CABCS Leadership & Staff

As a cooperative research center, we are managed by individuals from Tufts University and the U.S. Army Natick Soldier RDEC. Together, our leadership and committee members are experts spanning diverse scientific and technical domains. 

 

Co-Directors

 

Holly A. Taylor, Ph.D.
Co-Director, Center for Applied Brain & Cognitive Sciences
Professor, Tufts University Department of Psychology

Bio: Holly received her Bachelor's degree in mathematics from Dartmouth College in 1987, her Ph.D. from Stanford  University in 1992, and has been a faculty member at Tufts since 1994. As a professor in the Department of Psychology,  Holly directs the Spatial Cognition Laboratory, and is an expert in spatial language, navigation, science  education, and  spatial thinking. In addition to her work, she enjoys running road races, hiking, and spending time with her family.

 

Caroline R. Mahoney, Ph.D.
Co-Director, Center for Applied Brain & Cognitive Sciences
Team Leader, Cognitive Sciences, U.S. Army NSRDEC

Bio: Caroline received her Bachelor's degree in psychology from Denison College in 1997, her Ph.D. from Tufts University in 2002, and was first a cognitive scientist and now the team leader of the Cognitive Science team at the U.S. Army NSRDEC. As a scientist, Caroline is an expert in cognitive performance, nutrition and behavior, and interactions between physiological and cognitive workload. In addition to her work, she enjoys running and spending time with her husband and daughters. 

     

Scientific Managers

 

Tad Brunye, Ph.D.
Scientific Manager, Perception, Cognition, & Action
Senior Cognitive Scientist, U.S. Army Natick Soldier RDEC
Visiting Associate Professor, Tufts University Department of Psychology

Bio: Tad received his Bachelor's degree in psychology from Binghamton University (SUNY) in 2002, his Ph.D. from Tufts University in 2007, and since that time he has been a Cognitive Scientist at the U.S. Army NSRDEC, and a Visiting Associate Professor at Tufts. Tad is an expert in a variety of cognitive science domains, holding over 100 publications since receiving his doctorate. His interests include spatial perception and cognition, human-systems interaction and integration, neuromodulation, embodied cognition, nutrition and behavior, and emotion-cognition interactions. Google Scholar profile here. In addition to his work, he enjoys entrepreneurship, skiing, running, and spending time with his wife and sons.

 

Heather L. Urry, Ph.D.
Scientific Manager, Emotion & Neuroscience
Associate Professor, Tufts University Department of Psychology

Bio: Heather received her Bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Arizona in 1991, her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in 2001, and since that time has been a faculty member in the Department of Psychology at Tufts. At Tufts, Heather directs the Emotion, Brain, & Behavior Laboratory (EBBL), and is an expert in affective neuroscience, emotion expression and regulation, and well-being. In addition to her scientific work, Heather enjoys running, traveling, and spending time with her husband and son.

 

Matthias Scheutz, Ph.D.
Scientific Manager, Robotics & Artificial Intelligence
Professor, Tufts University Departments of Cognitive & Computer Sciences

Bio: Matthias holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Vienna, and a Ph.D. in Cognitive and Computer Sciences from Indiana University. He is a professor and Bernard M. Gordon senior faculty fellow, and directs the Human-Robot Interaction Lab (HRILAB) at Tufts. Matthias is a world-renowned expert in several scientific and technical domains, including artificial life, artificial intelligence, cognitive science, philosophy, and robotics. In addition to his work, he enjoys traveling and spending time with his family. 

