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Five CMB Scholars Accept Faculty Positions in the US and UK

Congratulations to postdoctoral researchers Lisa Cantrell, Nick Gaspelin, Laurie Lawyer and Matthew Lowder! They recently accepted tenure-track faculty positions at universities in California, New York, Virginia and England. Cheers also to Frederick Barrett, (Ph.D., psychology, ’13), who is finishing his first year as an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland.

Portrait photos of Frederick Barrett, Lisa Cantrell, Nick Gaspelin, Laurie Lawyer and Matthew Lowder






Barrett, pictured left, did graduate research on music perception, emotion and memory in Professor Petr Janata’s lab before moving to Johns Hopkins for a postdoctoral fellowship. 

Here’s where our four latest professors-to-be are heading:

  • Cantrell, a member of Professor Lisa Oakes’s Infant Cognition Lab since December 2013, will join the child development program in the School of Education at Sacramento State University.
  • Gaspelin will start this fall in the psychology department at SUNY Binghamton. He has worked since 2014 with Steve Luck, psychology professor and director of the Center for Mind and Brain, in the Laboratory for Basic and Translational Cognitive Neuroscience.
  • Lawyer (Ph.D., linguistics, ’15) will join the faculty at University of Essex in historic Colchester, England. She did graduate and postdoctoral research in Professor David Corina’s Cognitive Neurolinguistics Laboratory.
  • Lowder has accepted a tenure track position at the University of Richmond in Virginia. He began postdoctoral research here in 2015, working with Professor John Henderson (Visual Cognition Lab) as well as Professors Fernanda Ferreira and Tamara Swaab on cognitive mechanisms of language comprehension.

Barrett said his experiences at UC Davis interacting with an array of cognitive neuroscientists gave him a broad foundation for his current research and for understanding the many ways that drugs can affect the brain and behavior.

“At Hopkins, I now use music and pharmacological interventions to study emotion and related brain function in healthy people, people suffering from addiction, and people suffering from mood disorders,” he said.

“The incredibly diverse, collaborative and multidisciplinary environment at the Center for Mind and Brain was invaluable for helping me to grow and develop as a scientist in a true ‘team science’ atmosphere.”