Communications Committee

Tzipi Horowitz-Kraus

Tzipi Horowitz-Kraus

Technion- Israel Institute of Technology

Chair of the Communications Committee

Tzipi Horowitz-Kraus, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education in Science and Technology and the Faculty of Biomedical Engineering, heading the Educational Neuroimaging Group (ENIG). She is also an Associate Professor (PAR) at Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Between the years 2013-2021, Dr. Horowitz-Kraus was appointed an Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the College of Medicine, at the University of Cincinnati and the Scientific Director of the Reading and Literacy Discovery Center in the Department of General and Community Pediatrics at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. In her research, Dr. Horowitz-Kraus focuses on the involvement of executive functions during word reading and fluency as part of the Simple View of Reading model in typically and atypically developing children with reading difficulties. As reading difficulties may stem from environmental and genetic factors, Dr. Horowitz-Kraus's approach examines the involvement of executive functions in reading acquisition and remediation using a nature-nurture perspective using a variety of neuroimaging techniques tools. Dr. Horowitz-Kraus joined the Flux Board in 2021.

Barbara Braams

Barbara Braams

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Co - Chair of the Communications Committee

"I am a cognitive neuroscientist. My research focuses on adolescent neurocognitive development and decision-making. I am especially interested in (real life) risk-taking behavior and social influence on risk-taking behavior. In my work, I utilize a multi-method approach in which I combine neural measures, hormone assessments, behavioral tasks and daily diary measures as real-life assessments of behavior. In different research projects I investigate the factors that are related to increases in risky decision making in adolescence and which individuals are particularly vulnerable to adverse consequences due to excessive risk taking. Ultimately, my work will help build a better understanding of adolescence and can inform broader ways in which we can help support or intervene in adolescent development to get adolescents on the best possible trajectory towards independence.

Mehta Kahini

Mehta Kahini

University of Pennsylvania

I am post-bac Software Engineer and Data Analyst with Dr. Theodore Satterthwaite at the University of Pennsylvania. While initially interested in journalism, I became drawn to neuroscience through the course of my education. I studied Psychology and English (non-fiction) at Brown University, where I grew increasingly interested in the brain-behavior interface. I also developed a passion for computational approaches towards questions of abnormal behavior. As a result, I completed my undergraduate thesis on interventions targeting different cognitive mechanisms implicated in depression via a Drift Diffusion Model. At UPenn, I grew to appreciate more neuroscience-based approaches to research. Currently, my research focuses on neuroimaging approaches towards cognitive mechanisms that are transdiagnostic in nature. My most recent work (which I presented at the 2023 Flux Congress meeting!) examines how individual differences in delay discounting in youth might be related with dorsal prefrontal cortex connectivity. As a trainee, I believe that Flux presents an excellent opportunity to connect with collaborators, mentors, and peers, as well as familiarize oneself with the latest work in the field. I am honored by the opportunity to be part of the Communications Committee and help disseminate information about Flux to other researchers in the field!

 

 

Niko Steinbeis

Niko Steinbeis

University College London, UK

"I did my thesis at the Max-Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences on the neuroscience of music and and was awarded my PhD in 2008 from the University of Leipzig. I then switched research focus to study socialand affective development and moved to the University of Zuerich to work at the Institute for Empirical Economics. I worked together with Professors Tania Singer and Ernst Fehr on the neurobiological underpinnings of prosocial development. In 2010, I became Senior Researcher at the Max-Planck Institutefor Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences and was promoted to Group Leader in 2014 in the Department of Social Neuroscience. For my work during this time on theneural underpinnings of socio-affective skills and behaviors I was nominated asa Rising Star by the Association for Psychological Science in 2013. In 2015, I was awarded fellowships to work at the Weill Cornell Medical School and the Douglas Mental Health University Institute with BJ Casey and Michael Meaney respectively. I then joined the Department of Developmental Psychology at the University of Leiden as an Assistant Professor in 2015. In 2016, I received a Jacobs Foundation Research Fellowship and a Starting Grant from the European Research Council to study the malleability of cognitive control in childhood. I joined UCL's Division of Psychology and Language Sciences in 2017 as an Independent ERC Research Fellowand Associate Professor. My work is funded by Fellowship and Project grants from the Jacobs Foundation, the ERC grant and more recently an Open Research Area(ORA) grant from the ESRC."

