Nelson Laboratory | Administrative Staff

Lab Administrator

Katie Larin (contact Katie Larin) I graduated from the University of Michigan in 2015 with a degree in Organizational Studies, where I concentrated on healthcare and nonprofit organizations. I joined the LCN as the Administrative Associate in the fall of 2016 after completing a year of service with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. My interests lie in hospital and organizational culture and leadership, as well as improving patient and family experiences. I am thrilled to be a part of Dr. Nelson’s Labs of Cognitive Neuroscience and the many incredible projects happening in the lab.


Program Managers

Swapna Kumar, MS (contact Swapna Kumar) I joined the Laboratories of Cognitive Neuroscience in the fall of 2014 as the program manager for an exciting new neuroimaging project taking place in urban and rural Bangladesh which studies the effect of early adversities on cognitive development. I received my bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Rochester, and my master’s degree in Epidemiology at the University at Buffalo. During my graduate work, I became involved in global health work through water/sanitation projects based in Bangladesh, and I am thrilled to continue this global focus through innovative projects at the Nelson Lab with a great team of researchers.


Photo of Linnea Joffe-NelsonLinnea Joffe-Nelson, MA (contact Linnea Joffe-Nelson) I graduated from Boston College with a masters in Child and Adolescent Counseling Psychology where I was able to engage in both clinical work and research projects. My clinical work was focused on severe psychopathology in children and adolescents and my master’s research focused on parent-child engagement in relation to the developmental of language and social communication in young children with autism spectrum disorders. My clinical and research interests are focused on accurate diagnosis, and subsequent intervention, of disorders presenting in early childhood. I joined the Nelson lab in 2016 and I am the clinical research manager for the autism and neurodevelopmental disorder projects, as well as the JASPER interventionist. 

Research Administrator

Colleena YouColleena You (contact Colleena You) I joined the Division of Developmental Medicine in 2016 as a Research Administrator responsible for managing research funds and grant submissions. I graduated from Northeastern University with a degree in Business Administration and have 10+ years of experience working in the grants administration field at Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Boston Children's Hospital. I'm excited to apply my expertise with DDM researchers in order to facilitate the inspiring ongoing research activities.


Clinical Recruitment Coordinator

Kate RoddyKate Roddy (contact Kate Roddy) I graduated from Boston University in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in communication. As an undergraduate student, I was particularly interested in the relationship between social psychology and mass communication. At Boston Children’s Hospital, I split my time between facilitating recruitment for research studies in the Labs of Cognitive Neuroscience and assisting with clinical work in the Developmental Medicine Center. 



Technology & Training Specialist

Graham Holt HeadshotGraham Holt, MA (contact Graham Holt) I received my bachelor’s degree in Earth and Environmental Science with a concentration in Physics from Whittier College (Whittier, CA) in 2001. I joined the technical support team at Electrical Geodesics, Inc. (Eugene, OR) in 2003 where I became familiar with cognitive neuroscience, technical training, dense array EEG and international travel. I received my master’s degree in Instructional Design from the University of Massachusetts Boston in 2016. I joined Dr. Nelson’s lab in 2013 as the lab’s Technical and Training Specialist where I am responsible for anything equipment related (ie: maintenance, repair, acquisition, configuration, creation…) and provide creative solutions to the problems that arise in a research environment out of the affectionately titled Office of Creative Solutions.

In a given day I may be molding, designing, grinding, soldering, 3D printing, hot gluing, sewing, wrangling with equipment vendors or solving any number of technical problems that arise. I have been told that I am a Jack of All Trades, and that is a fair description. If you see someone in an aloha shirt running around the lab, that’s probably me.