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Elizabeth R. Sowell, PhD.

Professor of Pediatrics

Developmental Cognitive Neuroimaging Laboratory
Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California
Division of Research on Children, Youth and Families | Department of Pediatrics
Children's Hospital Los Angeles
4650 Sunset Blvd., Mailstop #130 | Los Angeles, CA 90027

Ph: 323-361-7347 | Fax: 323.361.7836 |

www.CHLA.org

E-mail: esowell@chla.usc.edu

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
2011 - Present

Professor of Pediatrics Developmental Cognitive Neuroimaging Laboratory
Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California

2011- Present

Adjunct Professor, University of California, Los Angeles, Department of Neurology

2010-2011

Professor in Residence Step I, University of California, Los Angeles, Department of Neurology

July 2008 - April 2011

Associate Professor In Residence Step III, 2-year Acceleration

July 2006 – June 2008

Associate Professor In Residence Step I, UCLA Department of Neurology

July 2003 - –2006

Assistant Professor In Residence, UCLA Department of Neurology

Sept 2000 - 2003

Adjunct Assistant Professor, UCLA Department of Neurology

October 2002 - April 2011

Participating faculty, UCLA Center for Culture Brain and Development

1997- 2000

Post-doctoral Fellow UCLA Laboratory of Neuro Imaging

(Supervisor, Arthur Toga, Ph.D.) and Department of Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Division (Supervisor, Robert Asarnow, Ph.D.).  Structural and functional neuroimaging studies in normally developing children and in fetal alcohol syndrome and childhood-onset schizophrenia patients. 

1996 – 1997 and
1989 – 1995

Research Assistant: UCSD Brain Image Analysis Laboratory

(Supervisor Terry Jernigan, Ph.D.) Image analyst/neuroanatomist manipulating MR images of the brain, designing imaging studies, analyzing data, and writing manuscripts in developmental studies of normal brain maturation, Down's Syndrome, William's Syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, and language impairment.

1988- 1989     

Research assistant. University of California, Irvine Department of Neurology (Supervisor, Arnold Starr, M.D.) Analyzing brain potentials evoked during memory tasks.

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

Professional and Governmental Service:

2009 – Present Pediatric AIDS/HIV Cohort Study (PHACS) Scientific Leadership Group and Behavioral and Neurological Disease Working Group.

Professional Associations:

2000 – Present Member Society for Neuroscience
2007 – Present Member Organization for Human Brain Mapping

National Activities:

August 2001

Neuroimaging Panelist: NIAAA Initiative on Prenatal Alcohol Exposure Among American Indians and Alaska Natives: Relationship to SIDS

August 2001

NIMH, Division of Neuroscience and Basic Behavioral Science, Mentored Clinical Neuroscience Workshop

February 2003

NCRR, Site Visitor/Review Panelist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Neuroimage Analysis Center

June/July 2003

NIBIB Special Emphasis Review Panelist – Improvements in Imaging Methods and Technologies, Bethesda MD.

January 2004

NIAAA Meeting of the CIFASD – Planning the Consortium for the study of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

May 2004

NIH Special Panelist: Pediatric Functional Neuroimaging: A Trans-NIH Workshop, Bethesda, MD

December 2004

Ad Hoc Reviewer: NIDA I/START program

June 2005

NIAAA Meeting of the CIFASD – Progress for the Consortium for the study of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. June 23-24, 2005, Santa Barbara, CA.

February 2006

Presentation for NIAAA Meeting of the CIFASD – Progress for the Consortium for the study of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. Feb 6 – 7, 2006, NIAAA Bethesda, MD.

May 2006

Keynote Lecture for the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. Digital Dynamic Brain Atlases: Imaging Human Brain Development. May 10-11, 2006, Seattle, WA.

July 2006

Presentation for NIAAA Meeting of the CIFASD – Progress for the Consortium for the study of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. July 17 – 18, 2006, NIAAA Bethesda, MD.

September 2006

National Task Force on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Fetal Alcohol Effect. Imaging the Impact of Prenatal Alcohol Exposure on the Developing Brain. September 26-27, CDC, Atlanta, GA.

May 2007

Presentation for NIAAA Meeting of the CIFASD – Renewal for the Consortium for the study of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. May, 2007, Bethesda MD.

