Leah Somerville is a Professor of Psychology at Harvard University, a Harvard College Professor (Endowed 2021-2026), and faculty in the Center for Brain Science. Her research focuses on characterizing adolescent brain development, and the consequences of brain development on psychological functioning and well being. This work integrates behavioral, computational, and neuroimaging approaches, including conducting the Human Connectome Project in Development, a large NIH-funded study on brain connectivity development. In addition to directing the lab and teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, Leah is the Director of Graduate Studies for the Department of Psychology.
Graham received his B.S. from Cornell University in 2012, and spent two years as a research fellow at the National Institute of Mental Health in the Genes, Cognition, and Psychosis program. Graham recently completed his PhD in Neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania, where he applied tools from network science to delineate how white matter architecture develops to support improvements in executive function during adolescence. Currently, Graham is interested in identifying circuit-level markers of brain maturation that are linked with individual differences in working memory, inhibitory control, and decision-making. Outside the lab, Graham enjoys hiking with his dog Huxley, exploring cities by bike, and thinking about the stochasticity of evolution.
Yelina received her B.A. in Cognitive Science from the University of Pennsylvania. She is interested in decision making and peer influence in adolescence. Outside of the lab, she enjoys taking long walks, listening to audiobooks, and going down rabbit holes searching for environmental-friendly swaps for everyday things.
Garth received his BA in Psychology and Neuroscience from Skidmore College. He went on to get his PhD in Psychology from Harvard University working with Prof. Randy Buckner, and is staying local as a Postdoctoral Fellow with Prof. Leah Somerville. Garth’s research interests are in dynamics between sleep behaviors and experiences of stress, and how their interrelationships may shed light on factors that put us at risk for, or make us resilient to, developing psychiatric disorders, particularly during major life transitions such as adolescence or beginning college. Garth also teaches in the Psychology Department as a College Fellow. Outside of lab, Garth enjoys movie nights with his cats, exploring the city for new places to eat, and board games with friends.
John is a research scientist working with Drs. Leah Somerville and Kate McLaughlin at Harvard University. He came here by way of the psychology Ph.D. program at the University of Oregon, and a B.A. in cognitive science at the University of California, Berkeley. John is interested in the development of decision-making and learning during adolescence, and how these processes, situated in the context of developmentally normative goals and adverse environments, contribute to mental and physical health. He is am passionate about statistical methodology, especially measurement and modeling task behavior, as well as scientific computing. John is a huge fan of R, Stan, and The Society for the Improvement of Psychological Science.
Katherine graduated from Boston College in 2014 with a B.S. in Psychology. She then worked as a Neuroscience Research Lab Manager at Stanford University under the guidance of Dr. Leanne Williams. Katherine is currently a PhD student in the Cognition, Brain & Behavior track at Harvard. She is interested in studying how neural circuitry gives rise to adolescent cognitive control and affective experience. Outside of lab, she likes to run 5Ks, lounge with her cats, and play cards!
Taylor received her PhD in Psychology from Brock University in Canada. She is interested in the relationship between aversive processing and cognitive control across development. Taylor is particularly interested in how these factors may relate to anxiety during adolescence. Outside of the lab, she likes playing volleyball, hiking, and spending time with her friends and family.
Isabelle graduated from New York University in 2022 with a B.A. in Psychology. As an undergraduate, she worked at the Infant Studies of Language & Neurocognitive Development with Dr. Natalie Brito. She is broadly interested in how adolescents develop self-perceptions and emotional regulation in relation to future mental health outcomes. Outside of the lab, Isabelle loves attending concerts, rereading her favorite books, and improving her baking skills.
Jess received her B.A. in Psychology from The College of New Jersey, where she worked with Dr. Andrew Leynes. She then served as a lab manager at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute before relocating to University of California, Berkeley, where she completed her Ph.D. in Social-Personality Psychology under Dr. Ozlem Ayduk. Her research focuses on understanding individual differences in emotion regulation as well as the ways in which we process and remember social feedback. Jess is currently a College Fellow in the Psychology Department. In her free time, she enjoys being outside, finding good takeout, and spending time with friends and family.
