Brains & Behavior Summer Scholars Presentation

Congratulations to our Brains & Behavior Summer scholars Naveen Thourani and Kylie Szymanski on their excellent poster presentations at the GSU Summer Research Symposium. Both students demonstrated advanced research and presentation skills. Kylie was awarded 2nd place for Best Poster and Naveen is on his way to an impressive honors thesis! We are so proud of our amazing undergraduate students!

New Project Underway!

The Healthy Student Brain RISE Project had its first in-person meeting last week at the GSU/GT Center for Advanced Brain Imaging. The Healthy Student Brain project is an interdisciplinary research study that will map the brains of young adults to identify determinants of brain health in college students. The DNP-ATL lab is excited to have the opportunity to work with such a talented group of individuals!

Micaela Merril Presents Poster at REU Conference

Congrats to Micaela Merril on her awesome poster presentation at GA Tech yesterday! Micaela’s final project, entitled, “Deterministic Tractography of the Cingulum in Traumatized Black Women With
and Without Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder” explored the relationships between white matter microstructure and PTSD. We are so proud of all that Micaela accomplished as a summer student in the GT/GSU Human Neuroscience REU Program. Micaela will continue to work with the DNP-ATL lab to publish her work!

New King Lab Publication!

Rella Kautiainen, M.A., and Holly Aleksonis, M.A. have a new publication titled “A Systematic Review of Host Genomic Variation and Neuropsychological Outcomes for Pediatric Cancer Survivors” in Neuropsychology Review. You can read the article here. Congrats Rella and Holly!

Internship Matches!

Congratulations to Eric Semmel and Rella Kautiainen for their internship matches! Eric has matched at Emory University right here in Atlanta, Georgia. Rella is off to Albuquerque to work at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. Both Eric and Rella have accomplished so much already and we are excited as they take the next steps in continuing their impressive work!

New King Lab Publication!

Olivia Haller, B.A. and Holly Aleksonis, M.A. have a new publication titled “White matter hyperintensities relate to executive dysfunction, apathy, but not disinhibition in long-term adult survivors of pediatric cerebellar tumor” in Neuroimage: Clinical. You can read the article here. Congrats Holly and Olivia!

Congratulations Eric!

We are proud to share that Eric Semmel has recently received two student awards! Eric was awarded the Richard Morrell Outstanding Graduate Student in Psychology Award for demonstrating breadth in his development as a psychologist including excelling in professional development, teaching, and service. Eric was also granted the GSU Dissertation Award for his dissertation entitled “Graph analysis of resting state functional brain networks and associations with cognitive outcomes in survivors of pediatric brain tumor.” We are so happy to see Eric’s impressive work recognized!

Congrats Olivia!

Congratulations to Olivia Haller for the successful funding of the grant she co-wrote with Ciera Lewis, Caitlin Schneider, Anne Wekheiser, and Simone Sanders entitled Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP): A Meaningful Mentoring Extension of the Student Training Equity Project (STEP) Pilot. The grant will build on the existing STEP project, which aims to facilitate admission to graduate training for racially and ethnically diverse students. The new grant, PREP, will have an increased focus on graduate to undergraduate mentorship.