I’m a faculty member in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Neuroscience at McLean Hospital.  At McLean, I am Director of the Laboratory for Brain and Cognitive Health Technology and Co-Director of the Institute for Technology in Psychiatry.  I am also Director of TestMyBrain.org and the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, The Many Brains Project.

My research is oriented around understanding what factors shape the way we think and interact with the world around us, and how these differences are related to  mental and physical health over the lifespan.  One of the key ways my colleagues and I answer these questions is by building research studies that put patients and participants in the driver seat.  We do this by creating broadly accessible research tools that can be implemented through web applications and mobile devices, and then open these research tools up to the public so that people can use them to understand more about themselves.   We then use this data to better measure and characterize differences in information processing (cognition) and understand these causes and consequences of these differences.

Since 2008, we have successfully recruited and tested over 1.6 million people from all over the world, primarily through our website, TestMyBrain.org.  This work has led to new discoveries about the way the mind and brain are shaped by development, health, genes, and environments, as well as novel methods for assessing brain and cognitive functioning using the web and mobile devices.

If you are interested in this work or joining my lab as a research assistant, graduate student, postdoctoral fellow, or developer, please contact me at laura@manybrains.net.