People

Principal investigator

Graduate Students

Tara Ghazi

Tara Ghazi

PhD Candidate

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

Research Interests: <br />Sex differences in neural activity (EEG) underlying working memory processes; changes in neural activity over the lifespan in the adult and aging brain.<br /><br /> Before joining the Courtney Lab, 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

Soowan Jeong

Soowan Jeong

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Research Interests: Effects of stress on working memory

Daniella Needleman

Daniella Needleman

Research Assistant

Research Interests: attention, working memory, EEG

Phillip Sumardi

Phillip Sumardi

Reseach Assistant

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

Alumni ~ Research Scientists

Leon (“Leo”) Gmeindl

Leon (“Leo”) Gmeindl

Alumni

Research Interests: <br />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.<br /><br />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.<br /><br />Leo is now a faculty Research Scientist in Psychological & Brain Sciences.

Alumni ~ Graduate Students

Caroline Montojo

Current Position: Director, Brain Initiatives at the Kavli Foundation

Kitty Xu

Current Position: Quantitative User Experience Researcher, Pinterest

Alumni ~ Postdoctoral Researchers

Brian Anderson

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University

Thomas Hinault

thinaul1@jhu.edu

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

Alumni ~ Lab Managers

Eunice Awuah

Current Position: PhD student, Molecular Nutrition - Cornell University

Eda Incekara

Eda Incekara

Alumni

einceka1@jhu.edu

Research Interests: working memory, cognitive aging, neurodegenerative diseases

Travis Kroeker

Alumni ~ Research Assistants

Eunice Awuah

Current Position: PhD student, Molecular Nutrition - Cornell University

Daniela Barrio

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

Aura Elias

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

Myranda Gormley

Research Assistant

mgormle3@jhu.edu

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

Eda Incekara

Alumni

einceka1@jhu.edu

Research Interests: working memory, cognitive aging, neurodegenerative diseases

Kevin Justus

Post-Baccalaureate Student

Research Interests: 

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

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University

Eunice Awuah

Current Position: PhD student, Molecular Nutrition - Cornell University

Daniela Barrio

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

Kara Blacker

Current Position: Research Psychologist - Henry M. Jackson Foundation

Cody Elias

Current Position: Senior Health Care Consultant, Booz Allen Hamilton

Aura Elias

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

Chase Figley

Postdoctoral Fellow

Leon (“Leo”) Gmeindl

Leon (“Leo”) Gmeindl

Alumni

Research Interests: <br />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.<br /><br />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.<br /><br />Leo is now a faculty Research Scientist in Psychological & Brain Sciences.

Myranda Gormley

Research Assistant

mgormle3@jhu.edu

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

thinaul1@jhu.edu

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

Brendan Hurst

Akiko Ikkai

Current Role: User Experience Researcher, Apple

Eda Incekara

Eda Incekara

Alumni

einceka1@jhu.edu

Research Interests: working memory, cognitive aging, neurodegenerative diseases

Kevin Justus

Post-Baccalaureate Student

Research Interests: 

Travis Kroeker

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

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