IVY F. TSO, Ph.D., L.P.
Dr. Tso is interested in understanding the psychological and neural basis of altered social and emotional processes in psychiatric disorders, especially schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and related syndromes. She uses behavioral experiments, electrophysiology (EEG/ERP), neuroimaging (fMRI), eye tracking, and neuromodulation (TMS) methods to identify biobehavioral markers and to delineate dynamic brain network models underlying these disorders. The ultimate goal of her research is to develop effective and personalized treatments to help people with severe mental illnesses to lead a meaningful and fulfilling life.
Dr. Tso is a licensed clinical psychologist and serves as the Training and Clinical Director of the Program for Risk Evaluation and Prevention (PREP), a clinical and research program for youth with early signs of psychosis and serious mental illnesses. She is actively involved in patient care, clinical training, and community educational outreach.
Dr. Tso is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Medical School, and Adjunct Associate Professor in Psychology, LSA, at the University of Michigan. She received her B.Soc.Sc. (Psychology) and M.Phil. (Psychiatry) from the University of Hong Kong. She completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and postdoctoral training at the University of Michigan. In her spare time, Dr. Tso enjoys reading mystery novels, traveling, and binge-watching old TV shows on Netflix. [CV]
Christine Ribbens Grimm, B.A., B.S.N, R.N.
Christine holds both a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Michigan. She is dedicated to improving the quality of life for individuals living with mental health disorders. As manager for the MiScan lab, she supports the high-quality execution of research projects for Dr. Tso and her team including: Disrupted eye gaze perception as a biobehavioral marker of social dysfunction: An RDoC investigation and a Psychophysiological Signature of Affective Response Inhibition and Stress in Bipolar Disorder. Christine also serves as the clinical care coordinator for the Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Program. She is currently pursuing her graduate degree in nursing from Eastern Michigan University.
TAKAKUNI SUZUKI, Ph.D.
Taka completed his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Purdue University and his clinical internship at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He joined the University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry as a postdoctoral fellow in September 2019. Taka’s research interests are in understanding mental illnesses in a broad transdiagnostic dimensional model, specifically by leveraging advanced statistical techniques and multiple measurement methods (e.g., questionnaire, physiological indicators). He is particularly interested in understanding the effects and processes that underlie the interactions between individual differences (e.g., personality, symptoms, risk factors) and context (e.g., other people, stimuli). His clinical interests are in treating commonly co-occurring mental illnesses, such as psychosis, depression, substance use, and trauma.
SCOTT BLAIN, Ph.D.
Scott is a postdoctoral fellow who joined the lab in Fall of 2021. His research seeks to identify joint mechanisms of normal-range personality traits and related psychopathology dimensions, with a particular focus on psychosis, antagonism, and autism. His research approach combines fMRI, questionnaires, and behavioral tasks using a variety of latent variable modeling methods. Scott also enjoys teaching and incorporates evidence-based pedagogy, dimensional psychopathology research, and narrative analysis into his courses.
Scott completed his Ph.D. in Personality Psychology at University of Minnesota Twin Cities and a B.S. in Cognitive Studies at Vanderbilt. His former advisors and current collaborators include Colin DeYoung, Bob Krueger, Sohee Park, and Blythe Corbett. His work has been published in journals like Schizophrenia Bulletin, JPSP, and Journal of Abnormal Psych. When Scott’s not doing research or teaching, he likes to travel, play piano, binge watch TV, hang out with his cat “Cumin,” and eat tasty food.
CARLY LASAGNA, B.A.
Carly Lasagna is a clinical science PhD student working with Dr. Ivy Tso. She is interested in the mechanisms of cognitive control and perceptual decision-making in psychosis and bipolar disorder. Her goal in research is to bring together computational modeling, neuroimaging, and neuromodulation methods in order to generate model-based neuroscience perspectives on complex psychiatric disorders that will facilitate more effective, individualized treatment. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, drawing, and photography.
PAN GU, B.S.
Pan completed her BA in neuroscience at Colorado College. She joined the University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry as a research coordinator in September 2019. Pan's research interest is in understanding the underlying neural mechanism behind serious mental illness. In particular, to examine social cognition between populations with and without a history of psychosis using behavioral and neuroimaging methods. In the future, Pan plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.
LAURA LOCARNO, B.S.
Laura recently completed her B.S. in Neurobiology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she conducted research involving human psychophysics underlying the neural basis of vision and visually guided behavior. She joined the University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry as a study coordinator in October 2020. Broadly, she is interested in understanding the neurobiological basis of psychological disorders. Laura plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in Neuropsychology. In her free time, Laura enjoys playing tennis and spending time with her family, friends, and dog.
TESSA CHOLEWICKI, B.Sc.
Tessa Cholewicki joined the Michigan Department of Psychiatry as a study coordinator in July 2021. Tessa holds a B.Sc. from Michigan State University in Statistics. Prior to joining the team, Tessa worked in Healthcare IT as an analyst and web developer. Tessa’s future plans are to pursue a Ph.D. program in Psychology. In her free time, Tessa enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with friends and family.
SAIGE RUTHERFORD, B.Sc.
