Who we are

Kristi Clark, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator

I am an Assistant Professor of Neurology in the Laboratory of Neuro Imaging and the Institute for Neuroimaging and Informatics, at Keck School of Medicine of USC. I am the leader of the Connectivity and Network Development Group (CANDL). I oversee this project and others using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to study how the brain works. In this project we want to learn more about how the brain changes when kids are learning how to read.

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Ryan Cabeen

My research interests generally lie in the development and evaluation of computational tools for modeling, visualizing, and analyzing scientific imaging datasets. I'm particularly interested in the intersection of computer science, imaging, and neuroscience. My current research investigates computational techniques for better understanding brain structure through diffusion magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). You can read more at https://cabeen.io

Kirsten Lynch

Graduate student in Neuroscience

I am a graduate student in Dr. Clark's lab at USC with an interest in developmental neuroscience and neuroimaging. I have spent the past 3 years doing clinical research with typically developing children and children with developmental disorders. I was trained in administering various neuropsychological tests and have extensive experience using MRI to scan young children for research purposes. I believe it is important to create a safe, trusting, and fun environment during testing and MRI sessions in order to make the most out of your experience with us. I look forward to meeting with you and having fun learning with your child on the study day!

Hadley McGregor

Study Coordinator

I am the research coordinator in Dr. Clark's lab. In addition to my assistance in the lab I work as a cognitive interventionist for children with neurodevelopmental disorders. I love working with children and I look forward to being a part of a research project that will provide more information on how children's brains operate when they are learning to read. I am excited to meet you and your child and I cannot wait to share in a fun and enjoyable research experience!

Max Orozco

Project Specialist

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Farshid Sepehrband

Surafael Yared

I am a recent graduate of USC as an undergraduate neuroscience and cognitive science major and now function as a research assistant in Dr. Clark's lab. My primary focus is in the processing and analysis of the MRI data we collect, both for this study and others. The processing pipelines I develop help us extract useful findings about brain anatomy from the images. In addition, I am trained both in MRI safety and the neuropsychological testing we administer so I assist with both of those in this project as well.