Lab Members


Karin Schon, Ph.DKarin Schon, Ph.D. (email Prof. Schon)

Dr. Schon is an Associate Professor at the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology at the Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine where she is the director of the Brain Plasticity and Neuroimaging Laboratory. She also holds appointments with the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, the Center for Memory and Brain, and the Undergraduate and Graduate Programs for Neuroscience. She received her Ph.D. in 2005 and did her postdoctoral research with Prof. Chantal Stern at the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences and the Center for Memory and Brain. Her research focuses on brain plasticity, cognitive neuroscience of memory and aging and uses functional and structural MRI, exercise physiology, and behavioral methods, as well as biomarker assays.


Post-Doctoral Associates:

We are currently recruiting Postdocs for the following projects/positions:

  1. Racism Burden, Cardiovascular Disease Risk, and Neurocognitive Aging
  2. Racism Burden, Mental Health, and Brain Function in Emerging Adults

Graduate Students:

Rayven-Nikkita Collins

Nikkita is a 2nd-year Master’s student in the Dept. of Anatomy & Neurobiology.

Lea Stith, B.S. (email Lea)
Lab Member: Lea Stith, 2nd-year graduate student in Behavioral Neuroscience
Lea Stith, 2nd-year graduate student in Behavioral Neuroscience

Lea is a 2nd-year graduate student in the Behavioral Neuroscience PhD program. Lea graduated with a degree in Psychology (Cognitive Neuroscience) and minor in Biological Sciences from the University of California, Irvine.


Study Coordinators, Research Assistants, and Lab Managers:

Study Coordinator & Lab Manager- Lisa Wood

Lisa is the Study Coordinator for Racism and Brain health in Emerging Adults. Prior to joining the lab in January 2023, she spent ten years supporting the research efforts of the Black Women’s Health Study, which is also located at Boston University.

Study Coordinator – Niya Adlersberg
Lab member Niya Adlersberg

Niya obtained her degree in Psychological & Brain Sciences from Boston University in the spring of 2020. She joined the lab in 2023 as the Study Coordinator and Psychometrist for the Racism and Brain Aging Project examining the impact of stressors related to race, ethnicity, and skin color on physical and brain health in older, African-American adults. During her free time, Niya enjoys traveling, ceramics, and spending time with her cat, Luna. She is also a self-proclaimed movie/anime critic!


Post-Bac Students

Tatianna Parker
Lab member: Tatianna Parker, PREP Student
Tatianna Parker, PREP Student

Tatianna graduated with her degree in Biochemistry from the University of Massachusetts Boston in May 2022. In her free time, she likes to spend time with her family and listen to music. She hopes to get into a Behavioral Neuroscience program in the future.


Undergraduate Students:

Rafiyat Adenlola

Rafiyat Adenlola is a fourth year undergraduate student in the College of Health and Rehabilitation: Sargent College majoring Human Physiology at Boston University. Her current interests include neurobiology, and the social and psychological effects of racism on marginalized groups. Beyond her academic pursuits, Rafiyat Adenlola is deeply involved in various campus activities. She proudly serves as the President of the Minority Association of Pre-Med/Pre-Health Students (MAPS), where she leads and supports fellow pre-medical students in their academic and professional journeys. In addition to her involvement with MAPS, Rafiyat is a member of Afrithms, an African dance group on campus, where she showcases her vibrant cultural heritage through dance and rhythm. After graduation, she hopes to continue her education in medical school. 

Taylor Bolan

Taylor is in her 2nd year as an undergraduate at Boston University currently pursuing a major in Psychology on a pre-health track. She has aspirations of becoming a world renowned psychiatrist, or neuropsychiatrist, making the Schon Lab the perfect place to explore her interests. She has an interest in the relationship between the mind, brain, and body, how they all affect one another, and all things involving mental or neurological illness/impairments. In her free time, she enjoys reading psychological thrillers and suspense novels

Jackie Wang

I am a current undergraduate junior at Boston University studying health science on the pre-health track. When graduating, I strive to continue on the path of medicine and become a doctor one day, focusing on neuroscience and emergency medicine. During my free time, I love going to the gym and binge-watching TV shows.

Lab Alumni:

Michael Rosario, B.S., Ph.D. (email Michael)
Razan Alotaibi, M.B.B.S., Ph.D. (email Razan)
Samantha Davis
Arjun Batra (STaRS’22)
Shiraz Mumtaz
Stephanie Gonzalez-Gil
Shantalle Martinez (STaRS’21)
Reyna Gariepy (STaRS’20)
Rachel Nauer Wehr, Ph.D. (email Rachel; LinkIn with Rachel)
Kathryn Kern Jamison, Ph.D. (email Katie)
Andrew Whiteman, B.A.
Corey Kronman, M.S.
Natalie Cherry B.A.
Victoria Gomez B.A.
Benjamin Coleman B.A.
Alexander Delgado B.A.
José Romo Corrales B.A.
Natalia Lopez B.S.
Michelle Sibol
Diana Abbas
Andrea Heard, B.A.
Andrew Goss, B.S., M.S.
Andres Velez Lopez, B.S., M.S.
Yongho Christopher Jo, B.S., M.S.
Sarah Savoy
Olivia Lanman, B.A.
Natalia Torres, B.A., M.S.
Madeline Brendle
Samantha Muyalde
Reagan Katulege
Jan Stasinski, M.A.
Matthew Dunne, B.A.
Nicolle De Siqueira, M.S.
Zachary Croll-Nesbeth
Marina Richie, B.A., M.A.
Sheba Antony
Amara Ayoub, M.S.
Karim Hussain Ismat, M.S.


Last updated: 9/28/23