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Ella Coben (July 2017 to Present)

Ella as a baby. Ella Coben

Ella has been a research scientist in the ELAB since July 2017, where she is developing and managing a LORIS database and working on data pipelines and analysis. She is interested in expanding computational methods used in developmental neuroscience research, across behavioral and imaging domains. Ella graduated from Lewis & Clark College in 2015, where she received her BA in Math/Computer Science and Psychology. She was a Simons Fellow in Computational Neuroscience at the Marcus Autism Center from 2015-2017.

Kirsten Dalrymple, Ph.D. (January 2014 to Present)

Kirsten as a baby. Kirsten Dalrymple

Dr. Dalrymple completed her Masters and Ph.D. at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. She is currently a Research Associate in the ELAB, primarily involved in designing and running eye tracking studies with infants and children. She also studies normal and abnormal face perception in children. Little is known about developmental face recognition problems in children, so Kirsten is in the process of working with children with normal and impaired face recognition to try to understand how different face processing abilities (e.g., identity recognition, expression recognition, etc.) develop.

Kristen Gault (August 2016 – Present)

Kristen as a baby. Kristen Gault

Kristen began working as a researcher in the ELAB in August 2016. She has a Bachelor’s of Science from Methodist University, where she majored in Psychology with minors in religious studies and biochemistry. She recently graduated with a Master’s of Arts in Psychology with a focus in neuropsychology from American Military University. Prior to that, she was a medical student at Ross University School of Medicine, where she completed two years of medical school before deciding that psychology and research were her true passions. She is currently the ELAB coordinator and is interested in exploring brain development and how it relates to normal and abnormal social and cognitive development in infancy and toddlerhood.

Patrick Johnson (October 2016 – Present)

Patrick as a baby. Patrick Johnson

Patrick graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2008 with a B.S. in Neuroscience. He currently works in support of Dr. Brittany Howell collecting biological samples and dietary data for MotherGut, a study within ELAB's brain imaging study BSLERP (Brain Signatures of Later Emerging Risk for Psychopathology). MotherGut is exploring the link between an infant's brain development, their diet and their gut microbial populations. Patrick is interested in how the immune system effects neural function as well as how environmental factors like diet and the gut microbiome can influence that relationship.

Rachel Roisum (June 2017 to Present)

Rachel as a baby. Ella Coben

Rachel recently graduated from St. Olaf College with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and began working in the ELAB in June 2017. She is a research coordinator in the lab and mainly works on behavioral assessments and eye tracking for the Baby Connectome Project. Rachel is especially interested in the impact of the prenatal environment on development in infancy and early childhood.

Sooyeon Sung (August 2016 – Present)

Carolyn as a baby. Sooyeon Sung

Sooyeon's work in the ELAB is primarily on the acquisition of MRI images from infants and toddlers. She also does data analysis focusing on the relations between temperament and symptoms of autism spectrum disorder.

Laura Thomas (August 2015 – Present)

Laura as a baby. Laura Thomas

Laura Thomas is an undergraduate student at the University of Minnesota studying to get a Bachelor’s of Science in Child Psychology and Juvenile Delinquency. She plans to graduate in May of 2018. She is under the mentorship of Dr. Jed Elison and has worked as a research assistant in the ELAB since August of 2015. Her research interests include social and personality development of young infants. She is especially interested in brain imaging as a research tool. After graduating, she plans to continue her education and eventually get her doctorate in developmental psychology.