Luis Populin, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Neuroscience

Dr. Populin’s early work was concerned with the neural mechanisms underlying sensorimotor integration and spatial attention. The focus of his research has since expanded to include gaining a better understanding the mechanisms of attention, working memory, impulsivity and the effects that low dose stimulant medication has on them. His hope is that work from his lab, including the ADHD video game study, will help improve the treatment of kids affected by ADHD. Dr. Populin earned his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin.


Abigail Rajala, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Research Coordinator

The ADHD Video game study is the current focus of Abby’s work. Abby’s research has been centered on understanding the neural basis of higher order cognition and behavior. She has studied the effects of methylphenidate (Ritalin) on working memory, attention, impulsivity, and reward processing. Abby earned her Ph.D. in May 2015 from the University of Wisconsin.


Ryan Herringa, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Dr. Herringa is the clinical collaborator for this project. The focus of Dr. Herringa’s research and clinical work is to better understand and treat trauma-related mental illness in youth. Dr. Herringa earned his M.D. and Ph.D. as part of the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Wisconsin. He completed his Ph.D. in Neuroscience under the direction of Dr. Ned Kalin. Following this training, he went to the University of Pittsburgh to complete his residency in psychiatry and a fellowship in pediatric psychiatry.