Welcome to 3TRNS Lab
(Temporal, Theoretical, Translational Research And Neural Stimulation Lab) in Clinical Psychology PhD Program at University of Connecticut

In addition to the profound emotional cost to families, the economic cost of schizophrenia in the US alone was estimated at $155.7 billion for 2013 (Cloutier et al., 2016); therefore, our primary line of research is dedicated to advance our understanding of the etiology of schizophrenia, as well as informing possible pharmacological treatments and novel interventions for cognition and functional performance.  This line of inquiry cuts across the fields of clinical neuropsychology, psychiatry, neuroscience, and neurology, and also has implications for developing pharmacological treatments.  Our ultimate research goal is to translate physiological knowledge into treatments for neuropsychological disorders.

Examples of our current research projects are: (1) using MRI techniques (fMRI, DTI), EEG, and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to investigate neural oscillations and auditory sensory processing in healthy participants and patients with schizophrenia at the Olin Neuropsychiatry Research Center of Hartford Hospital, (2) investigating the effect of acute and chronic administration of ketamine on glutamate, GABA, and neuronal oscillations in rats, (3) establishing norms of multisensory integration in healthy participants by using novel simultaneity judgment (SJ) tasks that are administrated online for potential mass data collection, (4) using statistical models (collaborating with Clemson University) to identify features of neural oscillatory patterns from high definition scalp EEGs for visual perceptive functions in healthy participants while they are performing the jitter orientation visual integration (JOVI) task, and (5) investigating relationships among neurotransmitters, neural oscillations, and behaviors in patients with OCD (collaborating with Stanford University).