Lab Members


I have supervised 59 students and research assistants while they worked on my research projects or developed their own. (Omitted: One high school student intern, summer 2016.)

PAST & PRESENT TEAMS:

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Adali Martinez 2009-2010
BA Neuroscience (Johns Hopkins University, USA)
Adali contributed to the data collection to build a National brain and genetic database entitled “Pediatric Imaging, Neurocognition and Genetics (PING)” at the Kennedy Krieger Institute under the supervision of Daina Crafa, while an undergraduate student at the Johns Hopkins University. She is now a medical student at the University of California San Francisco where she is pursuing a dual MD, MPH in conjunction with the University of California Berkeley, School of Public Health.

 

Alexandra Pasternakova 2019-present
BSc Cognitive Science (Aarhus University)
Alexandra is completing her thesis project on experiences, perceptions, and strategies of autistic instructors tutoring autistic students.

 

Ambra Agostini 2012-2013
MSc Neuroscience (University of Trento-Rovereto, Italy)
Ambra substantially contributed to two cross-cultural studies of children with autism, one using eye-tracking (Italian and Japanese) and one behavioral (Italian and German).

 

Amy Faby 2007-2009
BA Psychology (St. Mary’s College, USA)
Amy studied animal behavior after neural protection interventions.

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Angela Shen 2015-2017
BA Psychology & International Development (McGill University, Canada)
Angela assistants on behavioral and neuroimaging projects investigating the effects of social interaction on adaptation, cultural values, and self-construal (using the “Sasta paradigm”), in normal and patient samples. She is in her final year of her undergraduate studies at McGill, and plans to pursue a graduate degree in Cognitive Neuroscience to illuminate the relationship between culture, perception, and cognitive style. Outside of the lab, she loves to practice yoga, sing and play piano, read political philosophy and graphic novels.

 

Anna Villaume Stuckert 2019-present
BSc Cognitive Science (Aarhus University)
Social interaction study - focal topic to be defined. Anna is also statistically interrogating face gaze behaviors of healthy and autistic children.

 

Astrid Nørgaard Fonager 2019-present
BSc Cognitive Science (Aarhus University)
Social interaction study - focal topic to be defined.

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Bella Terragni 2019-present
BSc Cognitive Science (Aarhus University)
Social interaction study - focal topic to be defined.

Caitlin Stoddart 2014-2016
BSc Neuroscience (McGill University, Canada)
During her undergraduate studies in Neuroscience at McGill University, Caitlin worked on several behavioral and EEG paradigms and contributed substantially to the design of an fMRI project investigating social adaptability. She is currently completing graduate studies in Family Medicine at McGill, specializing in Bioethics.

 

Christina Buettne 2012
MSc Clinical Psychology (University of Osnabrück, Germany)
Christina coded social behaviors of healthy and autistic children during a social interaction study.

 

Christoffer Landberger 2019-present
BSc Cognitive Science (Aarhus University)
Christoffer is studying dynamic constructions of ‘self’.

 

Cindy Xueyi Wu 2016-present
BSc Cognitive Science (McGill University, Canada)
Cindy assisted with cross-cultural evaluation of Chinese samples, including the identification and recruitment of Chinese patients with chronic psychosis. She studied inter- and cross-cultural social interactions in these cohorts and identified a link between self-construal and maternal relationships. Cindy also helped to develop brochures for disseminating Canadian psychiatric resources to recent migrants.

Elif Ezgi Aksulu 2015-2016
BA Psychology (McGill University, Canada)
Elif assisted with the recruitment and behavioral testing of a social adaptability paradigm using Francophone participants.  

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Emil Jessen 2019-present
BSc Cognitive Science (Aarhus University)
Social interaction study - focal topic to be defined.

 

Erica Master 2012
BSc Clinical Psychology (University of Osnabrück, Germany)
Erica performed behavioral coding of social behaviors during an adapted Behavioral Inhibition Paradigm, based off of Jerome Kagan’s original experiment. The study included healthy and autistic children ages 3-12.

 

Eva Hansen 2019-present
BSc Cognitive Science (Aarhus University)
Self-construal and social values schemata across cultures in healthy and patient cohorts.

