A.J. Pandina graduated from Tufts University in 2022 with a degree in Biopsychology along the pre-medical track. At Tufts, he worked to assess the influence of caffeine on problem-solving and taught English at the local center for adult Spanish-speaking refugees. Now, as a Clinical Research Assistant in both the Neurobiology of Fear Lab and Baker Functional Imaging Lab, he focuses on studies related to anhedonia, facial feature extraction, and language processing.
Rosie graduated with a BA in Psychology, Classics, and Neuroscience from Williams College, where she researched opioid use disorder and evaluated novel pharmacological treatments for post-acute withdrawal syndrome using a rodent model. Rosie joined the Biological Psychiatry Lab in June 2022 and has been working closely with Dr. Brennan on his study investigating individually targeted neuromodulation for OCD. As a shared RA with Dr. Justin Baker’s lab, she is also working on a project tracking neurobiological changes in patients at the McLean Hospital OCDI. Rosie hopes to attend medical school after her time at McLean.
Brien received his Bachelor’s of Science with honors in psychology from Davidson College in 2022. At Davidson, Brien studied positive psychology and self-compassion, culminating in an honors thesis on the effects of a 90-minute single session loving-kindness meditation intervention for undergraduate wellbeing. As an RA in the Baker Lab, Brien works on a longitudinal deep phenotyping study performing clinical interviews of patients with major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and related mental illnesses. Most recently, he has begun work on a personal research project helping to implement a clinical measurements initiative at McLean and assess the clinical utility of wearable devices for monitoring sleep and activity in psychiatric inpatients. Brien intends to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology succeeding his time at McLean.
Bryce received his Bachelor’s in psychology from Wesleyan University in 2022 after studying experimental psychopathology using behavioral and electrophysiological methods. Working in two research labs, he helped with data acquisition and analysis for cognitive, judgment and decision-making tasks and auditory oddball tasks using EEG. Now, he is a clinical RA in the Baker Lab working on longitudinal deep phenotyping studies involving functional neuroimaging and clinical interviewing of patients with major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and related mental illnesses. Bryce plans to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology following his time at McLean.
Eric received both his BS in Psychobiology and MD from UCLA. His psychiatry residency and research training were respectively at Yale University School of Medicine and Yale’s Neuroscience Research Training Program. His work has been in applied machine learning with a focus on applying natural language processing to patient interviews for diagnostic support, clinical risk stratification, and identifying predictors in the hopes of improving clinical nosology for personality disorders. Currently, he is on the Deep Phenotyping in Borderline Personality Disorder study. Eric is in VA Boston’s Medical Informatics Fellowship; he splits his time between this lab and the VA’s machine learning group at MAVERIC.More
Michaela is a year 4 PhD student in the Harvard Program in Neuroscience, and previously received an M.Eng and B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT. She is investigating machine learning techniques to predict behavior from wrist actigraphy, in particular detecting rituals in OCD. She also works on software development for data cleaning and visualization tools across lab projects.More
Josh is a resident in the Research Concentration Program as part of the MGH/McLean Adult Psychiatry Residency Program, arriving here after completing his tenure at the Weill Cornell / Rockefeller / Sloan-Kettering Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program in New York City. His background is in neuroscience, biophysics, and dynamical systems. He employed a combination of micromechanical, electrophysiological, and computational techniques to find that sensory hair bundles are controlled not simply by their genetics, but by their mechanical microenvironment.More