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

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 mechanisms of social development. His recent project uses computational modeling and brain imaging (fMRI/fNIRS) to investigate 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

Lab Manager

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 and psychopathology with emergent technologies. Prior research 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 an art psychotherapist in addition to coordinating the DSN Lab’s studies.

Email me: slazzaro@gwu.edu

Isabella Mark

Research Specialist

Isabella is a senior at George Washington University majoring in Cognitive Neuroscience and minoring in Philosophy. She is working at the DSN because of her interest in discovering the connection between the brain and behavior. She has a particular interest in child and adolescent research, and enjoys working with kids. After graduation, Isabella intends to pursue a career in cognitive neuroscience research. When not in the lab, she spends her time visiting DC’s many museums and watching bad movies.

Email me: imark2019@gwu.edu

Andrea Jara

Master’s Student

Coming from Florida, Andrea Jara is set to graduate with a BS in Neuroscience and a BA in Psychology in 2023 as well as an MS in Biology in 2024. Currently a graduate student in the lab, she is working to understand how typically developing individuals and individuals with autism process multi-sensory information via a non-invasive eye tracking. During her free time, she loves to make pottery and paintings as well as go to the beach whenever she is back home.

Email me: acjara@gwu.edu

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