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Associate Professor of Neurosurgery and of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Current Research and Scholarly Interests What distinguishes us humans from other animals is our ability to undergo complex behavior. The synapses are the structural connection between neurons that mediates the communication between neurons, which underlies our various cognitive function. My research program aims to understand the cellular and molecular mechanisms that underlie synapse function during behavior in the developing and mature brain, and how synapse function is altered during mental retardation.
Instructor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences - Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences Research
Current Research and Scholarly Interests I use neuroimaging to investigate changes in brain function associated with behavioral and pharmacological treatments for pediatric psychiatric disorders.
Scott S. Hall, PhD
Assistant Professor (Research) of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Current Research and Scholarly Interests My primary area of interest is understanding the pathogenesis of problem behaviors shown by individuals diagnosed with neurogenetic disorders such as fragile X syndrome, Cornelia de Lange syndrome and Prader-Willi syndrome. I study methods for determining how environmental and biological factors can affect the development of aberrant behaviors in these syndromes. The end goal of my research is to create patient-specific methods for treating the symptoms of these disorders.
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Current Research and Scholarly Interests Latent Variable Modeling, Causal Inference, Longitudinal Data Analysis, Missing Data Analysis, Mixture and Growth Mixture Modeling, Prevention Science Methodology.
Allan L. Reiss
Howard C. Robbins Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Professor of Radiology
Current Research and Scholarly Interests My laboratory, the Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences Research (CIBSR), focuses on multi-level scientific study of individuals with typical and atypical brain structure and function. Data are obtained from genetic analyses, structural and functional neuroimaging studies, assessment of endocrinological status, neurobehavioral assessment, and analysis of pertinent environmental factors. Our overarching focus is to model how brain disorders arise and to develop disease-specific treatments.
Social Science Research Associate, Psych/Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences
Bio Manish Saggar is a Research Associate in Psychiatry department at the Stanford University School of Medicine. He is working with Dr. Allan Reiss in the Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences Research (CIBSR). His research focuses on the intersections of cognitive science, neuroimaging, and computational modeling. The goal of his research is to develop novel experimental designs and computational analyses to better understand typical and atypical brain functioning. He is currently working on several projects including (a) finding the neural correlates of creativity and its enhancement across lifespan; (b) developing multi-person neuroimaging paradigms to assess the neural correlates of social interaction; and (c) constructing methods to characterize and model dynamics of brain’s intrinsic activity. Manish is also part of Stanford’s d.school teaching team, where he is actively involved in teaching design thinking principles and their relation to mental health.
Manish received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin. As part of his doctoral work, he developed a computational model of brain processes underlying meditation training. He holds a Masters in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelors degree in Information Technology from the Indian Institute of Information Technology, Allahabad (India).