Our Faculty & Staff


Investigators

Yvette Sheline, MD

Yvette Sheline, MD

Director, Professor of Psychiatry

Dr Sheline is the McLure Professor of Psychiatry, Radiology, and Neurology and Director of the Center for Neuromodulation in Depression and Stress (CNDS) at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Sheline has over two decades of experience conducting innovative clinical neuroscience research that bridges the fields of neuroimaging, translational research, and clinical treatment. Recent projects include: how inflammation may moderate antidepressant outcomes; how the co-occurrence of particular symptoms, neuropsychological variables and structural and fMRI imaging measures may provide biotypes that cut across‘anxious-misery’disorders; and the neural predictors of outcome to computerized cognitive behavioral psychotherapy.

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Desmond Oathes, PhD

Desmond Oathes, PhD

Associate Director, Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology in Psychiatry

Dr. Oathes is a licensed Clinical Psychologist (CA) and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania. He has been on the Penn faculty since 2015 before which he was an Instructor in the Psychiatry Department at Stanford University.

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Nicholas Balderston, PhD

Nicholas Balderston, PhD

Research Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
 nicholas.balderston@pennmedicine.upenn.edu

Dr. Balderston is an experimental psychologist focusing on anxiety. His research uses psychophysiology, neuroimaging, and neuromodulation to develop and test brain-behavior hypotheses aimed at understanding the mechanisms that mediate clinical anxiety. Prior to joining the CNDS faculty, Dr. Balderston was a postdoctoral fellow in the NIMH Intramural Research Program working with Christian Grillon.

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Post-Doctoral Fellows

Romain Duprat, PhD

Romain Duprat, PhD

Post-Doctoral Researcher
 rduprat@pennmedicine.upenn.edu

Romain examines innovative TMS targeting methods taking into account individual variability. Ultimately, his goal is to better understand the factors involved in rTMS clinical response to optimize treatment protocols in depressive and anxiety disorders. To do so, he is using different tools, from behavioral testing to interleaved TMS/fMRI. Romain received his PhD in Medicine and Health Sciences from Gent University, Belgium. During his doctoral studies, he focused on the use of neuromodulation techniques to treat major depressive disorders. More specifically, he developed and tested a new stimulation protocol (accelerated iTBS) in treatment-resistant depressed patients. Romain also investigated the role of the reward system and anhedonia in the response to stimulation in the healthy and depressed state, at the behavioral and neuroimaging level (fMRI). Thanks to many collaborations and to his background in Molecular and Cellular Biology, Romain acquired a translational knowledge of rTMS neuromechanisms of action in the human brain and in animal models.

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Walid Makhoul

Walid Makhoul

Post-Doctoral Researcher
 Walid.Makhoul@pennmedicine.upenn.edu

Walid is studying the brain circuitry and the effects of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation on neural activity and connectivity using of TMS/fMRI as well as how the addition of a cognitive task organizes and augments this response to induce plasticity. His current research is focused on applying of accelerated (iTBS) in treatment-resistant depressed patients.

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Justin Reber

Justin Reber

Post-Doctoral Researcher
 justin.reber@pennmedicine.upenn.edu

Justin received his PhD in Psychology and completed a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Iowa before joining Dr. Oathes' lab in 2021. His doctoral and early postdoctoral work focused on investigating how focal lesions to different brain structures and networks affect various cognitive abilities and social behaviors. His previous research examined the outcomes of brain damage on domains ranging from valuation and working memory to empathy and psychopathic personality traits. As a member of the Oathes Lab, Justin hopes to learn how to use TMS and fMRI to modulate targeted brain networks and explore how neuromodulation can affect cognition and behavior.


Graduate Students

Gianna Perez

Gianna Perez

Neuroscience Graduate Student
 gperez97@pennmedicine.upenn.edu

Gianna graduated from Villanova University in 2019 with a B.S. in Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience. She began her graduate studies in the Neuroscience Graduate Group in the fall of 2019 and joined the Oathes lab in the summer of 2020. Gianna's work in the Oathes lab currently focuses on the impacts of accounting for individualized neurovasculature in interleaved TMS/fMRI data analysis. As a first generation college and graduate student, she aspires to use her career to continue to make Neuroscience a more inclusive place for historically underrepresented groups.


Staff

Maria Prociuk

Maria Prociuk

Administrative Coordinator
 lmari@pennmedicine.upenn.edu

Maria works with Dr. Sheline and others to ensure the center runs smoothly. Her activities include, but aren't limited to: scheduling, shipping, ordering, and organizing, in addition to preparing documents and reports. In the future, Maria plans to continue her education by taking courses.


