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Principal Investigator and Lab Chief
Larry J. Seidman, Ph.D.

Dr. Larry Seidman, a clinical psychologist and neuropsychologist, is Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH).

 Heidi W. Thermenos, Ph.D.

Heidi Thermenos, Ph.D. is a clinical and research psychologist. She is the Director of Functional Neuroimaging at the Commonwealth Research Center, an Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), and a Visiting Scientist at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Working as part of a large group of investigators, her research is broadly focused on the identification of biological markers of risk for the psychoses, toward the development of targets for early intervention. Risk populations examined include the first-degree family members people diagnosed with psychosis, those with clinical features of the prodrome for psychosis, and those in the earliest stages of Schizophrenia. Dr. Thermenos specializes in the application of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) techniques to examine the physiology of core cognitive, meta-cognitive and emotion regulation deficits seen in psychosis. She has developed a wide variety of probes to study evoked brain activity, as well as resting brain activity, in these populations. Her most recent work examines the effect of cognitive remediation training on brain function over a 30-month period in early stage schizophrenia. She has a special interest in identifying markers of resilience to psychosis in risk populations, toward the development of novel clinical interventions.


Samantha Huang, M.Phil. and Ph.D. Candidate

Samantha Huang earned her Master of Philosophy at Oxford University. She is a dual program Ph.D. Candidate at the Boston University School of Medicine in Behavioral Neuroscience and Biomedical Neuroscience. She is interested in investigationg the dynamics between long-term memory and working memory systems, as well as the neural basis of delusion.

Richard Juelich, B.A.

Richard is a research assistant funded by the CIDAR and NAPLS studies. Richard recieved his B.A. as a psychology major from Carleton College in 2006. His youth allows him to foster a wide range of interests in the human mind, all of which he hopes to one day study as a psychiatrist.

Eve M. Valera, Ph.D.

Eve Valera is a clinical psychologist and neuropsychologist. She is Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School at Massachusetts General Hospital. Her focus is on ADHD and on cerebellar function and structure.

Benjamin Brent, M.D.

Dr. Benjamin Brent is a psychiatrist at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Research Fellow in the Harvard Medical School Clinical Research Training Program under the mentorship of Larry J. Seidman, PhD, Matcheri S. Keshavan, MD, and Daphne J. Holt, MD, PhD. His research interests are in deficits of self-awareness and insight into illness in patients with early schizophrenia. He is currently conducting an fMRI study to investigate whether abnormal functioning of brain regions associated with self-reflection constitutes a biological marker for the genetic risk for schizophrenia. This study is a joint effort of the Seidman and Holt labs at the MGH NMR Center

Ariel Brown, Ph.D.

Dr. Brown worked on her dissertation with Dr. Larry Seidman, and is working as a post-doc at the Biederman & Gabrieli Labs. Her work focuses primarily in fMRI, ADHD and genetics.