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UC Davis MIND Institute

UC Davis MIND Institute

Team Members

Tony J. Simon, Ph.D. Director 

Kathy Angkustsiri, M.D. Assistant Professor of Pediatrics — Kathy received her B.A. in psychology with a minor in Human Biology from Stanford University.  She attended New York University for her medical training and completed a pediatric residency at Children's Hospital Oakland.  Her research interests include dysmorphology in children with autism and other developmental disabilities.  Dr. Angkustsiri carries out research and provides clinical assessments for the chromosome 22q11.2 deletion syndrome children involved in the CABIL research studies.

Courtney Durdle, B.S., B.A. Junior Specialist – Courtney graduated from the University of California, Davis in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Human Development, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and a minor in Education. Her previous research experience includes working in the Memory and Development lab headed by Dr. Simona Ghetti, as well as the Social Attention and Virtual Reality Lab run by Dr. Peter Mundy. Her current research interests include working with children with neurodevelopmental disabilities, exploring neurocognitive impairments, social dynamics, and psychosis.  She hopes to attend graduate school for a PhD in Developmental Psychology in the fall of 2016.

Janice Enriquez, Ph.D. Psychologist — Janice is a licensed clinical psychologist who earned B.S. degrees in psychology and biochemistry from UC Davis.  She obtained her Ph.D. from Loma Linda University in clinical psychology with an emphasis on pediatric psychology and minor in neuropsychology.  Dr. Enriquez completed her clinical training, including postdoctoral fellowship, at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and the UC Davis CAARE Center.  Her clinical and research interests include developmental and neuropsychological functioning of children in various populations, including craniofacial disorders, particularly chromosome 22q11.2 deletion syndrome, developmental disabilities, accidental and non-accidental trauma, and abuse.  She currently conducts translational research assessments for children with chromosome 22q11.2 deletion syndrome as part of Dr. Simon's study.

Jordan Garner, B.S. Junior Specialist — Jordan received his undergraduate degree in 2014 at UC Davis, majoring in Psychology with a minor in Economics. Joining the team just after graduation, Jordan intends to study what abnormal brain development in 22q11.2DS reveals about how the brain gives rise to the mind. Jordan’s job is centered on participant cognitive testing, data processing, and study coordination, but he hopes that his opportunity to work with 22Q leads to a deeper understanding of how cognitive control, memory, and belief formation can be reduced to biological processes. His passions are music, philosophy, animation, and playing video games especially with participants who come to the lab.

Naomi Goodrich-Hunsaker, Ph.D. Postdoctoral Scholar — Naomi received her B.S. in Psychology with minors in German and Philosophy from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah in 2005, followed by a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah in 2009.  In 2009, Naomi joined the CABIL team as a postdoctoral scholar within the NeuroTherapeutic Research Institute.  Naomi’s research involves understanding and quantifying how variations in the mutation of a single gene (FMR1) produce a spectrum of cognitive dysfunction across various domains in both child and adults with fragile X syndrome and fragile X-associated tremor / Ataxia Syndrome (FXTAS).  Naomi is also developing and using state-of-the-art murine neuroimaging methods to study brain development in murine models of FXTAS, with the goal of comparing and contrasting behavioral and imaging data from the human and mouse models of FXTAS.

Ingrid Leckliter, Ph.D. Psychologist — Ingrid is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in developmental neuropsychology.  She has more than 20 years of experience providing clinical services to children with neurodevelopmental disorders and their families.  She earned her Ph.D. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1984 and completed post-doctoral training in clinical neuropsychology at Oregon Health Sciences University in 1986.   Learning disorders are an area of particular interest to her.  Dr. Leckliter is committed to helping families understand their child’s unique strengths and cope with their child's special needs.  This process enhances the child and parent relationship, thereby supporting the child's emotional coping skills, and his or her functioning in society.

Abbie M. Popa, B.S. Graduate Student Researcher – Abbie earned her degree in Cognitive Neuroscience from Brown University in 2010. While at Brown University, she worked at a few research labs as well as the Groden Center where she was a treatment teacher for children profoundly affected by autism. She also spent a semester volunteering in Thailand at a group home for children with disabilities. Between college and graduate school, Abbie worked at Women and Infants Hospital as a research assistant learning how adults who had been born preterm were affected by stress. Through her previous work, Abbie developed an interest in learning how anxiety affects cognition, an interaction she feels cuts across multiple disorders, including 22q11.2 deletion syndrome. She particularly hopes to research how anxiety impacts self-regulation through attention and executive function.

Alumni and Collaborators

Freddy Bassal, B.S.

Joel Bish, Ph.D. — Ursinus College

Carrie Bearden, Ph.D. — University of California, Los Angeles

Elliott A. Beaton, Ph.D. — University of New Orleans

Margie Cabaral, B.S.

Nina Q. Cung, B.A, B.S.

Joshua R. Cruz, B.S.

Yi (Michelle) Deng, Ph.D.

Christine Godwin, B.S.

Michele Mazzocco, Ph.D. — Kennedy Krieger Institute

Y Bella McLennan, B.S.

Marisol Q. Mendoza, M.A.

Vy Nguyen, B.A.

Yufeng Qin, B.S.

Andrea I. Quintero, B.S.

Dave Reyes, B.S.

Tracy Riggins (DeBoer), Ph.D. — University of Maryland

Judith Ross, M.D. — Thomas Jefferson University

Heather Shapiro, B.A.

Siddharth Srivastava (Sid), Ph.D.

Joel Johnson Stoddard, M.D.

Yukari Takarae, Ph.D.

Nicole Tartaglia, M.D.

Ling M. Wong, B.S.

Zhongle Wu, Ph.D.