Clinical Research Coordinators

Joseph Deluisi

Joseph Deluisi

Clinical Research Coordinator
 Joseph.Deluisi@pennmedicine.upenn.edu

Joe graduated from Northeastern University with a B.S. in Behavioral Neuroscience. He is a coordinator for the Network Control TMS fMRI study. In the future, Joe plans to study cognitive neuroscience as a graduate student.

Almaris N. Figueroa-Gonzalez

Almaris N. Figueroa-Gonzalez

Clinical Research Coordinator

Alma graduated from the University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras Campus in 2017 with a B.S. in Molecular Cell Biology. During her post-baccalaureate at the NIH, she studied the neuronal pathways involved in anxiety-related behaviors. Alma is interested in studying the neural architecture of psychiatric illnesses and intends to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology. 

Marta Teferi

Marta Teferi

Clinical Research Coordinator
 marta.teferi@pennmedicine.upenn.edu

Marta graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2019 with a B.A. in Psychology. She is the coordinator for the Effects of rTMS on Anxiety study. In the future, Marta plans to pursue a career as a School Psychologist.


Data Analysts

Marc Jaskir

Marc Jaskir

Data Analyst
 marc.jaskir@pennmedicine.upenn.edu

Marc graduated from Haverford College in 2020 with a B.S. in Mathematics and minor in Neuroscience. He is particularly interested in using data-driven methods to inform and validate treatments for psychiatric disorders. Marc is interested in pursuing a PhD in Neuroscience.

Ximo Liang

Ximo Liang

Data Analyst

Ximo graduated from Drexel University with a M.S. in Business Analytics. His responsibility primarily involves functional MRI neuroimaging processing, analysis and related data acquisition. Ximo plans to deploy methodologies of data science and machine learning into neuroscience field.


Collaborators

Philip Cook, PHD

Philip Cook, PHD

Senior Research Investigator

Dr Cook's primary research interests are in pipelines for multi-modal MRI studies of the brain. As a software developer, he contributes to CaminoANTs and ANTsR, and PipeDream. His research uses these and other tools in studies of dementia, stress neurobiology and traumatic brain injury.

Kristin Linn, PHD

Kristin Linn, PHD

Assistant Professor of Biostatistics

Dr. Linn is an Assistant Professor of Biostatistics with expertise in personalized medicine and the analysis of structural and functional neuroimaging data. She collaborates with the CNDS on multiple studies. She is interested in developing statistical methods for analyzing multimodal imaging data and for addressing confounding in observational imaging studies. 

Ted Satterthwaite, MD

Ted Satterthwaite, MD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Theodore (Ted) Satterthwaite M.D., M.A. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.  Ted was a psychiatry resident and a neuropsychiatry fellow at Penn, under the mentorship of Raquel E. Gur.  He joined the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry in 2014, and has served as the Director of Imaging Analytics of the Brain Behavior Laboratory since 2015.  His research uses multi-modal neuroimaging to describe both normal and abnormal patterns of brain development, in order to better understand the origins of neuropsychiatric illness.

Cobb Scott, PHD

Cobb Scott, PHD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Russell (Taki) Shinohara, PHD

Russell (Taki) Shinohara, PHD

Assistant Professor of Biostatistics

Dr. Shinohara's methodological research spans several concentrations, including causal inference, survival analysis, imaging and large data sets, and general inference problems. He works on several CNDS projects and with the Oathes lab is working on analysis strategies to characterize brain network responses to TMS in fMRI recordings.

Haochang Shou, PHD

Haochang Shou, PHD

Assistant Professor of Biostatistics

Zhen Yang,PHD

Zhen Yang,PHD

Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Post-Doc Fellow - Biomedical

Paul Yushkevich, PHD

Paul Yushkevich, PHD

Associate Professor of Radiology

Alumni

Morgan Scully - Clinical Research Coordinator

Nathan Smyk - Junior Data Analyst

Tommaso Girelli - Clinical Research Coordinator

Janet Stock - Clinical Research Coordinator

Darsol Seok - Data Analyst

Hannah Long - Clinical Research Coordinator

Meichen Yu - Post-Doctoral Researcher

Monica (Mengqun) Lyu - Clinical Research Coordinator

Hema Nawani - Post-Doctoral Researcher

Varuna Jasodanand - Student Research Assistant

Stephanie Nekoroski - Student Research Assistant

Chihiro Shimomoto - Student Research Assistant

Gabriela Bagdon - Clinical Research Coordinator

Geoffrey Adams, PhD - Post-Doctoral Fellow

Eileen Mergliano - Business Administrator

Gabriella Green - Clinical Research Coordinator

Joyce Wong - Clinical Research Coordinator

Irem Aselcioglu - Data Analyst

Matthew Flounders - Data Analyst