July 2007

Ad Hoc Reviewer NIAAA Special Emphasis Panel, Impact of Adolescent Drinking on the Developing Brain, July 18, 2007

June 2008

Presentation for NIAAA Meeting of the CIFASD –Consortium for the study of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. June, 2008, Bethesda MD.

July 2008

Expert Panelist for NICHD Strategic Planning for the Child Development and Behavior Branch report to Council. The meeting focused on advising Branch leadership regarding funding decisions for the next 4 years. July 8, 2008, Bethesda MD.

November 2008

Expert Panelist for NIDA: Adolescent Development Following Prenatal Drug Exposure: Research Progress, Challenges, and Opportunities, November 20-21, 2008, Bethesda MD.

January 2009

Presentation for NIAAA Meeting of the CIFASD –Consortium for the study of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. January 2009, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

June 2009

Ad Hoc Reviewer NICHD Special Panel, Pediatric Functional Neuroimaging Research Network. June 26, 2009, Bethesda MD.

December 2009

Ad Hoc Reviewer NIDA Special Panel, Integrating Translational Neuroscience and Adolescent Drug Abuse Treatment. Phone review.

February 2010

Ad Hoc Reviewer NIMH Special Panel, Identification and Characterization of Sensitive Periods for Neurodevelopment in Studies of Mental Illness, February 22 – 23, 2010, Bethesda MD.

March 2010

Committee member, NIAAA workforce on Alcohol Related Neurodevelopmental Disorder (ARND) Diagnosis Planning Group, the goal of determining whether we have sufficient data to propose guidelines for screening and diagnosis of ARND and to make recommendations for inclusion in DSM V, March 22, 2010, Bethesda, MD.

2012

Member, The Saban Research Institute  Symposium Steering Committee, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

2012

Member, The Saban Resesarch Institute Search Committee for the Associate Director of Clinical Research, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

EDUCATION

B.A.     University of California, Irvine, 1987 (Major, Psychology1983 – 1987)

Ph.D.   San Diego State University/University of California San Diego, Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology,1997 (Neuropsychology, 1991 ‑ 1997).
Terry L. Jernigan, Ph.D. Mentor

Clinical internship at the University of Florida, Gainesville, Neuropsychology track (1995- 1996)

TEACHING AND MENTORING
  • Dissertation Committee
  • UCLA Graduates
  • Primary Mentor
  • Courses Taught

January 2004

Janelle Taylor, UCLA IDP Neuroscience Ph.D. Program
(Superior temporal gyrus differences in childhood-onset schizophrenia)

 

June 2005

Suzanne Welcome, UC Riverside Ph.D. Program in Neuroscience
Correlations between individual differences in phonological processing and brain anatomy.  (2008 – present, postdoctoral fellow)

January 2006 - 2009

Kristin McNealy  Neural Bases of Language Learning During Childhood
E. Sowell co-sponsor NRSA Fellowship
(Neuroscience Ph.D. Program)
2009:  Postdoctoral Fellow, Duke University

Jacqueline Bennett

2010 UCLA doctoral student in the Urban Schooling division of the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies.
Research Project: Measuring the effects of teaching for transfer and learning through drama on reading recall and comprehension using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)
Center for Culture Brain and Development Predoctoral Fellowship Awardee.

Rebecca Blanton

Pediatric Neuroimaging and Developmental Disorders
(Neuroscience Ph.D. Program)
2008 Research Scientist at USC

Katherine Narr

Brain Mapping in Schizophrenia
(Neuroscience Ph.D. Program)
2008 Assistant Professor of Neurology at UCLA

David Rex

Encoding and Analyzing Stereotaxic Variation of Human Brain Function (MD/Ph.D., MSTP/Neuroscience Ph.D. program)
2008 Residency in Radiology at Stanford University

Brendesh Tynes

Psychological Studies in Education,
UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies
Adolescent Brain Development (independent study)
E. Sowell directed independent study for completion of “Brain” requirement for CBD certification.
2008 Assistant Professor of Education, University of Illinois at Urbaba-Champaign

Ashley Scott

UCLA IDP in Neuroscience
Formal rotation in Sowell Laboratory, Fall 2005.

