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Lab 2015

Back Row From left: Bob Kern, Julio Iglesias, Terry Sutton, Eric Reavis, Daniel Myers, Naomi Tabak, Carol Jahshan.

Middle Row From left: Kellie Smith, Warren Szewczyk, Eugene Kutasevich, Jonathan Wynn, Mark McGee, Junghee Lee, Ana Ceci Myers.

Front Row From left: Amy Jimenez, Yvonne Yang, Katiah Llerena, Walter Dunn, Steve Marder, Michael Green, Bill Horan, Felice Reddy. (not pictured: Amber Tidwell, Aaron McNair, Gabbie Pascual, Katherine Canty, Jenn Hoy, Nora Polon, Amanda McCleery, Michelle Dolinsky, Rose Cai, and Kimmy Kee).

 

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Lab Chief

Michael F. Green, Ph.D.
Principal Investigator, Lab Chief

Dr. Michael F. Green

Michael Foster Green, Ph.D. is a Professor-in-Residence in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences and the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at the Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.  He is Director of the Treatment Unit of the Department of Veteran Affairs VISN 22 Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC).  Dr. Green obtained his B.A. in psychobiology at Oberlin College, his doctorate in neuropsychology at Cornell University, and his postdoctoral training in neuropsychology at UCLA.  He is on the editorial boards of Cognitive Neuropsychiatry, Schizophrenia Bulletin, and Schizophrenia Research, and has authored over 220 journal articles.  He has received numerous grants from NIMH, the Veterans Administration, and private foundations.  His research activities have been devoted to understanding the nature and implications of cognitive dysfunction in schizophrenia, including cognitive indicators of genetic vulnerability to schizophrenia and neural mechanisms of cognitive dysfunction.  His laboratory has explored the relationship between cognitive deficits in schizophrenia and activities of daily living.  Ongoing studies are evaluating cognitive retraining and novel pharmacological interventions to improve cognitive impairment in schizophrenia.  He has written two books: Schizophrenia from a Neurocognitive Perspective: Probing the Impenetrable Darkness, published in 1998, and Schizophrenia Revealed: From Neurons to Social Interactions, published in 2001.  Dr. Green was the Co-PI of the MATRICS Initiative from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), and PI of the MATRICS-Psychometric and Standardization Study.  He is a Fellow in the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, and past-president of the Society for Research in Psychopathology.

Contact Dr. Green at mgreen@ucla.edu

 

 

Faculty

William Horan, Ph.D.
Research Professor

Dr. William Horan

William P. Horan, Ph.D., is an Research Psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA.  Dr. Horan received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of New Mexico, completed a clinical internship at the Western Psychiatric Institute & Clinic in Pittsburgh, PA, and completed a post-doctoral clinical research fellowship at UCLA.  His research investigates emotional, social cognitive, and neurocognitive processes in schizophrenia, and how disturbances in these areas impact functional outcome.  This research aims to identify treatment targets for psychosocial interventions that enhance social functioning in people with schizophrenia.

Contact Dr. Horan at horan@ucla.edu

 

Carol Jahshan, Ph.D.
Clinical Research Psychologist

Carol Jahshan, Ph.D. joined the Green Lab in 2010 with the support of the VA's Advanced Fellowship in Mental Illness Research and Treatment. She earned her B.A. from the Lebanese University in Lebanon and her M.A. from California State University, Northridge. She then completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (Neuropsychology Track) at the San Diego State University/University of California, San Diego Joint Doctoral Program, and her clinical internship at the West LA VA Medical Center. During her three-year postdoctoral training at the Green Lab, Dr. Jahshan examined the cognitive and perceptual abnormalities in patients with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder using EEG techniques and behavioral measures. Her work has been published in Psychological Medicine, Schizophrenia Research, Bipolar Disorders, Neuropsychology, and the Journal of Psychiatric Research. In 2013, she received the International Congress On Schizophrenia Research Young Investigator Award, as well as a four-year VA Career Development Award to evaluate the effects of two cognitive remediation approaches in schizophrenia. Dr. Jahshan is a licensed psychologist in the state of California and a member of the Society for Research in Psychopathology.

