CABCS Leadership & Staff

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

Center Administration

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Sue Grodberg
Project Coordinator, Center for Applied Brain and Cognitive Sciences

Bio: Sue received her Bachelor's degree in Assistive Technology from UMass Amherst, and a Master's in Education (Assistive Technology in the K-12 Curriculum) from Simmons University. She has served in a variety of positions, from Human Services staff to computer programmer to administrative and operations manager in research/academic and corporate settings. At the Center she serves roles in administration and operations management. Sue loves to travel, work on art projects, play games, and spend time with friends and family. Email at centerforabcs@tufts.edu

TJ Oetinger

TJ Oetinger
Program Administrator, Center for Applied Brain and Cognitive Sciences

Bio: TJ received his Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Keene State College. Prior to coming to the Center his primary focus was Finance and Budget Analysis, with his most recent experience in the parking industry. TJ is responsible for the daily administration of Center activities, and serves as a liaison between investigators funded by the Center and US Army personnel. In addition to his work, he enjoys hiking and spending time outdoors with his wife and two children. Email at centerforabcs@tufts.edu

Center Leadership

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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.

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Caroline R. Mahoney, Ph.D.
Co-Director, Center for Applied Brain & Cognitive Sciences
Division Chief, U.S. Army DEVCOM Soldier Center

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, then a team leader, and now division chief at the U.S. Army DEVCOM Soldier Center. 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. 

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

Bio: Tad received his Bachelor's degree in psychology from Binghamton University (SUNY) in 2002 and his Ph.D. from Tufts University in 2007, and since that time he has been a Senior Cognitive Scientist at the U.S. Army DEVCOM Soldier Center, and a Visiting Associate Professor at Tufts. Tad is an expert in a variety of cognitive science domains, holding over 125 publications since receiving his doctorate, and the recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). His interests include monitoring, predicting, and enhancing human performance across a range of perceptual, cognitive, physical, and emotional domains. Google Scholar profile here. In addition to his work, he enjoys entrepreneurship, skiing, running, and traveling with his wife and sons.

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Eric Miller, Ph.D.
Scientific Manager, Prediction and Data Sciences
Professor and Chair, Tufts University Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Bio: Eric holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is a professor and chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Adjunct Professor of Computer Science, and Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Engineering. Eric is a world-renowned expert in several scientific and technical domains, including the development and analysis of signal and image processing algorithms, multiscale modeling and inversion, medical image processing and analysis, and data sciences approaches to dynamic, non-linear, multivariate human performance prediction. In addition to his work, Eric enjoys spending time with his wife, three children and dogs, "Teddy Bear" and "Woody" Miller.

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Heather L. Urry, Ph.D.
Scientific Manager, Emotion & Neuroscience
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.

DEVCOM Soldier Center Personnel

Marianna D. Eddy, Ph.D.
Instructor, Tufts Department of Psychology
Visiting Scholar, Center for Applied Brain and Cognitive Sciences
Team Leader, U.S. Army DEVCOM Soldier Center

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 the Team Lead for the Cognitive Science and Applications Team at the U.S. Army DEVCOM Soldier Center in Natick, MA, an instructor with the Tufts Department of Psychology, and a visiting scholar at CABCS. Email at marianna.eddy@gmail.com

Julie Cantelon, Ph.D.
Visiting Scholar, Center for Applied Brain and Cognitive Sciences
Cognitive Scientist, U.S. Army DEVCOM Soldier Center
Doctoral Student, Tufts University Dept. of Psychology

Bio: Julie graduated from Denison University in 2013 with a B.S. in Psychology and a concentration in Neuroscience. Prior to graduate school, she worked as a senior research coordinator at CABCS and the U.S. Army DEVCOM Soldier Center. Julie holds a Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) scholarship and earned her M.S. in Psychology from Tufts University in 2019 working with Dr. Robin Kanarek and Dr. Nathan Ward. She is currently pursuing a PhD, and continues to work at CABCS and DEVCOM Soldier Center. Her research focuses on cognitive performance during physical exercise, as well as interactions between physical and emotional stress on cognitive control and decision-making. Email at jacantelon@gmail.com

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Seth Elkin-Frankston, Ph.D.
Visiting Scholar, Center for Applied Brain and Cognitive Sciences
Cognitive Scientist, U.S. Army DEVCOM Soldier Center

Bio: Seth received his Ph.D. in Anatomy and Neurobiology from Boston University School of Medicine. His graduate work focused on understanding how different brain areas interact to process visual information to develop techniques that could provide lasting changes to visual performance. After completing a post-doctoral fellowship in Paris, Seth worked in industry where he developed and led a breadth of Government funded research programs. Seth is presently a Cognitive Scientist at the U.S. Army DEVCOM Soldier Center in Natick, MA. Email at seth.elkin_frankston@tufts.edu

