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Graduate Alumni

Our department has a strong record of successful PhD graduates going on to positions in academia and industry.

Graduation Year: 2021 - PRESENT

  • Tricia Ngoon (2020-21)

    Advisor: Scott Klemmer

    Title: Interactive Strategies & Tools for Supporting Exploratory Thinking in Creative Work

    Postdoctoral Researcher at Carnegie Mellon University

  • Shuai Tang (2020-21)

    Advisor: Ginny de Sa

    Title: Linear Kernel Alignment for Domain Generalisation

    Applied Scientist at Amazon Web Services LLC in NYC

Graduation Year: 2016 - 2020

  • Richard Gao (2019-20)

    Advisor: Brad Voytek

    Title: Bridging Cognition and Neurobiology with Large-Scale Cortical Dynamics and Multimodal Brain Data

    Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Tübingen

  • Tom Donoghue (2019-20)

    Advisor: Brad Voytek

    Title: Measuring and Investigating Periodic and Aperiodic Neural Activity

    Postdoctoral Research Scientist
    Department of Biomedical Engineering
    Columbia University
  • Amanda Song (2019-20)

    Advisors: Ginny de Sa, Gary Cottrell

    Title:  Social Impressions of Faces: Computational Modeling and Cultural Comparisons

  • Steve Barrera (2018-19)

    Advisor: Marta Kutas

    Title: Effects of Endogenous and Exogenous Attention of Multisensory Integration

    Lecturer at UCSD CogSci department

  • Melissa Troyer (2018-19)

    Advisor: Marta Kutas

    Title: Muggle or Magical?: Electrophysiological Investigations of Variation in Language-Knowledge Interface During Reading

    BrainsCAN postdoctoral fellow at Western University

  • Lauren Curley (2018-19)

    Advisor: Terry Jernigan

    Title: Relationships Between Domain-Specific Cognition and Regional Brain Structure in a Typically Developing Cohort

    Principal Data Scientist in People Analytics at Northrop Grumman

  • Josh Davis (2018-19)

    Advisor: Ben Bergen

    Title: Mimicry in the Recognition of Emotional Facial Expressions

    Lecturer at UCSD CogSci dept

  • Andrew Schork (2016-17)

    Advisor: Terry Jernigan
  • Wen-Hsuan Chan (2015-16)

    Advisor: Marta Kutas

    Location, Location, Fixation: Behavioral and Electrophysiological Explorations of Viewing Position Asymmetry in Visual Word Recognition

    Staff Research Associate
    Dept. of Cognitive Science
    UC San Diego

  • Michael Datko (2015-16)

    Advisor: Jaime Pineda

    Functional and structural connectivity, and the effects of neurofeedback training, in imitation-related brain networks in autism.

    Postdoc
    Neuroscience Program
    UC San Diego

  • Elkin Gutierrez (2015-16)

    Advisor: Ben Bergen

    Computational and Cognitive Semantics: The Statistics and Structure of Meaning

    Postdoc
    IBM Research

  • Ross Metusalem (2015-16)

    Advisor: Jeff Elman

    Beyond the (Linguistically) Expected: Activating Event Knowledge During Real-Time Language Comprehension.

    Learning & Development Facilitator
    Academy for Teaching & Learning Excellence
    Un. of So. Florida, Tampa

  • Luke Miller (2015-16)

    Advisor: Ayse Saygin

    The Body in Flux: Tool Use Modulates Multisensory Body Representations.

    Postdoc
    INSERM
    France

  • Rachel Ostrand (2015-16)

    Advisor: Ben Bergen

    Repeat After Us: Syntactic Alignment is Not Partner-Specific

    Postdoc Fellow in Computational Linguistics
    IBM Research

  • Burcu Urgen (2015-16)

    Advisor: Ayse Saygin

    Spatio-temporal Neuroimaging of Visual Processing of Human and Robot Actions in Humans.

    Postdoc
    Dept. of Neuroscience
    University of Parma
    Italy

  • Esther Walker (2015-16)

    Advisor: Rafael Nunez

    Place, Movement, Perspective: How space shapes and constrains our thoughts about time.

