is the Director of the Healthy Brain Network. He is a board-certified adult, child, and adolescent psychiatrist. He is a research psychiatrist at the Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research, an internationally recognized expert in open science and neuroimaging, and the founding director of the Center for the Developing Brain at the Child Mind Institute. Dr. Milham has been a leader in using open science to accelerate the pace of scientific discovery. Dr. Milham received his PhD in cognitive neuroscience and MD at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Milham completed his general psychiatry residency and child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at New York University. Dr. Milham is the Principal Investigator for the Healthy Brain Network, NKI Rockland Sample, and the Longitudinal Pediatric Rockland Sample.
is the Project Manager for the Healthy Brain Network. Dr. Escalera received her bachelor’s degree from Pace University and her doctorate in pharmacology from the Yale University School of Medicine. During her graduate studies at Yale, her work focused on understanding the mechanisms involved in sensory neural pain pathways and their role in skin inflammation. Dr. Escalera brings an extensive knowledge of research design, management, and coordination to the Healthy Brain Network from her roles at the Veterans Affairs (VA) Boston Heath Care System and the Brain Trauma Foundation. Dr. Escalera has many duties ranging from developing project plans and setting milestones to ensuring adherence to clinical and research obligations.
is the Director of Population Neuroscience Research for the Healthy Brain Network. Dr. Paus is also a Senior Scientist and the Tanenbaum Chair in Population Neuroscience at Baycrest and Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. He is a pioneer of an integrated approach to brain health that combines epidemiology, neuroscience, and genetics under an umbrella of population neuroscience, a discipline he delineated in the book Population Neuroscience, published by Springer in 2013. He trained in medicine and physiology in Czechoslovakia and then moved to the Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI), and subsequently to the Brain and Body Center at the University of Nottingham.
is the Director of Imaging for the Healthy Brain Network. Dr. Craddock completed his PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. After receiving his PhD he completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Baylor School of Medicine and the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute. Dr. Craddock has been involved with the Child Mind Institute’s research projects from their inception, including the NKI Rockland Sample, Open Neuroscience Initiatives, and the ADHD-200. An internationally recognized neuroscience researcher, he is a recipient of the NARSAD Young Investigator Award from the Brain and Behavior Research Fund for his project on real-time fMRI neuro-feedback in depression. Dr. Craddock is also co-founder of The Neuro Bureau, a collaborative initiative that supports open neuroscience and advocates for the free sharing of data, methods, and ideas.
is the Clinical Data Manager in the Center for the Developing Brain at the Child Mind Institute. She oversees aspects of data collection, quality assurance, sharing, and analysis across multiple CMI initiatives including the Healthy Brain Network and the EMR Discovery Science study. Lindsay earned her BA in Psychology from CUNY Hunter College and recently completed an MPH in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the CUNY Hunter College School of Public Health. Her research interests focus on the field of psychiatric epidemiology.
is a Research Marketing Specialist at the Healthy Brain Network. She does outreach to let parents know that participating in this study
Mj is a graduate of The Johns Hopkins University. Over the last 20 years, she has coordinated and managed research projects at Johns Hopkins, Memorial Sloan-Kettering and Kings County Hospital/SUNY Downstate, and conducted marketing effort analysis for digital marketing gurus at FutureNow, Inc.
received her BA in Child Development from Tufts University, and her MS in Communicative Sciences and Disorders from the NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development. She is a Speech-Language Pathologist in the Learning and Development Center and the Healthy Brain Network at the Child Mind Institute. Alex has more than five years of professional experience working with children and families affected by autism spectrum disorders, language delay and disorders, speech sounds impairments, childhood apraxia of speech, intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities and ADHD, including work at NYU, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and Montefiore Medical Center. She believes in a dynamic approach to diagnostics and intervention, and is committed to providing the most effective and appropriate care for both children and their families.
is the Research Operations Coordinator for the Healthy Brain Network. Her work focuses on streamlining the project’s internal research and administrative processes. Batya joins HBN from the Center for Ethnic, Racial and Religious Understanding, a diversity training and education center on the Queens College Campus. There, she held various positions including Director of Dialogue and Social Change Fellowships, where she developed and directed two student leadership training programs. Batya has designed and taught workshops on group facilitation, managing difficult conversations, diversity challenges and social identity. She has also assisted in research on the mental health challenges of boys in East Jerusalem, helping boys of color succeed in schools and the impact of experiential learning in the classroom. She received her bachelor’s degree in English and Middle East Studies from Queens College.
