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Associate Professor of Neuroscience and Education, Director of the Neuroscience and Education Program

Associate Professor of Neuroscience and Education, Director of the Neuroscience and Education Program

Dr. Gordon directs the Language and Cognition Lab. His scholarly interests are in: Language acquisition and processing, Developmental Neuroscience of Language and Cognition, Cross-cultural studies of numerical cognition and linguistic knowledge, Infant event representations and verb argument structure, Behavioral Genetics of Language, Magnetic Resonance Imaging of brain functioning in language processing.

Lab Manager, PhD Student in Cognitive Science & Education

Jean is a fourth-year Ph.D. student in the Cognitive Science in Education program at TC, where she also completed her M.S. in Neuroscience and Education in 2013. She is the current Lab Manager for the Language and Cognition Neuroscience Lab, where she is responsible for directing various research projects and managing research personnel.

Her main research focus uses EEG & eye-tracking to study perceptual organization in individuals with schizophrenia and schizotypy. Prior to her involvement in the Language and Cognition Lab, Jean was a neuroscience research coordinator in the Department of Biological Psychiatry at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. There, she studied primate hippocampal neurogenesis and its links to depression, anxiety, and early life stress.

PhD Student in Cognitive Science & Education

Erin Michelle Kirby is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Human Development’s Cognitive Science in Education program, and served as the laboratory manager (2014-2018). She is currently studying enhanced perceptual functioning in autism spectrum disorders as it relates to early stage language processing. Previously, Erin received her Masters of Science in Neuroscience and Education at Teachers College. She has an extensive background in education, entering the field in seventh grade as a tutor for students with intellectual disabilities, and working as a preschool teacher and a teaching assistant in special education prior to attending Teachers College.

PhD Student in Cognitive Science in Education

Rui is currently a third year PhD student studying Cognitive Science at Teachers College Columbia University.  She received an Honors BS in Psychology from the University of Toronto, and a MA in Developmental Psychology from Columbia University.

In Rui Gong’s current research project, she wants to understand how induced moods influence individuals’ decision-making processes. She uses eye-tracker as one measure to learn about any potential relationship between allocation of attention and strategy use. 

M.S. Student in Neuroscience and Education

Nick is a second year student pursuing a M.S. Neuroscience and Education degree. As an undergraduate receiving dual B.S. Neurobiology / B.S. Psychology degrees at UT Austin he studied neurodegenerative diseases, primarily early detection of Parkinson’s. Between undergraduate and graduate studies he worked as an educator, building four advanced physics programs with different conceptual focuses. As a result, his guiding questions revolve around how children create conceptual models with limited or absent perceptual data. This is currently manifested in research with Dr. Gordon on the physiological and cognitive basis of number.

M.A. Student in Developmental Psychology

Zhongyu (Lizzy) is a first year student in the Developmental Psychology Master’s program. Previosly, she worked in the Human Color Vision Perception Lab and the Early Childhood Cognition Lab. Her current research interest involves how infant language acquisition can affect their prosocial behavior.

M.S. Student in Neuroscience and Education

Stasha is a first year Master's student who recently moved from the state of Rhode Island to attend Teachers College. During her undergraduate career she studied in London, England and completed an internship with a neuroscience lab in Paris, France. She is currently pursuing a degree in Neuroscience and Education with the Biobehavioral Sciences Department and is interested in studying learning and memory.

M.S. Student in Neuroscience and Education

Daniela is a first-year master’s student in the Neuroscience and Education program at Teachers College. She obtained a B.S. in Psychology and a B.S. in Biochemistry at the University of Tulsa, where she performed research in the Individual Differences Lab branch of the Neuroscience Institute for Complex Adaptive Systems. Her research has focused on examining physiological mechanisms and how they relate to various adaptive psychological traits, for example, the relationship between pupillary responses and psychoticism scales. She is currently involved in the EEG and perceptual organization study, where she is captivated by the neural underpinnings of visual perception and cognition.      

M.A. Student in Clinical Psychology

Maitri works in the Language and Cognitive Neuroscience Lab as a research assistant. She is a first year student in the Clinical psychology program at Teachers College, Columbia University. She has previously worked in the area of emotional first aid and child development. She is interested in the area of psychopathology and its neurological basis.

M.S. Student in Neuroscience and Education

Megan is a current master's student of the Neuroscience & Education program with corporate work experience working with data and numbers. Her interest in the brain and behavior began in the workplace as she developed workshops (e.g. implicit bias training) for a diversity and inclusion initiative to support underrepresented groups. She has a young daughter who has piqued her interest in understanding how developing neural, language, and behavioral systems are shaped by genetics, experience, and environmental factors including socioeconomic status, maternal health, parenting practices, and adversity.

M.S. Neuroscience and Education

Camilla is a first year student at the M.S. Neuroscience and Education degree. As an undergraduate receiving a B.S. Neuroscience degree at King’s College London she studied molecular and cellular Neuroscience, particularly focusing on neurodegenerative diseases and chronic pain. Before coming to Dr..Gordon’s lab, she worked on research investigating the role of macrophages in the development of chronic pain at the Wolfson Centre for Age-Related Diseases (KCL). Camilla is now interested in learning about neurobiological basis of language, memory and behaviour.

 

M.A. Student in Clinical Psychology

Ruoyi (Rory) is a second year Master’s student in the Clinical Psychology program at TC. She graduated from University of Pennsylvania with her M.S.ED in TESOL in 2017. Her research interests involve cognitive and language development in children, early childhood and its impact on future cognitive development.