Graduation Year: 2011 - 2015

  • Patrick Gallagher (2014-15)

    Advisor: Virginia de Sa

    Operator Theory for Analysis of Convex Optimization Methods in Machine Learning.

    Postdoc
    Dept. of Cognitive Science
    UC San Diego

  • He Huang (2014-15)

    Advisor: Doug Nitz

    Decision-Making and Motor Control: Computational Models of Human Sensorimotor Processing.

    Postdoc
    Laureate Institute for Brain Research

  • Tyler Marghetis (2014-15)

    Advisor: Rafael Nunez

    Every Number In Its Place: The Spatial Foundations of Calculation and Conceptualization.

    Postdoc
    Indiana University
    The Percepts and Concepts Laboratory

  • Tim Mullen (2014-15)

    Advisor: Virginia de Sa

    The Dynamic Brain: Modeling Neural Dynamics and Interactions from Human Electrophysiological Recordings.

    CSO & CEO
    Syntrogi

  • Matthew Schalles (2014-15)

    Advisor: Jaime Pineda

    Cortical Motor Rhythms: Auditory Processing and Plasticity.

    Postdoc
    Northern California VA Health System

  • Walter Talbott (2014-15)

    Advisor: Virginia de Sa

    Learning to Perceive: A Developmental Robotics Approach to Vision and Object Interaction.

    Research Engineer
    Emotient

  • Jamie Alexandre (2013-14)

    Advisor: Jeff Elman

    Computer Assisted Learning in a (Dis-) Connected Age: Challenges and Approaches to Digital Education and Equal Access.

    Software Architecture Lead
    Foundation of Learning Equality, Inc.

  • Benjamin Cipollini (2013-14)

    Advisor: Gary Cottrell

    A unified explanation of visual asymmetries, interhemispheric communication, and their typical development in humans.

    Postdoc
    UC San Diego
    Dept. of Computer Science

  • Tristan Davenport (2013-14)

    Advisor: Seana Coulson

    Causal Inference and Language Comprehension: Event-Related Potential Investigations.

    Staff Research Associate
    UC San Diego
    Dept. of Linguistics

  • Nancy Owens Renner (2013-14)

    Advisor: Ed Hutchins/Jim Hollan

    Free to Explore a Museum: Embodied Inquiry and Multimodal Expression of Meaning.

    Director
    San Diego Incubator for Innovation

  • Micah Bregman (2012-13)

    Advisor: Sarah Creel

    The Role of Pitch in the Recognition of Vocalizations in Songbirds and Humans.

    Associate
    McKinsey & Co.

  • Deborah Forster (2012-13)

    Advisor: Shirley C. Strum

    A State-Space Approach to Social Complexity and Distributed Cognition in Olive Baboons (Papio anubis): Re-Thinking the Role of Behavioral Analysis in Socio-Cognitive Research.

    Assistant Project Scientist
    California Inst. for Telecommunications and Information
    UCSD

  • Adam Fouse (2012-13)

    Advisor: Jim Hollan

    Navigation of Time-Coded Data.

    Research Scientist
    Aptima

  • Kensy Cooperrider (2011-12)

    Advisor: Rafael Nunez

    Reference in Action: Links Between Pointing and Language.

    Postdoctoral Scholar
    University of Chicago, IL
    Dept. of Psychology

  • Kaya de Barbaro (2011-12)

    Advisor: Gedeon Deak

    More Than Meets the Eye: From Stress to Scaffolding, A Microgenesis of Infant Attention.

    Research Scientist
    Georgia Inst. Tech.

  • Anna Holt (2011-12)

    Advisor: Gedeon Deak

    A Comparison of Cue Processing and Executive Functioning in Child Task-Switching.

    Director of Research and Evaluation
    Tulsa Public Schools

  • Nathaniel Smith (2011-12)

    Advisor: Marta Kutas

    Scaling up Psycholinguistics.

    Computational Fellow
    Institute for Data Science
    UC Berkeley

  • Nicholas Butko (2010-11)

    Advisor: Virginia de Sa

    Active Perception.

    Staff Software Engineer
    Google

  • Gaston Cangiano (2010-11)

    Advisor: Jim Hollan

    Studying Episodic Access to Personal Digital Activity: Activity Trails Prototype.

