Current Environment:

Maria Jalbrzikowski, PhD

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Maria started the NeRD laboratory in May 2017. She obtained her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Los Angeles, CA and completed postdoctoral training in neurobehavioral genetics and developmental cognitive neuroscience. Broadly, her research focuses on ways to improve early detection and intervention in youth at high risk for severe psychiatric disorders. She loves to think about new ways to push the boundaries of science and adores data, data, and data. In her free time, Maria likes wandering through the woods, gardening, and spending time with her family.

Lab members

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Mary Corcoran, BA

Mary joined the lab as a Clinical Research Assistant in January 2022. She is a 2020 graduate of Georgetown University, where she majored in Psychology. Her research interests include child and adolescent mental health, and in particular, improving access to mental healthcare resources and reducing mental health disparities. In her free time, Mary likes to spend time outdoors and cook and bake for friends and family.  She hopes to attend graduate school and pursue a career in psychiatry.

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Rebecca Hayes, PhD

Becca joined the lab as a Research Specialist in April 2019. She obtained her PhD in Communication Science and Disorders from the University of Pittsburgh in 2018. Her research interests include cognitive development across the lifespan and the effect of neurocognitive disorders on inhibitory processing. In her free time, Becca performs with her comedy team, explores the trails on her bike, and spends time with her partner and their three cats.

Headshot of Emma Waite, a lab member in the nerd lab, has long red hair and smiles at the camera.

Emma Waite, BA

Emma joined the lab as a Clinical Research Assistant in September 2022. She is a 2022 graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, where she majored in Psychological & Brain Sciences with a concentration in Cognitive Neuroscience. Her research interests include mapping developmental trajectories to inform early intervention for youth at elevated risk for psychopathology and the intersections of adversity and socioeconomic status with mental health. In her free time, Emma likes to explore Boston and attempt new recipes. She hopes to become a genetic counselor after her time in the NeRD lab.

Beatriz Horta

Beatriz Horta, B.A., B.S.

Beatriz joined the lab as a Clinical Research Assistant in June 2023. She’s a May 2023 graduate of Yale University, where she majored in Psychology and Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology. Her research interests include the intersection of genetic and behavioral techniques to study neurodevelopmental disorders and the implementation of early-stage therapeutic interventions. In her free time, Beatriz loves to discover new restaurants in Boston and to plan day trips to neighbouring towns with her friends. She hopes to attend graduate school and pursue a career in applied clinical research.

Rashmi Sahasrabudhe

Rashmi Sahasrabudhe, MPH

Rashmi joined the lab as a Research Data Manager in June 2023. She obtained her Master of Public Health from Washington University in St. Louis with concentrations in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Her research interests include maternal and child health, and using data-driven statistical analysis to inform strategies to eliminate health disparities. In her free time, Rashmi likes to go on hikes, practice Kathak, and play badminton.

Gonzalo Quinones

Gonzalo Quinones, MA

Gonzalo joined as a Research Specialist in June 2023. They obtained a master’s degree in psychology from the University of Iowa in May 2023. Gonzalo is broadly interested in risk factors for the development of psychotic disorders, with a focus on brain-based biomarkers of illness. In their free time, Gonzalo loves spending time with friends & family, reading anything they can about the history of Latin America, and a good swim (beach or pool).