 

Clare McCann

Clare McCann

PhD student, UCLA Developmental Psychology

I graduated in June of 2020 from the University of Oregon with honors in Psychology, minors in Special Education and Women's Gender & Sexuality Studies. My research examines underlying mechanisms that may contribute to brain and behavioral trajectories variation, such as early life stress and pubertal processes during adolescence. Adolescence is a period of physiological, psychosocial, and neural shifts therefore I hope to translate my findings and develop more targeted ways to support this influential period of growth. I am currently working with Dr. Jennifer Pfeifer and Dr. Kate Mills at the University of Oregon. I will be entering the UCLA Developmental Psychology Ph.D. program to work with Dr. Jen Silvers in the fall. Outside of research, I enjoy running, being mediocre at knitting, and practicing yoga! My pronouns are she/her/hers. As someone relatively new to research and Flux, it is clear that communication, both interpersonal and scientific, accelerates us as a society and in the field of human brain development. Flux has been instrumental in my early development as a researcher. I cannot wait to pay it back by serving on the Communication Committee this year.

Christina Lutz

Christina Lutz

Neuroscience PhD candidate in the Developmental Neuroimaging Group

Hello, my name is Christina Lutz and I am currently a Neuroscience PhD candidate in the Developmental Neuroimaging Group headed by Prof. Silvia Brem at the University of Zurich. I have long been fascinated by the brain and its roles in health and disease – particularly in cognition, language, memory, sleep, and mood. My PhD project involved a big study with around 100 elementary school children with poor and typical reading skills. What especially attracted me to the project was the clinical and translational aspect. The study combines basic research (trying to better understand reading disorders) with the evaluation of a possible therapeutic application (an app-based reading training). Currently, I am evaluating and analyzing the results, focusing predominantly on electroencephalography (EEG). I very much look forward to contributing to the Flux Communications Committee. All my life, I’ve been intrigued with language(s), culture(s), and communication. I strongly believe that communication is an essential and integral part of science and our society as a whole. We have so much to gain from interacting and sharing knowledge and experience with each other, be it across different labs, disciplines, or countries. Therefore, I am excited to be joining this great initiative and team, to share knowledge and to promote exchange across borders.

Andrew Lynn

Andrew Lynn

Department of Psychology and Human Development, Department of Special Education, Peabody College, Vanderbilt University

Across the first decade of life, most children develop the ability to focus on a complex goal, such as coloring a picture or listening to a teacher recite the alphabet. My goal is to understand how children’s brains change as they develop this ability, and why some children find these goals especially challenging. To answer this broad question, my research focuses on two areas of interest. First, I use the visual system to test how different aspects of children’s visual environments influence their attention abilities. I have found that children’s attention depends on environmental features such as luminance, color, and motion. I have also found that the connection between brain regions that support vision and attention develop differently in autistic children compared to typically developing children. Second, I study how positive and negative experiences of both parents and children as well as the financial and educational resources within the home and across society shape brain development, how children think, and their academic achievement. My research shows that the experiences of both parents and children are related to how their children’s brain develop and their academic achievement. My future research will integrate these two research areas to test how parent’s and children’s shared and unique environments and experiences affect brain development and set the foundation for children’s academic achievement.

Arielle S. Keller

Arielle S. Keller

Post doctoral fellow, University of Pennsylvania

Hi everyone! I am a Neuroengineering and Medicine post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania. In my current work with Dr. Ted Satterthwaite, I study the effects of early life experiences and environments on neurocognitive development. I completed my PhD in Neurosciences at Stanford University with Dr. Leanne Williams, where I investigated neuroimaging correlates of attention impairments in adults with psychiatric illness. During graduate school, I was co-president of NeuWrite West, a science communication organization bringing together an interdisciplinary group of writers and neuroscientists. I am thrilled to be joining the Flux Communications Committee because I believe communication is key to the success of our society, both in exchanging new ideas and in sharing our research findings. I look forward to working with this wonderful team and facilitating engagement within our community.

Matt Mattoni

Matt Mattoni

Doctoral Student in Clinical Psychology, Temple University

I am a doctoral student in clinical psychology at Temple University and I am interested in combining quantitative methods with cognitive neuroscience to study neural associations with psychopathology at an individual level. While fMRI measures such as functional connectivity are increasingly used to study psychopathology, much of this research relies on aggregating across individuals. My research instead focuses on person-centered methods to parse neural heterogeneity and examine how brain-behavior relationships can be studied at the level of the individual, rather than group. Precision imaging research has demonstrated the substantial heterogeneity between different individual’s brain functioning, and my own work has highlighted the resulting limitations in the group-to-individual generalizability of aggregate models. Moreover, my research uses data-driven subgrouping and idiographic network models to identify neural relationships with psychopathology that are more precise to the individual. I am very excited about Flux’s commitment to science communication as it is our responsibility as scientists to use our findings for public benefit, particularly as the study of human behavior has important implications for policy and daily life. I cannot wait to work with the Communications Committee to improve the field’s and my own ability to engage with the public!

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