The Morey lab has many talented contributors with strengths in diverse fields including psychiatry, neuroimaging, clinical neuroscience, biomedical engineering, computer science, psychology, as well as cognitive, affective, and social neuroscience.
Dr. Rajendra Morey is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Duke University School of Medicine, Director of the Neuroimaging Core of the VA Mid-Atlantic Mental Illness, Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC), staff psychiatrist at theDurham VA Medical Center, and core faculty in the Duke-UNC Brain Imaging and Analysis Center.
Dr. Morey received a B.S. in Computer Engineering and an M.S. in Computer Science from Case Western Reserve University, and a M.D. degree from Hahnemann University (now Drexel University) School of Medicine in 1997. After completing residency training in general psychiatry at the University of New Mexico and an NIMH extramural research fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with Drs. Jeffrey Lieberman and Aysenil Belger, he started at Duke and the Durham VA.
Current research interests include: elucidating how PTSD symptoms alter the balance of prefrontal-limbic signaling during tasks of executive function, emotional distraction, symptom provocation, and memory function, leading to novel insights regarding the neural circuits associated with cognitive and emotional deficits in PTSD; developing a diagnostic approach for TBI using diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) that can be applied at the single subject level; and assessing the merits of competing neuroimaging methodologies for structural MRI morphometry and volumetry.
Courtney Haswell is an analyst/programmer at the Duke-UNC Brain Imaging and Analysis Center. She received a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Physics from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a M.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. Her thesis described the acquisition of internal models of motor control in children with autism and was published in Nature Neuroscience. As part of a graduate student medical device design team, her work on a portable negative pressure ventilation device contributed to the development of a novel method of electronically stimulating the phrenic nerve in emergency situations (patent pending). Previous research includes motor learning, autism, spectral analysis of speech signals, and biomechanics. Courtney is a member of Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society. Outside of work, she loves spending time with her husband and three kids and doing zumba.
Cassidy Fox is a research assistant in the Morey Lab. She attended Duke University, where she obtained a B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Evolutionary Anthropology. During her time as an undergraduate, she worked in the lab of Dr. David C. Rubin and completed a senior honors thesis entitled Semantic Factors Underlying the Misnaming of Familiar Individuals. This thesis won the Karl E. Zener Award. She also served as the Director of Small Business for Duke GlobeMed and the Director of External Affairs for Duke Strive. Additionally, she volunteered at a local occupational therapy program teaching weekly arts and crafts classes. Her projects in the Morey Lab focus on white matter changes as a result of TBI and PTSD. In her spare time, she enjoys craft making, rummaging through thrift stores, and playing the giant bass thumb piano.
Sarah Lancaster is a research assistant in the Morey lab. She graduated from Duke University with a B.A. in Linguistics and minors in Neuroscience and Russian Literature in Translation. As an undergraduate, she worked as a research assistant in Dr. Michael Ehlers' neurobiology lab and Dr. Christopher Woods' molecular epidemiology lab. Her projects in the Morey lab focus on fear generalization across categories and contexts in PTSD and imaging genetics. Outside of research, Sarah enjoys cooking, reading, and spoiling her dog.
Chelsea Swanson is a research assistant in the Morey lab. She received her B.A. In Psychology from Elon University with minors in Statistics and Art. While in college, she completed two research projects focusing on family-school interactions in low SES communities, and resiliency behaviors and strategies among parents of children with Autism. During her Junior and Senior years, she was president of a national service sorority, Epsilon Sigma Alpha, which focuses on service projects and fundraising for Saint Jude Children's Hospital and Easter Seals. Her responsibilities in the lab include recruitment and enrollment of subjects for two research studies, administration of MRI scans, as well as behavioral and psychiatric assessments. She is interested in studying the epidemiology of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder across different demographics and cultures. Outside of work, her interests are reading, painting, and traveling.
Jeff Hoerle is the Applications Manager for the VA Mid-Atlantic Mental
Illness, Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC) and a programmer
for the Morey lab. He received a BS in Mathematics from Union College (NY)
and an MS in Computer Science from Duke University.
Dr. Johnathan Weiner is Senior Staff Psychiatrist at the Durham VA. He received his M.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed his psychiatry residence at Duke University. His is also a board certified Forensic Psychiatrist. He has been with the Durham VA Medical Center since 1992. His clinical expertise includes the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Chronic Mental Illness, and Addiction Medicine. He is a principal supervisor for training Duke psychiatry residents rotating in the outpatient Mental Health Clinic. His research interests include structural MRI morphometry and volumetry, fMRI, and diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) of PTSD and TBI.
Gregory McCarthy, Ph.D. is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Human Neuroscience Laboratory at Yale University. He was the founding director of both the Mid-Atlantic MIRECC and the Duke-UNC Brain Imaging and Analysis Center (BIAC). Dr. McCarthy is an international authority in MRI and fMRI methodology and its application to anxiety disorders and depression. He was the Dr. Morey's K23 mentor prior to joining Yale University three years ago, but has maintained a formal relationship with the Mid-Atlantic MIRECC Neuroimaging Lab. Drs. Morey and McCarthy worked together closely after the founding of the MIRECC, where they spearheaded the formation of the MIRECC Registry. Dr. McCarthy is a senior consulting member of the MIRECC Neuroimaging Lab, providing ongoing guidance and long-term vision. He has worked closely with the Morey lab for over six years and co-authored numerous publications in PTSD and neuroimaging methods.
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Kevin LaBar, Ph.D. is Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke
University. Dr. LaBar's research emphasis is on the cognitive neuroscience
of emotional learning and memory with particular focus on the role of the
amygdala and hippocampus in fear-dependent learning. Drs. LaBar and Morey
have collaborated for the past 5 years on several fMRI studies of veterans
with PTSD, focusing on the imbalance of prefrontal-limbic signaling during
tasks of executive function, emotional distraction, symptom provocation, and
memory. Dr. Morey has published several manuscripts with Dr. LaBar and is
embarking on a new phase of collaboration to determine whether fear
generalization in PTSD can come under stimulus control to restore balance in
the relevant fronto limbic pathways.
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