Tara Smyser, MS

Staff Scientist

Tara Smyser is a Staff Scientist in the Department of Psychiatry and has been a member of the Washington University Neonatal and Developmental Research Team since 2008. Tara earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering and her Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Iowa. As part of her work for the WUNDER team, Tara analyzes both neuroimaging and developmental assessment data in neonates and children in order to better understand the relationship between brain development and childhood outcomes.

Jessica Perkins

Clinical Research Coordinator

Jessica Perkins is a Clinical Research Coordinator with the WUNDER Lab. She has been a team member since 2012. As part of her work with the WUNDER Team, she keeps in close contact with all of our research families. Jessica also schedules and attends follow up visits. She enjoys working with all of our wonderful families at all of the developmental time points!

Madeline Thompson

Clinical Research Coordinator

Madi Thompson joined the lab in 2020 and is the coordinator of the CUDDEL study. Her work includes handling regulatory processes and supporting recruitment and enrollment in the study. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, with a concentration in Neuroscience, from Kenyon College. Her interests include pediatric mental health and its relation to neural development.

Jim Alexopoulos, MS

Data Analyst

Dimitrios Alexopoulos is a Data Analyst in the Department of Neurology who specializes in the management, archiving and analysis of data acquired using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). His research focus is primarily on using advanced neuroimaging techniques to better understand brain development in infants born prematurely. Mr. Alexopoulos earned a Master of Science degree from Washington University in St. Louis.

Jake Bjork

Professional Rater I

Jake began working with the WUNDER Lab in June of 2018, and recently graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a B.A. in Cognitive Neuroscience. He currently works as a Professional Rater I with the eLABE study to collect developmental, EEG, and eye tracking data at follow-up visits. Jake also helps with data management by overseeing the WUNDER Team’s REDCap database. He will be attending medical school in the fall of 2021.

Janika Grimlund, BA

Professional Rater I

Janika became a member of the WUNDER Lab in November 2019 and is working on the CUDDEL study. Janika spends a lot of her time enrolling and recruiting patients, helping with MRI scans, and completing follow-up visits visits. She is passionate about creating equitable experiences for youth and minority groups to promote mental health and is pursing higher education in clinical child psychology.

Lori Ingram

Clinical Research Coordinator

Lori is the Research Coordinator of the eLABE Study and the Clinical Research Coordinator II and Lab Manager for Dr. Deanna Barch.

Sydney Kaplan

Neuroimaging Programmer I

Sydney Kaplan is a Programmer in the Department of Neurology and joined the Washington University Neonatal and Developmental Research lab in August of 2018. Sydney earned her Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering with a concentration in Computing and Analysis from Case Western Reserve University. Her role includes processing and analyzing neuroimaging data, as well as investigating new processing techniques in neonates and children.

Gracie Kempf

Professional Rater I

Gracie started working in the WUNDER lab in June of 2019 and works on the CUDDEL study. She recruits participants for CUDDEL, schedules follow-up visits, helps with MRI scans, and makes sure that the study is running smoothly. Gracie feels so lucky to be apart of such an amazing lab. Her favorite part about working in the lab is being able to interact with the incredible participants in the study.  She is interested in pursuing a PhD in either sociology or psychology.

Jeanette Kenley

Neuroimaging Engineer

Jeanette Kenley is a programmer in the Department of Neurology and a member of the Washington University Neonatal and Developmental Research Team since 2010.  Jeanette earned her Bachelors of Electrical Engineering from the University of Missouri St. Louis – Washington University Joint Engineering Program.  Her areas of interest include neonatal, child, and young adult resting state functional connectivity and how various computer applications and clinical research can help shape future diagnosis and treatments.  As part of her work in the WUNDER team, Jeanette develops and executes processing codes to analyze resting state functional connectivity and diffusion weighted imaging data.

Karen Lukas

Dominique Meyer

Neuroimaging Programmer I

Dominique is a Programmer with the Washington University Department of Neurology. She joined the WUNDER team in July 2019 after earning a B.S in Biomedical Engineering from Washington University. Her focus is on the processing of structural, functional and diffusion imaging data for developmental neuroimaging studies. This research and analysis supports an understanding of brain development for improved diagnosis and treatment.

Richard Nagel

MRI Technologist

Rich graduated from Barnes School of Radiology Technology and began working in diagnostic radiology at Barnes Hospital in 1994. Rich then moved into research at Washington University School of Medicine in 1999. He currently works for the Department of Psychiatry and Department of Radiology and helps several other departments. Rich is responsible for conducting MRI scans for eLABE participants.

Angela Vierling

Professional Rater

Angela Vierling is a Professional Rater II in the Psychiatry department. She administers developmental testing in the areas of cognition, motor, language, and emotion. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Missouri.