Yale University

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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, a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Harvard University, and received his clinical training at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Prior to joining the faculty at Yale, Dr. Holmes completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Harvard University Center for Brain Science and served as an Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. 

Research Assistants

Connor Lawhead

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.

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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 severe substance use/addiction within traditionally underserved populations. She plans to pursue a PhD in neuroscience.

Post Doctoral Fellows

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

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Sid completed his PhD in Clincial Psychology and Neuroscience at Monash University (2022) in Melbourne, Australia, under the supervision of Prof Alex Fornito. Sids PhD focused on mapping and modelling longitudinal brain changes in psychosis, as well as differentiating the effects of antipsychotics and psychosis. He is interested in improving understanding and treatment of psychosis and other serious mental illnesses, with his current work focused on mapping neural circuits which relate to altered behaviour in transdiagnostic populations and modelling the cellular and molecular mechanisms which lead to these neural alterations.

Elvisha Dhamala

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

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.

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

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Winnie completed her PhD in Neuroscience at the Turner Institute of Brain and Mental Health at Monash University, in 2021, under the supervision of Dr Sharna Jamadar. Winnie’s research investigates the structural and functional brain changes associated with parenthood across the lifespan, with a special interest in how these changes relate to parental cognition and mental health in pregnancy and the postpartum period. Winnie is passionate about the parental brain, and women’s health more broadly – how female biology and the experience of womanhood shape the brain, cognition and behaviour across the life stages of adolescence, pregnancy, parenthood, perimenopause and the ageing process.

Graduate Students

Rowena

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

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

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. 

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

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Huang is a visiting fifth-year medical student from the RWTH University Aachen. Before her time in Holmes Lab, she worked with Dr. Sam Payabvash at the Department of Neuroradiology where she discovered her interest in cognitive and clinical neuroscience. She is interested in the linkage of functional network connection and cognitive expression, especially related to the emergence and expression of mental illness. She is also interested in fMRI changes over time and how they affect the disease/cognitive outcome. With her current work, she focuses on identifying the connectome signature of antisocial behavior.

Collaborators & Friends

Justin Baker – McLean Hospital 
Randy Buckner – Harvard University
Danilo Bzdok – McGill 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