     

NSRDEC Collaborators

 

F. Caroline Davis, Ph.D.
Visiting Scholar
Cognitive Scientist, U.S. Army Natick Soldier RDEC

Bio: Caroline received her PhD from Dartmouth college before working as a postdoc in the Laboratory of NeuroGenetics at Duke University. She then worked as a research fellow at Harvard Medical School (Massachusetts General Hospital), before taking a position as a cognitive scientist at the U.S. Army Natick Soldier RDEC (Natick, MA). Caroline shares her time between the the Army lab and Tufts University, working on a diverse set of projects focused on affective processing, brain imaging, resilience, and cognitive processing under physical and emotional stress. Email at f.caroline.davis@gmail.com

 

Matthew S. Cain, Ph.D.
Visiting Scholar
Cognitive Scientist, U.S. Army Natick Soldier RDEC

Bio: Matt received a Bachelor's degree in brain and cognitive science from MIT and and Ph.D. in psychology from U.C. Berkeley. He has held postdoctoral research positions at the Duke University Visual Cognition lab, the Brown University Laboratory for Cognitive and Perceptual Learning, and the Harvard Medical School (Brigham & Women's Hospital) Visual Attention Laboratory. As a research psychologist with the Army, Matt studies visual search, visual attention, and perceptual learning. Email at matthew.cain@tufts.edu

 

Marianna D. Eddy, Ph.D.
Instructor, Tufts Department of Psychology
Cognitive Scientist, U.S. Army Natick Soldier RDEC

Bio: Marianna received her Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience from Tufts University in 2008, working with Professor Holcomb on projects related to electrophysiological indices of object perception and language comprehension. She also completed a NRSA postdoctoral scholarship at MIT working with Professor Gabrieli on projects related to visual word recognition, typical reading development in children, and impaired reading development in dyslexia. Marianna is presently a Cognitive Scientist at the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC) in Natick, MA, and an instructor and visiting scholar in the Spatial Cognition Lab. Email at marianna.eddy@gmail.com

 

Erika Hussey, Ph.D.
Visiting Scholar
Cognitive Scientist, U.S. Army Natick Soldier RDEC

Bio: Erika received her Ph.D. in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2013 working with Jared Novick and Mike Dougherty. She also completed post-doctoral fellowships at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with Art Kramer and Kiel Christianson before becoming at Research Psychologist at the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC). Her background involves understanding how executive control influences higher-lever cognitive processes, including language processing and real-time decision making, by using cognitive training interventions and non-invasive brain stimulation (like, tDCS). Email at erikahussey@gmail.com

 

Aaron Gardony, Ph.D.
Cognitive Scientist, U.S. Army Natick Soldier RDEC

Bio: Aaron received his joint Ph.D. in Cognitive Science and Psychology from Tufts University in 2016. His graduate work focused on basic and applied research topics in spatial cognition, including navigation, spatial memory, and mental rotation. During graduate school, Aaron held a postgraduate research fellowship sponsored by the Oak Ridge Institute of Science & Education (ORISE) and received numerous accolades, including the Outstanding Academic Scholarship Award (Doctoral Level). Aaron’s current research continues to examine topics in spatial cognition and navigation, using both behavioral and neural approaches, as well as with emerging virtual and augmented reality technologies. Aaron is presently a Cognitive Scientist at the U.S. Army NSRDEC. In addition to his scientific pursuits, Aaron enjoys hiking, biking, and playing bass. Email at agardony@gmail.com

 

Grace Giles, Ph.D.
Cognitive Scientist, U.S. Army Natick Soldier RDEC

Bio: Grace received a Bachelor's degree in neuroscience from Middlebury College and Ph.D. in Psychology from Tufts University, working with Professor Robin Kanarek on projects related to nutrition, exercise, and cognitive behavior. During graduate school, Grace held the Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) scholarship. Currently, as a Cognitive Scientist at the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development, and Engineering Center (NSRDEC) and CABCS, she examines the influence of nutritional supplementation and physical fatigue on cognitive, emotional, and neural processing (e.g. functional near-infrared spectroscopy; fNIRS). Email at grace.emelia@gmail.com

     

Postdoctoral Scholars and other Center Staff

 

Eric C. Anderson, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral researcher, Center for Applied Brain & Cognitive Sciences

Bio: Eric received a Bachelor's degree in cognitive science from Hampshire College and a Ph.D. in psychology from Northeastern University in 2015 (training with Lisa Feldman Barrett). His research explores how affective feelings influence our experience of the world. He is an expert in affective science, food perception, and psychophysiology. In addition to his work, he enjoys being outdoors, traveling, food, spending time with family and friends.