Contact Dr. Jahshan at carol.jahshan@ucla.edu

 

Kimmy Kee-Rose, Ph.D.
Associate Research Psychologist

Dr. Kimmy Kee

Kimmy S. Kee, Ph.D. is an Assistant Research Psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and is also an Associate Professor of Psychology at California State University, Channel Islands.  Dr. Kee earned her B.A. in Psychology from Wooster College in Ohio and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Medical College of Pennsylvania and Hahnemann University in Philadelphia.  Subsequently, she pursued her post-doctoral training in schizophrenia research at UCLA.  Her primary area of interest within schizophrenia has involved studying neurocognitive and social cognitive processes.  She has systematically explored the nature, determinants, and treatments for deficits in emotion processing through a series of projects funded through grants from the NIMH, Veterans Administration, Stanley Foundation, and Janssen Research Foundation.  For her work in this area, Dr. Kee received the Young Investigator Award from the International Congress on Schizophrenia Research and the Outstanding Young Scientist Award from the National Alliance of the Mentally Ill in 1999.  Her studies have been published in a variety of professional journals and presented at national and international scientific conferences. 

Contact Dr. Kee at kee@ucla.edu

 

 

Robert S. Kern, Ph.D.
Research Professor

Dr. Robert S. Kern

Robert S. Kern, Ph.D. is a Research Psychologist at the UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, David Geffen School of Medicine, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, and the Department of Veterans Affairs VISN 22 Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC).  He serves as co-director of the MIRECC psychology postdoctoral fellowship program, and mentors for the VA psychology postdoctoral fellowship program on severe mental illness.  Dr. Kern attained his doctorate degree in clinical psychology from Fuller Graduate School of Psychology and then completed two 2-year post-doctoral fellowships at UCLA in neuropsychology and schizophrenia research.  He is a past recipient of the International Congress for Schizophrenia Research Young Investigator Award and the Ted van Putten Memorial Lectureship Award.  Currently, Dr. Kern is actively involved in psychopathology research with emphases in neurocognition, cognitive rehabilitation, and social cognition in persons with schizophrenia and schizophrenia spectrum disorders and has received extramural funding from NIMH, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Stanley Medical Research Institute.  He has authored or co-authored several seminal review papers, more than 75 other research articles and book chapters, and over 100 scientific presentations at national and international conferences.  Dr. Kern is consulting editor for the APA journal, Psychological Assessment, and Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, and is a licensed psychologist in the state of California. 

Contact Dr. Kern at rkern@ucla.edu

 

 

Junghee Lee, Ph.D.
Assistant Research Psychologist

Dr. Junghee Lee

Dr. Junghee Lee is an assistant research psychologist in the Green lab. She joined the Green lab as a postdoctoral fellow in 2005.  She earned her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Psychology from Seoul National University in Korea, and her Doctorate from Vanderbilt University in Tennessee.  The goal of her research is to better understand cognitive impairments in patients with schizophrenia and other major mental illness, their biological mechanisms, and their functional implications.   To pursue these research interests, she has employed both behavioral and neuroimaging methods.  Her recent projects have focused on neurobiological mechanisms of early visual processing and various aspects of social cognition in schizophrenia. 

Contact Dr. Lee at jungheelee@ucla.edu

 

Amanda McCleery, Ph.D.
Assistant Research Psychologist

AmandaMc

Amanda McCleery, Ph.D. joined the Green Lab in July 2012 with the support of a postdoctoral fellowship award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). She earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Biology from the University of Toronto. She completed her Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at Kent State University, and her predoctoral clinical internship at UCLA Semel Institute (Major Mental Illness track). For her graduate research, Amanda examined the relationships between social and non-social cognition and functional outcome in schizotypy and schizophrenia. Her postdoctoral project extends her previous work and involves utilizing EEG techniques in conjunction with behavioral measures to better understand the nature of the relationships between perceptual processing, non-social cognition, and social cognition in recent-onset and chronic schizophrenia. Amanda’s research has been published in Schizophrenia Bulletin, Schizophrenia Research, and Psychiatry Research.

Contact Dr. McCleery at Amccleery@mednet.ucla.edu

 

 

Yuri Rassovsky, Ph.D.
Associate Research Psychologist

Dr. Yuri Rassovsky

Dr. Rassovsky has earned his undergraduate degrees in psychology and philosophy at the University of California, Los Angeles, and subsequently attained a Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of Minnesota. He then completed post-doctoral fellowships in neuropsychology and neuroimaging at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute and Hospital, funded by the NIMH Training Grant. He is a past recipient of the International Congress for Schizophrenia Research Young Investigator Award and the Society of Biological Psychiatry Eli Lilly Travel Fellowship. Dr. Rassovsky currently holds a Young Investigator Award from the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression and a grant from NIMH. He is actively involved in psychopathology research focusing on neurocognition, social cognition, and functional outcome in schizophrenia. He authored or co-authored articles in journals such as The American Journal of Psychiatry, Schizophrenia Research, and Journal of Abnormal Psychology. Dr. Rassovsky has been licensed as a psychologist in the state of California since 2002 and has been providing clinical services and supervising interns and fellows in neuropsychological assessment at the UCLA Semel Institute.  Dr Rassovsky currently divides his time between UCLA and Bar Ilan University. 

