Trainee Committee

Meet the Flux Trainee Representatives! This committee includes research assistants, graduate students, and postdocs who serve as liasons to the trainees of the society.

João F. Guassi Moreira

João F. Guassi Moreira

PhD student, SANDLab, UCLA

João F. Guassi Moreira, PhD student in Jen Silvers’ SANDLab at UCLA. João uses a combination of network neuroscience and computational modeling to understand how social experiences affect the maturation of whole-brain networks implicated in emotional processes. Fun fact: A congressman once complimented him on his earrings.

Alexandra Cohen

Alexandra Cohen

Postdoctoral fellow, Hartley Lab, New York University

Alexandra Cohen, Postdoctoral fellow at New York University at the Hartley Lab, directed by Catherine Hartley. Ali studies how emotion and motivation influence learning, memory, and neural circuitry from childhood to adulthood. Fun fact: her office plant is named Pavlov

Michelle Achterberg

Michelle Achterberg

PhD student, Brain and Development Research Center, Leiden University

Michelle Achterberg, PhD student at Leiden University at the Brain and Development Research Center, directed by Eveline Crone. Michelle studies social feedback and aggression regulation in childhood and emerging adolescence. Additionally she is interested in fMRI methodology and functional brain development. Fun fact: she is secretly addicted to crisps.

Mollie Marr

Mollie Marr

MD/PhD student, Developmental Cognition and Neuroimaging Lab, Oregon Health & Science University

Mollie Marr, MD/PhD student at Oregon Health & Science University at the Developmental Cognition and Neuroimaging Lab, directed by Damien Fair. Mollie studies maternal psychological stress during pregnancy and its impact on infant brain and affective development using machine learning and fMRI.  Fun fact: She has a time-turner on her desk.

Diego Placido

Diego Placido

Lab Manager, Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Lab, Brown University

Diego Placido, Lab Manager at Brown University at the Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience  Lab, directed by Dima Amso. Diego studies the complex interactions between environmental constraints and the development of attention, memory, and executive functions. Fun fact: Technically bionic after breaking clavicle, twice (same-area).

Kate Nussenbaum

Kate Nussenbaum

PhD student, Hartley Lab, New York University

Kate Nussenbaum, PhD student at New York University at the Hartley Lab, directed by Catherine Hartley. Kate studies how people use knowledge of the structure of their environments to adaptively control memory and decision-making across development. Fun fact: Once hand-fed a rhinoceros.

Meriah DeJoseph

Meriah DeJoseph

PhD student, CDN Lab and BSL Lab, University of Minnesota

Meriah DeJoseph, PhD student at the University of Minnesota at the CDN Lab and BSL Lab, directed by Kathleen Thomas & Daniel Berry, respectively. Meriah studies the impacts of poverty-related adversity and the development of neurobiological mechanisms underlying self-regulation. Fun fact: She lived in Thailand for 6 months.

Na Yeon Kim

Na Yeon Kim

Student, Princeton University at the Neuroscience of Attention & Perception Lab

Na Yeon Kim, PhD student at Princeton University at the Neuroscience of Attention & Perception Lab, directed by Sabine Kastner. Na Yeon studies how visuo-spatial attention develops in school children using fMRI. Fun fact: she has an English name, which she uses only at Starbucks.

Marjolein Barendse

Marjolein Barendse

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Oregon, Developmental Social Neuroscience lab

Marjolein Barendse Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Oregon, in the Developmental Social Neuroscience lab. She studies how pubertal processes and brain function and connectivity contribute to mental health in adolescence. Fun fact: She once rode an ostrich.

Zeena Ammar

Zeena Ammar

PhD student, Emory University, Marcus Autism Center

Zeena Ammar, PhD student at Emory University at the Marcus Autism Center in the lab of Dr. Sarah Shultz. Zeena studies the development of social visual engagement and associated neural mechanisms in infants from birth to 6 months of age. Fun Fact: She plays the charango.

Suzanne van de Groep

Suzanne van de Groep

PhD student, Leiden University, Brain and Development Research Center

Suzanne van de Groep, PhD student at Leiden University at the Brain and Development Research Center, directed by Eveline Crone. Suzanne studies the neural basis of prosocial development in adolescence, specifically focusing on giving, trust, and reciprocity. Fun fact: Her twin sister also pursues a PhD, but with a focus on antisocial development.

Dana Glenn

Dana Glenn

PhD student, University of California, Riverside, Kids Interaction and NeuroDevelopment Lab

Dana Glenn, PhD student University of California, Riverside at the Kids Interaction and NeuroDevelopment Lab, directed by Kalina Michalska. Dana uses fMRI to study how disruptions in emotion perception relate to the development of psychopathology in childhood and adolescence. Fun fact: she can moonwalk.

Questions or suggestions for the Trainee Committee?