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PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

 

Jason Chein, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of Psychology (Brain, Behavior, & Cognition) at Temple University, and the Director of the Temple University Brain Research & Imaging Center (TUBRIC). His primary research focus is on the psychological and neurobiological underpinnings of cognitive control and working memory (immediate memory, short-term memory, controlled attention), how these processes develop, and the role that they play in supporting the broader landscape of cognitive functioning (e.g., learning, decision making). Dr. Chein’s laboratory employs a cognitive neuroscientific approach that combines neuroimaging (e.g., functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) in combination with traditional behavioral and training approaches to pursue his research goals.

Dr. Chein obtained his undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Computer Science from Temple University in 1997, and rejoined the Temple community as a member of the faculty in January of 2006. During the interim, he earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in cognitive psychology with a specialization in cognitive neuroscience from the University of Pittsburgh and then completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Princeton University.

Dr. Chein currently teaches courses in Cognitive Psychology, Cognitive Enhancement, and Functional Neuroimaging.

jchein@temple.edu
Click here for Dr. Chein’s CV.

 

LAB MEMBERS

GRADUATE STUDENTS

JAMIELYN SAMPER

Jamie is a fourth-year graduate student in the Brain & Cognitive Sciences program working with Dr. Chein. She graduated from Lebanon Valley College in 2014 with a BS in Psychology. She is interested in the attention and working memory processes involved in the execution of goal-directed behavior, and how these processes operate in the presence of irrelevant background sounds. In her spare time, Jamie enjoys running, working out, watching hockey, and anything related to Harry Potter.

ELIZABETH BEARD            GitHub – OSFTwitter

Liz is a graduate student in the Decision Neuroscience program working with Drs. Jason Chein, Crystal Reeck, and Vinod Venkatramen. Her work primarily focuses on understanding social processing and development from neuroeconomic and social neuroscience perspectives to better understand decision making in social contexts, and ultimately to improve health and well-being across the life span. Current projects include using fMRI to increase our understanding of why people make different choices when a problem is described versus when it is experienced and whether these differences influence risky decision making in teens and adults. Before coming to Temple, Liz was a lab manger for Dr. Emily Falk at the University of Pennsylvania where she studied how neural systems associated with conformity and social influence during an fMRI task can be used to predict peer influence in real-world relevant driving contexts. When she’s not trying to convert her lab mates to use Python and R, Liz is most likely rock climbing or enjoying Philly’s food and beer scene.

MARIA BRUCATO               Twitter

Maria is a graduate student in Cognition and Neuroscience working with Drs. Jason Chein and Nora Newcombe. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Montclair State University in 2017. She is interested in the role of working memory and strategy use during relational reasoning in spatial problem-solving, and how individual differences in strategy or performance may be shaped across development.

MICHELLE CHIU ResearchGate

Michelle is a graduate student in the Cognition and Neuroscience PhD Program. She received her bachelor’s degree in Cognitive Neuroscience from Johns Hopkins University in 2014 and continued to earn her master’s degree in Human Development at Cornell University in 2017. Her research interests involve studying risky adolescent decision making using a behavioral and neuroimaging approach. When she’s not tackling data, you can find her exploring Philly’s food scene or practicing yoga.

RESEARCH ASSISTANTS

ERIN KNOTEK

Erin is a 2nd-year undergraduate student at Temple University who is majoring in Psychology with a minor in Spanish. She is oh still learning what exactly her area of interest is within Psychology, but as of right now everything she’s learning within the field is exciting and interesting! Dr. Chein’s lab is especially fascinating to her as it involves the impacts of technology use on decision-making. In her free time, Erin loves to swim, read, and binge Game of Thrones.

KYLIE MOL

Kylie is a third-year undergraduate student who is majoring in Psychology with a minor in Spanish. Her research interests include working memory and the effects of various traumatic brain injuries, which she is excited to explore in Dr. Chein’s lab. Kylie hopes to pursue a higher education in cognitive psychology or neuropsychology. In her spare time, she enjoys listening to music, watching documentaries, and exploring Philadelphia with friends.

SOPHIA SITHYA

Sophia is a sophomore undergraduate student at Temple University from Cheltenham, Pennsylvania. She is majoring in Biology with a minor in Spanish and is on the Pre-Med track. Currently in Dr. Chein’s lab, she is working on a project that studies the effects of technology on decision-making. In her free time, she enjoys baking, singing, biking, and watching Eagles games with her family and friends (go birds)!

EMILY BROWN

Emily is a senior undergraduate student at Temple University who is majoring in psychology with a minor in cognitive neuroscience and a certificate in American Sign Language. Her area of interest is traumatic brain injuries, executive function, and decision making. She is working with Dr. Chein on a project that studies peer influence in criminal behavior. In her spare time she enjoys working out, road trips, and creative writing.

PARIS WALKER

Paris is a senior undergraduate student at Temple University majoring in Psychology. She is fascinated with the field and enjoys learning about the mind, behaviors and different mental diagnoses. She loves working in Dr. Chein’s lab and is currently conducting a study on reward-seeking behavior. She plans to pursue higher education and eventually become a clinical psychologist in her own practice. On her free time, she enjoys dancing and hanging out with her friends!

