Welcome to the DCAN lab! Our work focuses on advancing understanding of brain development in health and disease. We are an interdisciplinary team of researchers trying to:
- Understand basic principles of brain functioning across development (i.e. figure out how the brain works).
- Learn about how neuropsychiatric and other brainbased disorders develop and progress over time.
- Contribute to prevention and treatment of brain based disorders.
- Engage unrepresented communities in all aspects of academic medicine and research.
We explore the concept of the brain's "Functional Fingerprint" - the idea that every person's brain works in a unique way, and that we can learn more about an individual by taking their brain's "fingerprint" using MRI technology.
Our lab members have diverse training backgrounds and areas of expertise spanning the fields of neuroscience, developmental and clinical psychology, psychiatry, biomedical engineering and computer science. We specialize in using a type of neuroimaging called resting state functional connectivity magnetic resonance imaging to study the brain across development (from infancy to aging), in different disorders (ADHD, autism, Parkinson's Disease), and across different species (humans, non-human primates and rodents). We combine this technique with multiple other neuroimaging, behavioral and biological measures. We believe that the wide range of research going on in the lab (e.g. observational studies in humans and experimental designs in animal models), and the diversity of our lab members helps us gain unique insights into questions about brain development in health and disease. It also makes for a fun and interesting place to work! Explore the tabs above to learn more about our team, our research, and the outreach programs that we lead through the Youth Engaged in Science (YES!) Initiative.