Ifat Levy, PhD
Associate Professor of Comparative Medicine and of Neuroscience
Office 203-737-1374 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
I am interested in the neural mechanisms underlying decision-making in humans, in individual differences in these mechanisms, and in the possible contribution of decision traits to pathological behavior. Our research focuses on decision-making under uncertainty, and on value learning and encoding. To study these topics we combine behavioral economics methods with functional MRI, as well as eye tracking and physiological measurements.
Or Duek, PhD
As a clinical psychologist, I have worked with children and their families that underwent traumatic event at a PTSD clinic in Soroka University Medical Center. Also worked as a research coordinator as part of a European study that examines the outcome of traumatic brain injury in children and adults.
I am a Neuroscience PhD student and joined the lab in 2015. Prior to Yale, I studied General Biology for my B.S. degree at Nanjing University, China, and was strongly drawn to Neuroscience back then. I am interested in studying individual differences in decision-making through the scope of psychiatric disorder, as well as the neural mechanism of value-based decision making in different life domains. I am also broadly interested in developing computational skills in neuroscience.
Ruby joined the Levy lab as a postgraduate associate in November 2018. Ruby earned a BA in Psychology from Reed College, and has previously worked in auditory research with the Barr-Gillespie lab at Oregon Health and Science University, and in behavioral economics with the Hackenberg lab at Reed College. Ruby is especially interested in improving ecological validity in decision-making tasks.
Megha is a post-graduate researcher at the Levy Lab where she is using functional and structural neuroimaging data to examine the effects of development on the behavioral and neural correlates of decision making. She graduated with honors from the University of Southern California where she obtained a BA in Psychology. She then obtained an MRes in Developmental Neuroscience and Psychopathology from the joint program run between University College London and Yale University. Megha is passionate about using neuroimaging to elucidate the typical and atypical development of brain processes across the lifespan.
Oluwafikunmi (Kunmi) Sobowale, MD
Resident Research Associate
Dr. Sobowale is a psychiatry resident at the Yale School of Medicine. His interest is preventative and early interventions to alleviate the burden of disease of mental illness, particularly mood disorders, for vulnerable populations including women, children, and adolescents. Currently, he is exploring whether reward processing deficits can be used to improve mental illness diagnosis and identify those at high-risk. His education includes University of Chicago (MD), Stanford Inter-University Center for Japanese Studies, and Yale University (BA: Behavioral Neuroscience).
Yutong has been a postgraduate researcher in the Levy Lab since July 2018. Prior to coming to Yale, she graduated from Bates College where she earned a BS in Neuroscience. At the Levy Lab, Yutong works with functional imaging, eyetracking and behavioral data to interpret clinical outcomes, as well as human cognitive functioning. She is interested in life-span cognitive development, especially in the context of decision making and learning. She is also highly motivated to learn computational methods in neuroimaging data analysis.
High School Students
Associate Research Scientist
Helen Pushkarskaya, PhD
Ellen Furlong (Laurie Santos' lab)
Lior Rosenberg Belmaker
Haley Yarosh (lecturer)
Postgraduate Associates and Research Assistants
Visiting Students and Researchers