Dr. Kevin LaBar graduated Summa Cum Laude from Lafayette College, where he received his B.A. in Mathematics and Psychology in 1990. In 1996, he completed his Ph.D. in Neural Science at New York University's Center for Neural Science. From 1996-1997, he was a postdoctoral associate at Yale University in the Department of Psychology. He served as Instructor in the Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer's Disease Center at Northwestern University Medical School from 1997-1999. In 1999, Dr. LaBar joined Duke University as an Assistant Professor. He was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2006, and again to Full Professor in 2010. His primary appointment is in the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience and the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience. He maintains a secondary appointment in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at Duke University Medical Center. He has received several academic honors and awards, including the Scholar of the Year Award from the Lafayette College Alumni Association, two Young Investigator Awards from the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression, a Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award from Oak Ridge Associated Universities, the Young Investigator Award from the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, and a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation. He served as an Associate Editor for the journal Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience from 2005-2007. He is currently the Head of the Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience Program in the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience. Dr. LaBar's research is funded by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. His research uses neuroimaging, psychophysiological, and behavioral methods to understand cognition-emotion interactions in the human brain. He has lectured on topics in social and affective neuroscience as well as the cognitive neuroscience of learning and memory.
Daniel Stjepanovic completed his undergraduate and graduate training at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, receiving a BPsySc (Hons) in experimental psychology and a PhD in neuroscience. During graduate school, he investigated the influence of genetic variation on the interaction of emotion and cognition. This work applied an endophenotype approach to try and understand how common alterations in a number of candidate genes, particularly those in the serotonin system, alter brain structure, brain function and behavior. Immediately following graduate school, Dan joined the LaBar lab in 2014. He will uses virtual reality to understand how contextual factors alter the strength of fear memories.
Ellie Hanna graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a double major in psychology and anthropology. She is affiliated with the Cognitive Neuroscience Admitting Program and the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience. She is co-advised by Dr. Walter Sinnott-Armstrong. Her current work focuses on data-driven approaches to understanding the physiology, subjective experience, and neural correlates of the emotion disgust, as well as its relationship to psychiatric disease and moral judgment.
John Powers graduated from the University of Illinois with a B.S. in psychology and is currently a graduate student in the Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience program at Duke University. He is interested in the neural processes involved in emotion regulation and related implications for affective disorders.
Natasha Parikh is a graduate student that came in through the Cognitive Neuroscience Admitting Program. She received her B.S. in mathematical and computational biology from Harvey Mudd College. Her current research projects revolve around the interplay between emotion regulation and emotional memories.
Akash Patel is a current undergraduate student at Duke University majoring in neuroscience and minoring in philosophy. His short term plans include learning the guitar, while his long term ones involve attending medical school.
Brynn McGovern is a current undergraduate student at Duke University majoring in neuroscience and minoring in computer science and sociology. Her long goal is to attend graduate school.
Ada Zhang is an undergraduate student majoring in Neuroscience. She is interested in health equity and healthcare access, enhancing healthcare delivery through technology, and the neural bases of prejudice and implicit bias. In the future, she plans to attend medical school with a focus on public health.
Angeli Sharma is a sophomore, double majoring in public policy and neuroscience, on a pre-medical track. She wants to be a physician with a focus on public health and public policy. Outside of her lab work, she loves to dance, is the Secretary for the Duke Undergraduate Research Society, a Residential Assistant for freshman at Duke, and a member of the Alpha Delta Pi Sorority.
Dr. Graner's education and training is in medical image analysis. He graduated from Carleton College in Northfield, MN with a BA in Physics in 2003 and then attended graduate school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, receiving a Ph.D. in Medical Physics in 2009. His graduate school research focused on the development of kinetic modeling methods for various Positron Emission Tomography (PET) tracers. Immediately following graduate school Dr. Graner became a post-doctoral fellow with the National Capital Neuroimaging Consortium (NCNC) in Bethesda, MD. At the NCNC he worked on the analysis of task-related and resting state functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) data from active duty US military personnel with chronic symptomology following exposure to traumatic brain injury (TBI). In 2011 Dr. Graner started as a research scientist at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) on the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, continuing his work with fMRI and TBI. He joined the LaBar lab in 2014 and will be applying his experience with fMRI to the study of emotional processing.
Gregory Stewart received his B.S. in neuroscience from Duke University in 2014. He then became full time laboratory manager for the Imagination and Modal Cognition (IMC) Lab under Dr. Felipe De Brigard, where he studied hypothetical past thinking and its role in decision making, memory, and emotion. In fall of 2015, Greg also became the project coordinator for the Summer Seminars in Neuroscience and Philosophy (SSNAP) at Duke University. Under the direction of Dr. Walter Sinnott-Armstrong and Dr. Felipe De Brigard, Greg helped facilitate interdisciplinary research studies between philosophers who wanted to learn neuroscience and neuroscientists who wanted to learn philosophy. He became the lab manager at the LaBar lab in the summer of 2017.