Krista Lisdahl, PhD

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Dr. Lisdahl (formerly Medina) serves as the Director of the UWM Brain Imaging and Neuropsychology (BraIN) laboratory. She completed a Clinical Neuropsychology Internship at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center, as well as a NIDA-funded two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of California, San Diego under the mentorship of Susan F. Tapert. Dr. Lisdahl's main specialization is in clinical neuropsychology, addiction, adolescent brain development, and neuroimaging. At UWM, she teaches courses in Neuropsychology, Brain Development, Assessment, Psychopathology, and Drugs & Behavior/ Psychopharmacology. She is also the Chair of Women in Neuropsychology ( Subcommittee within the APA Society for Clinical Neuropsychology.

Recent Honors:

  • 2013: Received a UW-Milwaukee Graduate School/Foundation Research Award.
  • November 2012: Named a Kavli Fellow by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and invited to attend the Japanese-American Kavli Fronteirs of Science Symposium.
  • July 2012: Received a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from President Obama and the National Institute of Health (NIH).
  • 2011: Received the NIDA Division of Clinical Neuroscience and Behavioral Research, Behavioral and Brain Development 2011 Outstanding Early Career Investigator Award.


Ashley Stinson

Ashley is a first year doctoral student studying clinical psychology at UWM. She graduated from the University of Alabama with a B.S. in Psychology and minors in Human Development and Addiction and Recovery. Prior to graduation, she spent the summer of 2017 working as a research assistant at University of Missouri-Columbia in the MU Alcohol Research Training Program and summer of 2018 as a NIDA intern at the Minnesota Center for Twin and Family Research at the University of Minnesota. Ashley’s primary research interests include examining how early adverse life experiences and other environmental factors contribute to the development of substance use disorders and the influence these factors may have on neurological and cognitive functioning in adolescents. She is also interested in examining these topics in the context of diverse cultural backgrounds.

Ryan Sullivan

Ryan is a 2nd year doctoral student studying clinical neuropsychology at UWM. He graduated from Stony Brook University in 2018 with a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology. Ryan has previously worked on research at Yale Psychiatry with Drs. Brent Moore and Frank Buono studying illicit substance use treatment in methadone/buprenorphine populations. Additionally, he has worked on research at Stony Brook Psychiatry with Drs. Roman Kotov and Greg Perlman on longitudinal studies of female adolescent major depressive disorder onset and first-episode psychosis patients; and with Dr. Scott Moeller on reviews and analyses of the substance use literature.
Ryan is primarily interested in researching etiology, manifestation, and maintenance of substance use disorder and the comorbidities that may follow and/or precede onset. He is also interested in neurocognitive & neuroimaging-related measures and utilizing complex statistical modeling in this field.

Kaitlynne Leclaire, MS

Kaitlynne is a 3rd year doctoral student studying clinical neuropsychology at UWM. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2015 where she received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a minor in Political Science. Upon graduating from UMass, she worked as a clinical research coordinator at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston for 2 years. She assisted with a multitude of longitudinal and cross-sectional studies in multiple sclerosis to identify clinical, radiological, and molecular markers that correlate with disease severity and progression. She also co-managed pilot studies that focused on positive psychology and cognitive remediation in this population. More recently, she worked with Dr. Ira Driscoll in the Neurobiology of Aging lab at UWM to better understand brain changes as early predictors of cognitive deficits and dementia.
Kaitlynne’s current research interests include examining cognitive development across the lifespan and how health factors may influence this process. She is also interested in utilizing neuroimaging & neuropsychological methodologies to better understand these changes. Ultimately, Kaitlynne aims to become a board-certified clinical neuropsychologist.

Alex Wallace, MS

Alex is a 4th year Ph.D. student studying clinical neuropsychology at UWM. He earned his B.S. in Psychology from University of Iowa and a minor in Human Relations. After college, he worked as a research assistant in the Iowa ADHD and Development Lab and the Cognitive Brain Development Lab studying adolescent brain development, substance use, and risky behavior.
Alex’s research interests focus on the intersection between externalizing disorders, specifically in comorbid substance use and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. This interest extends to how these symptoms affect cognition and both structural and functional brain development. Additionally, Alex is interested in how health factors, such as exercise, affect brain development of adolescents and young adults and how these changes in brain development alter neurocognition.
Alex is currently on externship at the pediatric neuropsychology placement at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Alex hopes to continue to expand his understanding of neurodevelopment in order to pursue a post-doc in clinical neuropsychology.
Megan Kangiser

