Labs & Researchers

Faculty Researchers

Larissa Albantakis, PhD

Phone: Dr. Albantakis’ research is aimed at developing novel computational tools to analyze and model the origins, symptoms, and potential for interventions of mental disorders in a causal, mechanistic manner at the individual and group level.

Rasmus Birn, Ph.D.

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

Bradley Christian, Ph.D.

Phone: 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.

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

Roseanne Clark, Ph.D.

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

Richard J. Davidson, Ph.D.

Phone: 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.

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

Ned H. Kalin, M.D.

Phone: 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.

Phone: The goal of Dr. Koenigs’s research is to improve mental healthcare and promote resilience for individuals who are currently or formerly incarcerated.

Janet Lainhart, M.D.

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

Virginia Medinilla, MD, PhD

Phone: Contemplative approaches to the understanding and treatment of psychiatric illness, with a focus on substance use and other addictive disorders

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

Phone: 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

Charles L. Raison, M.D.

Phone: Development of novel treatments for major depressive disorder, and understanding mechanisms of action for these interventions.

Melissa Rosenkranz, Ph.D.

Phone: My program of research is focused on investigating the biology of the bi-directional mind-brain-immune pathways through which emotion and inflammation are mutually influential using a wide range of tools for this purpose, including functional and structural neuroimaging (MRI and PET).

Katherine Schaumberg, Ph.D.

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

Zachary Stowe, M.D.

Phone: 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.

Phone: 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

Position title: Scientist - Wisconsin Sleep (WISC)


Jonathan Oler

Position title: Scientist


Pat Roseboom

Position title: Scientist

Lisa Williams

Position title: Scientist - Kalin Lab


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