Elizabeth Reynolds

UCLA IDP in Neuroscience
Formal rotation in Sowell Laboratory, Winter 2007

Angie Morales

UCLA IDP in Neuroscience
Formal rotation in Sowell Laboratory, Winter 2008

Florence Roussotte

UCLA IDP in Neuroscience
Formal rotation in Sowell Laboratory, Winter 2008

Anna Parievsky

UCLA IDP in Neuroscience
Formal rotation in Sowell Laboratory, Winter 2009

 

UCLA Postdoctoral Fellows Mentored:

Natasha Lepore

Laboratory of Neuro Imaging Postdoctoral Fellow

Katherine Narr

Laboratory of Neuro Imaging Postdoctoral Fellow.  Brain Mapping in Schizophrenia.  2008 Assistant Professor of Neurology, UCLA

Kristi Clark, Ph.D.

Laboratory of Neuro Imaging Postdoctoral Fellow. 

 

(SRP/199): Number of publications shown for each undergraduate student shown in parenthesis

Jessie Chen

Functional magnetic resonance image analysis, 2008-09
2009-2010 199 student. 
UCLA Undergraduate Research Scholar program (URSP) award for 2009-2010

Patrick Lu

Functional magnetic resonance image analysis, 2008-09

Rajneesh Batth
(4 years)

MRI of normal brain development (4)
UCLA Dental School Graduate

Jennifer Hranilovich
(2 years)

Hormonal impact on adolescent brain development (2)
Honors thesis, 2009
UCLA Undergraduate Research Center/Center for Academic Research Excellence Travel Grant, April 2009
Council on Undergraduate Research Biology Travel Award, April 2009.  May 2009 UCLA Dean’s Prize for excellence in undergraduate research.

Sona Babakchanian

Corpus callosum abnormalities in prenatal Methamphetamine (1)

David Kornsand
(2 years)

MRI in fetal alcohol syndrome (4)
USC Medical School Graduate

Yoram Kohanzadeh
(1 year)

MRI in normal and FAS children

Erin Lobo
(4 years)

MRI of gender differences in children (1)
Dental School Graduate

Shoba Narayan
(1 year)           

MRI in normal and FAS children (1)
UCLA Medical School Graduate

Ambika Malwah
(2 years)

MRI in normal brain development (1)

Eric Pham
(1 year)

MRI in children with ADHD, OCD, and Tourettes


September 2010

Yaling Yang, Ph.D.
University of Southern California (2008)
Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Adrain Raine, Mentor.
Structural brain abnormalites in psychopaths and pathological liars. fMRI on deception.

September 2010 -

Catherine Lebel, Ph.D.
University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Ph.D. (July 2010)
Thesis: Diffusion tensor magnetic resonance imaging of human brain development Supervisor: Dr. Christian Beaulieu

June 2008 -

Florence Rousotte,
UCLA IDP Neuroscience Ph.D. Program
Awarded “One of the top ranked abstracts for Human Brain Mapping” Conference, Barcelona Spain, 2010.

June 2003 - June 2008

Elizabeth D. O’Hare
UCLA IDP Neuroscience Ph.D. Program
(Mapping Cerebellar Structure and Function in Normal Development)
NRSA Predoctoral Award Recipient, NIAAA, F31AA016039, Frontal-Cerebellar Development Assessed with MRI & fMRI, 9/06 – 5/08.  Predoctoral Awardee, American Women In Science (AWIS), 2008.
2008 Postdoctoral Fellowship at UC Berkeley

October 2004 -July 2007

Lisa Lu, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow
(Mapping Language Function In Normally Developing Children)
2007:  Assistant Professor of Psychology, Roosevelt University, Chicago Illinois

June 2007 -

John Colby
UCLA Medical Scientist Training MD/Ph.D. Program, UCLA Biomedical Engineering Ph.D. Program. 

June 2007 – May 2010

Christopher Nunez, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow
May 2010:  Assistant Clinical Professor, UCLA Dept. of Psychiatry

January 2008- 2009

Jennifer Bramen, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow

February 2009 -

Jennifer Bramen, Ph.D.
Assistant Research Neuroscientist
UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
NIDA Travel Award for Jackson Laboratory Short Course in Mammalian Genetics, 2009

Spring 2004

Psychology 247: Adolescence. Integrative Seminar for the FPR-UCLA Center for Culture, Brain and Development.  E. Sowell, course Instructor.