Megan Kangiser, MS

Megan is a 5th year doctoral student at UWM studying clinical neuropsychology. She graduated from Creighton University with a B.A. in Psychology. She previously worked in a behavioral pharmacology lab at Creighton University examining relationships between environmental enrichment, adolescent nicotine exposure, and sensitivity to stimulant use in adulthood using rodent models, as well as studying pharmacotherapies for methamphetamine misuse.
Megan’s current research interests include examining the effects of marijuana, alcohol, and nicotine use on cognitive functioning and brain structure in young adults using neuropsychological and neuroimaging methods. She is also interested in understanding the relationship between substance use, brain structure and function, and gender, and the underlying mechanisms of these effects.
Megan completed a neuropsychology practicum at the Medical College of Wisconsin and is currently an advanced practicum student in neuropsychology at the Zablocki VA Medical Center. She aims to become a board certified clinical neuropsychologist.
Kyle Jennette

Kyle Jennette, MA

Kyle earned his B.A. in Psychology from Flagler College, and M.A. in Gerontology from the University of South Florida (USF). While completing his Master’s, he worked as a board certified psychometrist for the USF College of Medicine and its affiliated hospitals. He then took a position as lead clinical research coordinator for Emory University’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. As a clinical neuropsychology PhD student at UWM, Kyle completed an advanced neuropsychology externship in both the Health Psychology Service in the Department of Transplant Surgery at Froedtert Hospital and the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center. Kyle began a predoctoral internship with emphasis in Adult Neuropsychology at the University of Chicago Medicine 2019.
Kyle’s current research interests focus on the influence of aerobic fitness on functional connectivity in the brain and subsequent effects on cognition, especially executive function, learning, and memory. He is also interested in neuropsychological test development and novel applications of common assessments to better predict risk for, and course of, cognitive function and impairment across the lifespan.


MaryBeth Groth

BA in Psychology from UWMMaster's of School Social Work student at UWM

Kelah Hatcher

BA in Psychology from UWM

Megan Herdt

BA in Psychology From ElonEducational Psychology PhD student at UWM

Christine Kaiver

BA in Psychology from UWM

Kristen Leer

McNair Scholar, SURF Awardee

Sarah Lehman

BA in Psychology from UWM

Eddie Linn


Marin Schmitt

BA in Journalism and minor in Political Science from UWM; MS in Psychology from Arizona State University Public Health PhD student at UWM


Erick Bernal

Phlebotomist, SURF Awardee

Chelsea Brito

Tory Clearwater

Jose De La O

SURF Awardee

Michael Esson

SURF Awardee

Ellie Hase

Jocelynn Jarvis

SURF Awardee

Bridget Murphy

Natalia Sotelo

Hailey Wirtz

SURF Awardee


Kristin Maple, PhD

Kristin earned a B.S. in Biology with a Psychology minor from Gonzaga University in 2011. After college, she worked as a research assistant for Dr. Bonnie Nagel at Oregon Health & Science University, studying adolescent brain development. She joined the UWM BraIN Lab in 2013 and received her PhD in clinical neuropsychology in 2019. She completed her internship at the Baltimore VA in 2018-2019 and began her post-doctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology at the Minneapolis VA in 2019.
Kristin is interested in the relationship between substance use and neurocognition and emotional processing.

Tasha Wade (Wright), PhD

Tasha graduated with her bachelors from Point Loma Nazarene University and began as a student in the UWM BraIN lab in 2012. She received her PhD in clinical neuropsychology in 2018 after completing an internship at the VA Puget Sound American Lake. She started as a post-doctoral fellow at UCSD with Dr. Kara Bagot in 2018.
Tasha is interested in the neurological and biopsychosocial factors in the etiology and effects of substance abuse.

Skyler Shollenbarger, PhD

Skyler graduated from the University of Cincinnati (UC) in 2008 with his bachelor's in psychology. Following graduation, he worked as the research coordinator for the Alcohol and Anxiety Lab at UC. He joined the UWM BraIN lab in 2011 and received his doctorate in clinical psychology in 2017. He is currently a post-doctoral fellow at Henry Ford Health System Clinical Neuropsychology Fellowship Program.
Skyler's research experiences have broadly focused on addiction and substance use, and specifically how substance use impacts brain structure, functioning, and mental health outcomes. Skyler employs multifactorial approaches (e.g. neuroimaging, genetics, neurocognitive testing, self-report measures) to address particular research questions.