  • Jennifer Collins (2010-11)

    Advisor: Seana Coulson

    The Integration of Language with Perceptual Systems.

    Researcher
    Hypothesis Group

  • Matthew Leonard (2010-11)

    Advisor: Jeff Elman

    Neural Stages of Word Encoding Across Languages, Proficiency Levels, and Modalities.

    Postdoc
    UC San Francisco School of Medicine
    Neurological Surgery

  • Joshua Lewis (2010-11)

    Advisor: Virginia de Sa

    Anthropocentric Data Analysis.

    Vice President
    Alpine Data Labs

  • Anne Marie Piper (2010-11)

    Advisor: Jim Hollan

    Augmenting Collocated Interaction: The Design of Assistive Technology to Support Face-to-Face Communication.

    Asst. Professor
    Northwestern University
    Dept. of Communication

Graduation Year: 2006 - 2010

  • Katherine DeLong (2009-10)

    Advisor: Marta Kutas

    Electrophysiological Explorations of Linguistic Pre-Activation and its Consequences During Online Sentence Processing

    Assistant Project Scientist
    UC San Diego
    Cognitive Science

     

  • Laura Kemmer (2009-10)

    Advisor: Marta Kutas

    Event-related brain potential investigations of left and right hemisphere contributions to syntactic processing.

    Assistant Professor
    Pacific Lutheran University
    Psychology

  • Stephen McCullough (2009-10)

    Advisor: Jamie Pineda/Ursula Bellugi

    Functional and Neural Organization Underlying Face and Facial Expression Perception.

    Research Scientist
    San Diego State University
    Laboratory for Language & Cognitive Neuroscience

  • Alan Robinson (2009-10)

    Advisor: Virginia de Sa

    Mechanisms of Brightness Perception

    Postdoc
    UC San Diego
    Psychology

  • Adam Tierney (2009-10)

    Advisor: Sarah Creel

    The Structure and Perception of Human Vocalizations

    Lecturer
    Psychological Sciences
    Birkbeck, UK

  • Nathan White (2009-10)

    Advisor: Marta Kutas

    Quantitative Diffusion Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Brain: Validation, Acquisition, and Analysis

    Asst. Project Scientist
    UC San Diego
    Radiology

  • Flavia Filimon (2008-09)

    Advisor: Martin I. Sereno

    Multisensory and sensorimotor representations for action in human posterior parietal cortex investigated with functional fMRI.

    Research Scientist
    Max Planck Institute
    Human Development
    Berlin
    Germany

  • John Lewis (2008-09)

    Advisor: Jeff Elman

    Size Always Matters: An Investigation of the Influence of Connection Length on the Organization of White-Matter in Typical Development and in Autism .

    Research Scientist
    Montreal Neurological Institute
    McGill University

  • Dan Liu (2008-09)

    Advisor: Emo Todorov

    Computational and Psychophysical Studies of Goal-Directed Arm Movements.

    Decision Support Engineering Analyst
    Google

  • Danke Xie (2008-09)

    Advisor: Jeff Elman

    A Biologically-Plausible Working memory Model for Serial Order.

    Software Engineer
    Samsung Telecommunications

  • Amaya Becvar (2007-08)

    Advisor: James D. Hollan/Edwin L. Hutchins

    An Ethnographic Investigation of the Evolving Dynamics of a Learning Ecology.

    UX Research Manager
    Immersion Corporation

  • Arielle Borovsky (2007-08)

    Advisor: Jeffrey L. Elman/Marta Kutas

    Word learning in context: The role of lifetime language experience and sentential context.

    Assistant Professor
    Department of Psychology
    Florida State University

  • David Groppe (2007-08)

    Advisor: Marta Kutas

    Common Independent Components of the P3b, N400, and P600 ERP Components to Deviant Linguistic Events.

    Researcher
    Health Systems

  • Michael Kiang (2007-08)

    Advisor: Marta Kutas

    Event-related Brain Potential Studies of Semantic Processing in Schizophrenia and Schizotypy Personality.

    Associate Professor
    Dept. of Psychiatry
    University of Toronto

  • Silvia Paparello (2007-08)

    Advisor: Joan Stiles

    The Many Faces of Neurocognitive Development: Behavior and Neurocorrelates of Holistic Face processing.

