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Jamie Feusner Jamie Feusner Director
Principal Investigator

Director of the Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Intensive Treatment Program and Professor-in-Residence in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences. He is currently funded by the NIH to study visual and emotional information processing in BDD, and the effect of cognitive-behavioral therapy on neurometabolites in obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Courtney Sheen Courtney Sheen

Courtney Sheen, M.A. is a staff research associate in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology and linguistics from California State University, Northridge and her Master’s from Pepperdine University. A great deal of her work is in the administration of psychological assessments.

Giulia Salgari Giulia Salgari

Giulia Salgari in originally from Italy. She graduated with a B.A. and a Master Degree in clinical psychology from University Vita-Salute San Raffaele in Milan (Italy). Prior to joining the Feusner Lab, she worked as Research Assistant at the Center for Anxiety and Eating Disorders- San Raffaele Turro Hospital (Milan) under the supervision of her mentor prof. Laura Bellodi. Since 2014 she has been part of the Italian Psychologists’ Association. She is interested in psychiatry disorders with a particular focus on Eating Disorders and Obsessive-Compulsive Spectrum Disorders.

She is planning to apply for a Ph.D in Clinical Psychology. 

Vivian Shen Vivian Shen

Vivian Shen is a 3rd year Neuroscience major from San Francisco. She is interested in mental illness and psychiatry, with a particular passion for helping those with depression and eating disorders. Prior to joining the Feusner lab, Vivian has worked at the UCSF Gladstone Institute of Neurological Disease studying the role of progranulin in Alzheimer’s Disease and at the London Lab at UCLA’s Semel Institute understanding addiction and the effects of cigarette smoking on the orbitofrontal cortex. In the Feusner Lab, she is focusing on visual processing in Anorexia Nervosa and BDD as understood through subjective ratings of faces and bodies and hopes to understand ways of improving treatment based on her findings.

Tsz Man Lai Tsz Man Lai

Tsz Man Lai (Jimmy) is a staff research associate for the UCLA Body Dysmorphic Disorder Program. He graduated with a B.A in psychology from UCLA in 2011. He is interested in applying functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and electroencephalography (EEG) to better understand the etiology of psychiatric disorders like body dysmorphic disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder. In his spare time, Jimmy enjoys playing basketball, watching movies, and pretending to be a rock star with his guitar.

Nathan Hutcheson Nathan Hutcheson

Nathan Hutcheson is a postdoctoral scholar working in the lab of Dr. Feusner.  He graduated with a B.S. in Biology from Emory in 2007 and a doctorate in Neuroscience from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2014. He is currently conducting research on differential emotional processing in anorexia and body dysmorphic disorder. In addition, he is assisting in collaborations with the analysis of resting state data in individuals with obsessive-compulsive disorder and using graph theory to study participants with hoarding disorder.

Matt Sasaki Matt Sasaki

Matt Sasaki is originally from Fresno, CA. Currently, he is working with Dr. Jamie Feusner and Teena Moody on a PPI analysis on regions of the brain used for processing faces. Matt recently graduated from UCLA (Fall 2012) and will be applying to medical school in June.

Gigi Cheng portrait Gigi Cheng

Gigi Cheng is an undergraduate researcher in the Feusner Lab. As a neuroscience major, she is interested in learning more about the intricate networks of the brain and how they compare to each other in various psychiatric disorders. She is currently assisting in analyzing resting state connectivity networks of people diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder, anorexia nervosa, and body dysmorphic disorder through fMRI and graph theory. Outside of the lab, she currently serves as artistic director for the Chinese Cultural Dance Club at UCLA. 

David Aitken David Aitken

David Aitken, a doctoral student in the Applied Clinical Psychology program at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, is a volunteer assisting Jamie Feusner, M.D. in his research on OCD. David is interested in learning more about the emotional and cognitive processes that contribute to psychological disorders related to anxiety and depression, the treatments that are most effective with these disorders, and how to best to study these phenomena.

Danyale McCurdy-McKinnon Danyale McCurdy-McKinnon, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist

Danyale McCurdy-McKinnon, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist at the University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA). She is the Clinical Psychology Director of the UCLA Fit for Healthy Weight Clinic where she provides brief psychological interventions and psychiatric referrals to pediatric patients struggling with obesity and serves as a clinical supervisor. She also serves as a consultant at the ULCA Anxiety Disorders Research Program and contributes to research pertaining to the biological underpinnings of body dysmorphic disorder and anorexia nervosa. Dr. McCurdy-McKinnon also has a private practice – with offices in Westwood and Downtown Los Angeles – where she specializes in eating disorders and weight issues. She has over a decade of experience working with eating and weight disorders and has been trained by some of the leading experts in the field. Her training began as an undergraduate at Laureate Psychiatric Hospital while attending the University of Oklahoma. She then attended the University of Kansas for graduate school, specializing in behavioral medicine, eating disorders, and obesity management, receiving her Ph.D. in 2010. She then completed a predoctoral internship at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience. From 2010-2012, Dr. McCurdy-McKinnon completed a combined research and clinical postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California – San Diego (UCSD) Eating Disorders Program. Following her fellowship, she was an attending psychologist in the UCLA Eating Disorders Program at the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital from 2012-2015. Dr. McCurdy-McKinnon aims to integrate modern empirically supported treatment modalities with attachment theory in her treatment practices, while examining eating pathology and its neurobiological correlates in research.

Teena Moody Teena Moody

Teena’s research is focused on techniques to analyze data from different sources including functional MRI, DTI, resting state data, and neuropsychological assessments to investigate the neural bases of several disorders.  She is excited about exploiting multiple modalities to discover how pharmacological and behavioral treatments affect brain function, with a long-term goal of helping to develop early detection techniques and intervention therapies for disorders such as BDD, Anorexia Nervosa, ADHD, and OCD.  Prior to receiving her Ph.D in Neuroscience at UCLA, Teena worked at Hughes Aircraft Company and Sirius II Corp, on projects varying from laser-eye-protection goggles and infrared imaging systems, to projection systems for 3-D movies. She has a very understanding husband, two wonderful kids, and a crazy dog. 

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