Winter 2006

Neuroscience C172-CM272: Neuroimaging and Brain Mapping, E. Sowell, course co-instructor.

Winter 2008

Medical Neuroscience II, HBD408Sowell, course co-instructor

Winter 2009

Medical Neuroscience II, HBD408Sowell, course co-instructor

Winter 2009

UCLA Psychiatry 434  Seminars in Addiction PsychiatryGuest instructor, March 9, 2009. Imaging the developing human brain and the effects of prenatal exposure to drugs of abuse.

Winter 2009

UCLA Neuroscience 191B:   Introduction to Human Brain Mapping with fMRI (Neuroscience Inter-Departmental Program).  Guest instructor, March 11, 2009.  Imaging human brain development.

Winter 2010

Medical Neuroscience II, HBD408Sowell, course co-instructor

Winter 2011

Physiological Science 191H, Undergraduate Honors Class.Sowell, course co-instructor

COURSES TAUGHT

Spring 2004

Psychology 247: Adolescence. Integrative Seminar for the FPR-UCLA Center for Culture, Brain and Development.  E. Sowell, course Instructor.

Winter 2006

Neuroscience C172-CM272: Neuroimaging and Brain Mapping, E. Sowell, course co-instructor.

Winter 2008

Medical Neuroscience II, HBD408Sowell, course co-instructor

Winter 2009

Medical Neuroscience II, HBD408Sowell, course co-instructor

Winter 2009

UCLA Psychiatry 434  Seminars in Addiction PsychiatryGuest instructor, March 9, 2009. Imaging the developing human brain and the effects of prenatal exposure to drugs of abuse.

Winter 2009

UCLA Neuroscience 191B:   Introduction to Human Brain Mapping with fMRI (Neuroscience Inter-Departmental Program).  Guest instructor, March 11, 2009.  Imaging human brain development.

Winter 2010

Medical Neuroscience II, HBD408Sowell, course co-instructor

Winter 2011

Physiological Science 191H, Undergraduate Honors Class.Sowell, course co-instructor

ACADEMIC COMMITTEE SERVICE

1998 to present

Laboratory of Neuro Imaging Resource Collaborator
Selection committee

2000 to present

Laboratory of Neuro Imaging Resource Data Base Committee

2004 to 2006

Center for Culture Brain and Development (Department of Psychology), Education Committee

2004 to present

Department of Neurology, Education Committee

2006 to present

Center for Culture Brain and Development (Department of Psychology), Fellowship Committee

2006 to present

Neuroscience IDP Administrative Committee. This Committee makes all the final decisions concerning policy for the IDP.

2006 to present

Neuroscience IDP Student Advising Committee. The Committee members are assigned several first year incoming students to advise.

Fall 2006

Department of Neurology Retreat Planning Committee:  Science Day

2006 to present

Department of Neurology Graduate Education Committee member

2006 to present

Department of Neurology IT Committee member

   

2009 to present

Neuroscience IDP Awards Committee. This Committee makes all the final decisions for the Kavan and Eiudison awards for excellence in research among Ph.D. students in the Neuroscience IDP program at UCLA.

LECTURES AND PRESENTATIONS

1998

Presentation of "Neurobehavioral Correlates of Peripubertal Brain Maturation" at the UCLA Pediatric Neuroimaging Colloquium, February 1998.

1998

Presentation of "Brain Maturation and Improved Memory Functioning Between Childhood and Adolescence: A Structural MRI Study" at the UCLA Neurologic Center, Brain Mapping Seminar, April 1998.

1998

Presentation of "Brain Maturation in Normally Developing Children, and Children with Schizophrenia" at the UCLA Schizophrenia Focus Research Group Meeting, May, 1998.

1999

Presentation of “Progression of Structural Changes in the Human Brain during the First 3 Decades of Live:  In Vivo MRI Studies” at the UCLA Neurologic Center, Brain Mapping Seminar, September 1999.

