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Brain Imaging and Neuropsychology

Welcome to the Brain Imaging and Neuropsychology (BraIN) Laboratory at UW-Milwaukee! Dr. Krista Lisdahl is the Principal Investigator and Director of the BraIN Lab. The BraIN Lab was formed to research the effects of health behaviors, such as substance use and physical activity, on child and adolescent brain development and mental health trajectories. We are one of the 21 sites in The Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study consortium, the largest long-term study of brain development and child health in the United States. Our research group studies multiple factors that influence child and adolescent development including environment, family, peer relationships, individual differences, and biology. We use high quality scientific methods such as neuropsychological testing, biological collection, environmental information, and brain scanning. We consider all of these factors to create a whole picture of adolescent development. Our lab’s core values include fostering an inclusive, diverse, and equitable environment and conducting ethical, evidence-based science which effects policy, education, and healthcare. Our overall goal is to provide scientific evidence that will improve child, adolescent, and young adult health and well-being.

Staff Member of the Month

January: Julia Harris

Julia started in the clinical psychology doctoral program in August of 2020. She received her Master's degree at American University and is interested in researching etiology, development, and progression of substance use disorders with a focus on minority health and health disparities.


Here are some kind messages from your lab mates:

  • She was supportive, encouraging, and very helpful when I had to help with parent RA duties at the end of December. She's an all-around lovely person!

  • She helps a lot around the lab and is an awesome Parent RA!

  • Being one of the BraIN Lab’s Grad Students makes you awesome enough as it is!

  • Always willing to help further other’s journeys with research!!!