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Undergraduate Research Assistants

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Interested in joining the lab for a PhD or postdoc? We primarily accept graduate students through Yale’s Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program. For potential postdocs, please contact Dr. Goldfarb directly with your CV and cover letter describing your interest in the lab.


Yale Collaborators

  • Richard M. Colgate Professor of Psychology and Professor of Neuroscience

    Research Interests
    • Attention
    • Decision Making
    • Memory
    • Neurobiology
    • Perception
    • Psychiatry and Psychology
    Marvin M. Chun is the Richard M. Colgate Professor of Psychology with a secondary appointment in the Yale School of Medicine Department of Neuroscience. He is also a member of the Yale Cognitive Science Program. He leads a cognitive neuroscience laboratory that uses brain imaging and machine learning to study how people see, attend, remember, and perform optimally. One line of work uses brain imaging to read out perceptions and thoughts. Another focus is to use brain imaging to understand and predict what makes people different [projects] [press]. He received his B.A. from Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea, after having spent a junior year abroad at the University of California, Berkeley. He earned his Ph.D. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, followed by postdoctoral training at Harvard University, funded by an NIH NRSA. His research has been honored with the 2019 Samsung Ho-Am Prize in Science, a 2006 Troland Research Award from the US National Academy of Sciences, and a 2002 American Psychological Association Early Career Award. His laboratory is grateful for funding from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. In Yale College he teaches Introduction to Psychology, for which he received the Phi Beta Kappa William DeVane Award for Teaching and Scholarship and the Lex Hixon Prize for Teaching Excellence.
  • Elizabeth Mears and House Jameson Professor of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging and Professor of Neurosurgery; Director MRI Research

    Research Interests
    • Anatomy
    • Diagnostic Imaging
    • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
    • Neurosurgery
    • Radiology
    • Neuroimaging
    Dr. Constable received his PhD in Medical Physics from the University of Toronto. He came to Yale as a postdoctoral fellow and has been here since. In addition to being the director of MRI in the Yale Magentic Resonance Research Center, he runs two parallel labs. One lab is a neuroscience lab focused on mapping the functional organization of the brain through functional MRI measurements and understanding the relationship between this functional organization and behavior. Such developments are leading to new approaches to functionally phenotype individuals with applications in subtyping in brain disorders and disease. Dr. Constable's other lab is focused on the development of novel MRI devices with projects around low field MRI's that can be placed in doctor's offices, with the potential to make MRI much more accessible than it is in it's current form.
  • Associate Research Scientist in Psychiatry

    Dr. Fogelman is an Associate Research Scientist at the Yale Stress Center where she completed her Post Doctoral training. She earned her PhD in Integrative Neuroscience at Stony Brook University, SUNY with an advanced certificate in Quantitative Methods. Her research examines the relationships between stress, substance abuse, and clinically relevant health markers.
  • Associate Professor Tenure

    Dr. Dylan Gee is an Associate Professor on Term in the Department of Psychology at Yale University. She received her B.A. in Psychological and Brain Studies from Dartmouth College and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from UCLA. Dr. Gee completed her clinical internship and a postdoctoral research fellowship at Weill Cornell Medical College. Her research focuses on developmental psychopathology, with a particular focus on neurobiological mechanisms related to early adversity and risk for anxiety and stress-related disorders. Dr. Gee’s research has been funded by the NSF, NIMH, a NIH Director’s Early Independence Award, a NARSAD Young Investigator Award, and a Jacobs Foundation Early Career Award.
  • Professor and Vice Chair for Diversity, Inclusion and Equity at Comparative Medicine; Co-director, Science Fellows Program

    Research Interests
    • Basal Ganglia
    • Behavior and Behavior Mechanisms
    • Central Nervous System
    • Cerebral Cortex
    I am interested in the neural mechanisms underlying decision-making in humans, in individual differences in these mechanisms, and in the possible contribution of decision traits to pathological behavior. Our research focuses on decision-making under uncertainty, and on value learning and encoding. To study these topics we combine behavioral economics methods with functional MRI, as well as eye tracking and physiological measurements.
  • Assistant Professor

    Research Interests
    • Basal Ganglia
    • Cerebellum
    • Learning
    • Memory
    • Motor Skills
    • Neuropsychology
    • Psychophysics
    • Reward
    • Cognitive Science
    • Cognitive Neuroscience
    Sam earned his PhD in psychology and neuroscience from Princeton University, and did his postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley. He runs the Action, Computation, and Thinking (ACT) lab at Yale's department of psychology. The ACT lab uses psychophysical, computational, and neurophysiological techniques to investigate human learning and memory, with a focus on the intersection of cognition and motor control. Recent work has focused on how motor skill learning involves an interaction between executive functions and low-level processes, on mapping and modeling this interaction, and on exploring its effects on decision-making and reinforcement learning. Sam also likes playing folk music (fiddle, mandolin, & guitar).
  • Associate Professor of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging

    Dustin Scheinost, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Radiology & Biomedical Imaging, Biomedical Engineering, Statistics & Data Science, and at the Yale Child Study Center. The Multi-modal Imaging, Neuroinformatics, & Data Science (MINDS) Lab’s research is three-fold. First, using state-of-the-art research for connectomics, we aim to develop novel statistical and machine learning methods for functional connectivity to meet challenges arising with the “big” neuroscience data. Second, the MINDS lab helps lead development of BioImage Suite Web (BISWeb;, integrated image analysis webapp. Third, we are at the cutting edge of early life neuroimaging, focusing on the development of the brain’s functional organization in fetuses, neonates, and infants. We are a founding member of Fetal, Infant, Toddler Neuroimaging Group (FIT’NG). This research has been supported by NIMH, NIAA, NIDA, and NHLBI.
  • Associate Professor of Psychiatry; Director, Laboratory for Healthy Minds; Director of Clinical Neuroimaging, Yale Stress Center

