Dr. Signe Bray

Principal Investigator

 Scientific Director of the Child and Adolescent Imaging Research (CAIR) Program, Alberta Children's Hospital

Assistant Professor, Departments of Radiology and Paediatrics


Christiane Rohr, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

I did my PhD at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Germany, exploring the functional brain basis of emotional traits and executive capabilities in adults. I currently investigate how these traits and capabilities develop in the brains of typically developing young children, as well as in the brains of children who were born very preterm. As very preterm children face a markedly increased risk of having executive and emotional difficulties, my aim is to provide critical pieces of evidence that, in the long run, can inform the design of targeted intervention programs.


Svenja Espenhahn, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

I did my PhD in Clinical Neuroscience at the UCL Institute of Neurology, UK, exploring the relationship between cortical oscillations and motor skill learning in healthy adults and stroke patients. I currently use electroencephalography (EEG) and vibrotactile psychophysics to investigate typical and atypical development of somatosensory function in young children (age 3-6 years). A better understanding of the early development of tactile processing in typical children and tactile sensory abnormalities experienced by children with ASD is crucial for targeting and optimizing future sensory therapies.

Dennis Dimond, BSc

PhD Candidate - Neuroscience

I completed my BSc honors degree in neuroscience at the University of Alberta in 2015. My undergraduate thesis investigated the relationship between the brains structural networks and executive dysfunction within amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, through use of DTI data acquired at the Peter S. Allen MR Research Center in Edmonton. Here in the Bray Neuroimaging Lab I am investigating the structural and functional connectivity of attention and visuospatial memory networks in Turner syndrome. I hope that my research will help to characterize the underlying neuronal constructs of attention and memory, and shed light on how atypical neurodevelopment leads to related cognitive deficits.

Manu Schuetze, MSc

PhD Candidate - Neuroscience

I'm focusing on the brain’s reward system since I believe that our actions can largely be explained in terms of reward-seeking and punishment-avoiding behavior. The influence of reward and punishment is particularly crucial during learning since it drives our motivation and will eventually lead to success or failure in achieving goals. I'm particularly interested in the relationship between reward and learning in adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder.


Michael Spilka, MSc

PhD Candidate - Clinical Psychology 

I am interested in studying the cognitive and neurobiological contributors to dysfunction in neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders. I am particularly interested in the neural basis of social cognition – the set of mental abilities that allow us to navigate our complex social world – and how these processes go awry in disorders such as schizophrenia. I am currently using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and eye tracking technology to examine the relationship between brain function, gaze behaviour, and facial emotion recognition deficits in schizophrenia.

Amy Webber, BA

Full-time Research Assistant


Logan Haynes

Undergraduate research student


Ting Ting Yan, Undergraduate Research Student, 2018

Aneesh Khetani, MSc

Sarah Park, Undergraduate Research Student, 2017-2018

Prayash Katlariwala, Undergraduate Research Student

Kristina Jelinkowa, Undergraduate Research Student, 2017

Anish Arora, Undergraduate Research Student, 2016, now MD student at the University of Alberta

Keelin B. Rivard, MSc 2014-2016

Brian Cechmanek, MSc 2014-2016

Kari Parsons, Research Assistant, 2014-2016, now MD student at the University of Winnipeg 

Anosha Ulfat, Undergraduate Research Student, 2015

Siena Achal, Undergraduate Research Student, 2014-2016

Mark Krongold, MSc 2013-2015, now MD student at Western University

Sarah Vinette, Research Assistant, 2014 - 2015, now MD student at the University of Toronto

Rae Shams, Summer student, 2015, now MD student at the University of Calgary

Anne-Sophie Kieslinger, Visiting Student, 2014

Harriet Johnston, Postdoctoral Fellow, 2013 - 2014

Sarah Rahman, MD, Research Assistant, 2013 - 2014

Cassandra Cooper, Summer Undergraduate Student, 2014

Sanjay Achal, BSc Honors Student, 2012 - 2014

Andrea Civitarese, BSc Neuroscience Candidate, Dalhousie University

Ramsha Almas, Summer Undergraduate Student 2011 and 2012

Alexandra Pilapil, Summer Undergraduate Student 2012


Mallar Chakravarty, CoBrA Lab, Douglas Mental Health Institute, McGill University, Montreal

Giuseppe Iaria, NeuroLab, University of Calgary

Catherine Lebel, Developmental Neuroimaging Lab, University of Calgary

Frank MacMaster, University of Calgary

Brad Hale, BrainGain Lab, Faculty of Education, University of Calgary

Andrea Protzner, Brain Dynamics Lab, University of Calgary

Fumiko Hoeft, Brain LENS, UCSF