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  • Ryan T. Ash

    Ryan T. Ash

    Postdoctoral Medical Fellow, Psychiatry

    Bio I am a PGY3 research track resident in the Stanford Psychiatry department. I completed my MD-PhD at Baylor College of Medicine, working in the labs of Stelios Smirnakis and Huda Zoghbi, studying learning-associated synaptic plasticity in motor cortex of the MECP2 Duplication Syndrome mouse model using in vivo 2-photon imaging. I completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, studying changes in neuronal population activity in MeCP2 disorders with 2-photon genetically encoded calcium indicator imaging.
    I am currently developing methods to study the regulation of synaptic plasticity by affective state and mindful presence, using neuronavigated transcranial magnetic stimulation and source-localized EEG. I am also interested in studying alterations in the functional organization of somatomotor/interoceptive brain areas in trauma. My clinical interests include integrated psychodynamic- and mindfulness-based approaches, rTMS, and psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy.

  • Anna Badner

    Anna Badner

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Psychiatry

    Bio I am currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Stanford University in the lab of Dr. Erin Gibson. I completed my PhD at the Institute of Medical Science in the University of Toronto (2018), under the supervision of Dr. Michael Fehlings, where my thesis was focused on the peripheral inflammatory response in neurotrauma and application of immunomodulatory cell therapies to target this pathology. I subsequently spent two years as a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Sue & Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center, University of California-Irvine (UCI), transplanting various sources of neural stem cells for traumatic brain injury. During this time, I expanded my interest in the activation of endogenous progenitors as an alternative to cell transplantation for therapeutic purposes.

  • Jean Marie Batail

    Jean Marie Batail

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Psychiatry

    Bio I am a MD/PhD postdoctoral scholar from Rennes in France. Before arriving in Stanford, I worked in both clinical and research fields. I leaded a unit specialized in neuropsychiatric treatment resistant disorders (mainly depression, Parkinson Disease with psychiatric comorbidities and obsessive-compulsive disorder) with two residents. In this unit, I used and coordinated neuromodulations techniques such as repetititive Trancranial Magnetic Stimulation, Electroconvulsive therapy, and Deep Brain Stimulation. In the research part of my activity, my work focused on biomarkers of poor outcome of depressive disorder using clinical/neuropsychological/brain imaging assessments. In addition, I conducted research on neurofeedback applied to depression. Apart to be involved in the national coordination of this topic for psychiatric diseases (Neurofeedback section of French Association of Biological Psychiatry and Neuropsychopharmacology https://www.afpbn.org/sections/next/), I was actively involved in the development of a new generation of brain-computer interface therapies based on joint bimodal EEG-fMRI neurofeedback. In this project, I leaded the clinical research applying this new technology to depression. I am very interested in working on biomarkers of neuropsychiatric disorders and the development of personalized-targeting neuromodulation techniques.

  • Edith Brignoni Perez

    Edith Brignoni Perez

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Psychiatry

    Bio Edith Brignoni Pérez completed her Ph.D. in Neuroscience at Georgetown University in June 2019. Her doctoral work focused on investigating the neurofunctional bases of reading in bilingual-biliterate children and adults, under the mentorship of Dr. Guinevere F. Eden at the Center for the Study of Learning. Edith used functional magnetic resonance imaging to investigate whether bilinguals rely on a different functional brain system to read words in English compared (1) to monolinguals and (2) to reading words in Spanish.

    She joined the Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics research unit in July 2019 as a postdoctoral fellow co-advised by Drs. Katherine E. Travis (Pediatrics), Heidi M. Feldman (Pediatrics), and Ian Gotlib (Psychology). Some of Edith’s current research interests include how the brain’s white matter microstructure and developmental outcomes relate to one another, particularly in infants born prematurely. She is also interested in changes to brain structure and function following early intervention of language exposure, and long-term neurodevelopmental outcomes relationship with early-life stress.

  • Katie Cederberg

    Katie Cederberg

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Psychiatry

    Bio Dr. Cederberg's primary research interests focus on studying the efficacy and effectiveness of exercise for managing symptoms of restless legs syndrome (RLS) and co-occurring conditions (e.g., periodic limb movements, insomnia). She is currently an NHLBI T32 funded Postdoctoral Scholar in the Mignot Lab, where she devotes her time conducting research aimed at better understanding the relationship among genetics, proteomics, and the presence of and severity of symptoms related to RLS. Her current research is interested in patient's personal experiences with exercise and RLS as well as the relationship between exercise and proteomic biomarkers of RLS. She received her PhD in Rehabilitation Science from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in December 2020, wherein her dissertation utilized a series of methodological approaches to comprehensively examine the relationship between physical activity and RLS in adults with MS. She plans to utilize my experience and training to develop a line of research for informing exercise prescription parameters specifically for managing symptoms of RLS.

  • Hyesang Chang

    Hyesang Chang

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Psychiatry

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests My research aims to understand neural representations and brain networks that support learning and academic achievement across development to bridge the gaps between cognitive and developmental science, neuroscience, and education. I am interested in the interplay between multiple cognitive and affective systems, and neuroplasticity of these systems that give rise to individual differences in how children acquire knowledge and skills in domains important for academic and professional success.