    Dr. Seo received a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus in 2008. She is interested in conducting interdisciplinary research to understand the etiology of stress-related clinical disorders and facilitate the development of effective treatment strategies for stress-related diseases.
  • Foundations Fund Professor of Psychiatry and Professor in the Child Study Center and of Neuroscience; Deputy Chair of Psychiatry for Psychology, Psychiatry; Director, Yale Interdisciplinary Stress Center; Chief, Psychology Section in Psychiatry

    Research Interests
    • Child Psychiatry
    • Chronic Disease
    • Neurobiology
    • Neurosciences
    • Psychiatry
    • Stress, Psychological
    • Substance-Related Disorders
    • Psychiatry and Psychology
    Rajita Sinha, Ph.D. is the Foundations Fund Endowed Professor in Psychiatry, and Professor in Neuroscience and in Child Study at the Yale University School of Medicine. She is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Neuroscientist, Deputy Chair of Psychiatry for Psychology and Chief of the Psychology Section in Psychiatry. She is the founding director of the Yale Interdisciplinary Stress Center that focuses on understanding the neurobiology and psychology of stress, trauma and resilient versus vulnerable biobehavioral coping mechanisms that promote neuropsychiatric diseases such as alcohol use disorders, substance use disorders, chronic pain, PTSD and other chronic diseases. She has developed novel stress, pain and craving provocation paradigms to understand mechanisms that drive these states and related pathologies and their impact on clinical addiction outcomes in alcohol use disorder, substance use disorders and related conditions. Her lab also develops and tests novel pharmacologic and integrative behavioral approaches to address chronic stress and addiction relapse risk to improve addiction treatment outcomes. These objectives are being accomplished through a series of NIH funded research projects and she has published widely on these topics. She is the 2020 recipient of the Research Society on Alcoholism's Distinguished Researcher Award, and the 2020 recipient of the James Tharpe Award for outstanding contributions to Addiction Research. She has served on many NIH special emphasis panels, review committees and workshops, presented at numerous national and international conferences, and her work is widely cited.
  • Charles B. G. Murphy Professor of Psychiatry, of Psychology and of Neuroscience

    Research Interests
    • Behavior
    • Mental Disorders
    • Motivation
    • Neurobehavioral Manifestations
    Jane Taylor obtained her BSc in Experimental Psychology/Neuroscience from the University of Sussex, UK and went on to receive her PhD at the University of Cambridge in the UK. She then joined the Department of Psychiatry at Yale as a post-doctoral fellow, then an Associate Research Scientist, then Associate Professor 2008 and becoming a full Professor (Charles B.G. Murphy) in 2008, with secondary appointments in the Psychology and Neuroscience departments. My research program aims to integrate basic with translational neuroscience approaches to understand neurocognition and behavior through collaborate research. The lab studies brain limbic cortico-striatal circuitry involved in decision-making, inhibitory control, habits, motivation, memory and reinforcement learning, and the impact of sex differences on behavior in both normal and pathophysiological states. We combine sophisticated behavioral analyses in rodents with pharmacologic, optogenetic, viral, molecular/cellular, imaging and computational analyses. Our research also focuses on how neurodevelopmental and plasticity processes relate to decision-making, learning, memory, and motivational processes that contribute to addiction, alcoholism, depression, stress and other psychiatric diseases. We are particularly interested in memory plasticity processes (destabilization and restabilization) that are involved in memory reconsolidation, which allows new information to be integrated into memory and cognition. Such processes may be distinct developmentally and also play a role in delusional-like processes, stress-pathology and addictions. Neurocomputational and machine learning approaches also are employed in our studies to assess, for example, how distinct reinforcement learning mechanisms within separable neurocircuits result in individual differences in normative flexible decision-making processes and that are causally related to addiction and psychosis vulnerability and pathology.
  • Professor

    Nicholas Turk-Browne is a Professor with primary appointment in the Department of Psychology in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS), with secondary appointments in the Department of Psychiatry and the Child Study Center in the School of Medicine. He also serves as the Co-Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Neuroscience Major in Yale College and as Faculty Director of the Brain Imaging Center in the FAS. He obtained an HBSc from the University of Toronto in 2004 and a PhD from Yale University in 2009, then served on the faculty at Princeton University from 2009-2017. Nick’s research takes an integrative perspective, using behavioral studies, functional magnetic resonance imaging, intracranial recording/stimulation, and computational modeling to understand how cognitive and neural systems interact in the human brain. He has published extensively on how we perceive and attend to the world, and how we learn from experience and store information in memory. His lab has recently developed techniques for brain imaging in awake and behaving infants. Nick's work has been published in Science, Nature Neuroscience, and PNAS, and has been featured in the New York Times, the New Yorker, and the Atlantic. He has been funded by NIH, NSF, Templeton Foundation, and Intel. He received Young Investigator Awards from the Vision Sciences Society (2016), Cognitive Neuroscience Society (2017), and Society of Experimental Psychologists (2018); the Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology from the American Psychological Association (2015); and is a Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (2016).

External Collaborators

Elizabeth Phelps, Harvard University
David Clewett, UCLA
Roshan Cools, Radboud University
Lila Davachi, Columbia University
Nathaniel Daw, Princeton University
Joseph Dunsmoor, UT Austin
Erno Hermans, Radboud University
Monica Rosenberg, University of Chicago
George Slavich, UCLA
Alexa Tompary, University of Pennsylvania
Woo-Young Ahn, Seoul National University