    Project Manager
    UC San Diego
    Neuroscience

  • Hsin-Hao Yu (2007-08)

    Advisor: Virginia De Sa/Martin I. Sereno

    Integration of visual information and the organization of receptive fields in V1 of the California ground squirrel.

    Research Fellow
    Monash University
    Dept. of Physiology

  • Morana Alac (2006-07)

    Advisor: Edwin L. Hutchins

    How Brain Images Reveal Cognition: An Ethnographic Study of Meaning-Making in Brain Mapping Practice.

    Associate Professor
    UC San Diego
    Dept. of Communication

  • Daniel Bauer (2006-07)

    Advisor: James D. Hollan/David J. Kirsh

    The Cognitive Ecology of Dynapad, A Multiscale Workspace for Managing Personal Digital Collections.

  • Ruey-song Huang (2006-07)

    Advisor: Martin I. Sereno

    Multisensory Representations of Space: Multimodal Brain Imaging Aproaches.

    Asst. Project Scientist
    UC San Diego
    Swartz Center for Computational Neuroscience

  • Ying Wu (2006-07)

    Advisor: Seana Coulson

    Coordinated Minds: How Iconic Gestures Mediate Communication.

    Asst. Project Scientist
    UC San Diego
    Swartz Center for Computational Neuroscience

     

  • Wendy Ark (2005-06)

    Advisor: Joan Stiles

    Comparing Mental Rotation and Feature Matching Strategies in Adults and Children with Behavioral and Neuroimaging Techniques.

    Researcher
    IBM Almaden Research Center
    San Jose, CA

  • Christopher Cordova (2005-06)

    Advisor: Andrea A. Chiba

    Attention, Prediction and Sequence Learning: Roles of the Cholinergic basal Forebrain and the Retrosplenial Cortex.

    Postdoc Researcher
    McGill University
    Montreal Neurological Institute

  • Ian Fasel (2005-06)

    Advisor: Jochen Triesch

    Learning Real-Time Object Detectors: Probabilistic Generative Approaches.

    Founder, Lead Developer
    Emotient

  • John Hershey (2005-06)

    Advisor: Martin I. Sereno

    Perceptual Inference in Generative Models.

    Researcher
    IBM Watson Research

  • Robert Liebscher (2005-06)

    Advisor: Richard K. Belew

    Temporal, Categorical, and Bibliographic Context of Scientific Tests: Interactions and Applications.

    Senior. Business Intelligence Analyst
    Adobe

  • Tim Marks (2005-06)

    Advisor: James D. Hollan

    Facing Uncertainty: 3D Face Tracking and Learning with Generative Models.

    Researcher
    Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories

  • Irina Merzlyak (2005-06)

    Advisor: Andrea A. Chiba

    The Role of the Basolateral Amygdala in Affective Associative Learning, Arousal, and Adaptation.

    Research Analyst
    Stanford University
    School of Medicine

  • Jonathan Nelson (2005-06)

    Advisor: Martin I. Sereno

    Optimal Experimental Design as a Theory of Perceptual and Cognitive Information Acquisition.

    Research Scientist
    Max Planck Institute
    Human Development
    Berlin

  • Ayse Saygin (2005-06)

    Advisor: Marty I. Sereno

    Embodied Perception: Neuropsychological and Neuroimaging Studies of Language, Vision, and Attention.

    Associate Professor
    UC San Diego
    Dept. of Cognitive Science

Graduation Year: 2001 - 2005

  • Robert Williams (2004-05)

    Advisor: Gilles R. Fauconnier/Edwin L. Hutchins

    Making Meaning from a Clock: Material Artifacts and Conceptual Blending in Time-Telling Instruction.

    Associate Professor of Education
    Lawrence University
    Appleton, WI

  • Michael Hayward (2003-04)

    Advisor: Edwin L. Hutchins

    Reverse-Engineering Emergent Collective Behaviors in an Evolved Swarm System.

  • David Leland (2003-04)

    Advisor: Jaime A. Pineda

    Effects of Motivationally Salient Stimuli on Visual Spatial Attention: Behavior and Electrophysiology.