is a New York State licensed Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Manager for the Healthy Brain Network. She received her bachelor’s degree from Brown University and her doctorate in clinical psychological science from Vanderbilt University. She completed an APA-approved internship at Yale University School of Medicine with a specialization in neuropsychology and a post-doctoral fellowship in neuropsychology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Dr. Andreotti is trained in the empirically supported assessment and treatment of children and adults, including comprehensive neuropsychological evaluation, cognitive behavioral therapy, parent-child interaction therapy, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, and mindfulness techniques. She has authored 15 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters and has presented over 20 abstracts at national conferences.
is a research assistant for the Healthy Brain Network. Before joining the Child Mind Institute, Emma graduated from New York University with a degree in psychology and neuroscience. During her time as an undergraduate, she developed a love for children while volunteering for organizations to help kids with special learning and psychological needs. She then completed a master’s degree in clinical neurodevelopmental sciences at King’s College in London, where she wrote her dissertation investigating biomarkers for autism through diffusion tractography imaging. Emma is passionate about early intervention for learning and psychological disorders, and hopes to pursue doctoral studies in neuroscience to investigate the brain’s role in psychological development. As a research assistant at the Child Mind Institute, Emma is responsible for enrolling participants and administering and scoring assessments.
is the Clinical Operations Manager for the Healthy Brain Network and oversees daily operations at the Staten Island facility. Alexis is a New York State licensed Clinical Social Worker and received her master’s degree in social work from Columbia University. She has clinical experience working with children and adults with mental health disorders, developmental disabilities, and medical disabilities in several settings including mental health clinics, the court system, and directly in the homes and communities of families.
Alexis received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Binghamton University. During her undergraduate studies, she worked as a research assistant for the Levis/Rourke Psychophysiology and Psychopathology Laboratory, researching implosive therapy for individuals with traumatic histories.
is a licensed Clinical Psychologist for the Healthy Brain Network. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Long Island University’s Post Campus. Dr. Andersen’s dissertation measured the effects of DIR/Floortime as a therapeutic intervention for children with developmental delays. Dr. Andersen completed an APA-accredited internship and a post-doctoral training year at Andrus, an outpatient mental health clinic in Yonkers, where she provided therapy for children and families and conducted psychological assessments. She has several years of experience working with children and adolescents, particularly children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
is a Clinical Psychologist for the Healthy Brain Network. She received her doctorate in Child Clinical-School Psychology from Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at Yeshiva University. Dr. Bronstein has extensive experience providing psychotherapy and evaluating children and adolescents. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Audrey Hepburn Children’s House at Hackensack University Medical Center, where she provided therapy to child victims of abuse and neglect as well as conducted specialized forensic psychological evaluations of children and caregivers. Previously, Dr. Bronstein completed graduate training positions at Yeshivat Noam, New York-Presbyterian Hospital-Westchester Division, the Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center at Albert Einstein Medical Center, and Sagamore Children’s Psychiatric Center. She received her master’s degree in School Psychology from Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology and her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Stern College at Yeshiva University.
is a participant navigator for the Healthy Brain Network. Victoria received her bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s in neuroscience from the College of Staten Island. During her graduate studies, she worked in a neuroscience research lab that focused on understanding the uniqueness of the naked mole-rat. She helped create a novel imaging approach by rendering whole brain samples optically transparent with the addition of a Golgi stain in order to compare the neurons of naked mole-rats to other species. As participant navigator, she is responsible for the coordination between the research staff and the participants, to ensure a positive experience for all children and families. Victoria is passionate about working with children and pursuing research in order to help those with neurological and mental illnesses.
is a Research Assistant for the Healthy Brain Network. She graduated with a bachelor of science with First Class Honors in psychology and a second major in biochemistry from the University of Sydney, Australia. As a student, Elisha conducted an independent research project examining the effects of repeatedly recalling a traumatic event on memory and psychological response, and presented her findings at the International Conference of Memory (ICOM-6). Her main duties at the Healthy Brain Network include enrolling participants and administering and scoring assessments.
is a graduate of UC Berkeley, where she studied public health with a community health concentration. She is a native of Sacramento, CA and moved to the east coast to work with the Child Mind Institute’s Healthy Brain Network. Her role as a Participant Navigator, charged with ensuring Healthy Brain Network participants feel supported and comfortable during their visits, allows her to work closely with the families and children taking part in the study. Megan also works with the study in an administrative capacity to contribute to the overall efficiency and success of the office.
graduated from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. As a Participant Navigator for the Healthy Brain Network, Shana combines her passion for research and helping people with her interest in psychology and mental illness. Her duties include interacting with families and helping with research-related tasks.
is a Research Assistant for the Healthy Brain Network, where her role includes enrolling participants and administering and scoring assessments. Erin graduated from Fordham University with a Bachelor of Science degree in integrative neuroscience and concentration in cognitive neuroscience. Her research experiences range from studying memory consolidation during sleep to how aging mediates pain sensitivity. She conducted her senior research project on the effect of menstrual cycle phase on cognition and autobiographical memory in the Fordham Memory & Aging Lab.
