Our Team


Lab Director

David Dodell-Feder, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of Rochester
Assistant Professor of Neuroscience, University of Rochester Medical Center

d.dodell-feder@rochester.edu | CV



Jojo Dong, B.A.
Lab Manager

Jojo graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2022 with a B.A. in Psychology. Broadly, Jojo is interested in using quantitative methods to examine cognitive and affective processing in both mood disorders and psychotic spectrum disorders. In her spare time, Jojo enjoys going on walks, writing, and practicing photography.


Graduate Students

Abhishek Saxena, M.A.
Clinical Psychology PhD Student

Abhi’s research investigates the role of socio-cultural and environmental factors on neural social information processing in relationship to risk for severe mental illness. More specifically, Abhi is interested in how experiences of chronic social defeat and isolation may increase risk for psychopathology and if social cohesion can act as a buffer. Abhi has particular interest in psychosis-risk among adolescents and young adults, as well as in the experiences of minorities (e.g., racial, immigrant, sexual, gender, etc). Additionally, Abhi is interested in the potential diagnostic and therapeutic applications of neuroplasticity and neuromodulation in relation to psychopathology.

Bridget Shovestul, M.A.
Clinical Psychology PhD Student

Bridget’s research examines how negative perceptions of one’s social environment might explain the exacerbation and precipitation of social-cognitive and pleasure deficits in individuals with schizophrenia-spectrum disorders. To the extent that negative perceptions are due to faulty information-processing, she is interested in how we can use fMRI to help explain these deficits and their relationship to pernicious symptoms, such as social anhedonia. Additionally, Bridget is interested in how these relationships may differ when negative perceptions are instead a product of recognized, adverse treatment (e.g., discrimination).

Lisa Lin, M.A.
Clinical Psychology PhD Student

Lisa’s research focuses on using computerized methods to quantify the degree of coordination of nonverbal behaviors (i.e., nonverbal synchrony) between pairs of individuals during social interactions. She is interested in understanding the role that nonverbal synchrony plays in various types of social interactions and how the degree of nonverbal synchrony may be predictive of both clinical and social outcomes.

Emily Przysinda, B.A.
MD/Neuroscience PhD Student


Beth Kruse, B.S.
Clinical Psychology PhD Student

Beth’s research interests revolve around psychotic spectrum disorders, social cognition, and MR imaging. She is particularly interested in the onset and progression of social functioning deficits across the psychosis spectrum, and disruptions in the underlying structural neural circuitry involved. Additionally, she is interested in the degree to which volitional control can be employed by individuals with psychotic disorders to regulate brain activity in key pathways associated with social cognition. In her free time, she enjoys baking, reading, running, hiking, and camping!

Katie Gibbs, B.S.
Clinical Psychology PhD Student

Katie’s research interests include psychotic spectrum disorders and neuroimaging. She is particularly interested in the onset and progression of these disorders, and using fMRI to investigate the networks and mechanisms of brain regions involved. She is also interested in utilizing computational models to study systems of delusions and social functioning in psychotic spectrum disorders.


Research Assistants

Chenyuan Qu

Rachel Seo

Catherine (Chrys) Lee

Brian Taliano

Elena Barr

Matea Bardhi

Yunsu Shin


Steve Silverstein, Departments of Psychiatry, Neuroscience and Ophthalmology, University of Rochester Medical Center

Judy Thompson, Departments of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, University of Rochester Medical Center

Brian Keane, Departments of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, University of Rochester Medical Center

Laura Germine, Institute for Technology in Psychiatry/Department of Psychiatry, McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School

Christine Hooker, Department of Psychiatry, Rush University Medical Center

M. Ehsan Hoque, Computer Science Department, Goergen Institute for Data Science, University of Rochester

Edmund C. Lalor, Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Neuroscience, University of Rochester/University of Rochester Medical Center

J. Steven Lamberti, Department of Psychiatry, University of Rochester Medical Center

Feng V. Lin, School of Nursing, University of Rochester Medical Center

Diana Tamir, Department of Psychology, Princeton University


Lab Alumni

Aaron Johnson

Abby Strugger

Aly Chenaille

Angie Chen, B.S.
Human Subject Research Coordinator, University of Rochester Medical Center

Arisha Ansari, B.A.
Graduate Student, Boston University Medical Sciences

Brooke Gotthelf, B.A.
Intern, Disney College Program

Chenwei Wu, B.S.
Technology Analyst, Credit Suisse New York

Daniella Deis, B.S.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Schupbach, B.S.

Emanuela Natali, B.A.
Healthcare Informatics Analyst

Emily Dudek, B.S.
Clinical Research Coordinator, The Brain Injury Research Center of Mount Sinai

Emma Saubermann, B.S.

Epiphany Adams

Gloria Liu, B.A.
Department Administrator, Rochester Optical Research & Development

Isabel Adeniji

Jessica Woodyatt, MSc

Jiayin Han, B.S.
Graduate Student, Carnegie Mellon University

Jonathan Lai

Kailin Zhuang, B.S.
Lab Manager, Jagust Lab, University of California, Berkeley

Lia Rodriguez

Madeline Ruoff

Mars Scharf, B.A.
Research Assistant, Lowe Lab, Drexel University

Natasha Kruelski

Nicole Calcagno, B.S.
NIH Postbac Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA), Lab of Behavioral Neuroscience, National Institute on Aging

Nya Robinson

Paige Amormino, A.B.
Pyschology PhD Student, Georgetown University

Rachel Bordonaro, B.A.
Patient Care Technician, Unity Hospital Emergency Department

Sanoelani Lanais, B.A.
Clinical Research Coordinator, Finger Lakes Clinical Research

Sara Signorelli, B.A.
Research Associate in K-12 Education at Hanover Research in Arlington, VA

Sarah Preuss

Shangzan (Sunny) Liu, B.S.
Research Analyst, Morality Lab, Boston College

Siddhant Iyer, B.A.
Research Assistant, Dartmouth Social Neuroscience Lab, Dartmouth College

Stephanie Reda, B.A.
Senior Analyst, Consumer Insights at Peacock, NBCUniversal

Tori Popov, M.S.
Graduate Student, Drs. Foxe and Freedman’s Cognitive Neurophysiology Lab (CNL), University of Rochester Medical Center

Yiheng Hua