 

Andrew G. Thompson, Ph.D., C.S.C.S.
Postdoctoral researcher, Center for Applied Brain & Cognitive Sciences

Bio: Andrew earned a Master's degree in Human Movement Sciences from Old Dominion University in 2012 and a Ph.D. in Kinesiology from Auburn University in 2016. His research explores applying classical and contemporary methods to predict, monitor, and enhance cognitive and motor learning/performance in high-stakes conditions and high-stress environments. He is an expert in psychomotor behavior and exercise physiology. In addition to his work, he enjoys competing in weightlifting and tactical marksmanship, playing sports, surfing, sailing, scuba diving, hunting/fishing, cooking, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

 

Zachary Haga
Senior Programmer Analyst, Center for Applied Brain and Cognitive Sciences

Bio: Zach completed graduate studies in Biopsychology and Computational Neuroscience at University of Chicago. He came to the Center from Indiana University where he served as the Robotics Expert for the Cognitive Science department. Zach has diverse research experience in electrophysiology, ranging from brainwave entrainment and hypnotic susceptibility to implicit and explicit motor learning with motor-­neuroprosthetics. He aids CABCS in its applied research techniques, from custom circuit board builds to data acquisition and analysis.

 

Daniel Grover
Computer Programmer, Center for Applied Brain and Cognitive Sciences

Bio: Dan received his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Game Design from Northeastern University in 2016. His experience as a game designer led him to become a Unity programmer for the center. Dan is responsible for creating scenarios and virtual environments for the center’s virtual reality caves. In addition to his work, he enjoys sports, playing video games, food, and spending time with family and friends.

 

Amy Wilson
Program Coordinator, Center for Applied Brain and Cognitive Sciences

Bio: Amy received her Bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary childhood studies from Hampshire College. Her years of experience working with children and families eventually led her into a role as the outreach and project coordinator for an child fMRI study based in the Saxe lab at MIT. Before joining the CABCS team, she was an administrative coordinator in the Office of Disability Services at Boston University. Amy is responsible for the daily administration of Center activities, and serves as a liaison between investigators funded by the Center and US Army personnel. Email at centerforabcs@tufts.edu

 

Amanda Holmes
Full-time Research Assistant & Laboratory Manager

Bio: Amanda graduated from the University of Rochester with a B. S. in brain in cognitive sciences and a minor in music studies. She previously worked as a research assistant in several laboratories at the University of Rochester, Northeastern University, and Brandeis University. Amanda works on projects related to spatial cognition, language processing, embodied cognition and mental simulation, brain stimulation, affective processing, and decision making. Email at aholmes82gmail.com

 

Shaina Martis
Full-time Research Assistant & Laboratory Manager

Bio: Shaina graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She previously worked as a professional research assistant and laboratory manager in several different laboratories at the University of Colorado Boulder. Shaina is currently working on projects investigating learning and memory, visual attention, spatial cognition, and cognitive control states. Email at shainabmartis@gmail.com 

     

Research Advisory Committee

The research advisory committee (RAC) is comprised of individuals from within and outside of Tufts University and NSRDEC. The RAC is called upon for expert inputs into initial program reviews, annual reviews, and proposals for continuation. They also play an important role in guiding Center research agendas, identifying and supporting transition goals, and maintaining center visibility across the services. Several individuals on the RAC additionally play a special role as Scientific Liaisons, embedding themselves within projects and guiding and supporting project work.
 

Dr. Christoph Börgers, Professor of Mathematics, Tufts University
Dr. Marianna Eddy, Cognitive Scientist, U.S. Army NSRDEC
Dr. Kevin Gluck, Principal Scientist, Air Force Research Laboratory

Dr. Jay Goodwin, Chief, Foundational Science Research Unit, Army Research Institute
Dr. Fred Gregory, Program Manager, Army Research Office
Dr. Tom McKenna, Project Officer, Office of Naval Research
Dr. William Messner, John R. Beaver Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Tufts University
Dr. Andy McKinley, Biomedical Engineer, Air Force Research Laboratory
Dr. Kelvin Oie, Cognitive Neuroscientist, U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL)