People

Ryan J. 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 trauma-related mental illness in youth. Dr. Herringa earned his M.D. and Ph.D. as part of the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Wisconsin. He 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. Since returning to the University of Wisconsin as faculty, Dr. Herringa has been conducting the Youth PTSD Study, with the aim of understanding changes in the brain’s fear circuit in pediatric PTSD. Dr. Herringa has received funding from many agencies to conduct this work, including the National Institute of Mental Health, the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and the UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research.
Rachael Meline, B.A.
Research Coordinator


Rachael earned her 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 study visits, and assists with the visits. She 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, from infancy to adolescence, and focused her education on sociological, psychological, emotional, and physical development.
Taylor J. Keding, B.S.
Research Associate


Taylor graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2014 with B.S. degrees in Neurobiology and Psychology. He currently works with the UW Department of Psychiatry and Youth PTSD Study investigating dysfunctional brain networks associated with pediatric PTSD. His research interests focus on how adverse life events change the epigenome. Epigenetic changes are able to manifest in the brain as structural and functional abnormalities, influencing the development and expression of mental illness. He hopes that by understanding changes in the brain's gene regulation after adversity, new targets for treating pathological stress, fear, and anxiety could be identified. Taylor enjoys teaching and is passionate about improving science education. He plans to begin a clinical neuroscience graduate program in Fall 2016.
Christy Olsen, Ph.D
Post-Doc



Rick 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.
Remi Patriat
Graduate Student


Remi 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.
Shelby Weaver
Undergraduate Assistant


Shelby is a sophomore studying Neurobiology and Criminal Justice at UW-Madison.  She is also a member of TEDxUWMadison and the Undergraduate Neuroscience Society. Shelby is passionate about traveling and recently finished a half marathon.
Amanda Timek
Undergraduate Assistant


Amanda is a junior at UW Madison studying psychology and neurobiology. This is her first year as an undergraduate research assistant in the Youth PTSD study. She is interested in the mechanisms of the brain and how they influence behavior and mental health. Amanda plans on attending medical school to become a psychiatrist.
Erin Long, B.A.
Research Coordinator


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.
Rotating Graduate Students Andrew Merluzzi
Josh Cruz
Lab Alumni Allison Blumenfeld
Erika Olsen
Ariel Sherman
Shapiro Summer Medical Students Jenna Bowen
Meghan Fanta
Vy Dinh