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Post-Doctoral Researchers


Dr. Yana Fandakova

Post-Doctoral Researcher
Ph.D., Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany
Email: fandakova@ucdavis.edu
Curriculum Vitæ…

Yana is interested in the development of episodic memory and cognitive control from middle childhood to old age, and its neural underpinning. Her previous research at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, Germany examined lifespan age differences in false memory and the neural correlates of aging deficits in mnemonic control. In collaboration with Prof. Simona Ghetti and Prof. Silvia Bunge, Yana is currently investigating the contributions of functional activation, regional gray matter and structural connectivity to the development of different aspects of mnemonic control during middle childhood.


Dr. Janani Prabhakar

Post-Doctoral Researcher
Ph.D., Rutgers University, New Brunswick
Curriculum Vitæ…

Janani investigates the development of future-oriented behavior. Her prior research at Rutgers University explored the memory processes that underlie the construction of future events, as well as the development of moral decision-making in preschoolers. She is collaborating with Simona Ghetti to investigate future-oriented behavior in early childhood and adolescence using both behavioral and neuroimaging methodologies.

Dr. Diana Selmeczy

Post-Doctoral Researcher
Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis
Curriculum Vitæ…

Diana’s research examines episodic memory and decision-making. Diana’s work at Washington University in St. Louis focused on how people make recognition memory decisions and how environmental information may influence such decisions. She has been interested in examining factors that affect memory and decision-making, such as aging and metacognition, as well as examining the neural underpinnings of these processes. Her collaboration with Dr. Simona Ghetti will use both behavioral and neuroimaging methodologies to investigate how children and adolescents learn to incorporate environmental information during their memory decisions.



Dr. Joshua K. Lee

Post-Doctoral Researcher
Ph.D., University of California Davis 2016
Curriculum Vitæ…

Joshua’s research encompasses typical and atypical cognitive development with a focus on developmental processes occurring within the medial temporal lobes.

Graduate Students

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Christine Coughlin

Doctoral Candidate

B.S. in Psychobiology, University of California, Los Angeles, 2003
Email: cacoughlin@ucdavis.edu 
Curriculum Vitae…

I investigate the development of memory and associated high-level cognitive processes across childhood. I am especially interested in using behavioral and neuroimaging methods to elucidate the relationship between remembering one’s past and envisioning one’s future, and how knowledge about this topic might be used to help individuals with deficits in future-oriented thought processes.


Elliott Johnson

Graduate Student
BA Psychology, Carleton College 2013
Email: elljohnson@ucdavis.edu

I am interested in connecting neurological development to the emergence of learning, memory, and executive function capabilities in early childhood.

Junior Specialists

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Peter Desautels

Junior Specialist
B.S. in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior, University of California, Davis, 2014
Email: pjdesautels@ucdavis.edu 

A former UC Davis undergrad, I have a B.S. in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior with a minor in Psychology. I am especially interested in hormonal influences on episodic memory.


Sarah Leckey

Junior Specialist
B.S. in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior, B.A. in Psychology, University of California, Davis, 2015

Coming soon.