Director: Scott M. Hayes, Ph.D.

Hayes_scope2Dr. Hayes is the Associate Director of the Neuroimaging Research for Veterans Center at VA Boston Healthcare System, a core faculty member of the BU Memory Disorders Research Center, and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine. He graduated from Skidmore College (Biology, Psychology) and completed his doctoral work in Clinical Psychology (Neuropsychology) at the University of Arizona.  He completed an NRSA-funded cognitive neuroscience-clinical neuropsychology postdoctoral fellowship in the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at Duke University and the Bryan Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at Duke University Medical Center.  A licensed psychologist, Dr. Hayes clinical interests include neuropsychological assessment of age-related neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, microvascular disease, and frontotemporal dementia, as well as amnesia.  CV

Victoria Williams, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow

Tori_Bio_Picture3 Dr. Williams received a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin (‘08), and subsequently worked as a research assistant at the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging. She completed her doctoral work in Clinical Psychology (Neuropsychology) at the University of Houston under the guidance of Dr. Jack Fletcher (’15), and completed internship within the UCSD/San Diego VA Clinical Internship Training Program. Her work broadly implements advanced neuroimaging techniques to explore the relation between brain structure and behavior across the lifespan. While her graduate work focused on evaluating neurostructural correlates of developmental disorders (e.g., spina bifida, dyslexia), a large body of her work has also examined the role of modifiable risk factors (such as cerebrovascular health, sleep) in typical brain aging and neurodegenerative disease. As a postdoctoral fellow, she is excited to extend this line of research by evaluating how fitness interventions may attenuate age-related brain decline through the utilization of multi-modal neuroimaging techniques and neuropsychological assessment.

Nicole Hegberg, Doctoral Candidate, Clinical Psychology Intern

Bio Pic_HegbergNikki received a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Vermont (‘09), and then worked as a research assistant in the Pediatric Psychopharmacology and Adult ADHD Department at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is in the process of completing her doctoral work in Clinical Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience (Neuropsychology) at Georgia State University under the guidance of Dr. Erin B. Tone (’17), and completing her internship within the VA Boston Healthcare System Clinical Psychology Internship Training Program. Her work focuses broadly on how physical activity and fitness relate to cognitive and emotional health. While her graduate work has concentrated on the cognitive and emotional benefits of physical activity in health young adults, she has become increasingly interested in studying individuals who might preferentially accrue the brain-related benefits of physical activity.

Ryan Andrews, BS, Research Assistant

Ryan_PicRyan received his bachelor’s in Behavioral Neuroscience with a minor in Psychology from Lehigh University. Ryan works with Dr. Hayes on a study examining the relationship between fitness, the brain, and cognition in OEF/OIF Veterans through a collaboration with the Translational Research Center for TBI and Stress Disorders (TRACTS). Ryan plans to continue his education in psychology, focusing on clinical psychology. He is interested in pursuing a career involving research and clinical interventions.



Mieke Verfaellie, PhD, VA Boston and Boston University: Lab website

Jasmeet Pannu Hayes, PhD, VA Boston and Boston University: Lab website

Margaret Keane, PhD, Wellesley College: Lab website

David Salat, PhD: Lab website

Daniel Forman, MD, VA Pittsburgh

Reisa Sperling, MD: Lab website

Roberto Cabeza, PhD, Duke University: Lab website

Lee Ryan, PhD, University of Arizona : Lab website

Lynn Nadel, PhD, University of Arizona: Lab website

VA Boston Neuroimaging Research for Veterans (NeRVe) Center: NeRVe website


Korine Cabrera, B.A.; Research Assistant, McLean Hospital

Margaret Cadden, B.S.; Ph.D candidate in Clinical Psychology, The Pennsylvania State University

Elena Hemler, Tufts University, class of 2015

Huiting Liu, M.A.; Ph.D candidate in Clinical Psychology, University of Illinois at Chicago

Rebecca Lysiak, B.S., Boston University, class of 2014

Amanda Mikedis, B.A.; Ph.D candidate in Clinical Psychology at Clark University

Joelle Mamon, University of Rochester, class of 2013

Adriana Tzigantcheva, B.A.