Staff Members & Post Docs (Old)

Jessica Cooper, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Researcher

Jessica is a cognitive neuroscientist focused on understanding the effects of individual differences and age on decision-making. Since completing her Ph.D. at The University of Texas, she has officially joined the TReAD lab. Jessica’s research employs computational modeling, behavioral paradigms, and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). As a postdoctoral researcher in the TReAD Lab, Jessica will be studying the neurobiology of decision-making in psychopathology, with a particular focus on the effects of stress on neural mechanisms of reinforcement learning in depression.

Chelsea Leonard, B.S.

Laboratory Manager/Research Assistant

Chelsea is both a lab manager and a research assistant in the TReAD Lab. She graduated from Emory University in 2014, with a B.S. in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, and a minor in Ethics. As an undergraduate, Chelsea worked under Alaine Keebaugh, Ph.D., exploring the developmental role of the oxytocin receptor gene in prairie voles. Her interests include how the underlying neurobiology of disorders like depression and schizophrenia leads to behavioral deficits: especially in decision-making! Chelsea hopes to eventually pursue clinical psychology in graduate school.

Daniel Cole, B.S.

Neuroimaging Analyst

Daniel Cole is the Neuroimaging Analyst for the TReAD Lab. Dan graduated from the University of Rochester in 2011 with a B.S. in Brain and Cognitive Sciences. He then spent 3 years working full-time as a Laboratory Technician for the Rochester Center for Brain Imaging. There he worked on numerous studies and developed his knowledge of fMRI data analysis. His experience lies in diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), BOLD fMRI, MR spectroscopy (MRS), arterial spin labeling (ASL), and brain volumetric analyses (VBM). His work exposed him to a large variety of the brain sciences from cognitive neuroscience to clinical research of HIV patients.