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Principal Investigators

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Dr. Jessica R. Cohen (she/her) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at UNC Chapel Hill. She is a member of the Cognitive Psychology program and the Human Neuroimaging Group. She is also affiliated with the Biomedical Research Imaging Center, the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities, the Neurobiology Curriculum, and the Center for Developmental Science. Dr. Cohen received her A.B. in Psychology from Harvard University, her Ph.D. in Psychology from UCLA, and postdoctoral training in Neuroscience at both UC Berkeley and Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Email: jrcohen@unc.edu

 

Dr. Nicholas Fogleman (he/him) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UNC School of Medicine and Director of the UNC ADHD Program. He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience and has an appointment at the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities. Dr. Fogleman completed his B.S. in Psychology at Loyola University Chicago, Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at University of Louisville, Clinical Psychology Internship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, and Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities.

Email: nicholas.fogleman@med.unc.edu

 


Postdoctoral Fellows

Dr. Sikoya M. Ashburn (she/her) completed her B.S. in Neuroscience at Duke University and her Ph.D. in Neuroscience at Georgetown University. As a post-doctoral researcher, she is a D-SPAN (Diversity Specialized Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Advancement in Neuroscience) fellow, an NIH award. Sikoya’s research uses neuroimaging analyses to explore the cerebellum’s role in cognition and neurodevelopmental disorders. Her interests also encompass neuroanatomy, development, and aging.

Email: s.ashburn.phd@unc.edu

 

Dr. Tehila Nugiel (she/her) is a T32 Postdoctoral Fellow at the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities. She completed a B.A. in Psychology at Ramapo College of New Jersey and her Ph.D. in Psychology at The University of Texas at Austin in the Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Lab. Her research examines relations between brain development and cognitive control in children and adolescents with a focus on developmental difficulties, like ADHD and learning disabilities.

Email: tehila_nugiel@med.unc.edu

 


Graduate Students

Arianna Cascone (she/her) is is a PhD student in the Neuroscience Curriculum in the School of Medicine. She graduated from Vassar College in May 2019 with a BA in Neuroscience and Behavior. Arianna is broadly interested in studying the neural substrates of neuropsychiatric disorders using neuroimaging techniques.

Email: acascone@live.unc.edu  

 

Mac Woodburn (he/him) is a graduate student in the Cognitive Psychology PhD program in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience. He recently completed his B.S. in Cognitive Neuroscience at Brown University, and conducted his undergraduate thesis work in Brown’s Advanced Baby Imaging Lab. Mac studies the cognitive relevance of brain network development from infancy to childhood for typical and atypical development. Mac enjoys exploring the local food and music scene, and tap-dancing. Mac has completed HAVEN training.

Email: mawoodbu@live.unc.edu

Image of Mackenzie MitchellMackenzie Mitchell (she/her) is a graduate student in the Cognitive Psychology PhD program in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience. She graduated with B.S. degrees in Neuroscience and Human Development from the University of Texas at Austin in 2017. After graduation, Mackenzie worked as lab manager for Jessica Church-Lang’s Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Lab. She worked on projects investigating cognitive control engagement in both developmental populations with control disorders (i.e. ADHD, OCD, and Tourette syndrome) and bilingual students with reading difficulties. Mackenzie is interested in how brain networks support cognitive control across development, in both typical and atypical populations. Mackenzie enjoys drinking wine and listening to
                                                 Mariah Carey.

                                                 Email: memitchell@unc.edu  

 

Marc Rudolph (he/him) is a graduate student in the Cognitive Psychology PhD program in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience. He completed his B.S. in Psychology (Neuropsychology/Neuroscience) at Portland State University. After graduation, Marc was involved in neuroscience outreach at NW Noggin and Sabin Brains and worked as a research assistant in several labs at the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) with Dr. Joel Nigg, Dr. Bonnie Nagel, and Dr. Damien Fair. Marc is interested in how brain networks underlying cognition and behavior evolve, organize, and reconfigure in health and disease and how this information can be used to build predictive models with translational potential. Marc enjoys hiking, motorcycles, live music, and tasting local wine                                                  and craft beer.

                                                 Email: marcr@live.unc.edu  

                                                 Website: marcdrudolph@wordpress.com


Research Staff

Ellie Birdsong (she/her) is the lab manager for the Cohen Lab and lead project coordinator for the BrainMAP study. She graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a B.S. in Neuroscience and completed her undergraduate honors thesis on biological variation within neural progenitor cell populations. Ellie is interested in the neural processes underlying cognition.

Email: elliehf@email.unc.edu  

 

Tehya Drummond (she/her) is a project coordinator for the BrainMAP study. She completed a B.S. in Behavioral and Social Sciences from North Carolina Central University. Prior to joining the Cohen Lab, she worked in a variety of research settings throughout UNC including the department of Psychiatry and the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. Her research interests include social cognition and psychophysiology. In her free time, Tehya enjoys making quilts, playing pickleball, and hanging out with her two pet guinea pigs.

Email: tehya.drummond@unc.edu


Undergraduate Students

Ananyaa Sundar (she/her) is majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Chemistry, and is on the pre-med track. As a member of the Cohen Lab, she is interested in learning about brain development. In her free time, Ananyaa enjoys baking, watching movies, and hanging out with friends.

