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Lab Director


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 Assistant 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


 

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

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Lia is the lab manager for the Holmes Lab. She graduated from Cornell University with a BS in Human Development (2019), where she worked on fMRI research in the Affect and Cognition Lab and Human Neuroscience Institute, alongside Dr. Eve De Rosa, Dr. Adam Anderson, and Dr. Wenming Luh. Lia is interested in studying neural underpinnings of executive function in healthy and pathological aging contexts through behavioral, genetic, and neuroimaging methods. She also aims to utilize computational and systems neuroscience techniques to investigate functional networks of psychiatric disorders in the brain.

 

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

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Julia is a research assistant in the Holmes Lab. Julia graduated from New York University with a Bachelors of Science in Applied Psychology in May 2019. After taking a class on Behavioral Neuroscience, she realized that she was very interested in learning about how brain chemistry affects behavior and vice versa. She began working at Infant Studies of Language and Neurocognitive Development (ISLAND) lab under Dr. Natalie Brito during her senior year at NYU and knew she wanted to pursue the field of neuropsychology further. She hopes to obtain a PhD in developmental psychology and begin her own lab where she will study how a child’s environment affects the development of their brain.

 

Graduate Students


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

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Kevin is a graduate student in the Holmes Lab. He completed his undergraduate work at the University of New Hampshire in 2011, after which he worked on fMRI investigations at both the NIMH and Vanderbilt University. Kevin is interested in the molecular genetic bases of brain network function. Kevin’s current work integrates functional brain imaging, structural genetics, and gene expression data to understand the biological mechanisms contributing to both healthy and pathological forms of behavior and brain function.

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

 

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Erica is a Clinical Psychology PhD student in the Holmes Lab. She completed her BA in psychology at Cornell University, where she worked in the Personality, Attachment, and Control Lab under Vivian Zayas. She then spent three years at the Child Mind Institute’s Center for the Developing Brain, working with Michael Milham. Erica is interested in the neural systems that underlie typical social-cognitive functioning, as well as their disruption in psychiatric illness.

 

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.

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

 

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Meghan is a PhD student in Clinical Psychology in the Holmes Lab. She received her BS in Neuroscience and Cognitive Studies from Vanderbilt University, where she worked with Dr. Sean Polyn. She then spent two years working with Dr. Alex Martin in the Laboratory of Brain and Cognition at NIMH, where she pursued fMRI research on autism spectrum disorders. Meghan uses a variety of techniques to investigate how genetic and environmental factors interact to influence brain structure and function associated with risk for psychiatric illness.

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.

Undergraduate Research Assistants


Miriam Gerber

 

Sarah Wie

 

 

Collaborators & Friends


 

Justin Baker – McLean Hospital

Randy Buckner – Harvard 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

Neuroinformatics Research Group – Harvard University

Brain Genomics Superstruct Project (Open data release)

 

 

Lab Alumni


 

Oliver Chen

 

 

David Gruskin

 

 

Jenna Reinen