Laboratories of Cognitive Neuroscience | Team

Principal Investigators

Charles Nelson

Charles A. Nelson, III, PhD

Richard David Scott Chair in Pediatric Developmental Medicine Research Professor of Pediatrics and Neuroscience; Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Anne Arnett, PhD

Anne Arnett, PhD

Scientist, Division of Developmental Medicine Member of the Faculty, Harvard Medical School
Susan Faja, PhD

Susan Faja, PhD

Research Associate Assistant Professor of Pediatrics; Assistant Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School
Carol Wilkinson, MD, PhD

Carol Wilkinson, MD, PhD

Attending Physician, Division of Developmental Medicine Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School


Asi Graham, Laboratories of Cognitive Neuroscience Administrative Associate
Asi graduated from Emmanuel College in 2020 with a degree in Neuroscience and Developmental Psychology, where she concentrated on child development and working with kids in foster care. She joined the LCN as an Administrative Associate in the fall of 2020, and is currently studying to apply to law school in the near future.

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

Joe Palana, Laboratories of Cognitive Neuroscience Community Outreach Coordinator
Joe joined the Laboratories of Cognitive Neuroscience in the fall of 2019 after receiving his bachelor’s degree in Psychology. At Boston Children’s Hospital, Joe splits his time between facilitating recruitment for research studies in the Labs of Cognitive Neuroscience and assisting with research studies in the Nelson Laboratory

Colleena You, Research Administrator
Coleena joined the Division of Developmental Medicine in 2016 as a Research Administrator responsible for managing research funds and grant submissions. She graduated from Northeastern University with a degree in Business Administration and has 10+ years of experience working in the grants administration field at Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Boston Children's Hospital.