ALUMNI

GRADUATE STUDENTS AND POST-DOCS

  • GRACE ICENOGLE
    Former Graduate Student
    Post-doc at University of California
  • NATASHA DUELL
    Former Graduate Student
    Post-doc at University of North Carolina
  • GAIL ROSENBAUM
    Former Graduate Student
    Post-doc at New York University
  • HARRY WILMER
    Former Graduate Student
    Product Manager at Cogito Corp
  • KARA BLACKER
    Former Graduate Student
    Research Psychologist at Naval Medical Research Unit
  • KAROL SILVA
    Former Graduate Student
    Post-Doctoral Fellow at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • LIZ SCHULMAN
    Former Post-Doctoral Fellow
    Faculty at Brock University
  • NICOLE STRANG
    Former Post-Doctoral Fellow
    Post-Doctoral Fellow at Center for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, ON
  • DUSTIN ALBERT
    Former Graduate Student
    Post-doc at Duke University
  • KARA BLACKER
    Former Graduate Student
    Research Psychologist at the Naval Medical Research Unit
  • KARLA FETTICH
    Former Graduate Student
  • ALEXANDRA MORRISON
    Former Graduate Student
    Post-doc at University of Miami
  • ASHLEY SMITH
    Former Graduate Student
    Post-doc at the National Institutes of Health

STAFF/COORDINATORS

  • LAURA ZANESKI
    Former Lab Manager
    Research Coordinator at University of Pennsylvania (Kable Lab)
  • MORGAN BOTDORF
    Former Lab Manager
    Graduate Student at University of Maryland
  • TATYANA MATVEEVA
    Former Lab Manager
    Graduate Student at University of Minnesota
  • JAMIE PATRIANAKOS
    Former Lab Manager
    Graduate Student at Loyola University Chicago
  • KAITLYN UCKERT
    Former Lab Manager
    Psychology Ph.D. candidate University of California Los Angeles (Galvan Lab)

RESEARCH ASSISTANTS

  • MARISSA KEMPERMAN
    Former Undergraduate Student
  • JANEA JOHNSON
    Former Undergraduate Student
  • SALENA BINNIG
    Former Post-bac Research Assistant
  • KATIE CAULFIELD
    Former Post-bac Research Assistant
  • DANIELLE ADINOLFI
    Former Undergraduate Student (IS)
  • JORDAN ALLEN
    Former Undergraduate Student (IS)
  • JENNIFER ANDRADE
    Former Undergraduate Student (IS, RC)
  • SUSAN BRAVERMAN
    Former Undergraduate Student
  • ANDREW CASTAGNA
    Former Undergraduate Student
  • SARA COTE
    Former Undergraduate Student
  • LOUISE CRAFT
    Former Undergraduate Student (E)
  • MICHAEL DEMERS
    Former Undergraduate Student (IS)
  • DANIELLE EAGAN
    Former Undergraduate Student (RC)
    Psychology Ph.D. candidate University of Texas-Austin
  • DEVIN FADELSAK
    Former Undergraduate Student
  • VERONICA GOULD
    Former Undergraduate Student
  • KEVIN HENSON
    Former Undergraduate Student (IS)
  • EMILY HUTZ
    Former Undergraduate Student (H)
  • IFRAJ IBRAHIM-ALLEN
    Former Undergraduate Student (IS)
  • ALEX JONES
    Former Undergraduate Student
    Graduate Student at University of Chicago
  • KRISTEN KIESOW
    Former Undergraduate Student
  • SUNG EUN “SCARLETT” KIM
    Former Undergraduate Student
  • JOSH KOEHNLEIN
    Former Undergraduate Student
    Graduate Student at Temple University
  • JEMEDA LAMAR
    Former Undergraduate Student
  • WAYNE MACKEY
    Former Undergraduate Student (IS)
  • ADAM MAGERMAN
    Former Undergraduate Student (H)
  • ALANA MCALINN
    Former Undergraduate Student
  • GABRIELLE NICHOLS
    Former Undergraduate Student (IS)
  • RYAN OLIVER
    Former Undergraduate Student (IS)
  • MINOOSH PARDAKTI
    Former Undergraduate Student (H)
  • DJURDJA PERICH
    Former Undergraduate Student (IS)
  • SARAH PILOSI
    Former Undergraduate Student (IS)
  • SUWATHNA REEL
    Former Undergraduate Student (H)
  • SAMANTHA ROGERS
    Former Undergraduate Student
  • ADRIENNE ROMER
    Former Undergraduate Student (E)
  • MARISSA ROSENBERG
    Former Undergraduate Student (H)
  • PAUL SHARP
    Former Undergraduate Student (IS)
  • ALEX SHORTALL
    Former Undergraduate Student (H)
  • DEREK SMITH
    Former Undergraduate Student (IS)
  • JESSICA SMITH
    Former Undergraduate Student (IS)
  • RACHEL SMITH
    Former Undergraduate Student (IS)
  • DAVID SOMMER
    Former Undergraduate Student (IS)
  • SAMANTHA STELLA
    Former Undergraduate Student (H)
  • SARAH STOPPER
    Former Undergraduate Student
  • JORDAN SZENICER
    Former Undergraduate Student
  • AMANDA VIANDS
    Former undergraduate Student
  • ADRIENNE VILLAGOMEZ
    Former Undergraduate Student (H)
    University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • ALEX WEIGARD
    Former Undergraduate Student (H)
    Penn State University
  • COURTNEY WISE
    Former undergraduate Student
  • CATHERINE WRIGHT
    Former Undergraduate Student