2000

Presentation of “Imaging Human Brain Maturation During Childhood and Adolescence” UCLA Department of Neurology, Grand Rounds, December 2000

2000

Presentation of “Progression of Structural Changes in the Human Brain during the First 3 Decades of Life:  In Vivo MRI Studies” at the San Diego State University Psychology Colloquium.  December 2000.

2001

Presentation of “Mapping Brain Structural Abnormalities in Children and Adolescents with Severe Prenatal Alcohol Exposure.” at the UCLA Neurologic Center, Brain Mapping Seminar, April 2001.

2001

Presentation of “Mapping Brain Structural Abnormalities in Children and Adolescents with Severe Prenatal Alcohol Exposure.” at the UCLA Neurologic Center, Brain Mapping Seminar, April 2001

2002

Presentation of “Use of imaging techniques to explore neural substrates associated with prenatal alcohol syndrome.”  2002 joint meetings of the Teratology Society and the Neurobehavioral Teratology Society.

2002

Presentation of “Adolescence and the brain” at the UCLA Center for Culture Brain and Development Forum, May 2002. (Psychology 244)

2003

Panelist for “Risky Teen Behavior, What Can Parents Do” for the Santa Monica High School PTSA.  May 13, 2003

2003

Presentation of “Mapping Cortical Change in Normal Development, ADHD and FAS” UCLA Department of Neurology, Grand Rounds, December 2003

2004

ANTHRO M234Q LEC 1 / PSYCTRY M272), December 8, 2004

2004

Presentation of “Imaging Adolescent Brian Maturation,”  Grand Rounds for Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, October 22, 2004.

2005

Presentation of “Trajectories of Structural Brain Change in Normal and Abnormal Development” for the UCLA Brain Mapping Seminar, January 26, 2005

2005

Mapping Adolescent Brain Maturation Using Structural Magnetic Resonance Imaging for the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania, June 17-18, 2005

2005

Mapping Relationships Between Frontal Cortical Activation and Cortical Thickness in Normal Adolescents” for the Society for Neuroscience Anual Meeting in Washington DC,  November 14, 2005.

Adolescent Development (psych m252g).

2006

Keynote Lecture for the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine.  Digital Dynamic Brain Atlases:  Imaging Human Brain Development.  May 10-11, 2006, Seattle, WA.

2006

Presentation for NIAAA Meeting of the CIFASD – Progress for the Consortium for the study of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.  July 17 – 18, 2006, NIAAA Bethesda, MD.

2006

National Task Force on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Fetal Alcohol Effect.  Imaging the Impact of Prenatal Alcohol Exp osure on the Developing Brain.  September 26-27, Centers for Disease Control, Atlanta, GA.

2006

UCLA Department of Neurology Faculty Retreat:  Science Day.  Neurodevelopment/Neurogenetics Session Moderator.  October 23, 2006.

2007

Presentation for NIAAA Meeting of the CIFASD – Renewal for the Consortium for the study of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.  May, 2007, Bethesda MD. 

2007

Invited Speaker, University of North Carolina Neuroscience Center Seminar Series, May 9, 2007.  Imaging the Developing Human Brian.

2007

Presentation for the American Psychiatric Association annual meeting in San Diego, May 23, 2007. Symposium, A Picture of the Development of the Adolescent Brain:  A Structural and Functional Assessment.

2007

Invited Lecture for UCLA Advanced Neuroimaging Summer School, UCLA, August 16, 2007

2007

Invited Lecture for the 8th Annual University of California Neurotrauma Meeting in Santa Barbara, September 23-25.  Mapping Plastic Changes in Brain Structure and Function During the Childhood Years.

2007

UCLA Meet the Professors Series, Developmental Cognitive Neuroimaging Laboratory project overview, October 10, 2007.

2008

UCSD Department of Psychiatry, Invited presentation, Imaging the Developing Human Brain Using Structural and Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging.  February 29, 2008.

2008

INSERM/NIAAA Symposium IV.  Invited Lecture, Brain Imaging in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.  Invitation from the Director of NIAAA, T.K. Li, for this special symposium to establish collaborative research between French and US investigators, Paris, France, October 3, 2008

2008

NIDA Symposium:  Adolescent Development Following Prenatal Drug Exposure:  Research Progress, Challenges and Opportunities.  Invited Speaker/Panelist:  Neuroimaging and Prenatal Drug Exposure:  Current Findings and Future Directions.  November 20-21, 2008 Bethesda, MD.

