Our Research Team

 

 

 

https://www.boystownhospital.org/research/faculty/james-blairJamesBlairPh.D.Susan and George Haddix Endowed Chair in Neurobehavioral Research;Director, Center for Neurobehavioral Research in Children
https://www.boystownhospital.org/research/faculty/karina-blairKarinaBlairPh.D.Director, Affective Cognitive Neuroscience Research Program
https://www.boystownhospital.org/research/faculty/matthew-dobbertinMatthewDobbertinD.O.Child Psychiatrist
https://www.boystownhospital.org/research/faculty/patrick-tylerPatrickTylerPh.D.Research Clinician
https://www.boystownhospital.org/research/faculty/stuart-whiteStuartWhitePh.D.DirectorDevelopmental Clinical Neuroscience

​Post Doctoral Fellows

Emily Leiker 

Emily Leiker, Ph.D.

Dr. Emily K. Leiker, PhD is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Boys Town National Research Hospital’s Center for Neurobehavioral Research. She earned her doctorate from the Department of Psychological Sciences at the University of Missouri in 2017, under the supervision of Dr. Jeffrey D. Johnson, PhD in the Cognition & Neuroscience training area. During her graduate training, Dr. Leiker used functional neuroimaging and pattern analysis methods to study how the brain allows us to remember events with varying levels of detail. Dr. Leiker’s long-term research interests include understanding how the brain gives rise to emotional and vivid memories, especially in those with mood disorders or a history of trauma. She is also interested in the relationship between mental imagery and memory vividness, particularly in different forms of psychopathology.

Brittany Taylor 

Brittany Taylor, Ph.D.

Dr. Brittany Taylor, PhD is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Boys Town National Research Hospital’s Center for Neurobehavioral Research. She earned her doctorate in Applied Developmental Sciences in 2017 from Colorado State University under the collaborative supervision of Drs. William Gavin, PhD, and Patricia Davies, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA. In her dissertation, Dr. Taylor developed and tested models examining the interrelationships between cognitive abilities, neural processing, and behaviors in typically-developing children performing decision-making tasks. Dr. Taylor’s research interests include understanding the complex interrelationships between brain and behavior throughout development in both typically-developing youth and youth with clinical diagnoses.

Laura Thornton 

Laura Thornton, Ph.D.

Dr. Laura Thornton, PhD is a Developmental Psychologist and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Boys Town National Research Hospital’s Center for Neurobehavioral Research. She earned her doctorate in Applied Developmental Psychology in 2015 from the University of New Orleans under the supervision of Paul Frick, PhD. Her dissertation examined the developmental pathway associated with CU traits and the utility of CU traits and emotional deficits in predicting later antisocial outcomes for juvenile justice-involved youth. Dr. Thornton’s research interests focus on the developmental neurobiology of CU traits as well as how CU traits affect youths’ involvement in antisocial behavior, interactions with peers, and other high risk behaviors.

Research Assistants

Heba Abdel-Rahim 

Heba Abdel-Rahim, B.A.

Joined the CNR in Summer 2017 from Southwestern University. Future plans: Clinical Psychology PhD.

Kathryn Adams 

Kathryn Adams, B.S.

Joined the CNR in Summer 2016 from Pennsylvania State University. Future plans: Psychology and Neuroscience PhD.

Kimberly Johnson 

Kimberly Johnson, B.A.

Joined the CNR in Summer 2017 from Washington University in St. Louis. Future plans: Developmental and Clinical Psychology PhD.

Niraj Shah 

Niraj Shah, B.S.

Joined the CNR in Summer 2017 from Emory University. Future plans: Medical School.

Collaborators

Kayla Pope 

Kayla Pope, M.D., J.D.

Creighton University School of Medicine
Program Director, Psychiatry
Residence Program

Soonjo Hwang 

Soonjo Hwang, M.D.

University of Nebraska Medical Center
Psychiatry Department

Birdie Shirtcliff 

Birdie Shirtcliff, Ph.D.

Iowa State University
Department of Human Development and Family Studies

Jeffrey French 

Jeffrey French, Ph.D.

University of Nebraska Omaha
Director of Neuroscience Program

Tony Wilson 

Tony Wilson, Ph.D.​​

University of Nebraska Medical Center
Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience

Lab Alumni and Former Staff