Meet the Team

Gabriela Rosenblau

Principal Investigator

Gabriela Rosenblau is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at George Washington University (GWU). She is also affiliated with the Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders Institute at GWU. Her research combines computational and neuroscientific methods to understand the neurobiological mechanisms underlying learning in neurotypical and clinical populations, especially Autism Spectrum Disorder. She is currently funded by the Simons Foundation for Autism Research (SFARI) and by the NIMH.

Email me: grosenblau@gwu.edu

Dr. Jonathan K. Doyon

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Jonathan received a BA in Psychology from the University of South Florida in 2010. He later received a PhD in Experimental Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2018. His research concerns the neural and behavioral bases of attention and learning. Specifically, he is interested in how object-category representations are modulated by implicit learning processes. His approach involves multidimensional scaling and computational modeling. Additional interests include affordance perception in virtual environments, multiscale interactions, complexity science, and dynamical systems. 

Email me: jkdoyon@gmail.com

Wenda Liu

Graduate Student

Wenda received a B.A. in Biology at Shandong University and a M.S. in Cognitive Psychology at Beijing Normal University. His general interest focused on assessing the behavioral and neural mechanism of social development. His recent project uses computational modelling and brain imaging (fMRI/fNIRS) to investigates the neurocognitive mechanisms underlying cooperation – across typical and aberrant developmental trajectories, with particular focus on pre-adolescence as a sensitive period. He loves video games, basketball and gym.

Email me: wenda_liu@gwmail.gwu.edu

Shannon Cahalan

Graduate Student

Shannon received a BS in Brain and Cognitive Sciences and a BA in Psychology at the University of Rochester in 2019. Following her undergraduate degree, Shannon spent two years working as a lab coordinator for the Mathematics, Reasoning and Learning Lab and the Language, Behavior and Brain Imaging Lab at Rutgers University – Newark. Additionally, she spent several months working as a research assistant with the Kessler Foundation. She is interested in using neuroimaging and computational modeling approaches to understand social learning in autism and particularly how social learning in autism may vary among genders. Outside the lab, Shannon enjoys swimming, running, listening to podcasts, and exploring DC with friends!

Email me: scahalan@gwmail.gwu.edu

Sair Lazzaro

Research Coordinator

Sair graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2018 with a Bachelor of Philosophy in Neuroscience and Psychology. Afterward, they spent three years as a research specialist with the BAM lab at UPMC running real-time neurofeedback fMRI scans. Their research interests include art therapy interventions, metacognition, and augmenting human cognition/psychopathology with emergent technologies. Prior experiences include work with EEG, fMRI, and tDCS in cognition across the human lifespan, from number sense in infants to executive control development in adolescence to attenuation of cognitive decline in older adults. They are currently pursuing a MA in Art Therapy at GWU and interning as art psychotherapist at Whitman-Walker Behavioral Health in DC, in addition to coordinating the DSN Lab’s studies.

Email me: slazzaro@gwmail.gwu.edu

Isabella Mark

Research Assistant

Isabella is a junior at George Washington University majoring in Cognitive Neuroscience and minoring in Philosophy. She is working in the DSN because of her interest in discovering the connection between the brain and behavior. When not in the lab, she spends her time sewing, running, or watching bad movies.

Email me: imark2019@gwu.edu

Xavia Fields

Research Assistant

Xavia Fields is a senior at The George Washington University majoring in Neuroscience and Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice. She is working in the DSN Lab because she is fascinated by research focusing on how different areas of the brain affect different behaviors. She is also an advocate for Autism awareness and is grateful to be in a lab dedicated to understanding social and non social learning in children who are diagnosed. In her free time, she likes to play volleyball, try different foods, and spend time with friends and family.

Email me: xaviafields@gwmail.gwu.edu



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