Lab Alumni

Elizabeth Simon,Ph.D.
Elizabeth recently completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology:Neuropsychology.

She successfully defended her dissertation titled "Perspective-taking Based Insights into Theory of Mind: An ERP Study" on September 1, 2010.

She graduated from Emory in 1999 with a B.S. in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology (first graduating class in the major). Before beginning her graduate work Elizabeth was a research assistant in the lab of Michelle Dunn, Ph.D., which was part of the NIH’s Collaborative Programs of Excellence in Autism, investigating Auditory Processing in Children with Autism, utilizing ERPs. Since 2001 she has been a graduate student in the Brain and Cognition lab of Ray Johnson, Jr., Ph.D. She is currently writing her dissertation which is investigating the neural correlates (using ERPs) of perspective taking and Theory of Mind. She completed a yearlong internship in Clinical Neuropsychology at Long Island Jewish Hospital in Manhasset, NY, in 2008 - 2009.

Phone number: (718)997-3262
Office: Science Building (SB) Rm E343

Claudia Rodriguez
Claudia graduated with a BA in Psychology and completion of a premed track at Queens College. She is currently applying for medical schools in the hopes of becoming a Neurosurgeon. She joined the Brain and Cognition lab to learn about brain processes through a more hands on experience by being involved in conducting research. She is grateful to work with the wonderful people already in lab!

Amit Sharma
Amit will be graduating in 2011 with a major in Biology & Neuroscience and a minors in Psychology & Chemistry. He joined the Brain & Cognition Lab in 2009 to further his interest in neuroscience and to gain experience working in a lab. After gradating, Amit will be attending medial school to obtain a MD/MPH. He hopes to lead a career combining his interests in public health and neuroscience.

Seonhye Park

Lauren Bercarich

Carolyn Headlam
Carolyn is an Economics major interested in pursuing graduate study in psychology and, more specifically, in the nature of decision making. She enjoys learning about ERPs, neurobiology, memory systems, and behavioral economics. Truthfully, she states "I've just always been interested in why people do what they do." The Brain & Cognition lab has proved a good fit for her intellectual pursuits, and she is grateful to Dr. Johnson and the other members of the lab for their wonderful guidance through the exciting world of psychology research!

Margo Kakoullis

Eli Diamond
Eli is working as Clinical Research Coordinator at Mount Sinai and is completing a Clinical Ph.D. program at LIU.

Kristen Gillespie
Kristen is currently studying developmental psychologyg at UCLA. She is working on a longitudinal study where they are interviewing the parents of people with autism who are now in their late 20s early 30s whose symptoms, adaptive skills, language, etc have been assessed four times over the past 25 years. However, her main research focus currently is a cross species comparison of language development between human children and language trained apes (Kanzi and that crew from Sue Savage Rumbaugh's database).

Mariya Dayanayeva

Robin Winkler-Herman
Robin is currently pursuing her MSW degree at NYU and is interning at an Acute Care Psychiatric Hospital in NJ. From:

Yael Diamond-Schlenger

Jodi Wohl

Adina Bitton
Adina graduated from Barnard College as a psychology major. Following college she wored at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem in their Neuropsychology department. She worked in the clinic as well as taking the lead on a research project together with the genetics department looking at neuropsychological development of children born via assisted reproductive technology. She began the CUNY Clinical Psychology: Neuropsychology Ph.D. program in the Fall of 2010. She is very interested in the field of neuropsychology because of the focus on the science behind psychological phenomena. She also loves to hike and go camping, and once was on stage at a Broadway show.

Deena Rendel

Chris Schroeder