People

Mike Koenigs, PhD

Email: mrkoenigs@wisc.edu

Phone: (608) 263-1679

Address:
6001 Research Park Boulevard
Madison, WI 53719


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


Curriculum Vitae

 

Graduate Students

Talia Cohen

Email: trcohen2@wisc.edu

Twitter: @talia_r_cohen

B.A., Psychological & Brain Sciences, Washington University

Talia (she/her) is a graduate student in the UW Clinical Psychology Program. Talia’s research interests include the treatment and prevalence of mental illness in correctional facilities with a particular interest in psychosis, racial disparities in mental health care and justice system involvement, and the use of machine learning methods to better understand recidivism and other negative outcomes.

Katie Pereira

Email: kpereira2@wisc.edu

Twitter: @KatieKeola

B.S., Psychology and Neuroscience, Virginia Tech

Katie (she/her) is a graduate student in the UW Clinical Psychology Program. Katie’s research interests include understanding the neural and psychological mechanisms of decision-making in psychopathy, racial inequalities in prison, and access to mental health care for incarcerated individuals. CV

Odile Rodrik

Email: rodrik@wisc.edu

Twitter: @rodrikodile

B.A., Psychology, New York University

Odile (she/her) is a graduate student in the UW Clinical Psychology Program. Odile’s research primarily focuses on the relationship between emotion regulation and maladaptive behaviors in externalizing disorders. She employs behavioral testing and physiological methodologies (skin conductance, facial electromyography, and heart rate) to study these constructs in incarcerated individuals, especially those high in psychopathy, and individuals with vmPFC lesions.

Brett Schneider

Email: bsschneider2@wisc.edu

B.S., Psychology and Biology, University of Iowa

Brett (he/him) is a graduate student in the UW Clinical Psychology Program. Brett’s research interests include investigating brain-behavioral relationships. His primary goal is to further understand the role of the vmPFC in regulating emotion and decision-making by pairing behavioral testing with structural and functional fMRI. Additionally, he is interested in the unique characteristics and sequelae associated with traumatic brain injuries in individuals who are incarcerated. CV

Shelby Weaver

Email: sweaver3@wisc.edu

Twitter: @shelby_s_weav

B.S. Psychology and Neurobiology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Shelby (she/her) is a graduate student in the UW Psychology Individualized Graduate Major Program. Shelby is primarily interested in studying trauma exposure among incarcerated individuals and the interaction between symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and psychopathic traits. She is also broadly interested in mental health in incarcerated populations, especially expanding knowledge of evidence-based treatments for incarcerated individuals. CV

Arianna Wright

Email: anwright3@wisc.edu

B.S., Psychology, University of Missouri-Columbia

Arianna (she/her) is a first-year graduate student in the UW Clinical Psychology Program. Arianna’s research interests broadly include studying mental health assessments and treatments within incarcerated populations. She has a particular interest in studying the implications of racial traumas, racial disparities, and cultural competency of mental health care. She is currently focusing on examining how these factors could potentially influence an individual’s resiliency, motivations and mindsets during re-entry programs, and recidivism outcomes. CV

Research Specialists

Samantha Reisman

Email: ssreisman@wisc.edu

B.A., Neuroscience, Skidmore College
Twitter: @ReismanSamantha

As a Research Specialist in the lab, Samantha assists with coordination of and data collection for a prison-based project examining the efficacy of group PTSD therapies for incarcerated individuals. Her personal research interests include understanding how deficits in cognitive function and emotion regulation may contribute to aggression, antisocial behavior, and risky decision-making. Prior to working in the lab, Samantha studied how naturalistic, environmental threat impacts memory with Dr. Vishnu “Deepu” Murty in the Adaptive Memory Lab at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. CV

Mickela Heilicher

Email: Heilicher@wisc.edu

B.A., Psychology, University of Puget Sound

Mickela earned her Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology from the University of Puget Sound with a minor in Neuroscience. Prior to working in the Koenigs lab, she worked as a research assistant in Tor Wager’s cognitive neuroscience laboratory and Dr. Josh Cisler’s Neurocircuitry of Trauma and PTSD lab. Mickela is interested in the neural correlates of psychopathy and trauma in violent offenders. She hopes to earn her PhD in Psychology/Cognitive Neuroscience in order to teach at a University. In addition, she hopes to conduct research with the goal of providing better mental health resources to incarcerated populations. In her free time, she likes to play with her cat and play Ultimate Frisbee.

Past Lab Members

Monika Dargis

B.S., Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Monika was a graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Program. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Psychiatry Department.

Phil Deming

Twitter: @phil_deming

B.A., Psychology and German, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Phil (he/him) was a graduate student in the UW Psychology Individualized Graduate Major Program. He is currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Northeastern University in the Interdisciplinary Affective Science Laboratory.

Jaryd Hiser

B.A., Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Jaryd was a graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Program. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow at UW-Madison in the lab of Josh Cisler.

Cole Korponay

B.A., Cognitive Science, University of Pennsylvania
M.A., Public Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Ph.D., Neuroscience, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Cole was a graduate student in the dual degree Neuroscience and Public Policy Program. He is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard Medical School in the lab of Suzanne Haber.

Julian Motzkin

B.S., Biology, McGill University
Ph.D., Neuroscience, University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison

Julian was a graduate student in the Neuroscience Training Program as part of the Medical Scientist Training Program. He is currently a resident in Neurology at the University of California-San Francisco.

Carissa Philippi

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

Carissa was a postdoctoral fellow at UW-Madison. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Psychological Sciences Department at the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL).

Maia Pujara

B.S., Neuroscience and English, Furman University
Ph.D., Neuroscience, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Maia was a graduate student in the Neuroscience Training Program. Maia’s research interests include the functional role of prefrontal cortex, and prefrontal-striatal interactions during value-based decision-making. She was an IRTA Postdoctoral Trainee at the NIH in the lab of Betsy Murray. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department at Sarah Lawrence College

Rick Wolf

B.A., Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Ph.D., Neuroscience, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Rick was a graduate student in the Neuroscience Training Program. Rick’s PhD work used MRI and eye tracking to understand the role of vmPFC in recognizing emotional facial expressions. He is currently a data scientist and program director at Insight Data Science, Silicon Valley (insighthealthdata.com).