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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

Thomas Lee, PhD

Thomas received his PhD in Psychology in 2012 from the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied human visual and auditory perception with David Brainard and Ginny Richards. His research interests focus on mid-level grouping processes, moving beyond Gestalt descriptions of grouped stimuli to process models of the underlying perceptual functions. In his spare time he is a classical and tango musician, and in his other spare time he enjoys cooperative and story-telling board games.

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.

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.

Evelyn Rameriz, B.A.

Evelyn graduated with a Bachelor’s in psychology from the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College in 2011. She is currently graduate student in the Clinical Psychology PhD program, with an emphasis in Neuropsychology, at the CUNY Graduate Center, and has been a graduate research assistant in the Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory at CUNY Queens College since Fall 2012. Her current research interests lie in investigating the neural correlates of interoception and emotion, and how these functions influence higher-order psychological processes.

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.

Visiting Student

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.

Qiong Wu

Lab Alumni

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


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