2008

Invited Lecture for The Second Joint Symposium of the International and National Neurotrauma Societies in Santa Barbara, September 7-11.  Mapping White Matter Development and the Impact of White Matter Injury.  Invited speaker/panelist.

2009

Invited Lecture for Joint Hawaii Addiction conference and NIDA’s AAPI Workgroup Conference, May 11-12, 2009, “Imaging the Developing Human Brain and the Effects of Prenatal Exposure to Drugs of Abuse.” in Honolulu, Hawaii.

2009

Invited Lecture for UCLA M M285  Principles of Neuroimaging –B fMRI, April 29, 2009, Computational Neuroanatomy: Applications.

2009

Invited Lecture for the UCLA Neurogenetics Affinity Group, Imaging the Developing Brain in Health and in Children with Prenatal Exposure to Drugs of Abuse, May 25, 2009.

2009

Invited Lecture, UCLA Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds, Imaging the Developing Brain in Children with Prenatal Exposure to Drugs of Abuse, June 2, 2009.

2009

Invited Lecture, UCLA Neurogenetics Affinity Group, Imaging the Developing Brain in Children with Prenatal Exposure to Drugs of Abuse, June 4, 2009.

2009

Invited Lecture, Second Joint Symposium of the International and National Neurotrauma Societies, Brain Development and the Impact of Traumatic Brain Injury, Santa Barbara, September 8, 2009.

2009

Invited Lecture, UCLA Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center Annual Retreat, Multimodal brain imaging in development and the impact of prenatal exposure to drugs of abuse, October 3, 2009.

2009

Invited Lecture, Pediatric HIV/Aids Cohort Study (PHACS) working group meeting, Muli-site Imaging Studies:  the Developing Human Brain and the Effects of Prenatal Exposure to Drugs of Abuse, November 7, 2009, Bethesda, MD.

2010

Invited Lecture, UCLA Brain Mapping Seminar, Imaging the developing human brain and the impact of prenatal exposure to drugs of abuse, January 21, 2010.

2010

Invited Lecture, The capital defense case seminar: a conference for lawyers who represent individuals charged with capital crimes, Imaging the developing human brain during adolescence, February 13, 2010, Monterey, CA.

2010

Invited Lecture, Pediatric HIV/Aids Cohort Study (PHACS) Phase II planning meeting, PHACS:  Multi-site Brain Imaging Proposal, April 22, 2010,  Bethesda, MD.

2010

Invited Lecture, Columbia University PANDA Symposium on Anesthesia and Neurodevelopment in Children, Imaging the Developing Human Brain and the Impact of Exposure to Drugs of Abuse, May 8, 2010, New York, NY.

2010

Invited Lecture, Center for the Study of Human Cognition, University of Oslo, Norway, June 4, 2010.

2010

Invited Lecture, Research Society on Alcohol 2010 Annual Meeting, MULTI-SITE MULTIMODAL NEUROIMAGING IN FASDS:  NEUROBEHAVIORAL AND FACIAL MORPHOLOGY CORRELATES, June 27, 2010, San Antonio, TX.

2010

Invited Lecture, American Psychological Association 2010 Annual Meeting, Imaging the typically developing human brain and the impact of prenatal exposure to drugs of abuse, August 12, 2010, San Diego, CA.

2010

Invited Lecture, Department of Pediatrics, Grand Rounds, Childrens’ Hospital Los Angeles/University of Southern California.  Imaging the Developing Human Brain and the Impact of Prenatal Exposure to Drugs of Abuse.  October 8, 2010.

 

   

Chris Nunez, Ph.D.

Faculty

PROJECTS

 

EDUCATION

Under Graduate:

 

Graduate:

 

Honors:


 

 


Yaling Yang, Ph.D.

Faculty

PROJECTS

 

EDUCATION

Under Graduate:

 

Graduate:

 

Honors:


 

 


John Colby Ph.D.

Post Doctoral Fellow, UCLA Medical Scientist Training Program

RESEARCH

Focusing on problems at the interface of science, engineering, and medicine.

