Lab Director


Avram Holmes

Avram J. Holmes
Department of Psychology
402 Sheffield Sterling Strathcona Hall
1 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511

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Dr. Holmes is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Yale University. He earned a Bachelors degree in psychology from Pennsylvania State University (1998), a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Harvard University (2009), and received his clinical training at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University (2008-2009). Prior to joining the faculty at Yale, Dr. Holmes completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Harvard University Center for Brain Science (2009-2012) and served as an Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School (2012-2014).

 

Research Staff


 

Connor Lawhead
Department of Psychology
401 Sheffield Sterling Strathcona Hall
1 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511

 

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Connor Lawhead graduated from the University of Georgia (UGA) Honors Program in 2020, receiving a B.S. in Psychology with Neuroscience emphasis, a B.A. in Sociology, and a minor in Criminal Justice Studies. Prior to working in the Holmes Lab, Connor was a research assistant for the Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory at UGA, as well as the lab manager for the Games and Virtual Environments Laboratory. In his future career, Connor intends to receive a PhD in Clinical Psychology, becoming a dual researcher and clinician that focuses on antisocial populations.

 

Jocelyn Ricard
Department of Psychology
401 Sheffield Sterling Strathcona Hall
1 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511

 

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Jocelyn is a research assistant in the Holmes Lab. Jocelyn graduated from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities with a BSc in neuroscience. During her undergraduate studies, Jocelyn worked with Drs. Logan Spector, Margaret Flanagan, and Sophia Vinogradov at the University of Minnesota. Jocelyn also worked with Drs. Nozomi Nishimura and Chris Schaffer at Cornell University. Prior to arriving to the Holmes Lab, Jocelyn worked as a post-baccalaureate fellow at the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) in Berlin, Germany with Dr. Silvia Viana da Silva. The culmination of these experiences allowed Jocelyn to find her passion within neuroscience. Jocelyn is interested in utilizing neuroimaging modalities and neurotechnology to better understand psychiatric diseases (e.g., substance abuse, depression, anxiety) within traditionally underserved populations. She plans to pursue a PhD in neuroscience.

 

Post-Doctoral Fellows


 

Hao-Ming Dong
Department of Psychology
401A Sheffield Sterling Strathcona Hall
1 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511

 

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Hao-Ming Dong got his Ph.D. degree of cognitive neuroscience under the supervision of Prof. Xi-Nian Zuo at Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. His Ph.D. project was to build pediatric templates for the Chinese population regarding both the brain structure and function. He is interested in the development of brain functional networks and their relationship to dimensional symptom profiles in patients with affective and psychotic illnesses. His work will focus on developing models that can predict individuals’ clinical symptoms from their patterns of functional brain connectivity.

Elvisha Dhamala 
Department of Psychology
401A Sheffield Sterling Strathcona Hall
1 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511

 

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Elvisha Dhamala is the inaugural Kavli Institute for Neuroscience Postdoctoral Fellow for Academic Diversity. She earned her BSc in Neuroscience from McGill University (2017) and her PhD in Neuroscience from Weill Cornell Medicine (2021) prior to joining the Holmes Lab. Her dissertation research examined how multimodal brain connectivity measures map onto sex differences in the brain and individual cognitive abilities. She’s interested in the relationship between neurodevelopment and psychiatric illnesses. Her work will examine sex-specific and shared neurobiological features of transdiagnostic psychiatric illnesses risk in childhood and adolescence.

Loïc Labache

Department of Psychology
401A Sheffield Sterling Strathcona Hall
1 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511

 

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Loïc Labache earned his BSc in Cognitive Science from the University of Bordeaux (2014) and his MSc in Cognitive Engineering from the Institut National Polytechnique de Bordeaux (2017). Prior to joining Yale University, he got his PhD under the supervision of Dr. Nathalie Tzourio-Mazoyer at the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (2020). His dissertation research focused on the elaboration of brain network atlases underpinning lateralized cognitive functions, with a particular emphasis on the study of inter-individual variability of language. He is interested in the link between resting-state and task-induced brain activity, as well as anatomo-functional bases of lateralized brain networks. His work will focus on the nested organization of cerebral networks, their dynamics and characteristics.

Graduate Students


Lauren Patrick
Department of Psychology
413 Sheffield Sterling Strathcona Hall
1 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511

 

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Lauren is a Psychology PhD student in the Neuroscience area. She came to Yale after receiving her AB from Washington University in St. Louis, where she worked with Todd Braver and Ryan Bogdan. Lauren’s research utilizes behavioral, neuroimaging and computational techniques to examine motivation and cognitive control in the domains of human decision making and goal pursuit.

Rowena Chin
Department of Psychology
413 Sheffield Sterling Strathcona Hall
1 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511

 

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Rowena is a graduate student in the Neuroscience area. She completed her BA at the University at Buffalo and MSc at University College London. She then worked at the Institute of Mental Health, Singapore, for two years. To understand how form and function are interrelated, Rowena is interested in examining the structural bases underlying functional brain networks. She is also interested in incorporating genetics to elucidate biological mechanisms that give rise to structural and functional connectivity in healthy populations as well as network dysfunction in psychiatric populations.

Lydia Qu
Department of Psychology
413 Sheffield Sterling Strathcona Hall
1 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511

 

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Yueyue (Lydia) Qu is a Psychology PhD student in the Neuroscience area. She earned her BA in Cognitive Neuroscience and Mathematics from Washington University in St. Louis (2021), where she worked with Ryan Bogdan and Deanna Barch. Lydia is interested in integrating various levels of analyses such as genetic, brain structure and fMRI with the ultimate goal of elucidating biomarkers of symptom dimensions across and within affective and psychotic disorders. She is also interested in investigating how dynamic interactions among functional networks underpin specific cascades of symptom development.

Xihan Zhang
Department of Psychology
413 Sheffield Sterling Strathcona Hall
1 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511

 

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Xihan is a PhD student in the Neuroscience area of Psychology. She received BS at Ocean University of China, and finished her thesis in system biology with Dr. Xinguang Zhu at Chinese Academy of Sciences. She then received MS in Computational Biology at Harvard, where she found her passion in human brain and finished thesis in Konklab. Then she worked with Dr. Marc Berman at University of Chicago for two years before joining the Holmes Lab. Xihan’s current interest focuses on the molecular and cellular bases of brain dynamics, how the features of brain signals are mapped to behavior space, and how the mapping function changes across development trajectory. 

Peter Kirk
Department of Psychology
413 Sheffield Sterling Strathcona Hall
1 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511

 

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Peter Kirk is a visiting PhD student as part of the Yale-UCL collaborative exchange programme. He received is BSc in Psychology with a Year Abroad from the University of East Anglia + Temple University and an MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience from University College London. He also worked as a research specialist at the University of Pennsylvania. His research focusses on extending biopsychological models of anxiety to naturalistic contexts through ‘movie fMRI’ and physiological recordings.

 

Friends and Collaborators


 

Justin Baker – McLean Hospital

Randy Buckner – Harvard University

Danilo BzdokMcGill University

Daphne Holt – Massachusetts General Hospital

Hesheng Liu – Massachusetts General Hospital

Dost Öngür – McLean Hospital

Diego Pizzagalli – McLean Hospital

 

Joshua Roffman – Massachusetts General Hospital

Jorge Sepulcre – Massachusetts General Hospital

Jordan Smoller – Massachusetts General Hospital

Thomas Yeo – National University of Singapore

Xi-Nian Zuo – Beijing Normal University

Brain Genomics Superstruct Project (Open data release)

Neuroinformatics Research Group – Harvard University

 

 

 

Lab Alumni