DJ_IMG_4398 640.480I’m an assistant professor in psychology at Manchester University, with previous stints as an adjunct professor in the departments of psychology at Barnard College (Columbia University) and Baruch College (City University of New York).  I earned my BA in psychology at New York University, conducting research in the lab of Elizabeth Phelps. I further honed my research skills as a lab manager/research assistant at Harvard University with Jason Mitchell, before completing my PhD in neuroscience at Weill Cornell Medical College under the tutelage of BJ Casey. Prior to  entering academia, I spent many years as a NYC-based professional touring and studio musician.

At Manchester, I teach courses in statistics, research methods, cognitive psychology,  cognitive neuroscience and intro to psychology. I also run a  psychophysiology lab where students and I carry out research. In the lab, my students and I study emotional learning and memory processes, with a focus on classical fear conditioning as a model paradigm. Current studies are mostly centered around exploring factors that impact acquisition and regulation of conditioned fear.  A primary goal of the research is to understand the role that emotional learning processes and associated neural mechanisms play in the development of fear-related disorders such as PTSD and phobia, with the hope that this research will set the stage for better diagnosis and more effective clinical treatments.

I occasionally blog about the brain/mind/teaching  here 

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