Researchers

Mary Baker, Ph.D.

  • Director, Autumn’s Dawn Neuro-Imaging, Cognition and Engineering Laboratory (AD-NICE lab);
  • Associate Professor, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Texas Tech University
  • The mission of Autumn’s Dawn NICE lab is to develop models of perception, memory, neurological diseases and language as they relate to the underlying structure and neural circuitry of the human brain.
  • Current research includes using functional MRI and EEG to study the brain characteristics of children and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders. mary.baker@ttu.edu.

Everardo Cobos, MD

  • Professor, Associate Dean for Oncology Programs/Division Chief,
    Oncology/Hematology, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
  • Information on Dr. Cobos including publications and presentations can be found on his website. everardo.cobos@ttuhsc.edu.

Lee Cohen, Ph.D.

  • Department Chair and Professor, Department of Psychology,
    College of Arts & Sciences, Texas Tech University
  • Dr. Cohen's primary research interest is in health psychology with a focus on addictive behaviors. More specifically, in examining the behavioral and physiological mechanisms that contribute to nicotine use and dependence as well as in developing optimal adult and adolescent smoking cessation treatments. lee.cohen@ttu.edu.

Patricia Delucia, Ph.D.

  • Human Factors Psychology Program Coordinator;
    Professor, Department of Psychology,
    College of Arts & Sciences, Texas Tech University
  • Dr. Delucia's research program focuses on theoretical and applied issues in visual perception, and human factors. Her primary interests include the perception of collision, motion, and depth with applications to transportation (e.g., driving and aviation), medicine (minimally-invasive surgery), military (e.g., night vision goggles), and sport (e.g., umpiring); human factors in medicine (e.g., patient safety); and performance in nursing (e.g., medication administration). pat.delucia@ttu.edu

Russell James, J.D., Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor, Department of Personal Financial Planning,
    College of Human Sciences, Texas Tech University
  • Dr. James is interested in fMRI research focused on cognitive and emotional processes involved in charitable giving, particularly planned giving. russell.james@ttu.edu.

John J. McGlone, Ph.D.

  • Director, Animal Care Services;
  • Director, Institute for Comparative and Experimental Medicine;
  • Institutional Official Director, Pork Industry Institute;
  • Professor, Department of Animal and Food Science, Texas Tech University;
  • Professor, Department of Cell Biology & Anatomy, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
  • As Institutional Official, Dr. McGlone oversees animal care programs at Texas Tech University. The University Veterinarians and the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) report to the Institutional Official. Professor McGlone directs the Animal Care Services unit which provides animal care services to Texas Tech University faculty involved in animal research, teaching, or outreach. Professor McGlone also directs both the Pork Industry Institute and the Institute for Comparative and Experimental Medicine (a joint institute between TTU and TTUHSC). Dr. McGlone maintains an active research program in the science of animal welfare, stress physiology and behavior. john.mcglone@ttu.edu.

Sunanda Mitra, D. Sc.

  • Director, Computer Vision & Image Analysis Laboratory (CVIAL);
    P. W. Horn Professor, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Texas Tech University
  • The goal of the Computer Vision and Image Analysis Laboratory (CVIAL), co-directed by Dr. Sunanda Mitra and Dr. Brian Nutter, is to develop innovative models and algorithms for robust signal/image analysis for diverse image modalities including MRI/fMRI/DTI data, multi-view X-ray, and multi-spectral and hyper-spectral data. CVIAL also is involved in state-of-the-art modeling of wavelet domain data compression for multimedia and medical imaging data as well as compressed sensing. Twenty-five doctoral and more than 100 M.S.E.E students have graduated since the inception of CVIAL in 1988. CVIAL has received research funding of more than $5M from NSF, NIH, NASA, THECB, and various corporate sponsors, and it currently has contracts from NSF, NIH, ONR, and Innovative Integration. sunanda.mitra@ttu.edu.

Brian Nutter, Ph.D., PE

  • Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies and Assoc. Professor, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, College of Engineering, Texas Tech University;
  • Director, Master of Science in Bioengineering Program;
    Co-Director, Computer Vision & Image Analysis Laboratory (CVIAL)
  • In addition to co-directing CVIAL and analyzing medical imaging data, Dr. Nutter’s research interests include embedded systems, OFDM communications, and remote sensing. brian.nutter@ttu.edu.

Michael W. O'Boyle, Ph.D.

  • Associate Dean for Research, College of Human Sciences;
    C.R. Hutcheson Professor, Department of Human Development & Family Studies, College of Human Sciences,Texas Tech University;
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Pharmacology & Neuroscience, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
  • Dr. O'Boyle's research interests involve the use of a variety of neuroimaging techniques including fMRI and DTI (available in the TTNI) and EEG (available in the Autumn's Dawn Neuro-Imaging, Cognition and Engineering Laboratory) to investigate the brain structures and neural circuitry associated with math giftedness, ADHD, autism spectrum disorder in children, as well as the effects of substance abuse and addiction on the brain and brain development. Michael.OBoyle@TTU.edu.

David Richman, Ph.D.

  • Chair, Burkhart Center for Autism Education and Research;
  • Jere Lynn Burkhart Professor, Department of Educational Psychology and Leadership, College of Education, Texas Tech University
  • Dr. Richman’s research interests include using pre- and post-treatment fMRI, DTI and EEG measures to evaluate targeted behavior modifications in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. d.richman@ttu.edu.

Shannon Rinaldo, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor of Marketing;
    PANIL Director, Rawls College of Business, Texas Tech University
  • Dr. Rinaldo’s research centers on sensory and perceptual processes in the marketplace, biological psychology theory for understanding consumers and the unique experiences of consumers with disabilities. shannon.rinaldo@ttu.edu.

Peter J. Syapin, Ph.D.

  • Professor, Department of Pharmacology & Neuroscience, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
  • Using rodent animal models and in vitro brain cell culture, the Syapin lab studies neuroinflammatory processes involved in chronic and binge alcohol-induced functional alterations and tissue injury to the adolescent and adult brain. Dr. Syapin serves as an animal treatment core resource for the SPAARC. Peter.Syapin@TTUHSC.edu.

Roman Taraban, Ph.D.

  • Department Associate Chair and Professor, Department of Psychology, Texas Tech University;
  • Assessment Coordinator, TTU/HHMI@CISER;
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Educational Psychology
  • Dr. Roman Taraban's primary research interest is in the area of academic learning. His research incorporates empirical research methods and neural network modeling. roman.taraban@ttu.edu.

Eric Walden, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Information Systems and Quantitative Sciences, Rawls College of Business Administration, Texas Tech University
  • Dr. Walden is interested in using fMRI, DTI, and EEG to address issues in computer use and information search. This includes examining how learning to program changes the structure and function of the brain, how using avatars instead of traditional computer interfaces changes brain processing and what brain structures and processes allow people to choose to stop searching for information. eric.walden@ttu.edu.