Ryan Herringa, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

The focus of Dr. Herringa’s research and clinical work is to better understand and treat post-traumatic stress symptoms in youth and their families.  Dr. Herringa earned his M.D. and Ph.D. as part of the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Wisconsin.  His completed his Ph.D. in Neuroscience under the direction of Dr. Ned Kalin, during which time he studied the effects of stress on gene regulation in the amygdala, the brain’s fear center.  Following this training, he went to the University of Pittsburgh to complete his residency in psychiatry and a fellowship in pediatric psychiatry.  There he began studies using brain imaging to understand how child abuse changes brain function in adults.  Clinically, he trained with Drs. Judith Cohen and Anthony Mannarino in the use of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) to treat traumatized youth and families.  Dr. Herringa has received a number of honors including the NIMH Outstanding Resident Award, Chief Resident for Research at the University of Pittsburgh, and the Pilot Research and Junior Investigator Awards from the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.

Rachael Meline, B.A.
Research Coordinator
Rachael Meline earned her Honors Bachelor’s degree at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and is responsible for an array of duties affiliated with this study. She screens potential participants over the phone, schedules their visits to HealthEmotions Research Institute, and assists with the visits. Rachael is also responsible for managing the logistics of the study and serves as the main point of contact for those interested. Rachael has over 10 years of experience working with children, ranging from infancy to adolescence, and focused her education on sociological, psychological, emotional, and physical development.


taylor_picTaylor J. Keding
Research Associate
Taylor Keding graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Neurobiology and Psychology. He currently works with the UW Department of Psychiatry and Youth PTSD Study, investigating the functional neural correlates of abnormal threat perception and fear regulation in pediatric PTSD. His research interests include the epigenetics of trauma exposure and the brain circuitry involved in self/other emotion processing, especially with respect to empathy and consciousness. Taylor enjoys teaching and is passionate about improving science education. He is also the drummer for the Madison-based band Griswald and enjoys writing and playing music. He plans to begin a clinical neuroscience graduate program in Fall 2016.


RickRick Wolf
Graduate Student
Rick is a graduate student in the Neuroscience Training Program at UW-Madison. He uses fMRI and behavioral tasks to study the neural correlates of emotion functioning in several clinical populations. He also uses eye tracking to study the processing of facial affect. His primary interest is in the role of the ventromedial prefrontal cortex as a component of a greater network subserving emotion.


NewCVPhotoRemi Patriat
Graduate Student
Remi Patriat is a French graduate student in the department of Medical Physics. He graduated college with a Bachelor of Arts in Physics and Film Studies from the University of Minnesota-Morris in 2010 as well as a Masters degree in Medical Physics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2012. He currently works with the Youth PTSD Study focusing on resting-state functional connectivity and diffusion tensor imaging. His research interests include medical imaging, the improvement of resting-state fMRI methods as well as furthering the understanding of PTSD in both children and adults in order to improve treatment. Remi is also passionate about Cinema and Photography. He is on track to defend his PhD thesis in 2015.

vy_picVy Dinh
Medical Student
Vy graduated from Loyola University in 2007 (Psychology, Biology) and has previously worked as a phlebotomist and a lab manager for a Alzheimer’s/Parkinson’s neuroimaging research facility at Rush University (Chicago). She currently attends the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. For her Shapiro summer research project, Vy is investigating the structural differences between children with PTSD and age-matched controls with the Youth PTSD Study.


erinErin Long, B.A.
Erin graduated from UW-Madison in 2012 with a double major in Psychology and Spanish. She currently volunteers with the Youth PTSD study, and works full time as the lab manager of the Infant Learning Lab. Erin previously worked as a research assistant in the Child Emotion Research Lab, where she completed her senior thesis on the effect of reward on children’s cognitive control abilities. Erin plans to attend graduate school for clinical psychology.


Christie Olson – Post-Doc 

Allison Blumenfeld
Erika Olsen
Ariel Sherman

Jenna Bowen
Meghan Fanta