Amy Janes, PhD
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.
Kelly Dumais, Ph.D., is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the McLean Imaging Center, sponsored through the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) T32 program. Kelly received her Ph.D. in Psychology from Boston College, where she used preclinical models to investigate the neurobiological mechanisms underlying sex-specific regulation of social behavior, which may underlie sex biases in neuropsychiatric disorders characterized by social dysfunction. In the FIARL, Kelly is interested in the neural mechanisms underlying gender differences in the prevalence and relapse of drug addiction, with a focus on dysregulated emotion processing in men and women that may contribute to drug seeking, dependence, and relapse.
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.
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.
Alyssa Peechatka graduated with her B.S. in Psychology from Penn State University in 2012 and is currently a graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program at Suffolk University. She is primarily interested in using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to study the brain’s plasticity and functional changes over time, especially in the context of response to intervention. She hopes to continue to integrate neuroscience and clinical work throughout her career in an effort to better understand the neurological bases of psychological, cognitive, and behavioral change.
Maya Zegel graduated with her B.A. in Psychology from Boston University in 2016 and is currently a research assistant in the FIARL. She hopes to pursue a PhD. in Clinical Psychology to study the treatment of comorbid trauma and substance use disorders.
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.
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
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 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.