Jin Fan
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Jin Fan

Dr. Jin Fan

Dr. Jin Fan is a Professor of Psychology at Queens College, the City University of New York. He received his PhD from New York University, followed by post-doctoral training at Weill Medical College of Cornell University. Before joining Queens College, he worked at Mount Sinai School of Medicine as an assistant professor of neuroscience and psychiatry. Dr. Fan's research focuses on human attentional processes conceptualized as a system of anatomical areas forming specialized networks. Through independent research and collaboration, he has conducted behavioral, developmental, and patient-based studies using functional magnetic resonance imaging, event related potentials, genetics, and computational modeling to investigate the anatomy, circuitry, pathology, and development of attentional networks. Dr. Fan has expertise in cognitive and affective neuroscience, specifically various neuroimaging methods.

Research Assistant/Lab Manager

Alex Dufford, B.S.

Alex graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology/Neuroscience from Penn State University in 2013 where he worked as a research assistant in the labs of Dr. Rick Gilmore and Dr. Suzanne Scherf. In the future, he plans on attending graduate school to pursue a doctoral degree in Cognitive Neuroscience. His interests include social and affective neuroscience; specifically, he is interested in emotional processing in Autism Spectrum Disorder as well as the effects of sociality on brain structure.

Post-Doctoral Scholars

Tingting Wu, PhD

Tingting Wu received her B.S. in Biological Science from Nanjing University in 2007. She received her PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience in Beijing Normal University in 2013. She then moved to New York to work as a postdoctoral scholar in the Cognitive Neuroscience Lab. Her current research interests focus on cognitive control, including the neural mechanism and computational modeling.

Alfredo Spagna

Alfredo Spagna is a visiting doctoral student from the Department of Psychology, Sapienza, University of Rome. In 2010 He received his Master’s degree in Cognitive Neuropsychology at Sapienza and he is currently a graduate student in the Cognitive Psychology, Psychophysiology and Personality Ph.D. Program. Alfredo’s current focus is on studying the efficiency and interactions of the attentional networks in visual and auditory modality using the Attention Network Test, and assessing the existence of a supra-modal mechanism through which attentional resources are allocated to different environments.

Kai Wang

Kai Wang received his Bachelor's degree in Vehicle Engineering from Shandong University of Technology in 2007. He received his Master's degree in Basic Psychology from Qufu Normal University in 2011, and a Doctor's degree in cognitive neuroscience from the Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2014. He then moved to the Cognitive Neuroscience lab as a post doctoral fellow. He is interested in studying the human cognitive control mechanisms in perspective of the information theory using fMRI.

Doctoral Students

Melissa Mackie

Tehila Eilam-Stock, M.A.

Tehila received her B.A. in Psychology and Music from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, Israel. Tehila then completed her M.A. in Psychology at The City University of New York (CUNY), Hunter College. Tehila is currently a doctoral candidate at the Clinical Neuropsychology PhD program at Queens College and the CUNY Graduate Center, and has been a member of the Cognitive Neuroscience lab since 2011. Tehila studies the neural correlates of socio-emotional processing and its relationship to autonomic activity during task and at rest, in neurotypical individuals, as well as in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Melissa Mackie

Melissa-Ann Mackie

Melissa is a native of Trinidad & Tobago who moved to New York in 2001 to complete her Bachelor's and then Master's degrees in Psychology. Melissa is currently a graduate student in the Clinical Neuropsychology Ph.D. program at Queens College, and has been a member of the Cognitive Neuroscience lab since Fall 2011. She is currently working on examining cognitive control, and integrating this with an existing theory of attention to help elucidate the construct of cognitive control and the mechanisms through which it operates.

Tuyen Nguyen

Tuyen completed her undergraduate studies at Johns Hopkins University and is currently pursuing a PhD degree at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) in the Psychiatry and Neuroscience departments under the joint mentorship of Dr. Jin Fan and Dr. Patrick Hof. Broadly, she is interested in social and affective neuroscience, neuroimaging, and neurophysiology. Her thesis project specifically focuses on integrating functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and physiological data collection and analyses to study the neural representation of physiological functions at rest and during physical and social behaviors in normal control and Autism Spectrum Disorder individuals.

Yu Chen

Yu received her B.S. and M.E. in Psychology from South China Normal University in 2011 and 2014. She has been enrolled as a graduate student in the Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience Ph.D. program at Graduate Center, the City University of New York and a member of the Cognitive Neuroscience Lab since 2014. Her current research interests focus on the architecture of cognitive control, including the frontoparietal network and the mechanism through which the cognitive control operates.

Visiting Scholar

Bin Xuan

Bin Xuan is a visiting scholar from Department of Psychology, Anhui Normal University. She received her Doctor's degree in Lab of Cognitive Neuropsychology at the University of Science and Technology of China in 2004 . Bin's current research interests focus on the Attentional Networks and cognitive control.

Lab Alumni

Xiaosi Gu PhD, Nicholas Van Damn PhD, Pengfei Xu PhD, Qiong Wu, Mallorie Lenn, Jariel Palomino


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