Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience: systems neuroscience, electrophysiology, neuroimaging, reward processing, reinforcement learning, prefrontal cortex, psychosis
My name is Lindsay Shaffer and I'm a rising 5th year PhD student in the CBN program. My advisor is Dr. Jim Thompson. I am also a NSF NRT Fellow through the Center for Adaptive Systems of Brain-Body Interactions (CASBBI).
My research primarily focuses on understanding the pathophysiology of psychotic disorders. I am particularly interested in studying systemic approaches to reward processing, such as how sensory and value information converge together within the brain, because of the high prevalence of reward deficits in these diseases.
I'm also strongly interested in efforts improving patient outcomes and precision medicine initiatives. As a part of my NSF NRT Fellowship, I'm currently collaborating with members of the S.T.A.R. Lab, the Biomedical Imaging Lab, the Michael J. Fox Foundation, and the INOVA Parkinson's and Movement Disorders Clinic to develop a novel application that can remotely measure symptoms in Parkinson's disease and share collected information with the patient's clinical care team.
Sedlak TW, Nucifora LG, Koga M, Shaffer LS, Higgs C, Tanaka T, Wang AM, Coughlin JM, Barker PB, Fahey JW, Sawa A. Sulforaphane augments glutathione and influences brain metabolites in human subjects: A clinical pilot study. Mol Neuropsychiatry. 2018 May;3(4):214-222.
Mills EW, Shaffer LS, Goes FS, Sawa A, Nucifora FC Jr. Case of secondary tics associated with olanzapine in an adult. Front Psychiatry. 2017 Aug 15;8:150.
CASBBI National Science Foundation (NSF) NRT Fellowship (2020-2022; Sponsor: NSF)
PSYC 372 - Biopsychology
B.A., Psychology - University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC)