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received his bachelor's degree summa cum laude in psychology from the University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign and his Masters degree and
Ph.D. in psychology from Harvard
University. He has also received postdoctoral training in social
psychology at Harvard and functional neuroimaging at Stanford University.
currently is Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department
of Psychology at Columbia University. Kevin's research interests include
the psychological and neural processes involved in emotion, self-control,
and person perception. All of his work employs a social cognitive
neuroscience approach that seeks to integrate the theories and methods of
social psychology on the one hand, and cognitive neuroscience on the other.
is a recipient of the Young
Investigator Award from The Cognitive Neuroscience Society, Columbia
University’s Lenfest Distinguished Faculty Award, and the APA Division 3 New Investigator Award. In 2010 Kevin was identified as 27th most cited Social
Psychologist of all time, corrected for stage of career, in an article on
citation impact by Nosek et al. published in PSPB. In 2008 Kevin was identified as the most
cited Assistant Professor in Social Psychology in an article published in
with Nim Tottenham,
Kevin is Co-Director of the Psychology Undergraduate Honor’s
Program. His teaching includes
seminars on social
cognitive neuroscience as well as a lecture course on experimental
for studying emotion and social cognition.
with Pearson publishers about the origins of Dr. Ochsner’s
interest in Psychology and the work in the SCN Lab. Recorded at APS 2007.
(Scroll to right for interview).
Micheal is a post-doc who
studied psychology and economics in Tel Aviv University and then went on to
do a Ph.D. in social neuroscience under the supervision of Nira Liberman from Tel Aviv
University and Anat Maril
from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Generally speaking, his research
is on the interaction between humans' cultural-symbolic and preverbal
cognition. Sounds interesting. In his free time, he doesn't really do much.
He really should find new hobbies. Perhaps fishing?
Chelsea is a
postdoctoral fellow whose research focuses on how
emotion influences judgment and decision-making across multiple domains,
including moral behavior, consumer decision-making, and autobiographical
memory. To investigate these processes, she utilizes multiple methods,
including implicit and explicit behavioral measures, functional neuroimaging,
and large-scale field studies. Chelsea received her Ph.D. from Cornell
University in 2014, where she worked primarily with David Pizarro, BJ
Casey, and Tom Gilovich.
Laura received her Ph.D. in Psychology
in 2011. Her dissertation work with Mauricio Delgado examined the effect of
emotion regulation on financial risk-taking and neural reward processing.
In daily life, we encounter opportunities for immediate rewards, like
enjoying French fries, that conflict with our long-term goals, like
maintaining a healthy weight. Laura’s research examines how we can use
emotion regulation strategies, techniques that change the intensity of our
affect, to decrease the appetitive pull of the rewards and promote
controlled behavior. More broadly, she is interested in delineating
different types of emotion regulation based on the nature of their
underling processes, which can be explicit, implicit, or a combination of
Bruce is a 6th year graduate
student interested in the regulation of positive emotion in health and
psychopathology. He received his B.Sc. from the University of Guelph, and
his M.A. in Psychology at Columbia University. In his research, he uses
behavioral, neuroimaging, and large-scale observational methods to ask
questions about the motivational, cognitive, and brain processes that
determine how we respond to and recover from emotional events. Current
projects investigate the cognitive and brain processes that underlie our
ability to 'look on the bright side' in response to negative life
experiences, the motivational factors that influence when and how we choose
to regulate our emotions, and how these abilities and motivations change
from young to older adulthood.
Noam is a 5th year graduate
student broadly interested in how people's thoughts, feelings, and behavior
shape and are shaped by their social networks and positions within them.
This line of research integrates theories and methods from social
psychology, cognitive neuroscience, and sociology to investigate questions
like how our brains track group members' status (i.e., position within the
social network), why certain group members are more accurate (or
systematically biased) in predicting how they are perceived by others, and
other curiosities that keep him up at night. In another line of research,
Noam studies how people's emotional states influence their appetitive
drives and our ability to regulate them. Prior to graduate school Noam
researched causes of the precipitous increase in autism prevalence with the
Understanding Autism group at Columbia University, led by Dr. Peter Bearman.
Seth is a 4th year graduate
interested in the self-regulation of behavior. He is interested in the
factors that may impair regulation, such as mood or cognitive load.
Additionally, he is performing exploratory work to investigate the
connection between successful regulation and well-being. He received his
B.S. in Brain and Cognitive Sciences from the University of Rochester in
2009. Prior to joining the lab, Seth worked at the National Institute of
Mental Health on a project studying food perception in lean and obese
individuals with Drs. Alex Martin, Kevin Hall, and Kyle Simmons.