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Aaron Gardony, Ph.D.
Visiting Scholar, Center for Applied Brain and Cognitive Sciences
Cognitive Scientist, U.S. Army DEVCOM Soldier Center

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 DEVCOM Soldier Center. In addition to his scientific pursuits, Aaron enjoys hiking, biking, and playing bass. Email at agardony@centerforabcs.org

grace giles tufts

Grace Giles, Ph.D.
Visiting Scholar, Center for Applied Brain and Cognitive Sciences
Cognitive Scientist, U.S. Army DEVCOM Soldier Center

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 DEVCOM Soldier Center 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

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Erika Hussey, Ph.D.
Visiting Scholar, Center for Applied Brain and Cognitive Sciences
Cognitive Scientist, U.S. Army DEVCOM Soldier Center

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 DEVCOM Soldier Center. 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

Center Research Staff

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Grace Elliott
Senior Research Coordinator

Bio: Gracie graduated from Boston College in 2018 with a B.S. in Psychology. Before joining the center, she worked as a research assistant in the Morality Lab at Boston College, the Nock Lab at Harvard, and the Vision Lab at Harvard. Gracie’s research interests include EEG, neuromodulation, and the mechanisms underlying decision making processes.

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Kell Grandjean da Costa, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Researcher, Center for Applied Brain & Cognitive Sciences

Bio: Kell receives his Bachelor's degree in Physical Education (2011) and a Master's in Molecular Biology (2015) in Brazil. He received his Ph.D. in Health Science (2019-Brazil) with a one-year internship (2018-19) in the Psychology department at Tufts University. At CABCS, he is researching the effects of physical fitness on cognitive, emotional, and neural processing. Email at Kell.Grandjean_Da_Costa@tufts.edu

daniel grover

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.

dalit hendel

Dalit Hendel
Senior Research Coordinator

Bio: Dalit graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelor’s degree in Cognitive Science and Economics. She previously worked as a research assistant in the Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory at Northwestern University. Dalit is currently working on projects related to spatial cognition, brain stimulation, decision making, learning and memory. Email at Dalit.Hendel@tufts.edu 

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Manob Jyoti Saikia, PhD
Senior Programmer Analyst, Center for Applied Brain and Cognitive Sciences

Bio: Manob received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Rhode Island, USA in 2019. He received his Bachelor's and Master's degree in Electrical Engineering in 2009 and 2013 respectively. He is passionate about improving the quality of human life, in this sense, he has been working on all the major aspects of research and development in neuroimaging, wearable health monitoring systems, medical devices and medical imaging since 2012. Not only he has a keen interest in research, but also, he enjoys the companionship of people and sharing ideas and knowledge. He organized many technical events, conferences, workshops, hack-a-tones, and outreach programs in the past. In addition, he has a variety of hobbies such as photography, yoga, salsa dance, hiking and club activities. He is also a fitness enthusiast and he is into natural bodybuilding or the past 14+ years.

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Kana Okano, PhD
Cognitive Scientist, Principal Investigator, Center for Applied Brain and Cognitive Sciences

Bio: Kana received her Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from Tufts University in 2012, working with Professor Phillip Holcomb on visual word recognition using ERP. Before becoming a Research Associate at CABCS, she completed her post-doctoral work at MIT with John Gabrieli and Susan Whitfield-Gabrieli and a Research Scientist position at MIT Integrated Learning Initiative. Her background involves using various neuroimaging techniques (EEG, MEG, fMRI) to understand the neural underpinnings and functions underlying higher-level cognitive processes. Email at: Kana.Okano@tufts.edu

Sara Olenich
Senior Research Coordinator

Bio: Sara graduated from South Dakota State University with a B.S. in Biology and a B.A in Health Promotion in 2010, and West Virginia University with a M.S. in Exercise Physiology in 2013. Before joining the Center, she worked as a Research Assistant in a Connective Tissue Lab at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Harvard researching stretching and inflammation. At the Center, Sara is researching physical fitness on cognitive, emotional, and neural processing and collecting data for prediction studies.

Kate Powell
Senior Research Coordinator, Center for Applied Brain and Cognitive Sciences

Bio: Kate received an Ed.M in Human Development and Psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2016. She previously worked as a research assistant at Boston Children’s Hospital where she studied the affects of media on child development. She was also a research administrator at the Lab for Innovation Sciences at Harvard where she coordinated precision medicine crowdsourcing contests. Kate is currently a senior research coordinator at CABCS, after having served as our Program Administrator for several years!

Research Advisory Committee

The research advisory committee (RAC) is comprised of individuals from within and outside of Tufts University and DEVCOM Soldier Center. 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, Team Leader, Cognitive Science and Applications Team, U.S. Army DEVCOM Soldier Center
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)  

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