People

Principal Investigator

Mike Koenigs

Mike Koenigs
Associate Professor, Psychiatry
B.S., Neurobiology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Ph.D., Neuroscience, University of Iowa
Postdoctoral Fellowship, National Institutes of Health

6001 Research Park Boulevard
Madison, WI, 53719
(608) 263-1679
mrkoenigs@wisc.edu

Postdoctoral Researcher

Carissa Koenigs Lab

Carissa Philippi
B.A., Psychology and Comparative Religion, University of Iowa
Ph.D., Neuroscience, University of Iowa

Carissa is a postdoctoral fellow in the Training Program in Emotion Research. She is currently studying the relationship between resting-state brain activity and self-processing. Her research involves fMRI and behavioral testing with neuropsychological patients, psychiatric patient populations, and psychopathic prison inmates.

Graduate Students

Julian Koenigs Lab

Julian Motzkin
B.S., Biology, McGill University

Julian is a graduate student in the Neuroscience Training Program and Medical Scientist Training Program at UW-Madison. He is currently using a combination of brain imaging techniques and behavioral studies to determine the effect of focal brain damage to the vmPFC on processing expectations of negative stimuli like pain and fear. Julian also collaborates with other lab members on brain imaging studies of psychopathic prison inmates.

Maia Koenigs Lab

Maia Pujara
B.S., Neuroscience and English, Furman University

Maia is a graduate student in the Neuroscience Training Program at UW-Madison and a trainee in the Training Program in Emotion Research. She is studying patients with brain injury to the vmPFC to further elucidate the region’s role in appetitive motivation, reward, and decision-making. Her research involves fMRI and behavioral testing of brain-damaged patients and age-matched controls. She also investigates the neural correlates of reward processing in criminal psychopaths.

Rick Wolf Koenigs Lab

Rick Wolf
B.A., Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Rick is a graduate student in the Neuroscience Training Program at UW-Madison. He is currently using psychophysiological techniques such as EMG and skin conductance to study the role of the vmPFC in fear extinction. He also uses eye tracking to study the processing of facial affect. His primary interest is the interaction of cognition and emotion, particularly how disturbances in cognitive systems can manifest as disordered emotional functioning.

Research Scientist

Greg Kirk Koenigs Lab

Greg Kirk
MSc, Applied Mathematics, University of New Mexico

Greg’s primary appointment is with the Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior. He assists the Koenigs lab with neuroimaging data analysis for studies of psychopathy, with particular expertise in cortical thickness analysis using Freesurfer. Greg has been working with the UW Center for High Throughput Computing to run cortical thickness and global tractography analyses on this large dataset, and he has been applying statistical learning theory to the imaging data.

Research Assistants

Ian Carrol Koenigs Lab

Ian Carrol
B.A., Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Ian currently uses voxel based morphometry to investigate gray matter differences between prison inmates with and without psychopathy. He is also responsible for various managerial duties in the lab.

Phil D Koenigs Lab

Phil Deming
B.A., Psychology and German, Uinversity of Wisconsin-Madison

Phil is currently assisting with the preprocessing of MRI data. His research interests include etiological and neurological differences in psychopathy across ethnicity.

Josh M Koenigs Lab

Josh Mekler

Josh is a junior undergraduate studying neurobiology at UW-Madison. He currently uses Freesurfer to preprocess fMRI data. His primary research interest is how cortical thickness correlates with behavior in psychopathic prison inmates.

Past Lab Affiliates

Martina Ly Koenigs Lab

Martina Ly
B.A., Neuroscience, Scripps College

Martina is a graduate student in the Neuroscience Training Program at UW-Madison. Her research interests are in using human brain imaging to investigate the neural bases of social cognitive processes and how they change with age.

Blake Koenigs Lab

Blake Myers-Schulz
B.A., Philosophy, Bethel University
M.A., Philosophy, University of Missouri-St. Louis

Blake is a graduate student in Philosophy at UW-Madison. His interests include the anatomical and functional subdivisions of vmPFC, the role of counterfactuals in decision-making, and the brain circuitry underlying the valuation of goal-directed action.

C.P. Frost Koenigs Lab

C.P. Frost
B.A., Neuroscience, Dartmouth College

C.P. is a graduate student in the Neuroscience and Public Policy Program at UW-Madison. He is currently using multiple neuroimaging modalities to characterize how the brain processes social tasks and generates emotion, with particular emphasis on the anatomy and function of amygdalo-frontal circuits.

Adam B Koenigs Lab

Adam Barron

Adam’s primary research interests are the neuroanatomical factors associated with psychopathy.