s performances with robotic musicians, and spending time with her family, friends, and polydactyl cat.​​​
Laura Hack, MD, PhD
MD Fellow
Sahar is graduating 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 methods with application 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. In her spare time, Sahar enjoys quality time with family and friends, reading and painting.
Sahar Harati 
Postdoctoral Fellow 
Joseph is a postdoctoral fellow at the Sierra Pacific Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC) at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, and at Stanford University. He recently completed his PhD in clinical psychology from University of Wisconsin-Madison and his clinical internship at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, with a focus on PTSD treatment. His research interests are in 1) identifying shared forms of dysregulation in neural circuitry across PTSD, pain-related distress, and emotional disorders; 2) investigating how behavioral interventions modulate these common circuits; and 3) applying neural insights to optimize emotional health interventions, focusing on individual well-being across diagnostic boundaries. At the PanLab, he is currently investigating how brain-wide functional networks predict trajectories of depression symptom change as part of the RAINBOW/ENGAGE project. Other ongoing projects include applying neural pain biomarkers to study mechanisms of change in mindfulness-based interventions, and studying relationships between neural threat responding, trauma-related cognition, and PTSD symptoms in combat-exposed Veterans. Having worked in the tech industry before his research career, he also maintains an interest in the use of digital technology to enhance mental health care. Outside the lab, Joe’s interests include meditation, electronic music, cycling and hiking in the California hills.
Joseph Wielgosz
Postdoctoral Fellow 
PanLab Staff
    Ritchie Abracosa
    Manager of Operations
    Ritchie joins the PanLab after 11 years of service in higher level administration in Stanford’s Healthcare system, excited to apply her extensive management skills in a research setting. Most recently, Ritchie coordinated programs larger projects including leading the 23rd International Caritas Consortium, 3rd Magnet Recognition Program for Nursing Excellence, CNO Town Hall preparations and administration. Ritchie holds a Master of Science in Psychology and intends to pursue a PhD in Industrial- Organizational Psychology . When she is not working Ritchie can be found coaching youth basketball, reading motivational books or taking her pug, Oscar, for a walk in the bay.
    Bailey Holt-Gosselin
    Lab Manager, Clinical Operations
    Bailey received her BS in Neuroscience from the University of Vermont (UVM) in May 2017. When she was an undergrad, she worked in a child psychiatry lab wherein she conducted her honors thesis on environmental factors that promote child emotional-behavioral well-being. Additionally, she participated in the 2016 Summer Neuroscience Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SNURF) at UVM, where she studied the relations between inflammation in pregnant female rats and brain damage in the offspring. After graduating, she was selected to participate in the 2017 Summer Program for Undergraduate Research in Life and Biomedical Sciences (SPUR-LABS) at UCLA, where she investigated effort-based decision making in adolescents. In the PanLab, Bailey coordinates the Human Connectome Project, the Attention Project, and assists with the treatment studies including RAD-AT and RBRAIN. When she's not in the lab, she likes to explore nature, hip-hop dance, and read.
    Jake Hartley
    Clinical Research Coordinator II
    Jake joined the Williams PanLab team in January of 2019 as a Clinical Research Coordinator responsible for the compliance, implementation, and efficient workflow for neuroscience-informed intervention trials. In his previous work at the Stanford Neuroscience Research Group, he oversaw industry sponsored clinical trials with the aim of developing novel therapeutics and devices for migraine and cluster headache. In his 5 years of research experience, Jake has worked across a number of projects in the neurosciences; including concussion, brain development, Alzheimer’s disease, and primary headache. He graduated from Stanford University in 2014 with a degree in Human Biology. When he’s not at the lab, Jake enjoys biking, backpacking and trying out new recipes.
    Megan Chesnut
    Neuroimaging Research Coordinator
    Megan received her Master of Science in Environmental Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her thesis research focused on developmental neurotoxicity testing in brain organoids. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biological Engineering from Louisiana State University. Her undergraduate research focused on the development of microfluidic systems. In the PanLab, Megan is a research coordinator for the Catalyst project and the Human Connectome Study. Outside of the lab, Megan enjoys volunteering, playing tennis, and traveling.
    Lauren Whicker
    Neuroimaging Research Coordinator
    Lauren earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Dartmouth College. While at Dartmouth, she worked in the Affective Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory on projects assessing the impact of trait anxiety on performance under pressure and using neuroimaging data to develop novel models of the affective space. She then worked on the Science of Behavior Change project at the Geisel School of Medicine, using behavioral and neuroimaging data to better understand the mechanisms of self-regulation in clinical populations. Lauren currently works as a clinical research coordinator in the PanLab and intends to pursue a Ph.D. in psychology. Outside of the lab, she enjoys going on long runs around Palo Alto while listening to podcasts as well as attempting to ski.
    Patrick Stetz
    Research Engineer
    Patrick graduated from U.C. Berkeley with a B.A. in Physics. He is very excited to work with PanLab managing the data pipeline from preprocessing to analysis. Before coming to PanLab, he studied nanomaterials at a research lab and then did data science at a startup. Patrick likes listening to underground music and reading long novels.
PanLab Students
    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, she explored neural oscillations associated with selective and divided attention and developed models of audio-visual sequence integration in musicians. As a graduate student in the PanLab funded by the Department of Defense NDSEG fellowship, Arielle investigates neural correlates of attention impairments in depression and anxiety, and is involved in the design and implementation of the RAD-AT study. She also conducts research as a Stanford Mind, Brain Computation and Technology trainee, developing computational fMRI methods for understanding attention. Arielle is co-president of the science communication group NeuWrite West, helps to lead Stanford Science Penpals, and loves teaching kids about the brain.
    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.
    Scotty Fleming
    PhD 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.
