People

Director

Amy Janes, PhD

ajanes@mclean.harvard.edu

Amy Janes, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and a Neuroscientist at McLean Hospital. In 2007, Dr. Janes received her Ph.D. in Psychology from Boston University where her research focused on preclinical models of cocaine dependence. Dr. Janes currently uses multi-modal neuroimaging techniques in clinical populations to study addiction, with a specific focus on nicotine dependence. Dr. Janes’ research interests include: identifying individual vulnerabilities for developing and maintaining addictive disorders, evaluating brain changes following treatment, and determining how other cognitive, affective, and psychiatric disorders contribute to addiction.

Post-Doctoral Fellows

Julie McCarthy

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jmccarthy@mclean.harvard.edu

Julie McCarthy, Ph.D. is a NIDA T32 Postdoctoral Research Fellow at McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School.  Dr. McCarthy graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program in 2016 after completing her clinical internship at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School. She is interested in using behavioral and multi-modal neuroimaging techniques to study factors, including motivation, anhedonia, and social affiliation, associated with treatment engagement and recovery outcomes in individuals with psychotic and substance use disorders.

Graduate Students

Elena Molokotos


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emolokotos@mclean.harvard.edu

Elena Molokotos graduated from the University of Vermont with a B.A. in Psychology. She got her M.A. degree in Psychology from Boston University and currently is a graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program at Suffolk University. Some of her interests are in learning how to use functional imaging techniques to investigate brain function across disorders that involve salience and/or default mode networks and how these findings might inform diagnosis and treatment. 

Research Assistants

Nate Krantz

nkrantz@mclean.harvard.edu

Nate graduated with his B.A. in Clinical Psychology from Tufts University in 2018 and is currently a research assistant in the FIARL. He hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology or related field after his time at FIARL with a focus on mental illness and its relation to substance abuse disorders.

 Undergraduate Students

miranda fry

mfry@mclean.harvard.edu

Miranda is an undergraduate at Wellesley College majoring in Neuroscience and currently works as a research intern in the FIARL. She hopes to pursue graduate studies exploring the neurological and psychological intersections of childhood trauma, abuse, addiction and/or other adverse factors on developing mental health.

 Former Lab Members

Alyssa Peechatka

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apeechatka@mclean.harvard.edu

Alyssa Peechatka graduated with her B.S. in Psychology from Penn State University in 2012 and completed her Ph.D. program at Suffolk University in 2018. She was a graduate student and postdoctoral fellow in the FIARL lab and she also completed her clinical internship at McLean Hospital. She now serves as a clinical scientific advisor  at ERT: Clinical Trial Technology Solutions.

Kelly Dumais

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 kdumais@mclean.harvard.edu

Kelly Dumais, Ph.D.,  was a is a National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) T32 Fellow in FIARL, where she investigated the neurobiological mechanisms underlying sex-specific difference in addictive disorders. She now serves as a  scientific advisor at ERT: Clinical Trial Technology Solutions.

Maya Zegel

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mzegel@mclean.harvard.edu

Maya Zegel graduated with her B.A. in Psychology from Boston University in 2016 and is currently a research assistant in the FIARL. She is pursuing a PhD. in Clinical Psychology  at the University of Houston to study the treatment of comorbid trauma and substance use disorders.

Jen Betts

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Jennifer Betts graduated with her B.S. in Psychology from Tufts University in 2014 and was a research assistant in the FIARL. She is currently a graduate student in the Smoking Research Lab at the University at Buffalo, SUNY.

Stacey Farmer

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Stacey Farmer graduated with her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Albany and was a research assistant in the FIARL. Stacey is currently a graduate student in the Habits and Lifestyles Lab at the University of Albany and will be doing her clinical internship at the Boston VA.