Erin’s research interests include brain and cognitive development in the context of neurodevelopmental disorders and specifically identifying biomarkers for earlier diagnosis and individualized treatment. She plans to pursue a doctoral degree in cognitive neuroscience.
is a Social Worker for the Health Brain Network. She is a board certified Licensed Master Social Worker in New York State. Danielle works directly with participants and their parents conducting psychosocial assessments and assisting with data collection. Danielle obtained a bachelor’s degree in psychology from The George Washington University and a Masters of Social Work from New York University. Danielle has clinical experience working with children, adults and families with mental health disorders, trauma, substance abuse, and psychosocial stressors in both community-based and hospital settings.
is a Research Assistant for the Healthy Brain Network. In her role she assists with enrolling participants and administering scoring assessments. She graduated from Marist College with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with summa cum laude honors. During her time there she conducted an independent study in which she examined the effects of suppression strategies on intrusive thoughts, anxiety, autonomic arousal and pain perception. Laura also worked in the Alcohol Research Lab at Syracuse University, and gained clinical experience working at a drug rehabilitation center and a victims of violence services center. Laura is interested in anxiety across the lifespan, and intends to pursue a doctoral degree in clinical psychology.
is the Research Coordinator for the Healthy Brain Network office in Staten Island. He is responsible for assisting in the coordination of daily protocol operations and supervising the research assistant staff. Giuseppe has a master’s of science degree in biotechnology from CUNY College of Staten Island where his research focused on understanding the genetic mechanisms induced by drugs of abuse that produce brain plasticity leading to tolerance and dependence. In the past, he interned at Maimonides Medical Center, as well as in Dr. Alejandra Alonso’s molecular biology lab researching Alzheimer’s disease and pathological human tau.
is an Associate Psychologist for the Healthy Brain Network and a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. She received her doctorate in school psychology from APA- and NASP-accredited Temple University with a dual training emphasis on comprehensive psychoeducational assessment and evidence-based academic and behavioral intervention practices in schools. Dr. Mintzer’s dissertation drew upon biophysiological markers to measure the validity of a self-report empathy scale and to assess its clinical usefulness for informing data-driven socioemotional support programs in the school setting.
Dr. Mintzer completed her pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral training at CORA Services, a not-for-profit agency in Philadelphia that serves children and families experiencing socioemotional or academic challenges in their schools and communities. In her role there, she completed comprehensive psychoeducational evaluations to create a roadmap for parents and educators by identifying educational classifications, setting achievable goals and designing practical interventions for school-age youth. In addition to her clinical training in comprehensive assessment and intervention for children with a broad range of needs — including neurodevelopmental disorders, rare genetic conditions, and trauma and stress related disorders — Dr. Mintzer has extensive training in and experience with empirically supported crisis prevention and response, group therapy practices and positive behavioral supports at the individual and community level.
is a clinical neuropsychologist at the Healthy Brain Network. Dr. Racanello holds a master’s degree and advanced certificate in school psychology from Brooklyn College, and a second master’s and doctoral degree from the Educational Psychology Department at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Dr. Racanello completed her post-doctoral fellowship in neuropsychology at Columbia University Medical Center, and she was the DeHirsch-Robinson Fellow at the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York Presbyterian (CHONY)/Columbia University Medical Center. She has extensive training and experience conducting comprehensive neuropsychological assessments for children of all ages and specializes in evaluating individuals with complex learning difficulties.
Dr. Racanello is a professor of neuropsychology in the School Psychologist Graduate Program at Brooklyn College, where she teaches the Neuropsychology of Learning course. Her publications focus on the relationship between chronic otitis media, language development, and academic performance, and she is interested in the development of evaluations that effectively assess the neurocognitive underpinnings of mathematics skills. She conducts mental health, cognitive, and learning evaluations at the Healthy Brain Network Center of Staten Island.
is a native Colombian from Santiago de Cali. Ana graduated from Duke University with a bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience and Psychology. During her time at Duke she gained experience with experiment design, IRB protocol development, data analysis, and manuscript writing. She is interested in pursuing a PhD in clinical psychology. Ana is a Healthy Brain Network Research Assistant, and assists in the collection of imaging data.