Alicia Thomas, PhD

Alicia was a post-doctoral research associate at UWM in the psychology department until 2018. She received her bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Biomedical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio and Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN respectively. After completing her Master’s degree Dr. Thomas spent 6 years with GE Healthcare, designing applications for cardiac imaging equipment. She received her doctoral degree in 2014 from the Pharmacology Department at the Medical College of Wisconsin.
Alicia's research focuses using the application of multimodal brain imaging to better characterize consequences of chronic drug use during adolescence. More specifically, her work examines the effect of marijuana and alcohol use on brain function and neural connectivity. Her research interests also include determining whether lifestyle factors like BMI or activity level moderate the effects of chronic drug use.
Dr. Price is an Assistant Professor of Surgery and Psychiatry and Transplant Psychologist within the Division of Transplant Surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW). She serves as a core faculty member within the APA-approved MCW Health Psychology Residency (Internship) Program. Additionally, she developed the Neuropsychology and Intervention Clinic within the Transplant Mental Health program and provides supervision of neuropsychological assessment and psychological treatment through the MCW Health Psychology Practicum. She completed APA-approved doctoral training in Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology at the University of Cincinnati (PhD) and Boston Consortium in Clinical Psychology (Clinical Internship). She then completed a T32 postdoctoral fellowship at McLean Hospital–Harvard Medical School specializing in neuroimaging and addiction. Dr. Price’s clinical practice utilizes biopsychosocial assessment to inform clinical intervention among those with critical medical illness. Her research examines neurocognitive correlates of addiction and psychiatric disease states, towards the identification of at-risk cohorts and optimization of transplant outcomes.
Dr. Padula is a Research Health Science Specialist at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System (MIRECC) and Instructor (Affiliate) at Stanford School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Padula completed her undergraduate work and research assistant positions at UCSD and received her masters and doctorate degrees at the University of Cincinnati in psychology with an emphasis in neuropsychology. She fulfilled her APA-accredited clinical internship in neuropsychology at Patton State Hospital and is an alumni of the APA-accredited Sierra Pacific MIRECC postdoctoral fellowship with an emphasis in geropsychology. She ultimately wants to improve treatment outcomes for Veterans suffering from addiction by leveraging the power of where neuroscience and clinical psychology intersect.


Lukas Dommer, BA

Lukas was a SURF awardee working on the ABCD Study as an undergraduate at UWM. He graduated with a bachelors in Psychology in May 2019 and is spending the summer at FIU working at a camp with adolescents. After taking a year off, he plans on going to graduate school for School Psychology.

Bridgette Knecht, BA

Bridgette joined the BraIN lab as an undergrad in 2015. She received several SURF awards during her time as an undergrad and was hired as a child RA after she graduated from UWM in 2018.

Angelina Lochner, BA

Angelina started in 2015 as an undergraduate volunteer in the BraIN lab and worked her way up to a Child RA for the ABCD Study. She graduated from UWM in 2018 and began the Master's of Social Work program at UW-Madison in the Fall of 2019.

Bridget Stemper, BA

Bridget graduated in 2016 with a B.A. in Psychology from UWM. She is currently a Residential Counselor at Rogers Behavioral Health in West Allis and enrolled in the Master's of Social Work program at UWM in Fall 2019.

Danny Mulligan, BA

Danny began in the clinical psychology PhD program at Wayne University with Dr. Christopher Trentcosta in Fall 2018. Dr. Trentcosta does longitudinal research examining the development of self-regulation skills and emotional competence in children at risk due to low SES and other environmental factors. He’s also on a project looking at fetal fMRI data and self-regulation issues at age 4.

Jenna Ausloos, BA

Jenna received her undergraduate from UW-Madison and began working in the BraIN lab in 2017 as a child RA. She started as a graduate student at the joint Clinical and Rehabilitation Psychology Ph.D track working in Dr. Eun-Jeong Lee's lab in the Fall of 2018. She will be studying transition age youth with ASD.

Erika Gilbart, BA

Erika graduated from UWM with a B.A. in Psychology in 2013. She worked full-time in the Brain Lab as a research intern until 2017. Erika is interested in the development and treatment of addiction, substance use, effects of drugs on the brain (particularly during adolescence), neuropsychology, and neuroimaging techniques.