Dissertation research involves several components: 1) The development of novel diffusion MRI analysis methodologies for investigating white matter connections in the human brain (engineering), 2) Studying the relationship between white matter maturation in the frontal lobe and executive functioning advancements during typical development (neuroscience), and 3) Investigating the ways this relationship is affected in the context of fetal alcohol exposure (medical application).

EDUCATION

MD/PhD student in the departments of Biomedical Engineering and Neurology at UCLA.

Undergraduate Bioengineering at UC San Diego

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Biodefense Industry as an Algorithms Engineer at SAIC

 

Prapti Gautam, Ph.D.

Post Doctoral Fellow

PROJECTS

 

EDUCATION

Under Graduate:

 

Graduate:

 

Honors:

 

 

 

Catherine Lebel, PHD

Post Doctoral Fellow

PROJECTS

Structural and functional imaging of brain development in typically-developing children
Structural and functional imaging of subjects with prenatal alcohol and/or drug exposure

EDUCATION

Under Graduate:

University of Western Ontario, BSc Medical Biophysics

Graduate:

University of Alberta, PhD Medical Sciences, Biomedical Engineering

Honors:

ISMRM Junior Fellow, 2010
Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research studentship 2009-2010
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council studentship 2005-2009

 

 


Florence Roussotte, Ph.D.

Post Doctoral Fellow

PROJECTS

 

EDUCATION

Under Graduate:

 

Graduate:

 

Honors:

 

 

 


Kristina Uban, Ph.D.

Post Doctoral Fellow

PROJECTS

 

EDUCATION

Under Graduate:

 

Graduate:

 

Honors:

 

 

 

 

Salar Assadian

Graduate Student

PROJECTS

 

EDUCATION

Under Graduate:

 

Graduate:

 

Honors:

 

 

 


Suzanne Houston

Graduate Student

PROJECTS

Brain development

Pre-natal exposure to alcohol and methamphetamine

EDUCATION

MA, Psychology, New York University

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Neuropsychological Research Coordinator, The Mount Sinai Hospital

Research Assistant, New York University, Child Study Center Research Brain Development

 

Tatevik Abaryan

Staff Research Associate

PROJECTS

 

EDUCATION

Under Graduate:

 

Graduate:

 

Honors:

 

 

 


KIRSTEN LYNCH

KIRSTEN LYNCH

Staff Research Associate

PROJECTS

Completing neuropsychological tests and brain imaging with children under study

EDUCATION

Under Graduate:

Brown University in Providence, RI.

Education Title:

BS - Neuroscience

Honors:

Graduated with Honors

Thesis

The Impact of Arginine Vasopressin in Traumatic Brain Injury

Previously conducted laboratory and clinical research at Rhode Island Hospital and Women & Infants' Hospital in Providence, RI.

Max Orozco

Staff Research Associate

PROJECTS

 

EDUCATION

Under Graduate:

 

Graduate:

 

Honors:

 

 

 


Genevieve Rodriguez

Staff Research Associate

PROJECTS

 

EDUCATION

Under Graduate:

 

Graduate:

 

Honors:

 

 

 


Lindsay E. Soderberg

Project Coordinator

PROJECTS

 

EDUCATION

Under Graduate:

Santa Clara University B.S. Biology, minor Spanish

 

 

 

Zvart Abaryan

Post Doctoral Fellow

PROJECTS

 

EDUCATION

Under Graduate:

 

Graduate:

 

Honors:

 

 

 


Eric Kan

Data Systems Manager

PROJECTS

Development in normal individuals and diseased populations

 

EDUCATION

B.S. Cognitive Science with specialization in Clinical aspect of Cognitive Science, UCSD

Research:
Brain development

Skills:
Tissue registration and segmentation
Sulcal and Medial lines

Jeremiah Jolley
Staff Research Associate I

Volunteer work in Ecuador.
Conservation work and education of the local population

Lisa Lu
Post Doc

Currently Assistant Professor of Psychology,
Roosevelt, Chicago

Sarah McCourt
Staff Research Associate I

Volunteer work in Africa. AIDS education/prevention

Suzanne Welcome
Staff Research Associate I

Moved on to Neuroscience graduate program at UC Riverside

June Yoshii
Staff Research Associate I

Moved on to Medical School