About Our Research Staff

 


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Dr. McNamara has been working for many years studying the connection between Parkinson’s and religiosity. Our current study is set to replicate his previous findings as well as extend them. His other main interests lie in sleep and dreams, particularly in REM Sleep. He is also one of the founding directors of the Institute for the Biocultural Study of Religion.

Dr. McNamara’s CV

 

 

 

durso1smallRaymon Durso, MD

Dr. Durso is the Parkinson’s specialist on our study. He refers the majority of our patients to us and has neurology clinics at all three campus’of the VA, where he sees a variety of neurological disorders.

 

 

 

 

 

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Dr. Wildman is a founding director of the Institute for the Biocultural Study of Religion and is the director of the religion and science PhD program at Boston University. He teaches philosophy, theology, religion, and ethics, and is also a key mentor for our doctoral students. More on Dr. Wildman can be found here.

 

 

 

 

 

ed_modestino_sq500Edward Modestino, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Modestino is our neuroimaging expert. His focus is the analysis of our neuroimaging data and his career in neuroscience has focused on using neuroimaging (fMRI) and electrophysiology (i.e., EEG, SC, and plethysmography) as tools to study cognition, attention and perception, with a particular interest in altered states of consciousness and religious experiences. He is also a  Research Assistant Professor of Neuroscience and Religious Cognition at Boston University and takes the lead on our Doctrinal vs. Experiential project.

 

 

 

magdaMagda Giordano, PhD, Visiting Scholar

Magda is a long-term visitor to our lab from Mexico. She comes from the Institute of Neurobiology at the University of México (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, UNAM).  Magda  is working on a chapter with Dr. McNamara on religion and language and has done past work in experimental psychology.

 

 

 

 

 

minsky_squareApril Minsky, Head Research Assistant

April graduated from Simmons College in 2013 with a bachelors in psychology. She helps to keep the lab running on a day to day basis and hopes to return to school for a PhD in clinical psychology with a focus in research. April takes the lead in the Dreamboard project analyzing nightmares and also assists with the impulsivity project.

 

 

 

 

Jonathan-Morgan-150x150Jonathan Morgan, Doctoral Fellow

Jonathan is a doctoral student in the religion and science program at Boston University, where he received his masters in psychology and theology. He is particularly interested in understanding spirituality and its relationship to mental health, and has a strong focus on the impulsivity aspect of our study, particularly delayed discounting. Jonathan is also a regular contributor to Exploring My Religion

 

 

 

 

Christopher Halloran, Doctoral Fellow

Chris is also in the process of earning his PhD in the religion science program at Boston University. He is particularly interested in understanding spirituality and its relationship to mental health and is a key person in the “on/off” part of our study. He also takes the lead in our religious priming project.

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David Rohr, Doctoral Fellow

Dave is in his third year of the religion and science doctoral program and earned his MDiv from the Boston University School of Theology in 2012. His own research is focused on the intersection of scientific and religious perspectives on human nature. Dave’s long-term goal is to contribute to the development of a theological anthropology that is consistent with contemporary science, yet capable of fully affirming human spiritual quests. In the context of our study his focus is the Spiritual Narrative project.

 

 

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Ian Cooley, Doctoral FellowIan is a doctoral student in the Division of Religious and Theological Studies at Boston University. His present interests are focused primarily upon the phenomenology of religious experience, particularly as it pertains to our encounter with Otherness, and upon how such analyses might be applied to an understanding of scientific inquiry. Currently, he is also developing an increasingly nagging interest in the role that semantically open forms of language play both in the construction of experiential depth and in establishing a conceptual space for religiously interpretable engagements with existence. He works with Dave on the Spiritual Narrative Study and helped create the Enhanced Phenomenology of Consciousness Inventory (EPCI).

 


Undergraduate Volunteers
  • Hailee Reeves
  • Chioma Amenechi
  • Colleen Wong
  • Rafael Ayaela

Consultants

  • Erica Harris, PhD, MPH
  • Paul Butler, MD/PhD, MTS

LEN Lab Staff Alumni

  • Patricia Johnson
  • Ephraim Josephs
  • Deirdre McLaren
  • Vanessa Van Doren

LEN Lab Graduate Student Alumni

  • Noelle Ebel
  • Brian Jenkin
  • Priti Nath
  • Manish Ramani
  • Noel Warwick
  • Nik Zanetti

LEN Lab Research Assistant Alumni

  • Emily Abrams
  • Donna Alvino
  • Andrea Avalos
  • Catherine Beauharnais
  • Christopher Dallas-Koziol
  • Emily Duggan
  • Samantha Gauvin
  • Jessica George
  • Jessica Ghofrani
  • Lena Giang
  • Katherine Hendley
  • Michael Josephs
  • Anna Kookoolis
  • Mike Ma
  • Jocelyn Sarmiento
  • Alveena Shah
  • Sarah Varghese
  • Sasha Zaitsev
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