    Assistant Professor
    Univ. Wisconsin - Eau Claire
    Dept. of Psychology

  • Brendan Allison (2002-03)

    Advisor: Jaime A. Pineda

    P3 or not P3: Toward a Better P300BCI.

  • Frederic Dick (2002-03)

    Advisor: Elizabeth Bates

    Language in a Sensorimotor Brain.

    Associate Professor (equivalent)
    University College London
    Birbeck College

  • Alexandra Horowitz (2001-02)

    Advisor: Jeffrey Elman

    The Behaviors of Theories of Mind, and A Case Study of Dogs at Play.

    Associate Professor, Adjunct
    Barnard College
    Dept. of Psychology

  • Jude Mitchell (2001-02)

    Advisor: David Zipser

    Unity of Action: Coordination of Movement Plans Between Oculomotor Areas.

    Asst. Professor
    University of Rochester
    Brain and Cognitive Sciences

  • Elizabeth Torres (2001-02)

    Advisor: David Zipser

    Theoretical Framework for the Study of Sensory-Motor Integration.

    Postdoctoral Scholar
    Rutgers
    Dept. of Psychology

  • Nicole Wicha (2001-02)

    Advisor: Elizabeth Bates

    Grammatical Gender on Real-Time Language Comprehension in Spanish: Behavioral and Electrophysiological Investigations.

    Assistant Professor
    University of Texas, San Antonio
    Dept. of Biology

  • Carrie Joyce (2000-01)

    Advisor: Marta Kutas

    Saving Faces: using Eye Movement, ERP, and SCR Measures of Face Processing and Recognition to Investigate Eyewitness Identification.

Graduation Year: 1996 - 2000

  • Kara Federmeier (1999-00)

    Advisor: Marta Kutas

    Electrophysiological Investigations of Semantic Memory Organization and Use.

    Professor
    University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
    Psychology

  • Barbara Holder (1999-00)

    Advisor: Edwin L. Hutchins

    Cognition in Flight: Understanding Cockpits as Cognitive Systems.

    Lead Scientist
    The Boeing Company
    Commercial Airlines Group
    Flight Deck Concept Center

  • Adrian Robert (1999-00)

    Advisor: Martin I. Sereno

    Lamination and Within-Area Integration in the Neocortex.

    Software Developer
    Natural Designs Software
    Finland

  • Marissa Westerfield (1999-00)

    Advisor: Jaime A Pineda

    The Role of the Cerebellum in Visual Spatial Attention: An Event-Related Potential Study

    Assistant Project Scientist
    UC San Diego
    Inst. for Neural Computation

  • Scott Farrar (1998-99)

    Advisor: David Zipser

    Neural Network Models of the Brain Mechanisms of Bilateral Coordination.

  • Christopher Fry (1998-99)

    Advisor: John Batali

    A Source-Filter Model of Birdsong Production

    Senior VP
    Engineering
    Twitter

  • Jay Moody (1998-99)

    Advisor: Jeffrey Elman

    Visualizing Speech with a Recurrent Neural Network Trained on Human Acoustic-Articulatory Data.

    Independent Innovator & Entrepreneur
    Design Thinking
    Boston

  • Thomas Rebotier (1998-99)

    Advisor: David Kirsh

    Vision and Imagery: The Role of Cortical Attractor Dynamics.

    Consultant

  • Paul Rodriguez (1998-99)

    Advisor: Jeffrey Elman

    Mathematical Foundations of Recurrent Neural Networks in Language Processing.

    Research Programmer/Analyst
    UC San Diego
    San Diego Super Computer

  • Giorgio Ganis (1997-98)

    Advisor: Martin I. Sereno/Marta kutas

    An Electrophysiological Analysis of Semantic Context Effects on Object Identification.

    Assistant Professor
    Plymouth University
    Harvard Medical School
    MA General Hospital

  • Randy Gobbel (1997-98)

    Advisor: Martin I. Sereno

    The Role of the Neostriatum in the Execution of Action Sequences.

    Director of Engineering
    CollabRx, Inc

  • Michael Gray (1997-98)

    Advisor: Javier Movellan & Terrence Sejnowski

    Unsupervised Statistical Methods for Processing of Image Sequences.

