Karen M. Rodrigue, Ph. D.
Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Center for Vital Longevity
1600 Viceroy Drive,
Suite 800


Principle Investigator

Karen Rodrigue, Ph.D.

Karen M. Rodrigue, Ph.D.
Principal Investigator
Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Brain Sciences
Center for Vital Longevity

Post-doctoral Students

Chris Foster, Ph.D.
Chris Foster, Post-doctoral Student Post-doctoral Student | cxf161430@utdallas.edu

Dr. Foster graduated from Western Carolina University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Biology in 2007. He entered graduate school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2011. There, he was a graduate student in Dr. Kelly Giovanello’s lab where his research focused on the effects of healthy and unhealthy aging on relational memory processes. Since starting in the labs of Dr. Rodrigue and Dr. Kennedy, Chris has been focusing on incorporating new methods into his research, including the impact of, genetics, amyloid, and structure on aging, brain function, and cognition. In his free time, Chris enjoys hiking, camping, and cooking.

Christina Webb, Ph.D.
Christina Webb, Post-doctoral Student Post-doctoral Student | cew180001@utdallas.edu

Dr. Webb graduated from The Pennsylvania State University in 2013 with a BS in Psychology. She also completed her graduate work at Penn State as a part of Dr. Nancy Dennis’ lab, focusing on the cognitive neuroscience of long-term memory in both younger adults and healthy aging. Currently, Christina is interested in investigating structure-function relationships across the lifespan, and identifying factors that influence age-related decline in cognitive function.

Graduate Students

Marci Horn, M.S. | marci.horn@utdallas.edu
Doctoral Student of Psychological Sciences

Marci graduated with a BA in Psychology from Texas A&M in 2010 working under Dr. Kittredge Stephenson and Dr. David Rosen. In 2013, she completed her MS in Psychological Science from UT Dallas working under Dr. Denise Park focusing on the relationship between beta-amyloid deposition and memory in middle aged adults. Currently, Marci is interested in Subjective Memory Complaints, or self-assessment of memory impairments, and how they relates to both behavioral and structural differences in adults across the lifespan.

Chen Gonen, B.A. | chen.gonen@utdallas.edu
Doctoral Student of Cognition and Neuroscience

Chen graduated from California State University at Northridge with a BA in psychology. During her undergraduate education, she worked under Dr. Alyssa Arentoft’s studying cognitive outcomes in individuals with HIV+. Currently, she is interested in the effect of vascular health factors (e.g., hypertension, type 2 diabetes) on the structural and behavioral changes observed in healthy aging.

Ekarin E. Pongpipat, M.A.
Doctoral Student of Cognition and Neuroscience | ekarin.pongpipat@utdallas.edu

Ekarin earned his BA in Psychology at California State University, Northridge in 2012 working under Dr. Jose P. Abara where he learned the fundamentals of EEG/ERP of attention and neurofeedback. He then earned his MA in Psychology at San Diego State University in 2016 working under Dr. Claire Murphy where he studied the relationship between functional connectivity during taste and eating disinhibition in individuals with Metabolic Syndrome. Currently, Ekarin is focusing on the relationship between functional connectivity and performance across the adult lifespan.

Research Staff

Garrett Virgin, B.S.
Lab Manager | gmv150030@utdallas.edu

Garrett joined the lab in 2018 after graduating from The University of Texas at Dallas with a bachelors degree in Psychology. Before coming to CVL, he worked at the Center for Brain Health under Dr. Krawczyk and David Martinez. While at CBH, he focused on assisting the current studies involving individuals with traumatic brain injury and the effects of TBI effects on cognitive and bahvioral functions. Garrett plans to pursue a Master’s in Psychological Sciences and eventually continue as a Research Coordinator. He hopes to gain experience working under Dr. Kennedy for the next two years. Some of Garrett’s hobbies include volleyball, climbing, and spedning time with his dog, Trek.

Hudiasa Fatima, M.Sc.
Lab Manager | hudaisa.fatima@utdallas.edu

Hudaisa recently moved to Dallas from North Carolina and joined the Center this spring as a Project Leader for Rodrigue lab. Initially from UK, she holds a MSc in Neuropsychology from University College London. Prior to joining the Center, she worked at the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at Wake Forest Baptist Hospital, NC assisting longitudinal studies which focused on identifying early risk factors that predict cognitive decline and dementia in cognitively asymptomatic adults and those with early signs of impairment. Her other research interests include Alzheimer’s Disease risk factors associated with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), mTBI and repetitive head impact associated effects on structural and functional connectivity. She hopes to further strengthen her experience working with Dr. Rodrigue and plans to pursue a PhD program in Clinical Psychology. Outside the lab, she enjoys working out, reading and exploring eateries around the city.
Hudaisa Fatima - Rodrigue Lab

Lab Alumni


Colleen McNamee

Colleen McNamee, B.A.
Lab Manager | cxm153930@utdallas.edu

Colleen graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA in Psychology and English. She is interested in executive function, emotion regulation, decision making, and culture. Colleen hopes to gain experience working with neuroimaging techniques and plans to pursue a PhD program in Psychology in the future.



Allan Kalich, M.S.
Doctoral Student of Cognition and Neuroscience
Allan received his Bachelor's degree in Psychology and his Master's degree in the Applied Cognition and Neuroscience from the University of Texas at Dallas.





Elizabeth Reese, Research Assistant

Elizabeth Reese, B.S., B.A.
Elizabeth is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, studying neurobiological and behavioral mechanisms of addiction and emotion.





Asha Unni, Research Assistant

Asha Unni, B.A.

Asha is attending Texas A&M University to pursue a Ph.D in School Psychology. She plans to focus on peer relations and the use of neuropsychological assessments in schools. 





April Sizemore, B.A.
April received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas in 2012.





Evelyn Simmons

Robert Haupt

Erin Epperson

Luke Alhaj

Kassandra Reyes

Phuong Lieu