Lab Members

Principal investigator

Lab Manager

Sooyeon Park

Sooyeon Park

Lab Manager/ Undergraduate Research Assistant

spark197@jhu.edu

Research Interests: Memory & attention, neurodegerative diseases, cognitive impairments, and phantom limb pain

Current Graduate Students

Tara Ghazi

Tara Ghazi

PhD Candidate

143 Ames Hall
410-516-5649
tara.ghazi@jhu.edu

Research Interests: Broadly, I'm interested in understanding how different information structures may impact what we humans pay attention to and remember in the short-term. My research in the Courtney Lab has employed both EEG and Behavioral methods to study differences in human behavior and the neural activity underlying behavior. ~ Before coming to Hopkins to pursue a PhD, Tara studied at the University of California, Berkeley, where she received her B.A. in Cognitive Science. She also spent time as a student researcher at the University of Cambridge, England. Her past behavioral research explored the relationship between viewing physical gesture and memory of episodic events.

Natalia Khodayari

Natalia Khodayari

PhD Student

141 Ames Hall
nkhodayari@jhu.edu

Research Interests: Attention, Memory, and Perception; EEG

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Rishi Bachani

Rishi Bachani

Undergraduate Research Assistant

rbachan1@jhu.edu

Research Interests: Attention, Working Memory, Perception

Nicholas Doupsas

Nicholas Doupsas

Undergraduate Research Assistant

ndoupsa1@jhu.edu

Research Interests: Memory, attention, higher cognition, decision making

Huixin Huang

Huixin Huang

Undergraduate Research Assistant

hhuan100@jhu.edu

Research Interests: Working memory, emotion, computational psychiatry

Daniella Needleman

Daniella Needleman

Undergraduate Research Assistant

dneedle4@jhu.edu

Research Interests: attention, working memory, EEG

Sooyeon Park

Sooyeon Park

Lab Manager/ Undergraduate Research Assistant

spark197@jhu.edu

Research Interests: Memory & attention, neurodegerative diseases, cognitive impairments, and phantom limb pain

Previous Research Scientists (Alumni from 2019)

Leon (“Leo”) Gmeindl Ph.D.

Alumni

Research Interests: Leo received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in Cognition & Perception Psychology, with a specialization in Cognitive Neuroscience. He joined Hopkins as a postdoc and then staff Research Scientist in the Courtney and Yantis laboratories. He has conducted research on working memory, attention, and perception in healthy young adults, and in multiple sclerosis and aging populations, using behavioral and neuroimaging methods.

Previous Graduate Students (Featured Alumni since 2014)

Michelle DiBartolo

Current Position: Director of User Research at The Knot Worldwide

Caroline Montojo

Current Position: Director, Brain Initiatives at the Kavli Foundation

Kitty Xu

Current Position: Quantitative User Experience Researcher, Pinterest

Previous Postdoctoral Researchers (Featured Alumni)

Brian Anderson Ph.D.

Current Position: Associate Professor, Texas A&M University

Research Interests: Learning & Attention

Kara Blacker Ph.D.

Current Position: Research Psychologist at the Naval Medical Research Unit

Research Interests: fMRI, EEG, Cognitive Training, Gaming

Chase Figley Ph.D.

Current Position: Associate Professor of Neuroscience, University of Manitoba

Thomas Hinault Ph.D.

Current Position: Principal Investigator at NIMH, Caen, France

Research Interests: Cognitive control; Cognitive aging; Arithmetic processing; Functional neuroimaging (EEG, MEG, fMRI).

Akiko Ikkai Ph.D.

Current Position: Research Scientist at Apple

Previous Lab Managers (Featured Alumni since 2014)

Eunice Awuah

After leaving JHU, Eunice obtained a PhD in Molecular Nutrition from Cornell University

Eda Incekara

Alumni

einceka1@jhu.edu

Research Interests: working memory, cognitive aging, neurodegenerative diseases

Travis Kroeker

After leaving JHU, Travis went on to pursue a Master's Degree in Human-Machine sciences

Previous Research Assistants (Recent Alumni since 2018)

Daniela Barrio

Current Position: MHS, Mental Health - Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Aura Elias

After graduating, Aura began a gap year before continuing on to Medical School

Research Interests: Neurodegenerative diseases, memory and memory loss, mindfulness, and developmental disorders.

