Current Members

Image of JohnJohn W. Philbeck, Ph.D. (philbeck at gwu dot edu)
Principle Investigator

Dr. Philbeck founded the lab in 2000 after earning his doctorate from UC-Santa Barbara and completing a postdoc at Carnegie Mellon University. He is currently Professor in the Department of Psychology. Personal Page

Image of DavidDavid Chichka, Ph.D. (chichka at panthan dot org)

Dr. Chichka holds a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from UCLA. He has played a critical role in the lab since its inception, technologically and intellectually. He is currently an engineer with the US Federal Government in the Department of Navy, but holds a research appointment at GW and remains highly involved in on-going projects in the lab. Personal Page

Current Research Assistants

Image of RAs Back: Tom Malik, & Alexa Weidanz. Front: Aashna Rane, Rebecca Katz, Pearl Kravets, Pichomol Sirijuntanan, Brooke Pechman, Samantha Robins, & Catherine Rudoy.


-at George Washington University

Anthony J. Caputy, Jr., M.D., George Washington University Hospital
James Cooper, MD, Dept. of Geriatrics, Geeorge Washington Medical School
Jerome Danoff, Ph.D., Dept. of Exercise Science
James Hahn, Ph.D., School of Engineering and Applied Science
Lucien Levy, M.D., Ph.D., Dept. of Radiology
Samuel J. Potolicchio, Jr., M.D., Dept. of Neurology
John Sibert, Ph.D., Dept. of Computer Science
Philip Wirtz, Ph.D., Depts. of Decision Sciences and Psychology


Andrew C. Beall, Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara
Marlene Behrmann, Ph.D., University of Toronto
Sandra Black, M.D., Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto
Shannon (O'Leary) Foley, PhD., Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren
Reginald Golledge, Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara
Ary Herman, Owner-Operator at Herman Psychology and Associate Research Scientist at Yale School of Medicine
Can Kirmizibayrak, Ph.D., Software Engineer at Google
Roberta Klatzky, Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University
Rob Lindemann, Ph.D., Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Jack Loomis, Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara
Gabe Sibley, Ph.D., School of Engineering and Applied Science
William Thompson, Ph.D., University of Utah
Jeffrey Zacks, Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis

Ph.D. Graduates & Postdocs

Joeanna Arthur
Daniel Gajewski
Keren Isaacs
Jesse Sargent
Courtney Wallin
Adam Woods
Naohide Yamamoto
Junjun Zhang


Deanna Adams
Ayda Ahmadi
Mollie Anderson
Kinnari Atit
Noah Cohen
Nazanin Dameshghi
Sasha Davila
Paige Dingess
Vindhya Ekanayake
Alexandra Fleszar
Neila Fuchs
Jennifer Gal
Thomas Gennaro
Colleen Hennessey
Stephanie Holmes
Rachel Johnson
Jennifer Kaminsky
Pratibha Kanive
Nicholas Kleene
Carly Kontra
Ben Kramer
Sarah Lytle
Sandra Mihelic
Rachna Pahuja
Monica Pampell
Jennifer Perry
Scott Pizzarello
Barbara Spencer
Rebeca Teplitz
Petra Zdenkova

*List includes RAs with at least one year of service in the lab. If we've missed you, please let us know!