Tobias is the head of the Developmental Computational Psychiatry group and a Sir Henry Dale Fellow. He wants to understand how neurocognitive development can go awry and lead to mental health problems during childhood and adolescence.
more info: www.tobiasuhauser.com
Nadescha is interested in the neurocomputational mechanisms of decision-making, learning and metacognition. In the DCP lab, she focuses on processes underlying information search behaviour and confidence judgments in OCD patients and healthy controls by using a combination of large-scale online data sets, neuroimaging methods and computational models.
Tricia’s research interests lie in understanding the role of decision making and metacognition in compulsivity, a subcomponent of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) that has transdiagnostic relevance. In the DCP, she will further investigate neurocognitive mechanisms that predict the success or failure of standardised cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) for OCD, with the ultimate goal of understanding mechanisms underlying OCD and improving CBT outcomes
• Neurobiological origins of decision making in healthy and OCD subjects
• Computational models of learning and decision making in volatile environments
• Using smartphone apps for cognitive neuroscience research in citizen science projects (www.brainexplorer.net)
Magda is a PhD student on the Comp2Psych Programme.
Alisa is a PhD student on the Comp2Psych Programme. She is interested in the neurocomputational mechanisms underpinning metacognition in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). It is her goal to develop computational models to better understand the relationship between brain, cognition and psychiatric symptoms across development.
Maddy is a rotation student on the UCL-Birkbeck MRC DTP. She is interested in adolescence as a period of heightened risk for developing mental health conditions. Through her PhD, Maddy is keen to explore how development in reinforcement learning, information seeking and metacognition might help explain onset of mental health conditions such as depression. In her rotation in the DCP lab, she aims to design a task to measure metacognition in children and young people and learn more about implementing computational methods of analysis to explore these questions.
Sam is a PhD student on the UCL-Birkbeck MRC-DTP. He Is interested in how we learn to be motivated toward certain actions, how changes in motivation and decision-making relate to the development of mental health conditions and the brain mechanisms which are important in this. Prior to joining the DCP lab, Sam worked as a Research Assistant in the Department of Clinical Neuroscience at the University of Cambridge.
Johanna is interested in understanding how the brain works and how we make decision, especially how decision making changes over the development and why so many psychiatric problems arise during that time.
Aislinn has an interest in understanding the origins of altered neurodevelopmental trajectories of cognition and how these result in developmental disorders or mental health problems.
Benjamin was a PhD student on the Comp2Psych Programme. His research interests revolve around the neural and algorithmic principles underlying learning and decision making, with an eventual goal towards understanding how these processes differ in people with mental health problems.