Meet the Team

Rita Z. Goldstein, PhD, Chief
Rita Goldstein is a Professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She received her PhD in Health Clinical Psychology from the University of Miami, FL, in 1999 after completing a year-long internship in neuropsychology at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center on Long Island. She completed her 3-year post-doc training in imaging in addictive disorders at Brookhaven National Laboratory. In 2002, Dr. Goldstein received her license in clinical psychology and became Assistant Scientist at the medical research department at Brookhaven National Laboratory, advancing to the Associate position in 2004, and to a Scientist position in 2006; tenure was awarded in 2008. She moved to the Icahn School of Medicine in January 2013. Her research has been independently funded by several federal and private agencies (including NIDA, NIMH, and National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression). During the last decade her research interests have focused on functional neuroimaging in cocaine addiction, with specific emphasis on using multimodal imaging (including pharmacological fMRI, PET and EEG/ERP) to study the role of dopamine and prefrontal cortical deficits in iRISA (Impairments in Response Inhibition and Salience Attribution) in this population.

Nelly Alia-Klein PhD, Co-Chief
Nelly Alia-Klein is an associate professor at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She received her PhD in clinical psychology from the graduate school of arts and sciences at Columbia University in New York City in 2002 followed by an internship at Hillside Hospital in adult psychology. She completed a 3 year post-doctorate in neuroimaging of addiction at Brookhaven National Laboratory T32 training program. Alia-Klein’s research interests concentrate on gene-brain-behavior mechanisms underlying violent behaviors and drug addiction. She has both the expertise and clinical experience to conduct innovative and integrated basic and clinical translational research studies that aim to elucidate complex psychopathology.

Scott J. Moeller, PhD
Scott Moeller is an Assistant Professor at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He received his PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan, studying conscious and unconscious determinants of behavioral and emotional self-control, with applications to substance abuse. His recent research, funded under an F32 fellowship from NIDA, has probed for specific neurocognitive (insight) impairment in cocaine addiction, in which online monitoring of willed behavior is compromised. In particular, he has investigated the behavioral manifestations, neural correlates, and impact on clinical outcome of such impaired behavioral insight. Even more recently, he has become increasingly interested in probing for genetic modulation of drug- and aversive- cue reactivity in addiction, tested using multimodal neuroimaging and behavioral dependent variables.

Muhammad A. Parvaz, PhD
Muhammad Parvaz is a post-doc fellow at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He received his PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Stony Brook University studying deficits in reward sensitivity in drug addiction and their quantification using electrocortical biomarkers. His current research interest lies in studying neurobiological underpinnings of drug addiction and other psychiatric disorders and associated deficits in reward sensitivity and emotion (dys)regulation, using structural and functional MRI and EEG techniques. As a cognitive neuroscientist with a background in biomedical engineering, he places special emphasis on developing tools and algorithms for acquiring and analyzing neuroimaging data. Currently, his research involves developing and testing a non-pharmacological intervention for cocaine addiction based on real time neurofeedback training using EEG. This project is funded through an F32 postdoctoral training grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Anna B. Konova, graduate student, Stony Brook University, Psychology
Anna Konova is a fourth-year PhD student in Psychology (Integrative Neuroscience area) at Stony Brook University. Her research primarily focuses on the influence of stimulant drugs (both chronic and short-term) on reward system function. Specifically, she is interested in understanding how chronic drug use changes the way individuals evaluate rewards and risk, and the functional and structural underpinnings of these changes. She is also interested in the neural mechanisms of therapeutic interventions in addiction, and how these mechanisms could be targeted and potentially modified for better outcomes.

Michail Misyrlis, graduate student, Stony Brook University, Computer Science
Michail Misyrlis is currently pursuing a PhD in Machine Learning in the Computer Science Department of Stony Brook University. He is interested in developing LASSO regression (and other machine learning) algorithms to explore the multimodal data acquired by NARC with the goal of automatically classifying individuals based on their risk profiles for both addiction and anger disorders.

Kristin Schneider, BA
Kristin Schneider has recently graduated from New York University with honors, majoring in Psychology and Sociology. Having previously worked on research regarding legal decision making, Kristin has become particularly interested in addiction treatment and prevention. She intends to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology, focusing on risk and resilience factors related to addiction disorders, as well as community interventions for the primary prevention of such conditions. As our Clinical Research Coordinator, she looks forward to learning more about the particular behavioral and neural correlates of addiction, in addition to better understanding pharmacological treatments and other interventions for inhibitory control disorders.

Fred Uquillas, BA
Fred Uquillas received his BA in Psychology with a focus in Neuroscience from the University of California Berkeley. He has worked at the Berkeley Psychophysiology Laboratory under Robert Levenson, PhD, where he helped study the physiological correlates of neurodegenerative disease on emotion and cognitive control. He also worked at the D’Esposito Brain Imaging Laboratory under Mark D'Esposito, MD, and was a Biology Fellow thanks to the support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Integrative Biology Department of UC Berkeley, in addition to being appointed a student researcher for the San Francisco Veteran's Affairs Medical Center. Utilizing fMRI methods and pharmacological tools, his research efforts focused on trying to better understand how dopaminergic modulation of frontostriatal networks influence working memory and decision making.

Rebecca Preston-Campbell, PhD 
Rebecca Preston-Campbell is a postdoctoral fellow at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.  She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Hofstra University, with her clinical background strongly rooted in evidence-based treatment modalities, specifically cognitive behavior therapy and mindfulness based approaches. She received training at the New York State Psychiatric Institute studying sex differences in behaviors related to cocaine and alcohol use disorders in various groups of men and women, including current cocaine and/or alcohol users. Her research interests concentrate on factors involved in impaired self-regulatory behaviors that are often implicated in the development and maintenance of substance use and impulse control disorders.

Pias Malaker, BS
Pias Malaker is a recent graduate from the Biomedical Engineering program at Stony Brook University. He has previously volunteered with the group at their previous institution. He intends to pursue his medical degree to become a surgeon. Pias will work with the group as a Data Entry Specialist. He is responsible for database management and development.

Thomas Maloney, PhD - Laboratory Operations Manager

Anita Kalaj, MA - Clinical Research Coordinator

Vladimir Bernstein
Farnam Kazi
Vishwas Parwani

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