NIDL Director
Assistant Research Professor, Department of Psychological Sciences

University of Connecticut
406 Babbidge Road, Unit 1020
Storrs, CT 06269

Roeland Hancock, PhD

Dr. Roeland Hancock is the Director of the NIDL Lab and Associate Director of the Brain Imaging Research Center at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Hancock is interested in the neurobiological factors underlying individual variability in language processing and the application of new mathematical and computational techniques to understanding these processes. His current research interests include the use of magnetic resonance spectroscopy to study neural excitability in auditory and language processing; distinguishing genetic and environmental contributions to language pathways; and developing tablet-based games for cognitive and literacy assessment. He has a Ph.D. in cognitive science from the University of Arizona, B.S. in mathematics, and was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, San Francisco Department of Psychiatry and Weill Institute for Neurosciences

Doctoral Candidate, Clinical Psychology 
Department of Psychological Sciences

Tim Michaels, MS

Millions of individuals with serious mental illness do not respond to currently available treatments. It is still unclear how differences in the brain contribute to symptoms of mental illness such as memory problems, concentration difficulties and hearing voices. I study how the brain works in those who experience such symptoms and those who do not. By providing a better understanding of how the brain operates in psychiatric disease, I hope to develop improved treatments for those suffering from mental illness and provide increased access and inclusion of those historically excluded from benefitting from such scientific advancements.

Family Brain Program Manager


Dennis Wu

Hi, my name is Dennis Wu.  I recently graduated from University of California, Riverside with a degree in psychology. I have previously worked with Dr. Judith Kroll on projects pertaining to bilingualism, cognitive processes, and linguistics. I am really excited to work and learn more about the dyslexia project and collaborate in a flourishing research environment such as UConn. I plan to attend graduate school in topics relating to Developmental Psychology in the future. 

Postdoctoral Scholar 


Airey Lau, Ph.D.

Airey received her Ph.D. in Biobehavioral Sciences from Columbia University. Her primary research interests include early literacy development, intergenerational influences on language learning, and development of research-based reading interventions. She employs a variety of behavioral methods as well as neuroimaging techniques (such as EEG, fMRI and fNIRS) in her research.

Graduate Assistant

Lana Delasanta

Lana is an Ecological Psychology doctoral student at UConn. She conducts research in both the Music Dynamics Lab and the Experimental Anthropology Lab that focuses on music cognition, group synchrony, physiological arousal, and how music affects people socially, physiologically, and emotionally.

Undergraduate Assistant

Ajitha Chivukula

Ajitha Chivukula is a sophomore majoring in biomedical engineering and minoring in music. She hopes to go to medical school and eventually become a practicing surgeon.

Audrey Hebbel

Undergraduate Assistant

Audrey Hebbel

Audrey Hebbel is currently a junior majoring in Biology with a concentration in Physiology/Neurobiology and a minor in Psychology. She hopes to continue her graduate education in Dental School and complete her residency in Orthodontics. 

Undergraduate Assistant

Austin Kern

Undergraduate Assistant

Collin Krzyzaniak

Collin Krzyzaniak is a senior majoring in Biological Sciences and plans to also obtain a Spanish degree. After receiving his bachelor’s degree, he hopes to continue on to graduate school and ultimately find a position abroad in a laboratory setting.

Undergraduate Assistant

Kaitlin Butler

Kaitlin Butler is a senior majoring in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences and Psychology. After obtaining her bachelor's degree, she hopes to continue her education in graduate school towards becoming a speech language pathologist. 

Undergraduate Assistant

Manjari Mishra

My names Manjari Mishra and I’m a current sophomore Physiology and Neurobiology major at UConn! I was born and raised in Chelmsford, Massachusetts to Rekha and Neelkanth Mishra. I hope to continue my education by broadening my research horizons, hoping to gain a better understanding of how our bodies work and pave the path to acquiring my PhD in Genetics.

Undergraduate Assistant

Mariam Mohsin

Mariam Mohsin is a second-year undergraduate in the School of Engineering at UCONN pursuing Biomedical Engineering. Her research goals include psychology, neuroscience, bioinformatics, and bio mechanics.

Undergraduate Assistant

Shraya Patel

Shraya Patel is a senior majoring in Pathobiology with a minor in Psychology. After receiving her bachelor’s degree, she hopes to further her education to become an osteopathic physician. While attending graduate school, she is interested in gaining a better understanding of the field of psychopathology and family medicine with a concentration in adolescent neurology.

Undergraduate Assistant

Victoria MacLelland

Victoria MacLelland is a junior majoring in Physiology/Neurobiology with a minor in Psychology. After completing her undergraduate degree, she hopes to continue her education to become a Physician Assistant specializing in neurological or behavioral sciences.

Undergraduate Assistant

Yingnan Jin

Yingnan Jin is a senior undergraduate student majoring in Psychology and Applied Math. She plans to go to graduate school after receiving her bachelor’s degree. 

Undergraduate Assistant

Ariel Ross

My name is Ariel Ross and I am from Florida. I am a Junior majoring in Biology. After graduating UCONN I plan to attend medical school and become a Pediatrician.

Undergraduate Assistant

Leora Audi

Leora Audi is a junior double majoring in Human Development and Family Sciences and Psychology.  She hopes to develop her research experience as well as further her understanding of cognitive processes and how individual differences in neurochemistry affect learning. 

Undergraduate Assistant

Sophia Arruda

Sophia Arruda is a junior double majoring in Biological Sciences and French. Her interests include neuroscience / cognitive science, language acquisition, and second language instruction, all of which she hopes to merge through this research experience.