Lab Members

DSC_0660Joseph Giacino, PhD


Dr. Giacino’s clinical and research activities are centered on the development and application of novel assessment and treatment methods for individuals with severe acquired brain injury (ABI) and disorders of consciousness (DOC). He served as co-chair of the Aspen Workgroup, responsible for developing the diagnostic criteria for the minimally conscious state (MCS) and was co-lead author of the Mohonk Report, a Congressionally-sponsored initiative to establish recommendations for lifelong care of patients with DOC. He currently chairs the VS/MCS Guideline Development Panel of the American Academy of Neurology which is responsible for revising existing guidelines for management of patients with DOC.

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Yelena Bodien, PhD

Research Scientist

Dr. Yelena Guller Bodien completed her graduate work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where her research focused on using multimodal brain imaging and transcranial magnetic stimulation to probe the underlying neurobiology of schizophrenia. At Spaulding, her clinical duties involve the application of standardized and novel measures to the assessment and rehabilitation of patients with disorders of consciousness. Dr. Bodien’s research activities include investigating the diagnostic and prognostic validity as well as augmentative communication utility of neuroimaging paradigms in patients with diagnosed with disorders of consciousness.

Fun Fact: In her spare time Dr. Bodien is an avid rock-climber.




Michael Bergin, PhD

Lab Manager

Dr. Michael Bergin completed postdoctoral research at Harvard University and graduate work at the University of Queensland in Australia where his research investigated the influence of pain on human movement. At Spaulding, Dr. Bergin’s research focuses on the development of an evidence-based platform to advance the identification and validation of clinical assessment tools for traumatic brain injury.

Fun Fact: Dr. Bergin loves to travel and has visited over 15 countries.




Joseph Ostrow, B.S.

Research Assistant

Joe assists with recruitment and data collection for the Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems (TBI-MS) study and the MEMRI-TBI-D study. He studied biopsychology, cognition, and neuroscience (BCN) at the University of Michigan and minored in Writing and Spanish. In the future, he hopes to pursue a graduate program in cognitive neuroscience.

Fun Fact: Joe has played the double bass since he was 9, and has performed with orchestras in Detroit, NYC, Washington D.C., France, and Germany.



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Rebecca Nardulli

Research Coordinator

Rebecca graduated with a B.S. in Biopsychology from Tufts University, where she discovered her love of the brain while conducting guided research in language processing and prediction. At Spaulding, she coordinates the TRACK-TBI study, and also assists with recruitment for the TBIMS National Database. In the future, she hopes to pursue a PhD in communication sciences and disorders.


Fun Fact: Rebecca brings home a copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone from every new country she visits. Her collection currently spans 13 different languages.








Summer 2015

From left to right: Dr. Giacino, Brendan Kelley, Thomas Quinn, Cecilia Carlowicz, Camille Chatelle, Jamie Kaminski, Jason Smith (student intern), Megan Ebner (student intern), Sabrina Taylor

Former Lab Members

DSC_0656Sabrina Taylor, PhD, Research Coordinator DSC_0385Brendan Kelley, Research Assistant DSC_0659Jamie Kaminski, Research Assistant DSC_0653Camille Chatelle, PhD, Post-Doctoral Fellow DSC_0651Matt Doiron,
Research Assistant

Cecilia Carlowicz,  Research Assistant


Thomas Quinn,
Research Assistant

DSC_0388Diana Braver,
Research Assistant

Undergraduate Interns:

  • Nicole Court-Reuss
  • Taylor Trembly
  • Allison Murray
  • Rebecca Salamone
  • Kate Burlile
  • Anna Stumps
  • Courtney Perrone
  • Allison LaRussa
  • Jason Smith
  • Megan Ebner
  • Jake Robinson
  • Margaret Flynn
  • Teresa Soriano

Graduate Interns:

  • Kristen Sheau
  • Kelsey Hardiman
  • Kimberly Erler