Meet the Team!

Principal Investigator

Molly A. Erickson, PhD

Dr. Erickson received her Ph.D. in Clinical Science and in Neuroscience from Indiana University in 2013, and is a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Illinois.  She is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Chicago.  Her research, which focuses on understanding the neural origins of perceptual and low-level cognitive deficits in people with psychosis, has been funded by a number of grants from NIMH, the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation, & NSF.


Orestis Papaioannou, Ph.D. 

Orestis is a recent postdoc at the MAPS lab. They graduated with a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from UC Davis in 2021. Before that, they got a B.A. in Psychology from Reed College. Orestis is interested in working memory and attention, focusing on electrophysiological markers of working memory, as well as multivariable approaches and decoding of EEG data. Outside of the lab, they enjoy playing board games, DnD, and finding new swimming spots.

Lab Coordinator

Laura Crespo, B.S. 

Laura is the research coordinator for the MAPS Lab. She received her B.S. in Integrative Neuroscience from Binghamton University, and quickly grew her in interest in psychosis, cognition, and neuropsychology. Laura has had the opportunity to work in previous labs studying the potential biological risk factors in the psychosis prodrome, and the neural mechanisms underlying perceptual organization using neuroimaging. In her free time, Laura loves to listen to neuropsychology podcasts, bake biscotti, and tend to her fourteen tropical plants!

Research Assistants

Kailey Clark, B.S. 

Kailey is a research assistant in the MAPS Lab. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.S. in Psychology and Neuroscience. Before joining the lab, she worked in Dr. Greg Strauss’ Clinical Affective Neuroscience lab in identifying children and adults at risk of developing psychosis, as well as using pupillometry to analyze effort and motivation. She is interested in gaining more insight into the prodromal phase. She enjoys hiking, camping, and going to dog parks in her free time!



Nicole Ogbuagu, B.S. 

Nicole is a research assistant in the MAPS Lab. She received her B.S in Neuroscience from the University of Illinois at Chicago and was interested in neurology, psychopathology, and psychosis. Prior to joining the team, she worked with Dr. Emil Coccaro in the Clinical Neuroscience and Psychopharmacology Research Unit at UChicago, studying the cognitive effects of intermittent explosive disorder in adults. In previous labs, she has worked in identifying when disruptive behavior in early childhood is precursor for future mood dysregulation. In her free time, she loves cooking, playing guitar, and listening to true crime podcasts!



Charlotte Li, B.S. 

Charlotte is a research assistant in the MAPS Lab. She graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from Reed College. Before joining the lab, she worked with Dr. Enriqueta Canseco-Gonzalez on psycholinguistics and ERP research, and with Dr. Kristen Anderson on alcohol and health related research. She is interested in integrating neuroimaging in psychopathology research. Charlotte enjoys reading, going to coffee shops and brunch, and playing the Sims.



Lab Alumni

Ximena Schwarz, B.S.
Mahsa Alizadeh Shalchy, Ph.D.
Luz María Alliende, M.S





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