M.S. Student in Neuroscience and Education

Sadra is a second-year Master's student in the Neuroscience and Education program at Teachers College, and previously earned a BS in Behavioral Neuroscience from the University of Kansas Honors Program. During his undergraduate years, Sadra worked as a research assistant in several labs and conducted his own independent research study focusing on the effects of different early education methods on a child's standardized test performance. Currently, Sadra is interested in researching the risk factors of childhood trauma, its effects on brain development, and how said effects can influence a child's behavior and headspace throughout the remainder of their lives.

M.S. Student in Neuroscience and Education

Andrea Karaiskaki is a graduate student in the MS Neuroscience and Education program. She received her bachelor's degree in Psychology at the University of Iowa where she was also a research coordinator in the ADHD and development lab investigating the gene-environment interplay in teenagers with ADHD. Upon beginning graduate school, she became involved with molecular therapeutics research studying the critical periods of MD-PFC connectivity in patients with schizophrenia at NYSPI. Additionally, she is part of an fMRI project at Zuckerman Institute studying empathy networks in reciprocal social interaction and the emergence of the default mode network as part of the social brain. Currently, she is involved in the Language and Cognition lab assisting in the project that studies the biobehavioral markers of perceptual organization in patients with schizophrenia.

M.S. Student in Neuroscience and Education

Agrima is a second year Masters student in the Neuroscience and Education program at TC. She obtained her B.A. in Psychology and Economics from New York University, and currently volunteers as a research intern at the Neurobiology of Cognition Lab at NYU. She is interested in the neurobiological bases of memory and learning.

M.A. Student in Developmental Psychology

Sam Elliott is a second-year master’s student in Developmental Psychology. His research interests include cognitive development -- especially the development of number sense -- and schizophrenia. While at TC, Sam grabbed the opportunity to also join labs studying perceptual organization and mathematics education. Previously, he earned a BS in Microbiology. Sam has lived in New York (Queens), the Midwest, and, currently, SouthWest Florida.

M.S. Student in Neuroscience and Education

Ben has recently received his M.S. in Neuroscience and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University in 2021. Previously, Ben has worked as a Research Assistant working with children with autism at Queens College, a Research Associate at NYU Langone Health in a substance abuse study in the Emergency Department, as a Data Management Consultant in the BOLD program at Albert Einstein College of Medicine working with cancer patients, and as a Research Assistant in NYSPI in an Adolescent Imaging and Sleep study.

Currently, Ben's research interests are in (1) working in the Perceptual Organization EEG-Oddball Task study using Psykinematix, and (2) seeing how early life experiences and socioeconomic status can influence a child's brain development using EEG and virtual reality.

M.S. Student, Cognitive Science in Education

Lingwei is a second year master’s student in Cognitive Science in Education and came to Dr. Gordon's lab in the fall of 2018. Her undergraduate degree was in Translation and Interpreting and completed her thesis in Psycholinguistics. Before she came to Dr.Gordon's lab, she volunteered for three months at Dr.Stern's Taub Institute and assisted neuropsychological assessment about Alzheimer's disease and also volunteers at Dr. Shohamy's lab assisting fMRI experiments. She is interested in how language can be revealed in brain activity by EEG analysis and how cognition of numbers can be revealed in language.

M.S. Student in Neuroscience and Education

David is a master's student in the Neuroscience and Education program at Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to joining the lab, he was a U.S. Army captain, where he was an expert at project management, aviation logistics, and leading convoys (sometimes in the right direction). He received his undergraduate education in Entrepreneurial Management from Texas Christian University. His research interests are in Artificial General Intelligence (with an emphasis on natural language processing) and neuron-glia interactions. He is currently involved with coding adult-child interactions for the Pirahã project.

M.A. Student in Bilingual Bicultural Education

Liu is a second year student in the Bilingual/Bicultural Education Program. She is a research assistant in the lab, facilitating the Pirahã study, developmental study, and numerical cognition study, via ELAN and EEG methods. She is interested in looking at how our brain works while processing (L1 & L2) languages during different learning stages, and how a mother tongue can affect the perception and processing of a second language.

M.S. Graduate in Neuroscience and Education (Alum RA)

Yuefu earned a Master’s of Science in Neuroscience and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University in 2018. His research interests are language acquisition, neural substrates of semantic concepts, and neural basis of internalization and externalization of language.

M.S. Student, Cognitive Science in Education

Huijing (Vicky) is currently a Master’s student in Developmental Psychology. Previously she was a research assistant at the Treatment of Regulation Team, and Electronic Geodesic, Inc. She has experience in HydroCel Geodesic Sensor Net Application and a child/mother experiment. Her research interests include language acquisition, learning, and memory.

M.A. Student in Clinical Psychology (Alum RA)

Anh received his M.A. in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in neuroscience at Teachers College, Columbia University back in May of 2018. He is a research assistant in the Cognitive Neuropsychology Lab led by Dr. Waxman, which is also a collaborative lab to Language & Cognition. Altogether, he played a critical role on the neuropsychiatric project that investigates perceptual organization and eye-tracking at Mt. Sinai and the Language & Cognition Lab. Currently, he is involved with the EEG study in the Language & Cognition Lab which aims to investigate the neurophysiology of visual perception and cognition.

M.S. Graduate in Cognitive Science in Education (Alum RA)

Ximo (Molly) Tong is a graduated M.A. student in Cognitive Science in Education program at Teachers College in the year 2018. She has been a Mandarin and English teacher for five years. She has been working in the language and cognition lab as research assistant since 2017. She also had worked as a rapporteur for language and cognition seminar in Columbia University. Her research interests include cognitive development in second language learning, parent-child interaction, and Chinese pedagogy.

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