Contact Dr. Rassovsky at yurir@ucla.edu

 

 

Felice Reddy, Ph.D.
Assistant Research Psychologist

Felice

Felice Reddy, Ph.D., joined the Green Lab in 2012 with the support of the VA’s Advanced Fellowship in Mental Illness Research and Treatment. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She received her Master's and Doctorate degrees in psychology from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, after completing a clinical internship at the West Haven VA Connecticut Healthcare System. Her doctoral research focused on social cognitive and neurocognitive treatments for schizophrenia. Since joining the Green Lab, she has continued to be involved in treatment outcome research for social cognitive interventions and is also investigating motivation and effort in the context of negative symptoms. Felice is also interested in rehabilitation and recovery-oriented approaches to serious mental illness and has published program evaluation and outcome data on peer-run services and holistic interventions. Felice is a member of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and the Society for Research in Psychopathology.

Contact Dr. Reddy at lenafelice@ucla.edu

 

 

Jonathan Wynn, Ph.D.
Associate Research Psychologist

Dr. Jonathan Wynn

Dr. Wynn earned his Bachelors of Arts in Psychobiology from Occidental College, and Masters & Doctorate in cognitive psychology from the University of Southern California.  After receiving his Ph.D., he subsequently studied electrophysiology and social cognition in schizophrenia during a three-year post-doctoral fellowship at UCLA.  His research interests focus on electrophysiology (EEG, ERP) and psychophysiology (startle, HR) and how they relate to visual processing and social cognition in schizophrenia.  Dr. Wynn has received a Young Investigator Award from the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression.  He has authored articles in psychiatric journals such as The American Journal of Psychiatry, Biological Psychiatry, and Schizophrenia Research. 

Contact Dr. Wynn at jkwynn@ucla.edu

 

 

Post-Docs

 

 

Walter Dunn, M.D., Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow

Walter

Walter Dunn is a psychiatrist research fellow in the MIRECC VISN 22 program interested in neuromodulation interventions for psychotic illness. Walter graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in molecular biology and received his Ph.D. in biochemistry from UC Berkeley studying the molecular genetics of human cytomegalovirus. He attended UC Davis School of Medicine after completing his graduate work and a one year post-doc characterizing virally encoded microRNAs. He proudly served in the US Marine Corps Reserves from '96 to 2002.

Contact Dr. Dunn at wdunn@mednet.ucla.edu

 

Amy Jimenez, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Jimenez joined the Green Lab in 2013 with the support of the VA’s Advanced Fellowship in Mental Illness Research and Treatment. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles, after completing a clinical internship at the West LA VA Medical Center.  Her graduate research utilized functional neuroimaging to investigate neurocognitive changes associated with genetic liability to schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, especially within the social-affective domain, and how these changes relate to disturbances in emotion processing in psychopathology. Her postdoctoral work will expand upon this line of research to elucidate structural and functional neural mechanisms underlying other aspects of social cognitive deficits in major mental illness. Amy has co-authored manuscripts published in the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience and Developmental Psychopathology and written several book chapters. She is a member of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping and Society for Neuroscience.

Contact Dr. Jimenez at amjimenez@ucla.edu

 

Katiah Llerena, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow

Katiah

Katiah Llerena, Ph.D., joined the Green Lab in 2014 with the support of the VA's Advanced Fellowship in Mental Illness Research and Treatment. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Miami. She received her Master's and Doctorate degress in psychology from University of Maryland - College Park, after completing a clinical internship at the UCSD/VA San Diego. Her doctoral research focused on understanding emotion, cognition, and motivation in schizophrenia using behavioral and neurophysiological measures. Katiah's postdoctoral work will expand upon this line of research and will include the investigation of factors that contribute to social and functional impairment. Katiah has co-authored manuscripts published in Schizophrenia Research and the Journal of Abnormal Psychology. She is a member of the Society for Research in Psychopathology and the Society for Psychophysiological Research.

