Kristina Ciesielski, PhD, AFBPS CD

Professional Information

Experience: 

Associate Professor Psychology, University of New Mexico
Associate Neuroscientist, Massachusetts General Hospital

Education: 

PhD, MSc Biological Brain Sciences, Nencki Inst of Experimental Biology-Polish Science Academy,

Position: 
Martinos Faculty

Contact

Mailing Address

Logan Hall
Albuquerque, NM 97104

General Contact Information

Phone: 
617-726-0324
Location: 
149-1

Biosketch

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.