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/sahil-bajajSahilBajajPh.D.Director, Multimodal Clinical Neuroimaging Laboratory
https://www.boystownhospital.org/research/faculty/karina-blairKarinaBlairPh.D.Director of the Program for Trauma and Anxiety (PTAC)
https://www.boystownhospital.org/research/faculty/matthew-dobbertinMatthewDobbertinD.O.Chief of Inpatient Psychiatric Acute CareChild and Adolescent Psychiatrist

​Post Doctoral Fellows

Johannah Bashford-Largo 

Johannah Bashford-Largo, M.Ed., PLMHP

Johannah Bashford-Largo has been the Research Clinician for the Center for Neurobehavioral Research since 2018. She earned her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She will be working towards her doctorate degree at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the Neuroscience and Behavior program under the supervision of Dr. Maital Neta, PhD. Johannah’s research interests include using functional neuroimaging methods to study differences in brain systems within multiple psychopathologic disorders.

Ru Zhang 

Ru Zhang, Ph.D.

Dr. Ru Zhang, Ph.D. is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Boys Town National Research Hospital’s Center for Neurobehavioral Research. She earned her doctorate in Mathematical and Computational Cognitive Science in 2016 from Purdue University under the supervision of Dr. Ehtibar Dzhafarov, PhD. In her dissertation, Dr. Zhang developed mathematical models and tested those models using psychophysics experiments to examine if human mind and behavior can be represented by the quantum entanglement manner and how various mental processes for multiple dimensions of information are arranged when cognitive tasks are executed. After graduation, Dr. Zhang joined Dr. James Townsend’s lab at Indiana University, Bloomington to continue her work on the topic of mental process arrangements. Then she moved to University of Colorado, Boulder to work with Dr. Matt Jones where she developed and tested reinforcement learning models to learn how humans make decisions and adapt their behavior according to the provided feedback. Dr. Zhang’s current research interests include understanding emotional processing and reinforcement learning processing at the neuron level for both typically developing youth and youth with clinical diagnoses.

Laboratory Manager

Amanda Schwartz 

Amanda Schwartz, B.S.

Amanda Schwartz joined the CNR in Summer 2019 from University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Future plans: Developmental and Clinical Psychology Ph.D.

Research Assistants

Erin Carollo 

Erin Carollo, B.A.

Joined the CNR in Summer 2019 from University of San Diego. Future plans: Medical School.

Jaimie Elowsky 

Jaimie Elowsky, B.S.

Joined the CNR in Summer 2019 from Middle Tennessee State University. Future plans: Clinical Psychology Ph.D.

Jennie Lukoff 

Jennie Lukoff, B.S.

Joined the CNR in Summer 2018 from University of Vermont. Future plans: Clinical Psychology Ph.D.

Steven Vogel 

Steven Vogel, B.S.

Joined the CNR in Summer 2019 from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Future plans: Clinical Psychology Ph.D.

Lab Alumni and Former Staff