is a Research Assistant at the Healthy Brain Network. Her main duties include enrolling participants and administering and scoring assessments. A native New Yorker, Tohar graduated from Binghamton University with a BS in Integrative Neuroscience and a minor in Global Studies. She has experience implementing Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) techniques while working one-on-one with non-verbal children on the autism spectrum at Binghamton’s Institute for Child Development, and in Dr. Kathleen Horwath’s biological research lab.
is a Social Worker with the Healthy Brain Network. She is a board certified Licensed Master Social Worker in New York State. She obtained a bachelor degree from Marist College and a graduate degree from Adelphi University, both in social work. Anna has clinical experience working with adults, children and families affected by mental health disorders, substance abuse, developmental disabilities, homelessness and medical conditions across a variety of health care settings. In her role at the Healthy Brain Network, Anna assists with data collection and providing feedback on findings to the participants.
is a research evaluator for the Healthy Brain Network. She received her master’s degree in clinical psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. Anna has worked with children and adolescents in various capacities including as a counselor, teacher, community rehabilitation specialist and clinical research interviewer. Her research interests include endogenous and exogenous factors (e.g., adverse experiences, parenting, coping strategies) of risk and resilience associated with pediatric mental health outcomes, as well as assessment and treatment of psychiatric disorders in youth.
During her training, Anna assisted with clinical studies at Montefiore Medical Center and New York State Psychiatric Institute, investigating topics such as the application of DBT for self-injurious adolescents, the impact of 9/11 and Hurricane Sandy on youth mental health, and the implications of psychiatric stigma in ethnic minority and immigrant communities.
is a clinical extern with the Healthy Brain Network. She administers and scores assessments for children and adolescents enrolled in the study. Dala currently is a graduate student at Fairleigh Dickinson University, where she is working towards her doctoral degree in clinical psychology. While at the Center for Psychological Services at Fairleigh Dickinson, she conducted clinical evaluations for children and adults of diverse backgrounds.
Dala has experience working with ethnic minorities and immigrant populations in New York City in clinical settings. She previously worked at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, where she coordinated an outreach program for Arab American women suffering from breast cancer, including a research effort that documented their personal experiences receiving treatment in NYC. While pursuing her master’s degree at Teachers College Columbia University, Dala focused on global mental health and worked on multiple projects with the Global Mental Health Lab. Before moving to New York to pursue her master’s degree, she lived in Lebanon and volunteered at multiple child health organizations. Dala’s research interests are primarily health and mental health disparities in immigrant populations, cross-cultural psychology, community psychology and assessment of aid programs.
is a Research Assistant for the Healthy Brain Network’s Manhattan location. He administers and scores assessments for children and adolescents enrolled in the study. Nicolas has a strong interest in language development and bilingual communication. Nicolas studied engineering at Columbia University before discovering his passion for child development and making the switch to psychology. As a student in the psychology department, he became particularly interested in the perception and use of language among children with autism spectrum disorders.
is a Research Assistant at the Healthy Brain Network. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. In her role, she assists with enrolling participants and administering and scoring assessments. Danielle is interested in early childhood development and hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in clinical psychology.
divides his time between the Child Mind Institute Facilities team and the Healthy Brain Network. In his role as Intake Coordinator with The Healthy Brain Network, he interfaces with families interested in participating in the study to answer questions they may have, collect background information, and schedule appointments. Brian, born and raised in New York, is especially committed to advocating for those with mental health and learning disorders. His previous work experience includes being a Crew Leader for the U.S. Census Bureau, and a Special Education Teacher’s Monitor with the Eastchester Union Free School District.
is the Research Coordinator for the midtown location of the Healthy Brain Network. She is primarily responsible for daily protocol operations, supervising research assistant staff, and collaboratively monitoring data quality. In addition to serving as a liaison between research and clinical staff, Camille continues to interface with our participating families, administering behavioral, psychological, and imaging batteries. Prior to this position she worked as a research assistant with HBN for one year, and has experience in several other academic laboratories at CUNY Brooklyn College, Princeton University, and the Sackler Institute for Developmental Psychobiology. She is passionate about scientific education and outreach, and her own interests lie in elucidating the neural circuits involved in decision making and motivation across development. Following her time at CMI, Camille plans to apply to a PhD program in neuroscience so she can continue to learn more about the human brain and its development.
is an Associate Psychologist with the Healthy Brain Network. Dr. Hart earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Colgate University and her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. During her clinical internship at University of Rochester Medical Center, Dr. Hart completed rotations in an outpatient clinic, an inpatient unit, and a general pediatrics clinic. Following internship, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Audrey Hepburn Children’s House of Hackensack University Medical Center, where she provided forensic evaluations and trauma-focused therapy to children and families affected by abuse and neglect. Dr. Hart has also conducted research on aggressive behavior and social cognition both in young children and emerging adults. She strives to maintain an integrative focus both in her research and clinical work.
