Doctor of Philosophy, University of Minnesota Twin Cities (2014)
Bachelor of Arts, Macalester College (2006)
James Gross, Postdoctoral Faculty Sponsor
Current Research and Scholarly Interests
My doctoral research primarily explored neurometric encoding and decoding based on the brain's in-vivo functional connectivity. Most of my projects centered around developing and implementing novel multivariate functional connectivity approaches for fcMRI research. I applied these techniques to two behavioral genetics studies of cognitive processes, MR pulse sequence development and implementation, as well as the development of psychiatric diagnostic tools for schizophrenia, Parkinson's and substance abuse. The post-doctoral research that I am now conducting extends this work, in that I am currently developing multivariate models that add population genetics via extended pedigrees, and structural connectivity to the neuropsychological and functional connectivity parameters that I had previously been assessing. The overarching goal is to be able to use this entire complement of data to understanding the genetic and neurobiological substrates of the functioning and dysfunction of higher-order cognitive processes. By advancing our understanding the interaction and distribution of cognitive and neurobiological functionality, this work should inform the development of both individualized medicine strategies and epidemiological models of psychopathology.