  • Lucy Hadden (1997-98)

    Advisor: John Batali

    How to Tell your Mother from a Bush: A Model of Predispositions and Filial Imprinting in Domestic Chicks.

  • Daniel Herron (1997-98)

    Advisor: Elizabeth Bates

    Context, Word-class, and Prosody in the Recognition of Open and Closed-class words.

    Principle Lead Software Engineer
    Operating Systems Group
    Microsoft

  • Nili Mandelblit (1997-98)

    Advisor: Gilles Fauconnier

    Grammatical Blending: Creative and Schematic Aspects in Sentence Processing and Translation.

    Programs Director
    Israel Europe R&D Directorate

  • Michael Oliphant (1997-98)

    Advisor: Jeffrey Elman

    Formal Approaches to Innate and Learned Communication: Laying the Foundation for Language.

    Chief Technology Officer
    DefenseWeb Technologies
    4150 Mission Blvd., Suite 220
    San Diego, CA 92109

  • Seana Coulson (1996-97)

    Advisor: Gilles Fauconnier

    Semantic Leaps: The Role of Conceptual Blending in Meaning Construction.

    Professor
    UC San Diego
    Dept. of Cognitive Science

  • Kevin Haynes (1996-97)

    Advisor: David Zipser

    A Model of Motion Detection in Primate Primary Visual Cortex.

    Senior Information Security Engineer
    Premera Blue Cross

  • Sohie Lee (1996-97)

    Advisor: David Zipser

    The Representation, Storage and Retrieval of Reaching Movement Information in Motor Cortex.

    Senior Instructor
    Wellesley College
    Computer Science

  • Hua Liu (1996-97)

    Advisor: Elizabeth Bates

    Lexical Access and Differential Processing in Nouns and Verbs in a second language.

  • Monica Paolini (1996-97)

    Advisor: Martin I. Sereno

    Motion Processing in the California Ground Squirrel Extrastriate Cortex . A Temporal and Spatial Analysis Using Reverse Correlation Methods.

    President
    Senza Fili Consultants
    Seattle, WA

  • Dan Gruen (1995-96)

    Advisor: Donald A. Norman & Aaron Cicourel

    The Role of External Resources in the Management of Multiple Activities.

    Research Scientist
    IBM Watson Research Center

     

  • Christine Halverson (1995-96)

    Advisor: Edwin L. Hutchins

    Inside the Cognitive Workplace; New Technology and Air Traffic Control.

    Research Staff
    IBM Watson Research Center

  • Paul Maglio (1995-96)

    Advisor: David Kirsh

    The Computational Basis of Interactive Skill.

    Professor
    UC Merced
    School of Engineering

  • Kechen Zhang (1995-96)

    Advisor: Martin I. Sereno

    Neural Dynamics of World - Centered Spatial Representations.

    Assistant Professor
    Johns Hopkins University
    Biomedical Engineering & Neuroscience

Graduation Year: 1990 - 1995

  • Nick Flor (1994-95)

    Advisor: Edwin L. Hutchins

    Dynamic Organization in Multi-Agent Distributed Cognitive Systems.

    Faculty Chair
    University of New Mexico
    Anderson School of Management

  • Ken Baldwin (1993-94)

    Advisor: Marta Kutas

    An Event-Related Brain Potential Analysis of Implicit, Structured Sequence Learning.

    Senior Scientist
    Center Space Software/Music Strands

  • Anders Dale (1993-94)

    Advisor: Martin I. Sereno

    Source Localization and Spatial Discriminant Analysis of Event-Related Potentials; Linear Approaches.

    Professor
    UC San Diego
    Dept. of Neuroscience

  • Mike Kalish (1993-94)

    Advisor: Jeffrey Elman

    Information Integration: An Ecological and Connectionist Approach.

    Professor
    Syracuse University
    Department of Psychology

  • Jiajie Zhang (1991-92)

    Advisor: Donald A. Norman

    Distributed Representation: The Interaction Between Internal and External Information.

    Dr. Doris L. Ross Professor & Dean
    University of Texas, Houston
    School of Biomedical Informatics