Ifat Levy, PhD
Associate Professor of Comparative Medicine and of Neuroscience
Office 203-737-1374 Email email@example.com
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.
Helen Pushkarskaya, PhD
Associate Research Scientist in Comparative Medicine
I focus on individual differences in judgment and decision making in both healthy and clinical populations. The most recent group of projects investigates (1) abnormal patterns in reward processing and uncertainty attitudes in Obsessive Compulsive and Hoarding disorders, and (2) social choices in individuals with hypomanic temperament. My research combines data from clinical interviews, behavioral and neuroimaging experiments, and large-scale surveys. I received my undergraduate training in Math and Physics at Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics and postdoctoral training in Psychology at the Ohio State University. Before moving to Yale, I was a faculty member in Agricultural Economics at University of Kentucky.
I am a PhD student in the Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program, and joined the lab in 2015. Prior to coming to Yale, I studied General Biology and got the degree of B.S. from Nanjing University, China. I am interested in studying decision-making under uncertainty in patients with psychiatric disorder, and how stress can influence people’s decision-making behavior.
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).
Sarah Healy firstname.lastname@example.org
Dominic Schnabel email@example.com
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