 

Eva Hecker 2012
BSc Clinical Psychology (University of Osnabrück, Germany)
Eva assisted with data collection for a social interaction study of autistic and healthy children.

GanZhen Liang 2015   CEGEP Health Sciences (College Jean-de-Brebeuf)   While studying in Science de la Nature at College Jean-de-Brebeuf, GanZhen assisted on three projects: one EEG project studying the effects of social priming, a second EEG project studying the effects of social information, and periodically helped administer a social priming (“Sasta paradigm”). As a research assistant, she recruited participants, prepared questionnaires and helped with EEGs setup. She is now a first year student in Medecin at University of Montreal.

GanZhen Liang 2015
CEGEP Health Sciences (College Jean-de-Brebeuf, Canada)
While studying in Science de la Nature at College Jean-de-Brebeuf, GanZhen assisted on three projects: one EEG project studying the effects of social priming, a second EEG project studying the effects of social information, and periodically helped administer a social priming (“Sasta paradigm”). As a research trainee, she recruited participants, prepared questionnaires and helped with EEGs setup. She is now a first year student in Medicine at University of Montreal.

 

Gonçalo Afonso 2019-present
MSc Cognitive Semiotics (Aarhus University)
Gonçalo is completing his Masters thesis studying mediating interventions of implicit racial biases. He is also completing a semiotics internship assessing behavioral alignment, mirroring, mimicry, coupling, and synchrony during longitudinal social interactions.

 

Hanna Koß 2011
BSc Clinical Psychology (University of Osnabrück, Germany)
Hanna assisted with the German cultural adaptation of a social interaction experiment studying autistic children.

 

Jacob Aarup Dalsgaard 2019-present
BSc Cognitive Science (Aarhus University)
Jacob is currently assisting with data-driven optimization of a social scale using R.

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Janine Lin 2009-2010
BA Psychology (Johns Hopkins University, USA)
Janine studied correlated molecular and behavioral targets in children with Fragile X (with and without ASD), compared to typically developing controls as an undergraduate student in Biophysics at Johns Hopkins University. She is now a healthcare benefits consultant at Fidelity Investments.

 

Jenny Tiyani Wang 2009-2010
BSc Biomedical Engineering (Johns Hopkins University, USA)
Jenny completed her thesis on clinical biometrics.

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Joanna Liu 2016-2017
BA Psychology (McGill University, Canada)
As a senior undergraduate at McGill University, Joanna worked on a patient-control cohort of Francophone participants using a behavioral priming paradigm ("Sasta paradigm"). After graduation, she aims to promote and support mental health and pursue a career in clinical research. She is additionally interested in eHealth innovation to forge strong partnerships with patients and families.

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Joanna Pineda 2014-2015
BSc Biology & Computer Science (McGill University, Canada)
Joanna worked on a project investigating the effects of context on facial emotion recognition . She is now working on epidemiology and cardiology-related research in the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre at Glen Hospital site. She is investigating the genetics behind diseases through a computational approach. Find out more on her website: http://joannapineda.me/  

 

Joshua Schiff 2014-2016
BSc Physiology (McGill University, Canada)
Josh worked closely with Daina to develop the behavioral script, pilot testing and initial testing of Anglophone Canadians for the “Sasta paradigm”.  This project would not have been possible without him.

 

Kai Preuß 2011
BSc Clinical Psychology (University of Osnabrück, Germany)
Kai helped with a behavioral study of autistic children. He is currently finishing his Master's degree in Cognitive Science in Freiburg.

 

Kata Molnár 2019-present
BSc Cognitive Science (Aarhus University)
Kata is studying social interaction, including analysis of neuroimaging data. She also assisted with the development of ethics materials and initiation of resource collaborations with other local labs.

Kayla Marcali-Morency 2016-present   BA Anthropology (McGill University)   Kayla worked on the Sasta behavioral paradigm. She is continuing her Bachelor's studies in anthropology at McGill University.