As an associate psychologist for the Healthy Brain Network, Dr. Hart conducts diagnostic evaluations of children, adolescents, and young adults using a combination of interviews, self-report measures, and intelligence and achievement tests. She provides comprehensive reports, feedback and referrals to participating families. Dr. Hart also assists in community outreach efforts related to the project.
graduated from Vanderbilt University with bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Criminology. During her undergraduate tenure she focused on her career interest of pediatric psychology. She currently works with the Healthy Brain Network team as a Research Assistant. Before joining the Child Mind Institute, Eliza worked for three years in a research lab studying disgust, phobias, and the relationship between sleep, executive functioning, and anxiety symptoms.
is a New York State licensed Clinical Psychologist for the Healthy Brain Network. She received her bachelor’s degree from Yeshiva University and her doctorate in school psychology from St. John’s University. She holds a Bilingual Extension in which she acquired specialized training in providing culturally sensitive and evidence based psychological treatment for individuals of all backgrounds and ages. Dr. Neuhaus completed post-doctoral training in pediatric neuropsychology at the Center for Attention and Learning at Lenox Hill Hospital. There, she provided neuropsychological evaluations to over 100 low income families and worked with lawyers and the NYC Department of Education to implement services and ensure appropriate placement in the educational system.
Dr. Neuhaus worked as a school psychologist for several years in New York State, in a wide range of settings, including private, charter and public schools. Her experience and knowledge of the school system provides her with valuable insight into helping children with behavioral, emotional and learning challenges succeed. In addition to her expertise in providing comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations, she also has a strong background in educational advocacy, cognitive rehabilitation, culturally sensitive assessment and school-based mental health.
is a graduate of Barnard College. Originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, Tian has always been interested in child psychology. As an Intake Coordinator with the Healthy Brain Network, she will act as a liaison between families and the research and clinical teams of the Healthy Brain Network. Tian previously worked as an Intake Counselor at The Door and with the National Eating Disorders Association Helpline.
is a NY State licensed Social Worker at the Healthy Brain Network. She works directly with participants and their parents, conducting psychosocial assessments as part of the project. Rachel also manages the Manhattan location’s referral network, a resource our team uses to connect families to the necessary treatment and services post assessment. She has experience providing psychotherapy, consultation and case-management services to children, adolescents and their families in both community-based outpatient mental health and school settings. Rachel has an undergraduate degree in Psychology (Bsc.) from the University of Manchester, and obtained her Master of Social Work from New York University.
joined the Child Mind Institute as a Research Assistant for the Healthy Brain Network and currently is the MRI Research Coordinator. Her work includes organizing Healthy Brain Network neuroimaging research and working directly with participants in the MRI. Meagan studied Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Florida, where she focused on executive function, cognitive development, and music psychology. She further pursued research in executive function and music psychology at Goldsmiths, University of London, where she earned a Master of Science in Music, Mind and Brain. Meagan’s research experience includes leading a lifespan development lab that traced the development of executive function in young children, assessing executive function in musicians, and piloting an intervention on cognitive skills in musicians. In addition to research Meagan has worked with young children providing free music lessons to beginning musicians and has helped several students through solo performances, auditions, and musical plays across the US and UK.
is an MRI Participant Navigator for the Healthy Brain Network. Henry schedules MRI visits for participants and coordinates their arrival to and from the Newark MRI site. He also assists in scan preparation and data collection while ensuring a high-quality study experience for participants.
Henry is a New York City native and a recent graduate of Tufts University with a BS in biological psychology. At Tufts, Henry became fascinated with neuroscience and cognition research and worked in the Psychopharmacology Lab and the Music Cognition Lab, conducting studies investigating the role of the motor system in musical beat perception. He is interested in pursuing graduate work in neuroscience.
is an MRI Participant Navigator at the Healthy Brain Network’s Newark site. With over a decade of experience working with families and children, including survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking, Nicole is a staunch advocate for education and mental health research. She is currently enrolled at the CUNY Baccalaureate for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies, pursuing an associate’s degree in Bilingual Childhood Education from Borough of Manhattan Community College and a BS in Human Development and Education Advocacy. As a Participant Navigator charged with ensuring Healthy Brain Network participants feel supported and comfortable during their visits, she works closely with the families and children taking part in the study.