    Ruth Ling
    Undergraduate Research Assistant
    Ruth Ling is a sophomore undergraduate student majoring in Psychology with a concentration in health and development. She is an associate director of SCOPE and works at the Bridge Peer Counseling center. She is passionate about mental health advocacy, and she hopes to attend medical school and specialize in psychiatry or neurology. In her free time, she enjoys performing and competing with two dance teams on campus.
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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.
    Monica Kullar
    Neuroimaging 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. Monica is currently attending the University of Cambridge for a doctorate in biological science in the university’s MRC Cognition and Brain Science Unit. In her free time, you can find Monica painting, watching live jazz, and exploring nearby nature.
    Adam Pines
    Neuroimaging Research Coordinator
    Adam majored in Psychology and minored in Biology at Loyola Marymount University, and received his B.A. in May of 2015. He was previously a research assistant for Dr. Cheryl Grills at the same university, investigating intervention efficacy and environmental concerns in lower socio-economic status neighborhoods in the Greater Los Angeles area and beyond. In the PANLab, Adam worked on the PanLab's ENGAGE study. In his free time, he likes to enjoy the great range of state and national parks California has to offer. Adam is currently attending University of Pennsylvania for his PhD in Neuroscience.
    Matthew Sacchet, PhD
    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. Matthew is currently an instructor at Harvard University working with Dr. Diego Pizzagalli.
    Druthi Ghanta
    Neuroimaging Research Coordinator
    Druthi graduated from Stanford with a B.S. in Biomedical Computation and a M.S. in Biology (with a focus on neurobiology). In the Panlab, she contributed to the Catalyst and Connectome projects, where she helped 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.
    Carlos Correa
    Research Data 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. In Fall 2018, Carlos began his Neuroscience PhD at Princeton University.
    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. In the PanLab, Katherine was the Research Lab Manager across studies, including the RAD, RAD-AT, and Connectome studies. Her research in the PanLab focused on using data-driven approaches to examine brain-behavior subtypes in transdiagnostic samples. Outside of work, she likes to run 5Ks, watch sitcom reruns, and spend time with family. In Fall 2018, Katherine began her graduate work at Harvard University, where she studies affective neuroscience and development.
    Catherine Kircos
    Neuroimaging Research Coordinator
    In the PanLab, Catherine was the Research Coordinator for the Precision Psychiatry Continuity Clinic project. 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 at Glendon College, York University in Toronto. In her free time, Catherine rides road and mountain bikes as the Adventure Ride Leader on the Stanford Cycling Team.
    Elizabeth Chin
    PhD Student in Biomedical Informatics
    Liz is a 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 focused on identifying patterns in longitudinal fMRI data and augmenting them with time series mobile data to find digital phenotypes for these patterns.
    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.
    Sarah Chang
    Neuroimaging Research Coordinator
    Sarah earned her BSc in Psychobiology from UCLA, where she worked at Dr. Matthew Lieberman's Social Cognitive Neuroscience Lab and UCLA Neuromodulation. There, she developed skills for neuroimaging data acquisition and analysis and examined the effect of non-invasive brain stimulation on behaviors related to depression. At the Panlab, Sarah worked on the ENGAGE and Connectome studies. Sarah is currently attending UCLA for her PhD in Neuroscience.
    Melissa Shiner
    Neuroimaging Research Coordinator
    Melissa earned her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Michigan. During her time at U of M, Melissa worked on the MTwins Study, which used neuroimaging, assessment of context, and biospecimen collection to study gene-environment correlations in the development of mood disorders in a cohort of low-income adolescent twins. In the Panlab, Melissa worked on the Connectome Study. She intends to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.
    David Choi
    Neuroimaging Research Coordinator
    David received his Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Neuroscience from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While there, he participated in research conducted at the UNC Anxiety and Stress Lab, focusing on research related to Asian American college students' mental health. David is interested in the neural bases of mood disorders and minority mental health. In the PanLab, David worked on the human connectome study.
    Zach Taylor
    Research Engineer
    Zach graduated from Stanford with a B.S. and M.S. in Computer Science. He is excited by how computational models can help reveal how the mind functions, and his work as a Bridge Peer Counselor has honed his interest in mental health. He aims to apply his experience with Artificial Intelligence to the emerging field of precision psychiatry. At the PanLab, Zach worked with data to advance our understanding of depression in the brain, and helped support the systems that make that possible. Zach currently works as a data scientist for Grant Rounds Inc, a company focused on connecting people and health care professionals.
    Andrew Bueno
    Undergraduate Research Assistant
    Andrew graduated from Stanford with a degree in Human Biology and 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.
    Cheryl Zhang
    Neuroimaging Research Coordinator
    Cheryl earned her dual B.A. degree in Economics & Psychology while playing Varsity Tennis at Kalamazoo College. She had a previous career in Digital Media Marketing at Domino’s Pizza, and as a career-changer, she recently completed a pre-medicine Post-Baccalaureate program at the University of Michigan. During her time at U of M she worked as a Geriatric Caretaker at Michigan Medicine and as a Research Assistant on a Pediatric Endocrinology Type II Diabetes Biomarker study in the CHEAR lab under Dr. Joyce Lee. Cheryl has a strong interest in how neural pathways influence decisions and emotions, and is especially interested in working with patient populations who have chronic, life-changing conditions. In the Panlab, Cheryl worked primarily with Dr. Tali Ball on her projects using the neuroscience to help understand and treat anxiety disorders. Cheryl is currently attending medical school at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.
    Serena Tally
    Neuroimaging 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 led the RAD-AT study.
    Brooke Staveland
    Research Systems Engineer
    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. In Fall 2019, Brooke will begin her PhD in Neuroscience at UC Berkeley.
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    Mayuresh Korgaonkar, PhD
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