Kayla Marcali-Morency 2016-2017
BA Anthropology (McGill University, Canada) 
Kayla worked on the Sasta behavioral paradigm. She is continuing her Bachelor's studies in anthropology at McGill University. 

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Kristina Goerlitz 2011-2012 & 2016-2018
BSc Psychology  (University of Osnabrück, Germany)
Kristina has been a student supervised by Daina twice. She worked on an autism behavioral paradigm as a Bachelor's student in Psychology at the University of Osnabrück (Osnabrück, Germany). In line with this experience, she has worked on a social adaptability paradigm as a volunteer at McGill University's Douglas Institute (Montreal, Canada). She aims to obtain a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology and to continue studying the role of cultural and social factors on the lifelong acquisition of an individual's personal competencies. Another interest of hers is to study traditional approaches towards mental health across cultures potentially complementing our current understanding of psychological functioning.

 

Kristina Kulbrock 2011
BSc Clinical Psychology (University of Osnabrück, Germany)
Kristina assisted with the German cultural adaptation of a social interaction experiment studying autistic children.

 

Lasse Peter Havmøller Hansen 2019-present
BSc Cognitive Science (Aarhus University)
Social interaction study - focal topic to be defined.

 

Lena Xue Ying Gu 2014-2015
BA Psychology (McGill University, Canada)
Lena built a visual stimuli database of sociocontextual scenes and assisted with their normalization and validation.

 

Lilly Dawlat El-Said 2015-2016
BA Psychology (McGill University, Canada)
Lilly helped build an Eprime program for a mimicry fMRI-based task.

 

Lisa Victoria Schütten Søndergaard 2019-present
BSc Cognitive Science (Aarhus University)
Lisa is completing her thesis on the social organization of shoe storage inside a hostile that is housing a large group. She is evaluating the utility of nudging reminders that encourage orderly storage habits.

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Louise Nyholm Jensen 2019-present
BSc Cognitive Science (Aarhus University)
Louise is currently working on an ongoing social interaction study. She is taking a Bachelor’s degree in Cognitive Science at Aarhus University, and is very interested in humans and their ways of communicating, interacting and understanding the world around them.

 

Marina Palma Lima 2009-2010
BSc Neuroscience (Johns Hopkins University, USA)
Marina assisted with the construction of the national P.I.N.G. database and quantified white matter differences in one cohort.

 

Mary Clarke 2009-2010
BSc Neuroscience (Johns Hopkins University, USA)
Mary used voxel-based morphometry to compare healthy and downs syndrome structural brain volumes.

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Melina Nielsen 2019-present
BSc Cognitive Science (Aarhus University)
Social interaction study - focal topic to be defined.

 

Mie Arnau Martinez 2019-present
BSc Cognitive Science (Aarhus University)
Social interaction study - focal topic to be defined.

Michelle Miakouchkine 2016
BA & Sc Cognitive Science (McGill University, Canada)
Michelle completed a Bachelor's of Arts & Science at McGill in Cognitive Neuroscience. She assisted with patient recruitment. Her main area of interest is on the role of Neuroscience in the development of Education. She also wishes to pursue Mental Health research and authorship. Michelle is currently completing a graduate degree at Birkbeck, University of London (UK).

 

Morrison van Zalk 2012
BSc Clinical Psychology (University of Osnabrück, Germany)
Morrison assisted with eye tracking data collection.

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Nanna Marie Steenholdt 2019-present
BSc Cognitive Science (Aarhus University)
Nanna has worked as a research assistant for the Social Interaction pilot study both during the initial study preparation phase as well as the experimental data collection phase. During the preparation she contributed by translating questionnaires, recruiting participants, and was responsible for e-mail correspondence. She regularly tested participants pairs through the experiment during the data collection phase. Additionally, Nanna voluntarily built an impressive scheduling system for this complicated new study.

Nele Erkens 2011-2012
MSc Clinical Psychology (University of Osnabrück, Germany)
Nele worked on a behavioral paradigm with autistic children as a Masters student in Clinical Psychology at the University of Osnabrück. She is now a psychotherapist and research assistant for psychotherapy efficacy studies at the University of Luebeck.

