NeuroPsychometric Research Lab

NPR Lab Alumni

Shawheen Faghihahmadabadi

Shawheen Faghihahmadabadi

Shawheen began attending UT Dallas in the fall of 2011. He majored in Neuroscience with a pre-health track. He joined Dr. Rypma’s lab in Spring 2014 as a research assistant. He is interested in all research of the NPR Lab, from neuroplastic changes related to Multiple Sclerosis and age to understanding the underlying cognitive processes behind depression’s memory effects and auditory cognition. Any information we can obtain about the human body is information that can go towards progressing medicine for mankind.


Leslie el-Effendi

Leslie el-Effendi

Leslie began attending UT Dallas in August of 2014 after a long absence from her studies. Originally a pre-med student at Princeton University in the early ’80s, she received her BS in Neuroscience in December of 2016. She joined Dr. Rypma’s lab in August and is interested in neuroplasticity of learning and memory, as well as cognition and aging.


Chelsea Ellison

Chelsea Ellison

Chelsea was an undergraduate majoring in Cognitive Science with a concentration in Neuroscience. She transferred to UT Dallas in Fall 2013 from Collin College, where she attained an Associate degree. She is currently a Research Assistant in Dr. Rypma’s NeuroPsychometric Research Lab since Spring 2014. Chelsea is interested in research that studies the understanding of cognitive phenomena in close relation to the underlying neurobiological processes in the brain — specifically looking at neural plasticity when learning, the neurobiological differences in people with psychiatric illnesses compared to the normal brain, and the study of cognition and memory.


Nicholas Hubbard

Nicholas Hubbard

Nicholas was a PhD student and researcher working with Dr. Rypma. He received his Bachelor’s of Science with High Honors from Michigan State University, where he studied Psychology. Nicholas’ research focuses on alterations in neural systems and cognition in psychiatric and neurologic populations. He is now a Post-doctoral Associate in the Gabrieli Lab at MIT!


Larry Oasay

Larry Oasay

Larry was a research assistant working under Dr. Bart Rypma. He received his Bachelor&$8217;s of Arts in Psychology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UH Manoa) in 2011 and his Master&$8217;s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling at UT Southwestern Medical Center in 2014.


Saranya Sundaram

Saranya Sundaram

Saranya was a research assistant and lab manager for Dr. Rypma. She graduated from the Rehabilitation Counseling program at UT Southwestern Medical Center. She completed clinical internships in neuropsychology (giving neuropsychological assessments to adult outpatients with various brain-related disorders) and personal and social adjustment training (group psychotherapy for individuals with mixed psychiatric abilities looking for employment). Her master’s thesis investigated the developmental expectations and adolescent type 1 diabetes management in a diverse population. Her prior research also includes memory in eyewitness testimony. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Austin College, where she studied Psychology and English.


Kristy Deupree

Kristy Deupree

Kristy was a graduate student in Applied Cognition and Neuroscience at UTD. She received her BS in Neuroscience from UTD in Fall 2013. Kristy studied auditory cognition with an emphasis on music cognition. She conducted behavioral experiments using musical stimuli.


Niha Pereira

Niha Pereira

Niha was a graduate student in the Applied Cognition and Neuroscience master’s program. She completed her BA in Psychology with Honors, with minors in Philosophy and French at Baylor University.


Noor Un Nehar Qureshi

Noor Un Nehar Qureshi

Noor was an undergraduate majoring in Neuroscience with an emphasis on pre-health. She joined Dr. Rypma’s lab in Fall 2013 as a research assistant and was researching interference effects in working memory.


Diana Mungall

Diana Mungall

Diana was a study coordinator working with Dr. Rypma and a medical student at Texas A&M.She received her Bachelor’s of Science from Emory University, where she studied Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology. While at Emory, her work was on chaperone protein folding in Alzheimer’s disease. Next, at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, she worked on clinical studies of labor and delivery anesthesia and post-operative pain control. During medical school, she worked on psychogenic nonepileptic seizures and anti-epileptic drug efficacy and pharmacokinetics.


Ilana Bennett

Dr. Ilana J. Bennett

Ilana was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Dr. Rypma’s lab at the Center for Brain Health and The University of Texas at Dallas. She received a PhD in Psychology with a concentration in Lifespan Cognitive Neuroscience from Georgetown University in 2009. She is now an Assistant Project Scientist in the Stark Lab at UC Irvine!


Roshni Mandania

Roshni Mandania

Roshni was an undergraduate studying biology and currently is on the pre-med track. She is a CV Honors student whose interest in multiple sclerosis sparked her interest in conducting research for Dr. Rypma. She joined Dr. Rypma’s lab in Fall 2014 as a research assistant and is currently involved in the recruitment portion of the Multiple Sclerosis study. She is interested in studies that focus on psychiatric illnesses along with cognition and memory.