Amber is an undergraduate student at Smith College studying Psychology and Data Science, and is currently a visiting student at Harvard College. She is originally from Ningbo, China. Amber became interested in developmental studies when working as a research assistant at Berkeley Early Learning Lab, and she is particularly interested in exploring children’s active learning and the role of language in Theory of Mind development. Outside of the lab, Amber enjoys playing guitar, dancing, and engaging in live music events
Adam received his B.A. in Cognitive Science and M.S. in Biostatistics from the University of Southern California. He is currently a Ph.D. student in Psychology (Cognition, Brain, & Behavior) at Harvard University. His research focuses on how environmental stressors and hormones influence adolescent brain development, emotion processing, and cognitive control. He is especially interested in understanding how these developmental trajectories influence prosocial behavior, antisocial behavior, and judgments of right and wrong.
Camille received her B.S. in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science (Computation Track) from the University of Michigan (Go Blue!), then spent two years as a Lab Manager for the Hartley Lab at New York University. Now, she is a Psychology PhD student (Cognition, Brain & Behavior Track) at Harvard University. Camille is interested in how reward and executive functioning modulate learning, memory, and decision-making from childhood to early adulthood. Outside of lab, you can find her reading, sending snail mail, or embroidering in a coffee shop or on a picnic blanket.
Nicole is an undergraduate student at Harvard College from San Juan, Puerto Rico majoring in Neuroscience. She discovered her interest in developmental medicine as a research assistant in the Nelson Laboratory of the Boston Children’s Hospital. As part of the Healthy Baby Study, she examines and helps reduce the effects of being born and raised in low-income and high-stress environments on developing brain disorders. Outside of the laboratory, you can find Nicole reading at the beach or going on road trips with her friends.
Cony is a Ph.D. student in the Cognition, Brain and Behavior program of the Psychology Department and is jointly advised by Professors Leah Somerville and Randy Buckner. She grew up in Chile, got her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Harvard College, and subsequently worked in Prof. Somerville’s lab as research manager for the Human Connectome Project in Development. Cony’s graduate research leverages smartphones and wearables to examine fluctuations in individuals’ stress, affect, sleep, and social behavior over extended periods of time, with a focus on mental and physical health outcomes. Outside of the lab, Cony enjoys biking and hiking, learning Mandarin, and reading and writing about science and technology policy issues.
Postdoctoral Fellow (2016-2018)
Independent Study/Masters Student (2013-2014)
Research Assistant & Lab Manager (2018-2021)
Research Assistant (2017-2018)
Research Assistant (2013)
Postdoctoral Fellow (2015-2019)
Fulbright Scholar from The Netherlands (2015)
Research Assistant (2015-2018)
Lab Manager & Research Assistant (2014-2016)
Lab Manager and Human Connectome Project Manager (2018-2022)
Collaborating postdoc (2013-2015)
Research Assistant (2014-2015)
Research Assistant (2017)
Research Assistant (2013-2015)
Human Connectome Research Assistant (2019)
PhD Student (2013-2019)
Lab Manager and Human Connectome Research Manager (2016-2020)
Research Tech Developer (2012-2021)
Research Manager (2016-2017)
Human Connectome Research Assistant & Lab Manager (2016-2019)
Human Connectome Research Assistant (2017-2019)
Independent Study/Masters Student (2012-2013)
PhD Student (2015-2021)
Postdoctoral Fellow (2019-2021)
CLBB Research Fellow & Collaborator (2014)
Harvard College Fellow and Postdoctoral Researcher (2014-2017)
Human Connectome Research Assistant (2017-2019)
Graduate Student (2014-2018)
Outreach Coordinator & Research Assistant (2012-2016)
Harvard College Fellow and Postdoctoral Researcher (2018-2020)
PhD Student (2014-2019)
Research Assistant (2015-2016)
Inaugural Laboratory Manager (2012-2014)
Research Assistant (2017-2018)
M.Ed. Student (2013-2014)
Lab Manager (2019-2020)
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