Researchers & Labs

Faculty Researchers

Rasmus Birn, Ph.D.

Improving techniques for measuring functional brain organization (specifically, resting-state functional connectivity MRI)

Bradley Christian, Ph.D.

Development of PET methodologies to investigate neurochemical changes in the brain and studying novel radioligands to characterize neurotransmitter-protein interactions and how they are influenced by development, genes, environment and aging.

Chiara Cirelli, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Cirelli’s research is aimed at investigating the fundamental mechanisms of sleep regulation by using a combination of molecular and genetic approaches.

Josh Cisler, Ph.D.

The overarching goal of our research is to understand the neurocircuitry that confers risk for psychopathology following traumatic event exposure.

Roseanne Clark, Ph.D.

Infant and early childhood mental health and early parent-child relationships

Richard J. Davidson, Ph.D.

Neural bases of emotion and emotional style and methods to promote human flourishing including meditation and related contemplative practices.

Ryan Herringa, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Herringa's BRAVE Lab examines developmental brain mechanisms of resilience and vulnerability in youth following traumatic events

Ned H. Kalin, M.D.

The Kalin Lab combines molecular, preclinical animal models, and human functional imaging studies to understand the neurobiological mechanisms underlying anxiety and mood disorders.

Michael Koenigs, Ph.D.

The Koenigs lab seeks to characterize the psychological and neurobiological mechanisms underlying emotion, decision-making, and social behavior through the study of multiple clinical populations with deficits in these domains, including neurological patients with prefrontal brain damage, prison inmates with psychopathic personality disorder, and psychiatric outpatients with mood and anxiety disorders

Janet Lainhart, M.D.

Dr. Lainhart’s research focuses on understanding brain growth, development, and maturation in individuals with autism from childhood into mid-adulthood.

Brendon Nacewicz, M.D., Ph.D.

Neurochemical, structural and circuit-based investigations into excessive fear generalization and consequent depersonalization in psychiatric disease

David Plante, M.D., Ph.D.

Plante Lab focuses on applied research at the intersections of sleep medicine and psychiatry, with emphasis on disorders of excessive daytime sleepiness and/or sleep duration

Katherine Schaumberg, Ph.D.

Investigates both risk factors and behavioral treatments for unhealthy eating and activity patterns

Zachary Stowe, M.D.

The impact of maternal mental illness, substance abuse, and stress during perinatal period on obstetrical, neonatal, and developmental outcomes.

Giulio Tononi, M.D, Ph.D.

Dr. Tononi's work involved the development of a comprehensive hypothesis about the function of sleep: the synaptic homeostasis hypothesis (SHY)

Scientists & Research Staff

Stephanie Jones

Scientist - Wisconsin Sleep (WISC)

Pat Roseboom


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