Speakers

Keynotes

Dr. Adam Anderson
adam-anderson.pngAt some point in time I have found myself at Vassar, Harvard, City College NY, Yale, Stanford, and the University of Toronto. Born in Brooklyn and raised in Staten Island, I am happy to be back in my home state of NY and hoping to live up to Cornell’s land grant mission.

I am interested in the role of the emotions in all human faculties, from shaping the very first stages of perception to rendering judgments on what is moral. Considering both psychological and neural levels of analysis, a guiding principle in my work is understanding the function of emotions as distinct tools intended to help rather than hurt us.  In recognition of this work, I have received the APA Early Career Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions in cognitive and behavioral neuroscience and the Cognitive Neuroscience Society Young Investigator Award.

Dr. Eve De Rosa
eve-derosa.jpgMy work can be best described as comparative cognitive neuroscience, which is characterized by two related approaches. One is a cross-species approach, comparing rat models of the neurochemistry of attention and learning to humans, focusing on the neurochemical acetylcholine. The other is an across the lifespan approach, examining the cholinergic hypothesis of age-related changes in cognition.

We use activity mapping from fMRI data to provide theoretical models that can then be more fully tested in rats combining local field potential recordings with immunotoxic lesions and pharmacology.

I received my B.A. in Biology-Psychology from Vassar College and then worked as a research assistant for a few years at Harvard University School of Medicine and fell in love with research. I was trained in animal neuroscience and received my Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from Harvard University and then received training in human neuroscience as a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University School of Medicine. I enjoy bringing both of these approaches together in my lab.

Breakouts

Dr. Christina Michaelson
christina-michaelson.pngDr. Christina Michaelson received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Purdue University and completed her internship at Hutchings Psychiatric Center where she received certification in Geropsychology from the National Institute of Mental Health. Prior to joining the Le Moyne faculty, she worked as a licensed psychologist at Hutchings Psychiatric Center, Benjamin Rush Center, and in private practice.  At Le Moyne, she has taught a number of courses, but most recently teaches Abnormal Psychology and Positive Psychology.  She enjoys and is committed to teaching, mentoring, and academic advising, and she received the Beatrice Robinson, Ph.D., Advisor of the Year Award in 2010. Her scholarly interests include the study of defining and implementing strategies for inner peace and forgiveness. She also is interested in the scholarship of teaching and learning, including comparing pedagogical techniques in the classroom such as evaluating the effects of service-learning or completing a Positive Psychology course on academic and personal development.