Krista Lisdahl, PhD
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 (http://www.scn40.org/piac-win.html) Subcommittee within the APA Society for Clinical Neuropsychology.
- 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.
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’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’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, MS
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, MA
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.
STAFF & RESEARCH ASSISTANTS
Erick BernalPhlebotomist, SURF Awardee
MaryBeth Groth MalsBA in Psychology from UWMMaster's of School Social Work student at UWM
Kelah HatcherBA in Psychology from UWM
Megan HerdtBA in Psychology From ElonEducational Psychology PhD student at UWM
Christine KaiverBA in Psychology from UWM
Sarah LehmanBA in Psychology from UWM
Marin SchmittBA in Journalism and minor in Political Science from UWM; MS in Psychology from Arizona State University Public Health PhD student at UWM
UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANTS
Jose De La O ArechigoSURF Awardee
Michael EssonSURF Awardee
Jocelynn JarvisSURF Awardee
Karina MontotoMcNair Scholar
Hailey WirtzSURF Awardee
Kristin Maple, PhD
Kristin is interested in the relationship between substance use and neurocognition and emotional processing.
Tasha Wade (Wright), PhD
Tasha is interested in the neurological and biopsychosocial factors in the etiology and effects of substance abuse.
Skyler Shollenbarger, PhD
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'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.
Jenessa Price, PhD Faculty profile: https://fcd.mcw.edu/?module=faculty&func=view&name=Jenessa_Price_PhD&id=6653MCW Health Psychology Residency page: https://www.mcw.edu/Psychiatry-Behavioral-Medicine/Health-Psychology-Residency-Doctoral-Internship-Program/Core-Faculty.htm
Kristen LeerKristen Leer is a senior undergraduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, triple-majoring in Psychology, Classic Civilization, and Religious Studies. As a Senior Excellence in Research Awardee, McNair Scholar, and Honors College student, Leer has presented at multiple national conferences – as well, being awarded for her research. Her recent work has investigated the psychological processes in youth, and her Honors senior thesis investigates the evolution of schizophrenia through the five editions of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) and its influence on cultural representations in cinema. Most recently, Leer is writing for the 20th-anniversary publication for the 2000 film Gladiator. Leer hopes to start graduate school in Psychology this Fall 2020.
Lukas Dommer, BALukas 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. In 2020 he was accepted to the University of Minnesota School Psychology doctoral program.
Bridgette Knecht, BABridgette 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, BAAngelina 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, BABridget 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, BADanny 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, BAJenna 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, BAErika 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.