Research Staff

David Bachhuber, BS

David Bachhuber, BS

Research Specialist

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David is the manager for the NIH/NCCAM funded Well-Being Study which aims to examine the impact of training in well-being enhancing practices on affect, attention, sleep and stress.

David's previous work includes studies of deception, aging in the United States, and a methodological study examining best practices for removing muscle based signals from EEG data.

Amelia Cayo, BS

Amelia Cayo, BS

Associate Research Specialist

Amelia is a member of the experimental team for the NCCAM-funded Well-Being Study. She is involved with running data collection sessions using hdEEG, fMRI, and other various behavioral measures.

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Dan Destiche

Research Intern

As a Research Intern, Dan has become very familiar with DTI methods and analysis. He recently began working for the Templeton project, which hopes to find correlations between brain structure and function and daily life behavior. His role involves recruitment, data collection, and data analysis.

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David Findley

Associate Research Specialist

David is a member of the research unit studying the effectiveness of mindfulness and kindness curricula in student populations. He handles recruitment and logistics for the project as well as data collection and entry. Through research in psychology, he hopes to develop a better understanding of executive functions, particularly working memory, attention, and focus.

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Michelle Fox

Research Intern

Michelle assists in data collection and analysis for the Wisconsin Study of Families and Work and the Wisconsin Twin Project. Her focus is on functional neuroimaging and neuropsychological faculty in adolescence along with longitudinal psychological measures.

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Abigail Freeman

Research Intern

As a data collector, Abigail assists with protocol development, facilitates research sessions, and assists with data analysis. She is focusing on the effects of games designed for training well-being using fMRI and various behavioral methods.

Simon Goldberg, BA

Simon Goldberg, BA

Graduate Research Assistant

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Simon assists with project management, data collection, and data analysis for translational intervention research investigating the effects of mindfulness and kindness training on children and adolescents. He is a graduate student in counseling psychology and has an interest in the attentional, interpersonal, and affective impact of mindfulness and compassion training on children and adults. He is also interested in alternatives to self-report methodologies for assessing these traits (and/or states) and in the effects and mechanisms of psychotherapeutic interventions more generally.

Awards: 2010 University Fellowship, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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Jeanne Harris, BS

Research Specialist

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Jeanne is the Recruitment Coordinator for the Games & Well-Being Study which will investigate the effects of video game playing on the brains and behavior of 7th and 8th graders. She has a B.S. in Behavioral Disabilities from the University of WI School of Education and was trained as a psychometrist at the UW-Madison Neuropsychology Laboratory. She has worked with the Patient, Doctor & Society program at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health.

 

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Chris Harty

Associate Research Specialist

Chirs assists with protocol development, runs experimental sessions, and assists with data analysis on a study focusing on the effects of video games designed to train well-being using fMRI and various behavioral measures.

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Sonam Kindy

Research Intern

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As a Research Intern, Sonam is assisting with the development, data collection and analyses of the physiological study of meditation practitioners in India. She also continuing that same work with studies conducted here that examine the mechanisms behind mind wandering and attention.

Tammi Kral, BS

Tammi Kral, BS

Associate Research Specialist

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Tammi is a member of the experimental team for the NCCAM-funded Well-Being Study. She is responsible for data collection using fMRI, hdEEG and various behavioral and physiological measures. She also processes and analyzes fMRI data from an emotion regulation task.

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Ayla Kruis

Associate Research Specialist

Ayla is currently working on MIDUS, a longitudinal study that is examining how biology, personal characteristics, life experiences, and health are related to emotional reactivity and regulation, using fMRI and facial EMG. Her main responsibilities include recruiting participants, running experimental sessions, data processing and analysis. In addition, she is involved in the processing and analysis of data collected in the NCCAM-funded Well-Being Study, investigating the effect of long-term meditation practice on cognitive stability and flexibility.

Lionel Newman

Lionel Newman

Associate Research Specialist

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Lionel coordinates recruitment, data collection, and data entry for translational intervention research investigating the effects of mindfulness and kindness curriculum in classroom settings. He is interested in the cognitive and neural correlates of skillful communication and understanding, and previously worked as manager for a neurolinguistics laboratory at Northwestern University. He holds a BS in Psychology and a BA in English and is a lifelong meditation practitioner who has practiced in Thailand.

Laura Pinger, MS

Laura Pinger, MS

Outreach Specialist

Educational programming

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Laura serves as the primary liaison between the CIHM and local school systems in the development of educational programming and curriculum focused on mindfulness meditation. With thirty years of teaching experience and nine years of teaching affiliation with the UW Health Integrative Medicine Mindfulness Program, Laura works with educators and students in the development and teaching of meditation-based classes. She coordinates with CIHM researchers and school administrators for the teaching of this curriculum and the collection of data as part of translational research protocol. Laura has completed the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Professional Training with the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, and she is also certified in the areas of Transpersonal Psychology and Internal Family Systems. Her interests include mindfulness in relationships, parenting practices, and teaching children. Laura is a lifelong yoga practitioner, completing her teacher training in 1995.

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Lisa Thomas Prince, MPH

Outreach Specialist

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Lisa is a member of the Educational Outreach team, assisting in the development of programming focused on mindful awareness for children.  Lisa taught World Languages and English as a Second Language (ESL) at the elementary level for many years, and she brings this classroom experience to the team conducting translational research investigating the effects of mindfulness and kindness training on children.  She teaches the kindness curriculum to students in local schools and assists in disseminating information about mindfulness training to parents and family members of children in the studies.  She is particularly interested in bringing cultural relevancy to the training elements.  Lisa has been a student of yoga and mind/body connection for more than 20 years, and she completed initial training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) through the UW Health Mindfulness Program.  Lisa holds a BA in French and an MPH in Health Services.

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