Our Research Team


​​​​​​​​Gaelle E. Doucet , Ph.D., Principal Investigator

Gaelle Doucet

Dr. Doucet is the Director of the Brain Architecture, Imaging and Cognition (BrAIC) Lab. She received her ​Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of Caen-Basse Normandie in France in 2010. From 2010 to 2017, she completed two postdoctoral fellowships focusing on the impact of neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders on the brain architecture. Dr. Doucet was an assistant professor in psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (New York, NY), before joining to Boys Town National Research Hospital. Her work involves the investigation of the ​brain architecture and its relation to cognition in health and disease and she has developed expertise in the use of resting-state fMRI to characterize the brain functional organization.

We are currently recruiting a postdoc fellow and graduate students! For more information, please email Dr. Doucet at gaelle.doucet@boystown.org.

Callum Goldsmith, Research Assistant

Callum Goldsmith

Callum Goldsmith is a research assistant in the BrAIC Lab. His main roles involve the analysis of resting-state functional MRI and cognitive data during adolescence. He is currently working on his Bachelor’s in Psychology at Concordia University and will graduate in May of 2023, with additional minors in Sociology, Sports Psychology and Coaching. During his time at Concordia, he has acted as a Teacher’s Assistant for Intro to Research classes, as well as a being a member of the men’s soccer team. His future goals include obtaining a master in Sports Psychology, whilst still pursuing research as well as a clinical career.​

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Attakias Mertens, Postdoctoral Fellow

Attakias Mertens

Attakias Mertens obtained his PhD in Psychology/Neuroscience and Behavior at the University of Nebraska-Omaha in 2023. Since he joined the BrAIC Lab, he is interested in using resting-state and task-based functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to predict behavior and cognition. Overall, his goal is to implement these techniques to study the changes in executive functioning throughout the lifespan, including impacts seen in development, healthy aging, and neurological disorders.

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Katrina Myers, Research Assistant

Katrina Myers​Katrina Myers is a Research Assistant in the BrAIC Lab. Her role is to recruit participants and run cognitive and behavioral assessments during studies. She received her B.S. in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science with an emphasis in Cognition and a minor in Spanish at the Universi​ty of Arizona. She previously worked in The Child Cognition Lab and studied memory, language, and cognitive development in infants and toddlers. Katrina’s goal is to obtain a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience and continue to pursue research in different domains of cognitive development within the brain.

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The BrAIC Lab team with the Summer Students 2023​​​