Kristina Ciesielski, PhD, AFBPS CD
Associate Professor Psychology, University of New Mexico
Associate Neuroscientist, Massachusetts General Hospital
PhD, MSc Biological Brain Sciences, Nencki Inst of Experimental Biology-Polish Science Academy,
Albuquerque, NM 97104 USA
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As a pediatric neuropsychologist I investigate the variability of brain inhibitory networks in the course of healthy development and psychopathological disorders, as reflected in brain spatiotemporal dynamics, brain oscillatory activity and anatomy. I devote my studies primarily to obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), deemed to have developmental and genetic origins, and to acquired toxic brain conditions, as in children treated with CNS chemotherapy for cancer. I employ neuropsychology and combined brain imaging technology ( magnetoencephalography and electroencephalography, anatomical and functional MRI). Currently, I conduct studies of default brain's network in patients with OCD and their asymptomatic family members. The goal is to identify endophenotypes, the quantitative traits associated with susceptibility to a disorder. The important aim is to contribute to the development of neuroimaging-based preventive interventions.