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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).

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Investigators
Heidi W. Thermenos, Ph.D.

Heidi Thermenos, Ph.D. is a clinical and research psychologist and an Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Massachusetts General Hospital. In collaboration with Larry Seidman, Ph.D. and teams based at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Massachusetts General Hospital/Martinos Center and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dr. Thermenos has used fMRI and 1H-MRS to study neurophysiology in persons with psychoses (schizophrenia, bipolar disorder) and their first-degree relatives. Most of the work has employed the use of cognitive tasks (working memory, verbal encoding) to study neurophysiology; future work will employ the use of tasks design to probe emotion regulation and reward networks.

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Snežana Milanovic, M.D., M.Sc.,

Dr. Snežana Milanovic, a psychiatrist, is an Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). Dr. Milanovic’s interest in psychosis, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, focuses on the effects of emotional arousal (NARSAD Young Investigator Award sponsored project) and the role of practice on the encoding process (In collaboration with Dr. Larry Seidman through the Birth Cohort study).

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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.

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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.

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Affiliates
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.

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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

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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.

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