Rebecca is a fourth year graduate
student interested in developmental changes in emotion regulation, and the
influence of social feedback in changing emotion. Rebecca researches these
topics at neural, behavioral, and applied levels of analysis. She received
her B.A. in History from New York University, an M.A. in Teaching from UC
Santa Cruz, and an M.Ed. in Mind, Brain, and
Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Prior to joining
the lab, Rebecca worked in John Gabrieli's lab at
MIT on executive functioning and memory development imaging studies.
is a third year student interested in the ways in which we socially
regulate others, including their emotions, and how that relates to other
capabilities, such as wisdom and empathy. She is a former RA in the lab and
has prior experience working on various aspects of emotion and emotion
regulation. Prior to being in the lab, she received a B.F.A. in Painting
through a joint program with the University of San Francisco and the
California College of the Arts. She began studying psychology as a postbaccalaureate student at Columbia University.
Jochen is a senior imaging data
analyst. He brings his all-around
elfin magic and special expertise in mathematics and programming to the Lab
to assist with data analysis and visualization. Jochen has been
a member of Prof. Ochsner's lab since 2008, and
he is the go-to person for implementing processing and analysis of fMRI
data, mainly in Matlab. His efforts have resulted
in the publicly available toolbox NeuroElf.
Before coming to the lab, Jochen worked at Brain
Innovation, the makers of BrainVoyager QX, and
before that for four years at the neuroimaging core facility at the
University Hospital in Aachen, Germany. Next to his working on algorithms
and code implementation, Jochen has a strong
interest in social phenomena in general.
received her BA in psychology from Vassar College in 2014, and is now a lab
manager and research assistant. She is currently working on studies that
investigate emotion regulation across the developmental lifespan, as well
as in patients with depression and suicidal tendencies. Her main research
interests lie in the roles of attentional control and self-focus in emotion
regulation, and how these roles differ between clinical and non-clinical
populations, or change as we age. Prior to coming to Columbia, Chelsea
worked as a research assistant with Michele Tugade
at Vassar College and with Pierfilippo de Sanctis at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
recent departures listed first)
Jenny Porter was a graduate
student in the SCAN lab from 2011-2013. Her work focused on the social,
cognitive, and developmental factors and perceptual cues that impact
empathic accuracy in adults and adolescents. Jenny is now a clinical
research assistant and adjunct professor at Queens College. Prior to coming to the lab she received her
B.S. in Brain, Behavior & Cognitive Sciences from the University of
Michigan in 2008, and worked with Alex Todorov at
Princeton University and with Lisa Feldman Barrett at Northeastern
Bryan received his PhD in the lab
and has interests in the temporal dynamics of emotion regulation and how
emotion regulation can be improved in people suffering from borderline
personality disorder or major depression. In addition, he is interested in
social cognition more generally and the role that medial prefrontal cortex
plays in attributions about self and others. Prior to coming to Columbia he
worked as a research assistant with Todd Heatherton at Dartmouth
College. He is currently a
post-doctoral fellow with Harold Koenigsberg at
the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine.
Jen got her BA from the
University of Virginia in 2005, and received her PhD in the lab. Her work in the lab used multiple
approaches (e.g., behavioral paradigms, fMRI) to examine what factors
enhance and diminish effect emotion regulation. Her main focus is the
developmental trajectory of emotional reactivity and regulation, as well as
how emotion regulation work may be applied to at-risk groups and
individuals with psychopathology (e.g., BPD patients). Prior to coming to
Columbia, she worked as a research assistant with Alex Martin at NIMH. She
is currently a post-doctoral fellow with Nim Tottenham and in July 2016 will start a position as
Assistant Professor of Psychology at UCLA.
Elina received her PhD in the lab
aftter starting her graduate career in the lab of
Janet Metcalfe. She was interested
in understanding and facilitating effective self-regulation in the
successful pursuit of one's goals. Elina obtained a BA and Masters degree on Mathematics and Philosophy from the
University of Oxford, UK. She was born and raised in Athens, Greece, where
she currently resides and works as a Psychologist.
Jamil received his PhD from
Columbia University in 2010, and was a postdoctoral fellow working with
Jason Mitchell at the Harvard Center for Brain Science. His research
focuses on the cognitive and neural bases of social behavior, particularly
w.r.t. empathy and empathic accuracy, social influence, and altruism. He is
currently Assistant Professor of Psychology at Stanford University.
Hedy received her
PhD from Columbia University in 2009, was a post-doc for one year, and now
is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Yale University. She continues
to collaborate on projects examining the regulation of appetitive desires
in healthy adults and in substance abusers as well as meta-analyses of the
neural systems underlying social cognition and emotion regulation.
Josh received his PhD in Spring
2008 and worked on projects examining the role of the body (i.e. somatic
and behavioral expression) in emotion and emotion regulation. Josh has broad interests in the nature of
psychological theories, and theory-building more generally. After receiving
his PhD he was a Term Assistant
Professor at Barnard college and currently is director of research for
the Neuroleadership Institute.