Contact Dr. Llerena at kllerena@ucla.edu

 

Eric Reavis, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow

Eric

Dr. Reavis joined the Green Lab in September, 2014. He received his bachelor's degree in psychology from Harvard University. He then completed a one-year research training program at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, MD. with Dr. David Leopold. Afterward, he earned his doctorate in cognitive neuroscience at Dartmouth College, where he was supported by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and advised by Prof. Peter Tse. His graduate research investigated the nature, mechanisms, and neural correlates of learning in visual perception using behavioral psychophysics and functional MRI. In the Green lab, Eric plans to translate and apply these methods and ideas to the clinical domain, developing better ways to measure and understand abnormalities in perception and neural plasticity in mental illnesses such as schizophrenia. Eric has authored papers in journals such as Human Brain Mapping, NeuroImage, and Vision Research.

Contact Dr. Reavis at ereavis@ucla.edu

 

Yvonne Yang, M.D., Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow

Yvonne

Yvonne Yang, M.D., Ph.D., joined the Green Lab in 2014 with the support of the VA's Advanced Fellowship in Mental Illness Research and Treatment. She earned her Bachelor's degree as a double major in Music and Molecular Biology from Yale University, before receiving her MD and PhD degrees from Yale School of Medicine. During her PhD, she investigated the pathophysiology of amotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease) in a mouse model for ALS, using in vivo neuronal tracing, protein biochemistry, genetic manipulation, stem cell transplant, and behavior and survival studies. She completed her psychiatry residency at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior in 2014, serving as chief resident in her fourth year. Largely due to her clinical experiences, Yvonne has shifted her research goals to addressing questions about schizophrenia and its underlying visual processing deficits in schizophrenia using magnetic resonance spectroscopy. Yvonne has co-authored manuscripts published in the Journal of Neuroscience, Genome Biology, Biotechniques and has co-authored one book chapter. She is a member of the American Psychiatric Association, the Southern California Psychiatric Society, the American Medical Association and is a past member of the Society for Neuroscience.

Contact Dr. Yang at ysyang@mednet.ucla.edu

 

Staff

Katherine Canty, M.A.
Recruiter

Katherine

Katherine graduated magna cum laude with her Bachelor's Degree in psychology from California Baptist University in 2013. She then went on to receive her Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology: Marriage and Family Therapy from Azusa Pacific University in 2015. While completing her degree, she worked as a Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee at the San Diego Rescue Mission where she provided psychotherapy to individuals and families struggling with homelessness, acute mental illness, substance addiction, complex trauma, and dual diagnoses. Currently, Katherine is a recruiter for The Green Lab working closely with V.A. clinics, local board & care facilities, and nation-wide family organizations to recruit potential research subjects for enrollment in all Green Lab protocols. She also conducts diagnostic and symptom assessment interviews.

Michelle Dolinsky, B.A.
Recruiter / Group Leader

Michelle received her Bachelor's degree in comparative literature from Haverford College in 2006. After graduating, she became a domestic violence crisis counselor at WOMAN, Inc. in San Francisco, where she provided emergency counseling and child care for women in need. Michelle later worked at Bridges to Recovery, an in-patient psychiatric facility in Santa Monica. In 2010, she worked as a research assistant on two studies at UCLA, investigating anxiety across cultures and marital conflict. Michelle is currently the primary recruiter for the Green Lab, working closely with V.A. clinics, local board & care facilities, and nation-wide family organizations to recruit potential research subjects for enrollment in all Green Lab protocols. She also currently leads groups in social cognition training as part of the ASCI and EL8 studies.

Jenn Hoy, B.A.
Neuropsych Tester

Jenn

Jenn is a 2015 summa cum laude graduate of Loyola Marymount University where she received her B.A. in psychology. As an undergraduate, Jenn worked with Dr. David Hardy managing the Cognition and Human Performance Laboratory and working as a research assistant collecting and analyzing data and preparing presentations on mental workload in neuropsychological assessment. Jenn also worked as a research assistant at Children's Hospital of Los Angeles in both Neurosurgery and Neuropsychology. She is currently a neuropsych tester for all Green Lab protocols.

Julio Iglesias, B.A.
Neuropsych Tester/ fMRI Coordinator

Julio

Julio earned his Bachelor's degree in 1998 from Universidad Dr. Jose Matias Delgado, El Salvador. In 2004 he earned an additional Associate's degree from the University of Maryland European Division while serving in the U.S. Army, and obtained his LVN License (Psychologist Technician) from the U.S. Air Force School of Nursing in 2008. Julio began his involvment in research in 2006, working with the UCLA Division of Geriatrics. He also collected data on PTSD for the U.S. Air Force. Julio is currently a back-up tester on all studies, as well as the primary coordinator of all fMRI data collection in The Green Lab.

