Carnegie Mellon University

Nilsu Atilgan

Nilsu Atilgan

Postdoctoral Fellow

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5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Vlad Ayzenberg

Vlad Ayzenberg

Postdoctoral Fellow

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5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Lauren Burakowski

Lauren Burakowski

Adjunct Faculty

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5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Edward Cranford

Edward A. Cranford

Postdoctoral Researcher

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5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

I am currently a postdoc in the Functional Modeling Systems group, directed by Christian Lebiere. I earned my PhD in Cognitive Science from Mississippi State University. My research interests broadly include comprehension, prediction/anticipation, problem-solving, learning, and decision making. The focus of my current research is in modeling human decision making of adversaries in a cyber-security domain, understanding how humans respond to deception, and modeling end-user response to phishing attacks. In other research, I am interested in how experts generate and select appropriate courses of action in dynamic and time-pressured situations.

Crista Crittenden, PhD, MPH

Crista N. Crittenden, PhD, MPH

Adjunct Faculty

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Dr. Crittenden received her PhD in Psychology from Carnegie Mellon University in 2013. She also holds a Master's degree in Public Health from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. In addition to teaching at CMU, she is currently working on her clinical social work degree and licensure at the University of Pittsburgh. Her clinical focus is on the mental health and well-being of undergraduate and graduate student populations. Additional clinical and research interests include the impact of social factors on physical health, with a focus on lung function.

Janine Dutcher

Janine Dutcher

Special Faculty Researcher

  • BPH 340T
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5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

My research seeks to understand how positive interventions and experiences (e.g., self-affirmation, mindfulness meditation, social support) may lead to reductions in threat and stress responding. I use multiple methods, including neuroimaging and psychoneuroimmunology, to explore how these processes have effects on physical health and well-being, with the ultimate goal of finding ways to help individuals build resilience. I received my B.S. in Psychology from Carnegie Mellon University in 2010 and my Ph.D. in Psychology from UCLA in 2016. 

Cvetomir Dimov

Cvetomir Dimov

Postdoctoral Researcher

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5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Mishaela DiNino

Mishaela DiNino

Postdoctoral Researcher

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5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Shae DiNino is a joint postdoc in the labs of Lori Holt and Barb Shinn-Cunningham. She received her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Washington and her B.A. and M.A. in Psychology from San Diego State University. Shae’s research focuses on auditory perception in adults who have experienced high levels of noise exposure. When not in the lab, Shae likes watching live music (with earplugs!) and taking her dog on outdoor adventures.

Jon Fincham

Research Psychologist

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5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Davida Fromm

Davida Fromm

Special Faculty Researcher

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5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

I am interested in how speech, language, and communication skills are affected by neurological impairments such as stroke and dementia. Working with Brian MacWhinney, I am involved in creating shared databases for research in these and other related areas. Using and improving computer-based tools for language transcription and analysis is also a big focus of my work.

Margaret (Maggie)  Henderson

Margaret (Maggie) Henderson

Postdoctoral Researcher

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5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Timothy Keller

Timothy Keller

Senior Research Psychologist

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5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Senior Research Associate with expertise in fMRI. He is working on all of the fMRI projects. He has just the right computational skills to deal with the intensive data processing associated with fMRI data, as well as neuroanatomical knowledge for data interpretation. His substantive interests are in working memory, language, and spatial thinking. His Ph.D. is from the University of Missouri. He was previously an NIMH Post-Doctoral Fellow for two years.

Molly Lewis

Molly Lewis

Postdoctoral Fellow

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5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Sahil Luthra

Sahil Luthra

Postdoctoral Fellow

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5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Sahil is a postdoctoral researcher in the Holt Lab. He received his PhD in Psychological Sciences from the University of Connecticut in 2021. Sahil’s research focuses on the cognitive and neural mechanisms that support speech perception, and he is specifically interested in how listeners leverage different sources of information (their knowledge of who is talking, their knowledge of what someone is likely to say in some given context, etc.) to guide their interpretation of the acoustic signal. Outside of the lab, Sahil enjoys books, baking and boxing, as well as things that don’t start with the letter B.

Christian Lebiere

Christian Lebiere

Research Psychologist

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5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

 

Michael Martin

Senior Researcher

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Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Robert Mason

Robert Mason

Senior Research Associate

  • 327F Baker Hall
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5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

My current research explores the cognitive and neural mechanisms through which scientific concepts are learned. I also developed a multiple cortical network theory of discourse processing with colleagues at the Center for Cognitive Brain Imaging (CCBI). My broader research program focuses on the interaction of learning, language and the brain during the instructional process. I use functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) and repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) to study cortical networks that subserve reading and learning. I have studied these networks in English speakers, bilinguals and individuals with autism. My Ph.D. is from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and I previously worked at the Learning Research & Development Center at the University of Pittsburgh.

Catarina Vales

Postdoctoral Research Associate

  • 340U Baker Hall
  • 412-268-6113
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5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213