Ajay received his PhD from UCLA
in 2008, was a post-doc in the lab and then worked as a research scientist
in the lab of Lisa Feldmann-Barrett. He has
interests in the neural bases of social cognition, emotion and learning and
in developing new analytic and computational methods to study their
interactions. He is currently Assistant Professor of Psychology at Pomona
Dario received his Ph.D. from the
University of Bern in 2010. His research interests range from face
perception to empathy and emotions. His current projects focus on the role
of visual strategies during empathic judgments and emotion regulation
Kim was a post-doctoral fellow in
the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Health and Society Scholars Program.
She has interests in the neural bases of social cognition, the
mirror system, perspective taking, interpersonal relationships and
health. She is currently working on
a project that examines their inter-relationships. She is currently a public policy Fellow
in Washington DC.
Ethan was a post-doctoral fellow
from 2007-2008 and is now an Associate Professor in the Department of
Psychology at the University of Michigan.
He is an on-going collaborator on projects examining the use of
different forms of cognitive construal (e.g. those involve accepting as
opposed to reinterpreting the meaning of stimuli) to regulate emotion.
Andreas was a post-doc from
2005-2007 and is now an Associate Professor at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden. He is an-going
collaborator on projects examining the behavioral and neural mechanisms
mediating emotions in social contexts, including the ways in which
cognitive goals and strategies can affect the emotional processes involved
in the perception of, and learning from, others.
Franz was a Lab Manager,
primarily working on the lab's developmental neuroimaging projects. His
main research interests lie in the development of cognitive emotion
regulation in youth. He is specifically interested in the ways that early
environments and parent-child relationships promote adaptive regulatory behaviors
in adolescence. Peter worked on independent projects examining the effects
of daily stress, family support, and socioeconomic status on the neural
correlates of emotion regulation in youth.
In Fall 2015 he began graduate studies in Clinical and Developmental
Psychology at Harvard University.
graduated from Columbia in 2010 with a BA in psychology. Her work focuses
on the developmental trajectory of appetitive and aversive emotion
regulation in children and adolescents. She is now a graduate student at
Alexa Hubbard was a
lab manager and research assistant from 2012-2014. Alexa worked primarily
on projects related to cognitive emotion regulation in youth, the elderly,
and individuals suffering from borderline personality disorder, alcoholism,
or depression. She is now a first year graduate student in the social
psychology program at New York University.
was a research assistant from 2009-2011 after receiving his BA in
psychology from Princeton University, where he worked in the lab of Alex Todorov. He studied craving regulation in cigarette
smokers and methamphetamine users. He currently is a PhD candidate
at Dartmouth College in the lab of Todd Heatherton.
Chuk was a research assistant from 2009-2010 and is now working at the
Substance Treatment and Research Service (S.T.A.R.S) at the New York State
Psychiatric Institute, where he investigates the role of stress sensitivity
in perpetuating cocaine use after abstinence.
was a research assistant and graduate of Columbia with a BA in Psychology
who won the prestigious Jennifer A Pack Prize. She worked on studies of
craving regulation in substance abusing populations, and emotion regulation
in borderline personality disorder and children. She now resides in Norway.
was a research assistant from 2007-2008 after receiving his BA from
Columbia. He worked on studies of emotion regulation, pain regulation, and
their relationship to addiction. He
was a graduate student with Alex Todorov in
Psychology at Princeton University and now is a post-doc at NYU.
Brent was the lab manager and a
research assistant working on projects examining the neural bases of
emotion regulation and pain. Brent
was a U. of Michigan undergrad and after graduating, managed the lab of Dr.
Steve Taylor. After leaving the lab
Brent was a graduate student in the lab of Jennifer Beer at the University
of Texas at Austin and currently is a post-doctoral fellow at Stanford
Matthew was once the lab’s systems administrator, go-to
person for computing and programming needs, and fMRI data analyst. Matt has a sardonic wit and the most
complete collection of politically savvy t-shirts this side of the
Hudson. He subsequently was a
graduate student in the Department of Psychology at Columbia working with Hakwan Lau.
Sonja was the lab manager, and in that role worked on
various projects related to stress and cognition and emotion
regulation. She has a master’s
degree in sociology and was the manager for the Davachi
Lab at NYU prior to moving uptown.
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Jennifer Bartz, Ph.D. website
Jennifer Beer, Ph.D.
Peter Bearman, Ph.D.
Niall Bolger, Ph.D.
B.J. Casey, Ph.D.
Joan Chiao, Ph.D. website
Michael Green, Ph.D.
John Gabrieli, Ph.D. website
James Gross, Ph.D.
Hedy Kober, Ph.D. website
Harold Koenigsberg, M.D. website
John Mann, M.D.
Jeff Miller, M.D.
Walter Mischel, Ph.D. website
James Murrough, M.D., Ph.D.
Nasir Naqvi, M.D.,
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