Assistant Professor, Psychiatry
B.S., Neurobiology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
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B.A., Psychology and Comparative Religion, University of Iowa
PhD, 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.
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.
B.S., Neuroscience and English, Furman University
Maia is a third year 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 acquired focal brain damage to the ventromedial prefrontal cortex (vmPFC) to further elucidate the role of the vmPFC in appetitive motivation, reward, and value-based decision-making. Her research involves fMRI and behavioral testing of brain-damaged patients and age-matched controls. She has also investigated the neural correlates of reward processing in criminal psychopaths.
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.
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.
B.A., Psychology, Uinversity 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.
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 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
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.
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.
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’s primary research interests are the neuroanatomical factors associated with psychopathy.