Research Teams

Dr. Heidi Feldman

Cory Dodson, Lauren Borchers, Dr. Lisa Bruckert (postdoc)

Dr. Lynne Huffman

Dr. Lauren Hubner (instructor), Mai Manchanda

Dr. Irene Loe

Nicole Heller

Dr. Katie Travis

Cory Dodson


Michal Ben Shachar, PhD

Dr. Michal Ben-Shachar is a Lecturer in the English Department and a member of the Gonda Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center at Bar Ilan University, where she is the Head of the Neurolinguistics Lab. She completed her Ph.D. at Tel-Aviv University and conducted postdoctoral research at Stanford University.

Learn more about Dr. Ben-Shachar's Neurolinguistics Lab.

Bruce McCandliss, PhD

Dr. Bruce McCandliss is a Professor of Education and, by courtesy, of Psychology in the Stanford University Department of Education. His area of focus is educational neuroscience. 

Brian Wandell, PhD

Dr. Brian Wandell is the Isaac and Madeline Stein Family Professor of Psychology and, by courtesy, of Electrical Engineering and Ophthalmology. As founder of Stanford's Center for Neurobiological Imaging, he collaborates with Dr. Feldman on neuroimaging of children at risk for language and reading disorders. 

Kristen Yeom, MD

Dr. Kristen Yeom is an Associate Professor of Radiology at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford with expertise in neuroradiology in children. 

Clinical Research Coordinators

Lauren Borchers, BA

Lauren is the Co-Lab Manager and Clinical Research Coordinator for Dr. Feldman. She graduated early from The University of Colorado Boulder with distinction, receiving her B.A. in Psychology in December 2015. While Lauren was at CU Boulder, she worked for the Center for Health and Addiction: Neuroscience, Genes, and Environment Lab. She was the Chapter President of Psi Chi and was an active member of the community volunteering with the Mental Health Partners. Lauren is extensively involved in the development, testing, and analysis of three studies in the lab: Reading in Preterm and Full term Children, Reading, Parents and Children Together and a Computer-Assisted Reading Intervention. She is committed to understanding the disparities of reading acquisition in children born preterm and their cognitive and neuropsychological underpinnings. Lauren plans to earn her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in the upcoming years.

Cory Dodson, BA

Cory is a research assistant and assistant lab manager for Dr. Loe and Dr. Feldman. She graduated from Stanford University in June 2015 with a B.A. in Human Biology, with a concentration in Maternal and Children’s Health. As an undergraduate, Cory was a research assistant for the Stanford Project on Adaptation and Resilience in Kids in the Stanford School of Education. She assisted with projects that assessed children’s self-regulatory skills in the context of a school environment. As a part of the DBP Research Group, Cory coordinates the Brain Training in Children at Risk for Inattention, Hyperactivity, and Executive Function Impairment study and assists with the neuroscience components of the Reading in Preterm and Full Term Children study. Cory is broadly interested in the neurological correlates of behavior as well as how in-utero complications and early life stress influence a child's development. She will continue to explore her interests as a member of the DBP Research Group team.

Nicole Heller, BA

Nicole is a research assistant for Dr. Loe. She graduated from University of California, Berkeley in May 2016 with a B.A. in Psychology and an Education minor. As an undergraduate at UC Berkeley, Nicole was a research assistant in the Bunge Lab, a cognitive neuroscience lab, where she worked on a study that examined the effects of play based intervention on mathematics and fluid reasoning skills in Kindergarteners and first graders. She also worked with children of all ages as an educator at the Marine Science Institute. As a part of the DBP Research Group, Nicole coordinates the study entitled Brain Training in Children at Risk for Inattention, Hyperactivity, and Executive Function Impairment. Broadly, Nicole is interested in the practical applications of developmental pediatric research to early childhood and elementary education. More specifically, she would like to use this research to improve the overall school experience for children with learning differences. In the future, Nicole plans to pursue a Graduate Degree in School Psychology.

Mai Manchanda, BA

Mai Manchanda is a doctoral student in clinical psychology in the PGSP-Stanford PsyD Consortium at Palo Alto University. She is currently working with Dr. Huffman as a research assistant.  Mai is a graduate of Brown University. Her clinical interests include working with children, adolescents, and their families; Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT); and family systems. Research interests include psychological flexibility, psychotherapy processes, ethics, and education/training/professional development in clinical psychology.

Research Alums

Lisa Gresch, MS, CCC-SLP

Vanessa Kovachy, MEd

Elizabeth Loi, BA

Yael Leitner, MD

Jenna Adams, BA

Elizabeth Martin, MD

Nchedo Ezeokoli, BA