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.

Research Assistants

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.




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!

Lab Alumni

Ximena Schwarz, B.S.
Mahsa Alizadeh Shalchy, Ph.D.
Luz María Alliende, M.S
Orestis Papaioannou, PhD
Laura Crespo, B.S.


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