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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
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
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
was identified as the most cited Assistant Professor in Social Psychology
in an article published in SPSP’s Diologue.
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
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
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
Franz is 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 has 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 will begin graduate
studies in Clinical and Developmental Psychology at Harvard University.
Chelsea Boccagno 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 University.
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
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 College.
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
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 Harvard
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.
ccChuk 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. He is currently a medical school student
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
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
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