Myranda Gormley

After graduating, Myranda continued on to Medical School

Research Interests: Cognition, attention & memory, psychopharmacology, neurodegenerative and psychiatric diseases.

Madeline Halpern

Current Position: MS, Biomedical Sciences - Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Eda Incekara

Alumni

einceka1@jhu.edu

Research Interests: working memory, cognitive aging, neurodegenerative diseases

Nora Jandhyala

After graduating, Nora began Medical School

njandhy1@jhu.edu

Research Interests: 

Soowan Jeong

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Research Interests: Effects of stress on working memory

Kevin Justus

Post-Baccalaureate Student

Research Interests: 

Phillip Sumardi

After graduating, Phillip begin his gap year before continuing on to Medical School

Research Interests: Plasticity, time perception, cognitive impairments, neurodegenerative disorders

Lucas Watling

lwatlin2@jhu.edu

Research Interests: sleep, memory, addiction, multi-sensory integration, stress, anxiety and depression, and neurodegenerative diseases

Alumni

Christopher Ackerman

Brian Anderson Ph.D.

Current Position: Associate Professor, Texas A&M University

Research Interests: Learning & Attention

Eunice Awuah

After leaving JHU, Eunice obtained a PhD in Molecular Nutrition from Cornell University

Daniela Barrio

Current Position: MHS, Mental Health - Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Kara Blacker Ph.D.

Current Position: Research Psychologist at the Naval Medical Research Unit

Research Interests: fMRI, EEG, Cognitive Training, Gaming

Michelle DiBartolo

Current Position: Director of User Research at The Knot Worldwide

Cody Elias

Current Position: Senior Health Care Consultant, Booz Allen Hamilton

Aura Elias

After graduating, Aura began a gap year before continuing on to Medical School

Research Interests: Neurodegenerative diseases, memory and memory loss, mindfulness, and developmental disorders.

Chase Figley Ph.D.

Current Position: Associate Professor of Neuroscience, University of Manitoba

Leon (“Leo”) Gmeindl Ph.D.

Alumni

Research Interests: Leo received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in Cognition & Perception Psychology, with a specialization in Cognitive Neuroscience. He joined Hopkins as a postdoc and then staff Research Scientist in the Courtney and Yantis laboratories. He has conducted research on working memory, attention, and perception in healthy young adults, and in multiple sclerosis and aging populations, using behavioral and neuroimaging methods.

Myranda Gormley

After graduating, Myranda continued on to Medical School

Research Interests: Cognition, attention & memory, psychopharmacology, neurodegenerative and psychiatric diseases.

Madeline Halpern

Current Position: MS, Biomedical Sciences - Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Thomas Hinault Ph.D.

Current Position: Principal Investigator at NIMH, Caen, France

Research Interests: Cognitive control; Cognitive aging; Arithmetic processing; Functional neuroimaging (EEG, MEG, fMRI).

Brendan Hurst

Akiko Ikkai

Current Role: User Experience Researcher, Apple

Akiko Ikkai Ph.D.

Current Position: Research Scientist at Apple

Eda Incekara

Alumni

einceka1@jhu.edu

Research Interests: working memory, cognitive aging, neurodegenerative diseases

Nora Jandhyala

After graduating, Nora began Medical School

njandhy1@jhu.edu

Research Interests: 

Soowan Jeong

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Research Interests: Effects of stress on working memory

Kevin Justus

Post-Baccalaureate Student

Research Interests: 

Travis Kroeker

After leaving JHU, Travis went on to pursue a Master's Degree in Human-Machine sciences

Leon Li

Rita Loiotile

Caroline Montojo

Current Position: Director, Brain Initiatives at the Kavli Foundation

Yi-shin Sheu

Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Phillip Sumardi

After graduating, Phillip begin his gap year before continuing on to Medical School

Research Interests: Plasticity, time perception, cognitive impairments, neurodegenerative disorders

Antonio Vergara

Current Position: User Experience Architect, R2Integrated

Lucas Watling

lwatlin2@jhu.edu

Research Interests: sleep, memory, addiction, multi-sensory integration, stress, anxiety and depression, and neurodegenerative diseases

Kitty Xu

Current Position: Quantitative User Experience Researcher, Pinterest