Himali Karunaratne, MBBS
Clinical Coordinator

Himali

Himali received her Medical Degree from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka in 2007. She practiced medicine in Sri Lanka for 2 years prior to moving to the US in 2009. Before joining the Green Lab, Himali worked as a Staff Research Associate at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and as a Clinical Research Coordinator at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. She is a licensed phlebotomist in the State of California and is currently the coordinator for multiple clinical trials associated with the Green Lab.

Mark McGee, B.S.
Lab Supervisor/Study Coordinator/Interviewer

Mark

Mark earned his Bachelor's of Science degree in 1995 from California Lutheran University.  He began his involvement with the Green lab as a student volunteer in 1993 working with inpatients at Camarillo State Hospital.  After graduation, he spent several years as a neuropsych tester on various projects, as well as the administrative coordinator of the Diagnostic & Psychopathology Unit.  Since 1995, Mark has worked on many studies.  He is currently the study coordinator for the VTP, COGREM, IC/DC, COSE & HARP projects, as well as the lab supervisor.  Additional activities include diagnostic assessment, student training, and personnel staffing.

Aaron McNair, B.S.
Neuropsych Tester

Aaron graduated magna cum lade in 2013 with a degree in Neuroscience and Psychology and a minor in Biology from Baldwin Wallace University in Ohio. Throughout his college career Aaron worked on various projects for the school, independently and governmentally funded. He worked two years in the Bladwin Wallace Neuroscience lab and interned at Case Western Reserve Medical School. Prior to joining The Green Lab, Aaron worked as a mental health specialist and teacher's associate in both residential and school settings. He is currently a neuropsych tester for all Green Lab protocols.

Ana Ceci Myers, M.S.
Study Coordinator

Ana

Ana received her Bachelor's degree in psychology from Loyola Marymount University in 2004, and her Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology from California Lutheran University (CLU) in 2007. After graduating she began working with the Integrated Substance Abuse Program (ISAP) at UCLA in November of 2007 as a data manager. She is currently the study coordinator for the MI-6, FORUM, ASCI, & SPSS projects.

Gabrielle Pascual, B.S.
Neuropsych Tester

Gabbie

Gabrielle received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychobiology from UCLA in 2014. While an undergrad at UCLA, Gabrielle worked with Dr. Kenneth Subotnik at the UCLA Aftercare Research Program as a student research assistant, collecting and analyzing data that pertained to antipsychotic medication adherence. In addition to data collection and analysis, she was also a neuropsych tester for all lab projects at Aftercare. Gabrielle joined the Green Lab in 2014 and is currently a tester for all Green Lab protocols.

Nora Polon, B.A.
Neuropsych Tester

Nora

Nora received her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Occidental College in 2014. While an undergrad at Occidental, she worked as a research assistant collecting and analyzing data with Dr. Anne Schell. She also worked as a research assistant at USC on Dr. Baker's Twin Project that tracked the development of antisocial behavior into adulthood. Nora is currently a neuropsych tester for all Green Lab protocols.

Kellie Smith, M.A.
Study Coordinator

Kellie

Kellie graduated from UCLA with a bachelor's degree in English in 1997. After working in the magazine industry, she received her Master's degree in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 2007. She has experience working on studies of ethnic identity & mental well-being, ECT and memory in depression, and cognitive remediation therapy in schizophrenia. Kellie is currently the study coordinator for Dr. Kern's research on vocational outcomes for persons with severe mental illness.

Warren Szewczyk, B.S.
Neuropsych Tester

Warren

Warren graduated summa cum laude from Pomona College in 2015 with a degree in Neuroscience. During his undergraduate career, he worked on a variety of research projects, from investigating the electrophysiology of Alzheimer's disease in mice to studying the cognitive correlates of elder financial abuse in the community. His senior experimental thesis, completed in 2015, examined the neuropsychological foundations of altered parenting practices in parental ADHD. Warren hopes to continue studying schizophrenia throughout a career in clinical neuropsychology. He is currently a neuropsych tester for all Green Lab projects.

Amber Tidwell, M.S.
Program Administrator

Amber Tidwell

Amber received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology in 1999 from UCLA, and subsequently, her Master's in Clinical Psychology in 2001, at Cal State Dominguez Hills.  She came to the lab in 2000 as a clinical interviewer and study recruiter and has served many roles since.  Currently, Amber works closely with Dr. Green on all grant, budget, and IRB submissions. 

 

   
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