Team

Jamie Feusner
Jamie Feusner

Director, Principal Investigator

Professor-in-Residence in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, and Director of the Eating Disorders and Body Dysmorphic Disorder Research Program, and the Adult Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Program. He is currently funded by the NIH to study visual and emotional information processing in BDD and anorexia nervosa, as well as anxiety and reward processing in anorexia nervosa. His research seeks to understand phenotypes of aberrant perceptual and emotional processing that cross diagnostic boundaries of conditions involving body image such as BDD, eating disorders, and gender dysphoria. He also studies neurometabolites and brain connectivity in individuals with OCD, and how they are affected by cognitive-behavioral therapy.

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.

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.

Reza Tadayon-Nejad
Reza Tadayon-Nejad

Dr. Reza Tadayon-Nejad, MD, PhD, is an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at UCLA. He earned his medical degree from Ahwaz University of Medical Sciences and a PhD in Neuroscience from Hotchkiss Brain Institute, University of Calgary, Canada. He then completed a residency in psychiatry at University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) followed by a NIMH T32 fellowship in Neuroscience of Mental Health with focus of psychiatric neuroimaging before coming to UCLA. His research focus during residency and fellowship was on structural and functional large scale brain networks dysfunction in depression and anxiety disorders by using resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) and EEG methods. He applied different computational approaches including functional connectivity, Granger analysis based effective (directed) connectivity, spectral analysis and graph theory based Connectomics for brain networks analysis research. In his current project in the lab, he uses a multimodal imaging approach integrating magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) and fMRI methods to study biochemical and functional mechanisms of brain network dysfunction in subjects with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

Monica Wu, Ph.D.
Monica Wu, Ph.D.

Monica Wu, Ph.D. is a Postdoctoral Scholar and Clinical Instructor at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior.  She is currently funded through the NIMH T32 fellowship in Child Mental Health Intervention Research, through which she is developing and testing the effectiveness of an abbreviated intervention targeting youth with elevated anxiety within an integrated behavioral health care model.  She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of South Florida, focusing her research and clinical work on anxiety and obsessive-compulsive and related disorders.  She is particularly interested in factors that impact treatment outcome in these youth, the role families play in the course of the disorder, and the intergenerational transmission of OCD.

Jessica Goldbeck
Jessica Goldbeck

Jessica Goldbeck is a research associate in Dr. Feusner’s lab. She graduated with a BA in Psychology from UCLA and is now working towards entering an MSN program in nursing. Prior to joining the Feusner Lab, she worked in the Mind-Body Lab looking at the relationship between stress, inflammation, health, and wellbeing. She is excited to be a part of the Feusner Lab and investigating the underlying neurological bases contributing to behavioral outcomes in eating disorders, BDD, and OCD. Outside the lab she enjoys traveling, cooking, and playing tennis among many other forms of exercise.

Riddhi Rane

Riddhi Rane is a second year undergraduate student from Dallas, TX who is majoring in neuroscience at UCLA. She is interested in seeing how psychiatric disorders are represented on a neuronal level in the brain and how brain activity may differ in those with various psychiatric disorders. In the Feusner lab, she is currently assisting in exploring abnormalities in brain activity in patients with OCD as measured by fMRI,  and the efficacy of cognitive behavioral therapy on amending irregular OCD-related regional brain activity. Outside of the lab, she is a member of UCLA’s Raas dance team. 

Joel Diaz

Joel Diaz is a research associate in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences. He graduated from Florida State University with a BS in Psychology, Minors in Biological Science and Social Welfare, and certification in SAS Programming and Data Analysis. He has a broad range of research interests, but his focus is on the use of psychophysiological methods and neuromodulation techniques in the study and treatment of psychological and neurological disorders.

Casey Jane Richards

Casey is a staff research associate in Staglin IMHRO Center for Cognitive Neuroscience. I am interested in research that combines neuroimaging with experiential response data in the context of health. I feel incredibly grateful the opportunity to work with phenomenal scientists in Feusner Labs and I'm enthusiastic about learning as much as I can while here.