Saige Rutherford is a Data Analyst of the MiSCAN Lab, helping with fMRI data preprocessing and analysis. She is also a member of the Methods Core group. Saige holds a B.Sc. from Wayne State University in Biomedical Physics. Prior to joining the Department of Psychiatry, she worked as a research assistant at the Perinatology Research Branch, National Institutes of Health in Detroit, MI. Saige is currently a PhD student at the Radboud University Medical Centre, Nijmegen, the Netherlands .
TRISTAN GREATHOUSE, B.S.
Tristan Greathouse is a Data Analyst in the MiSCAN Lab and the Sripada Lab. He received his B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Michigan. Tristan is interested in pursuing a PhD in computer science or neuroscience, which allows him to combine his passion for psychology with his analytical skills. In his free time, Tristan actively pursues alpine rock climbing, skiing, and other adventures he can find in the high mountains with good friends.
Peter Walczyk, M.S.
Peter Walczyk is a Data Analyst in both the MiSCAN Lab and the Sripada Lab. He received his B.S.E in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Connecticut and his M.S in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Michigan. In the future, Peter would like to pursue a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering to further develop understandings of the underlying mechanisms of consciousness and create models of consciousness. In his free time, he enjoys art, cooking, and playing Dungeons and Dragons with friends.
Undergraduate Research Assistants
Arjun Batra is a sophomore undergraduate student at the University of Michigan, planning to major in Biopsychology, Cognition, & Neuroscience or Public Health Sciences. His career goal is to become a physician focused on helping children and families navigate physical and mental development. Previously, Arjun has worked as a research assistant on projects focused on behavioral psychology and social interaction. Through his work with MiSCAN, Arjun hopes to help enrich the field of neuroscience with knowledge about how to treat mental ailments, and to gain an understanding of the economic and social disparities that arise when treating mental illnesses. In his free time, Arjun enjoys running along the beach in his hometown of Los Angeles. He also enjoys doing archery, listening to podcasts, and watching shows on Netflix.
Riya Gaitonde is a junior undergraduate student at the University of Michigan, majoring in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience and minoring in Sociology of Health and Medicine. She plans to pursue a medical career as a Physician to help treat children with physical and/or neurological conditions. Riya’s past work as a research assistant consisted of projects focused on affective neuroscience and biopsychology. As a part of the MiSCAN lab, Riya aims to explore the contributing factors to serious mental disorders and apply novel solutions while addressing patients’ potential intersectional identities within society. In her free time, she enjoys singing, hiking, and watching Marvel movies.
Affiliated Graduate Students
BEIER (BELLE) YAO, M.A.
Beier Yao is a PhD student in the Clinical Psychology program at the Michigan State University, working with Dr. Katy Thakkar. She received her B.A. in Psychology and Art History from the Mount Holyoke College in 2013. After graduation, she worked for three years as a Clinical Research Assistant in the department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan with Dr. Ivy Tso and Dr. Stephan Taylor on various neuroimaging studies and clinical trials. She is broadly interested in cognitive mechanisms of both affective and non-affective psychotic disorders. Currently, she is studying prediction errors in psychosis, and exploring how abnormalities translate into symptoms and functional outcomes. She returned to the University of Michigan in August 2019 as a clinical psychology practicum student, providing clinical services to patients of the PREP early psychosis clinic. In her free time, she enjoys reading fictions, watching movies, playing music, making videos, and cuddling with cats.
CAROLYN ANDREWS, B.S.
Carolyn is a PhD student in the Clinical Science area of the Psychology department at the University of Michigan. She received a B.S. in Psychology and a B.S. in Neuroscience from the Michigan State University in 2019. In Fall 2019, she began her graduate studies at the University of Michigan under the mentorship of Dr. Patricia Deldin and Dr. Melvin McInnis. Carolyn is broadly interested in studying the interaction of psychosocial and biological factors contributing to the etiology of bipolar disorder utilizing behavioral and psychophysiological methods. In her free time, Carolyn likes to go mountain biking, try new crafts, and read.
MARGO MENKES, B.A.
Margo is a PhD student in the Clinical Science area of the Psychology Department at the University of Michigan, working with Dr. Melvin McInnis and Dr. Patricia Deldin. After graduating with her B.A. from Emory University in 2017, she spent 2 years as a staff research assistant working with Dr. Stephan Heckers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Department of Psychiatry in the psychotic disorders program. Margo is broadly interested in neurocognition in mood disorders and psychotic disorders. She is collaborating with Dr. Tso’s lab to examine cognitive mechanisms of bipolar disorder and psychosis using electrophysiological methods, in addition to working with the Prechter Bipolar Research Program’s Longitudinal Study of Bipolar Disorder. Outside of research, Margo likes making baked goods and sharing them with friends.
RUOFAN MA, M.A.
Ruofan is a graduate student in the Clinical Psychology program at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She received a Bachelor of Mathematics in Combinatorics and Optimization from the University of Waterloo in 2016. She is interested in understanding psychopathology through the study of affective science. She hopes her research can help reduce mental health disparities in diverse populations in the future. In her free time, she enjoys reading, journaling, watching movies, and making attempts to learn another language.