 

Nicole Dwanger 2019-present
BSc Cognitive Science (Aarhus University)
Social interaction study - focal topic to be defined.

Oliver Shih-Hsio Huang 2016-present   BSc Cognitive Science (McGill University)   Oliver is currently an undergraduate student in Cognitive Science at McGill University. He is working on two projects, an EEG experiment studying social interactions in Chinese culture and a behavioral experiment investigating social adaptability after immigration. He plans to pursue in the field of Social Cognition.

Oliver Shih-Hsio Huang 2016-present
BSc Cognitive Science (McGill University, Canada)
Oliver is currently an undergraduate student in Cognitive Science at McGill University. He is working on two projects, an EEG experiment studying social interactions in Chinese culture and a behavioral experiment investigating social adaptability after immigration. He plans to pursue graduate studies in the field of Social Cognition.

 

Oral Mallon 2019-present
BSc Cognitive Science (Aarhus University)
Orla assisted with the designed and adaptation of study materials for the current social interaction study. She manages the lab publication mill and provides editorial feedback and assistance with graphics and layout.

 

Peter Thramkrongart 2019-present
BSc Cognitive Science (Aarhus University)
Peter is building a database of morphed faces and avatars for a new research project. He is also writing the psychopy script for stimuli display and data collection.

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Priscille-Nice Sanon 2014-2015
BSc Psychology & Sociology (Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada)
Priscille worked on the influence of context on ambiguous emotion perception. She is now doing her master in Pharmacoepidemiology at Laval University. 

 

Rebecca Folmer Schade 2019-present
BSc Cognitive Science (Aarhus University)
Rebecca has designed the psychopy code for several aspects of a current longitudinal social interaction study, including a finger-tapping program. She assists with data collection and will begin examining roles and conceptualizations of ‘the self’.

 

Sara Møller Østergaard 2019-present
BSc Cognitive Science (Aarhus University)
Social interaction study - focal topic to be defined.

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Sebastian Scott Engen 2019-present
BSc Cognitive Science (Aarhus University)
Social interaction study - focal topic to be defined.

 

Sofie Jacobsen 2019-present
BSc Cognitive Science (Aarhus University)
Sofie assisted with the adaptation of social scales for Danish culture. She is currently writing a paper about EEG-derived ERPs in Canadian and Chinese students and collecting data on social and affective contagion using a questionnaire that she designed.

Svetlana Komarova 2016-2017
BA Anthropology (McGill University, Canada)
Svetlana is currently pursuing a bachelor in Anthropology with a focus on Chinese culture and history. After completing her B.A., she plans to continue studies in intercultural communications.

 

Tashana Carty 2010
MSc Public Health (University of Florida, USA)
Tashana processed data on children with learning disabilities.

Veronica He 2014-2015
BA Business (McGill University, Canada)
Veronica contributed substantially to behavioral and EEG study of social adaptability ("Sasta paradigm") with native Chinese participants. She helped adapt the study to Chinese culture, translate study materials into Mandarin, recruit participants and collect initial project data. She is completing a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Finance and Statistics at McGill University. Upon graduation, she will begin a professional career in finance.

Willa Voorhies 2016-present   BSc Psychology (McGill University)   Willa worked on two social context fMRI and EEG studies involving patient and student cohorts (including the “Sasta paradigm”). She also worked on the comparison between Native French and French-Canadian performance on the Sasta behavioral paradigm. Willa is now lab manager studying cognitive flexibility at the University of Miami.

Willa Voorhies 2015-2016
BA Psychology (McGill University, Canada)
Willa contributed substantially to two social context EEG studies involving patient and student cohorts (including the “Sasta paradigm”), and she also assisted with fMRI data collection. She investigated cultural values of French-Canadians using a behavioral paradigm and structured ethnography. Willa is now lab manager studying cognitive flexibility at the University of Miami.

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Youyi Wang 2016-2017
BSc Psychology (McGill University, Canada)
Youyi is currently assisting with a social neuroscience project studying adaptability after immigration. She is hoping to get more involved in research in the field of neuroscience and pursue a career as a psychologist in the future.