  • Christina F. Chick

    Christina F. Chick

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Psychiatry

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests My research examines the mechanistic contributions of sleep, cognition and affect to the onset and course of psychiatric disorders across the lifespan. I am particularly interested in adolescence as a period during which changes in circadian rhythm, sleep architecture, and sleep behavior co-occur with neuroendocrine development, psychosocial changes, and the onset of many psychiatric disorders. Given that sleep is a highly treatable target, increasing our understanding of the specific contributions of sleep to psychiatric symptom onset may facilitate the development of targeted interventions to mitigate the course of illness.

  • Samir Chowdhury

    Samir Chowdhury

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Psychiatry

    Bio I am an applied mathematician trained in computational topology, geometry, and data analysis. At Stanford, I am working on developing new methods for analyzing and fingerprinting neuroimaging data and in obtaining meaningful clinical insights from such analysis.

    Prior to Stanford, I completed my PhD in the Department of Mathematics at The Ohio State University under the supervision of Facundo Mémoli. My thesis was titled "Metric and Topological Approaches to Network Data Analysis".

  • John Coetzee

    John Coetzee

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Psychiatry

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests I am presently engaged in developing innovative treatments for traumatic brain injury in Dr. Maheen Adamson's lab at the Palo Alto VA, and for depression in the Brain Stimulation Lab at Stanford.

  • Laura Michele Hack

    Laura Michele Hack

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Psychiatry

    Bio Dr. Laura Hack is a Postdoctoral Fellow and Clinical Instructor under the mentorship of Drs. Leanne Williams, Alan Schatzberg, and Ruth O’Hara. She is a translational clinician with a research passion for integrating multiple types of biological and environmental data using advanced analytic techniques into a neuroscience-based taxonomy of mood, anxiety, and stressor-related disorders. Laura envisions herself as a ‘psychiatrist of the future,’ incorporating genetic information, brain imaging, blood-based markers, and data from wearable sensors into diagnostic and treatment decisions to help relieve the suffering that arises from our current trial-and-error approach.

  • Sarah Louise Hagerty

    Sarah Louise Hagerty

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Psychiatry

    Bio Sarah Hagerty, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University and the Sierra Pacific Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC) at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. She graduated with a BA in Psychology from Carleton College. Recently, she completed dual PhDs in Clinical Psychology and Neuroscience at University of Colorado Boulder and pre-doctoral clinical internship at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. Broadly, Sarah is interested in identifying clinically meaningful patient subtypes based on multimodal data, which could inform personalized interventions. Ultimately, Sarah imagines a new way of conceptualizing psychiatric diagnoses, such that an understanding of biology and behavior yield precision diagnostic insights on a more nuanced, individualized basis. Sarah sees her clinical work as a rich source for scientific hypotheses and personal inspiration, and clinical interactions serve as an important reminder of her dedication to reduce human suffering and increase fulfillment through her program of research A native of Colorado, Sarah is happiest when she's on a hiking trail, playing soccer, or spending time with family. ​​​​

  • Haijing Wu Hallenbeck

    Haijing Wu Hallenbeck

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Psychiatry

    Bio Haijing Hallenbeck, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral fellow at the National Center for PTSD at VA Palo Alto Health Care System, in conjunction with Stanford University School of Medicine. After completing her internship at VA Palo Alto Health Care System, she earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Washington University in St. Louis. Haijing's graduate work focused on using mobile app technology for the assessment of depression. As a postdoctoral fellow, she is investigating how this technology can be adapted for purposes of treatment, particularly for PTSD and depression. She is interested in optimizing mobile apps to improve both mental health symptoms and psychosocial functioning for individuals.

  • Alesha Heath

    Alesha Heath

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Psychiatry

    Bio Dr. Alesha Heath is a Postdoctoral Scholar at Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford School of Medicine and the MIRECC the VA Palo Alto. She earned her PhD from the University of Western Australia and Sorbonne University.

    Dr. Heath's research has been primarily focused on the mechanisms and applications of brain stimulation therapies, in particular repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation. Her research involves both basic and clinical components with the aim of improving the efficacy of these therapies for the treatment of disorders such as depression and Alzheimer's disease.

  • Agnieszka Kalinowski

    Agnieszka Kalinowski

    Clinical Instructor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

    Bio I am a translational physician-scientist focused on studying the role of the immune system in patients with schizophrenia. My work spans careful clinical characterization of patients to understanding mechanisms in basic science model systems, allowing to provide mechanistic understanding to observations in clinical samples. Currently, I'm focused on deciphering the role of the complement system and how the known genetic risk translates into pathophysiological disease mechanisms. I hope that this work will pave the way to novel treatment strategies.

  • Haleh Karbasforoushan

    Haleh Karbasforoushan

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Psychiatry

    Bio Dr. Haleh Karbasforoushan received her Master’s in Computer Science and Brain Modeling at University of Southern California. She then worked at UCLA and Vanderbilt University for a few years, studying brain morphological and functional changes in patients with Schizophrenia and children with Autism, using brain imaging methods. She then joined Northwestern University for her PhD studies in Neuroscience with a specialization in movement disorders. Her PhD research, funded by a NIH NRSA grant, used brain and spinal cord structural and functional MRI to investigate altered sensorimotor pathways involved in hand impairment post stroke. Dr. Karbasforoushan's research in stroke and psychiatric disorders have been published in journals such as Nature Communications and American Journal of Psychiatry. She currently is a post-doctoral research fellow at Stanford University and at VA Palo Alto. Her postdoctoral research, funded by a VA Polytrauma Advanced Fellowship, uses MRI and TMS techniques to investigate how brain stimulation can modulate brain functional activity and connectivity in treatment of traumatic brain injury and fibromyalgia.

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