Email: ananyaa@live.unc.edu

 

Shreya Ramineni (she/her) is double majoring in Psychology and Neuroscience, and is on the pre-med track. She is interested in learning about neural flexibility and brain development. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, crisis counseling, volunteering, and videography.

Email: shreyar@live.unc.edu

 

 

Charlotte Seymour (she/her/hers) is double majoring in Neuroscience and Economics with a minor in chemistry. She is interested in studying the factors that influence brain development. In her free time, she enjoys sailing, playing field hockey, and reading.

Email: cesces@live.unc.edu

 

 

Jennifer Martinez-Mejia is a Sophomore majoring in Psychology with a minor in Neuroscience and Women and Gender Studies. She enjoys baking, spending time with family and friends, and watching soap operas.

Email:

jennym12@email.unc.edu 

 

Shriya Pokala (she/her) is majoring in Neuroscience and on the pre-med track. She is interested in learning about childhood brain development. In her free time, she enjoys reading books, playing the piano, traveling, and hiking.

Email: shriya.pokala@unc.edu 

 

 

Samuel Hendrix (he/him) is majoring in Neuroscience with a double minor in chemistry and biology on a pre-med track. He is interested in learning about how mental disorders impact child brain development. Outside of school he enjoys hiking, board games, visiting national parks, and cooking.

Email: samuel.hendrix@unc.edu 

 

Foluwa Agbebi (he/him) is a Neuroscience major with a minor in computer science. He is interested in learning about how glial cells influence neuronal activity. In his free time, Foluwa enjoys reading, playing Wordle, and playing in the UNC marching and pep bands.

Email: magbebi@unc.edu 

 

 

Jeremy Chen (he/him) is double majoring in Neuroscience and Computer Science and is on the pre-med track. He is interested in learning about human cognition and brain development. Outside of school, Jeremy enjoys playing sports and games, and currently plays table tennis, chess, and Smash Ultimate competitively for UNC’s club teams.

Email: ziang1@email.unc.edu 

 

Brenna Curtis (she/her) is a psychology major with a minor in neuroscience. She is interested in the influence of environment on brain development. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, reading, and playing the double bass.

Email: bcurtis@unc.edu 

 

 

 

Dana Chau (she/her) is double majoring in Biology and Psychology with a Chemistry minor and is on the pre-med track. She is interested in learning about children’s brain networks during different stages of development. In her free time, she enjoys playing games, reading, watching movies, and spending time with her friends and family.

Email: danami@email.unc.edu

 

Gracie Tharin (she/her) is majoring in Psychology and minoring in Health and Society. She is interested in learning about the differences between neurotypical and neurodivergent brain development and how these developmental patterns coincide with mental health. Outside of school, she enjoys reading, going to the gym, and spending time with friends.

Email: gtharin@unc.edu

 

Andrea Myer (she/her) is a Sophomore Neuroscience major with minors in Chemistry and Statistics & Analytics. She is interested in studying brain development and degeneration, as well as the factors that contribute to both. In her free time, she enjoys running, playing the flute, and spending time with friends.

Email: andfaith@email.unc.edu

Mariana Chavez (she/her) is a sophomore double majoring in Psychology and Human Development and Family Studies with a minor in Education. She is interested in social and cognitive changes in child development and how they influence school performance. In her free time, Mariana loves playing piano, watching movies, and building escape rooms through UNC’s Chapel Thrill Escapes.
Email: mariana5@ad.unc.edu

Lab Alumni

Postdoctoral Fellows

Teague R. Henry, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh

Shana A. Hall, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University School of Medicine

 

Research Staff

Alexa D. Monachino, Research Associate, Department of Psychology, Northeastern University

Cheyenne L. Bricken, Medical Student, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Cleanthis Michael, Ph.D. Student in Clinical Science, Department of Psychology, University of Michigan

Kelly A. Duffy, Ph.D. Student in Quantitative/Psychometric Methods, Department of Psychology, University of Minnesota

Kelly H. Eom, Research Associate, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University School of Medicine

 

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Sammie Kim, Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2022

Kattia Mata, B.S. in Neuroscience, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2022

Aparna Sudhakar, B.S. in Neuroscience, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2022

Erica Fager, B.A. in Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2022

Maya Arora, B.S. in Neuroscience, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2024

Katie Holt, B.S. in Biology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2021

Jordan Roberts, B.S. in Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2023

Anna Covington, B.S. in Neuroscience, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2021

Caroline Hoch, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2020

Deepak Melwani, B.S. in Biology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2020

Kaeley Jenkins, B.A. in Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2020

Chunni (Zoe) Ji, B.S. in Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2020

Darius Johnson, B.S.P.H. in Health Policy and Management, B.S. in Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2020

Mauli Saini, B.S. in Psychology and Neuroscience, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2017

Mikaela Bauer, B.S. in Biology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2022

Niveditha Jagadesh, B.S. in Psychology and Neuroscience, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2018

Rachel Slover, B.A. in Mathematics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2021

Safiyyah Nawaz, B.A. in Chemistry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2018

Shruti Gopalswamy, B.S. in Statistics and Computer Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2021