coordinators & technicians
Douwe Horsthuis is the EEG lab manager and a data analylist at the CNLx. His training is in Education and he worked in the Netherlands as an elementary school teacher.
Douwe’s responsibilities in the Lab are multifaceted, ranging from administrative and organizational procedures to electrophysiological and eye-tracking data collection, data analyses, and coding of paradigms and of analytical pipelines.
He is involved in various projects and works with adults and children in several clinical (such as: autism, schizophrenia, 22Q11.DS, cystinosis, RETT) and non-clinical populations.
Francisco, A.A., Foxe, J.J., Horsthuis, D.J., DeMaio, D., & Molholm, S. (2020). Assessing auditory processing endophenotypes associated with Schizophrenia in individuals with 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome. Translational Psychiatry, 10(1), 1-11.
Francisco, A.A., Foxe, J.J., Horsthuis, D.J., & Molholm, S. (2020). Electrophysiological evidence for impaired auditory sensory memory in Cystinosis despite typical sensory processing: An MMN investigation. NeuroImage: Clinical, 102170.
Francisco, A. A., Horsthuis, D. J., Popiel, M., Foxe, J. J., & Molholm, S. (2020). Atypical response inhibition and error processing in 22q11. 2 Deletion Syndrome and Schizophrenia: Towards neuromarkers of disease progression and risk. NeuroImage: Clinical, 102351.
Alaina joined the CNL in 2019 as a study coordinator after graduating from Binghamton University with a Bachelor's of Science in Integrative Neuroscience. In addition to her coordinator responsibilities, including overseeing recruitment and maintaining IRB protocols, Alaina doubles as an EEG technician, and is trained to administer several standardized neuropsychological assessments. Through this, Alaina has become well versed in working with a variety of clinical populations which the lab studies, including autism, schizophrenia, and rare diseases. She is particularly involved with the CNL's research on Cystinosis, and has analyzed and presented data on this topic. Alaina is also a founding member of the CNL's CODE Committee and co-editor of our bi-annual newsletter. Outside of the lab, Alaina spends much of her time volunteering as an Emergency Medical Technician, where she provides free emergency care and transport to sick or injured patients.
Francisco, A. A., Berruti, A. S., Kaskel, F. J., Foxe, J. J., & Molholm, S. (2021). Assessing the integrity of auditory processing and sensory memory in adults with cystinosis (CTNS gene mutations). Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases, 16(1), 1-10.
Jozefowiez, Jérémie, et al. “Retroactive Interference: Counterconditioning and Extinction with and without Biologically Significant Outcomes.” Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Learning and Cognition, vol. 46, no. 4, 2020, pp. 443–459., doi:10.1037/xan0000272
Rinaldys is the Study Coordinator for the Autism Center of Excellence (ACE) project at the Cognitive Neurophysiology Laboratory of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. ACE aims to 1, increase the representation of Black participants in genetic research and 2, assess the barriers to diagnosis and treatment of Autism that their caregivers experience. To this end, Rinaldys recruits, schedules, and interviews African, African American, Afro-Latinx, Afro-Caribbean, and Mixed-Race families with a child on the Autism spectrum. Additionally, he oversees the sample collection process and manages all medical records and datasets for this study. Rinaldys graduated from Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA as a Biology major with an emphasis in biochemistry and molecular biology. He has previously worked at the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health and the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience, and intends to pursue a career in translational/clinical research as a physician-scientist. Outside of the lab, Rinaldys can be found either traveling, in a dance class, trying new cuisines, or at home binge-watching TV shows.
Maimouna Diagne is a Study Coordinator in the Human Clinical Phenotyping Core of the Rose F Kennedy Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (IDDRC) and the Cognitive Neurophysiology Lab (CNL). She is involved in the CNL’s project on Cystinosis, for which her responsibilities include recruitment of study participants, executing EEG protocol, and administering neuropsychological assessments to name a few. She also wears the hat of social media manager, and is responsible for community engagement and outreach, for the IDDRC.
Maimouna graduated from Barnard College in 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry and minored in Africana Studies. She is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences with a concentration in Pharmacology at Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, and intends to pursue a career as a physician. Outside of the lab, Maimouna spends much of her time volunteering at the Student Family Healthcare Clinic at Rutgers as a case manager where she ensures patients receive affordable care. She also volunteers at the Bronx Documentary Center and dabbles in film photography. On the weekends, you can typically find her playing in pick-up basketball games at Riverbank State Park.
Elizabeth (aka Lizzy) is a Study Coordinator at the CNL. She supports the ongoing research projects by being involved in various tasks, such as recruitment, data management, administration of neuropsychological assessments, and EEG data collection.
She has a degree in Psychology (BSc) and a Masters in Child and Adolescent Mental Health (MSc. CAMH) from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria. She is also a registered member of the Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry & Allied Profession in Nigeria (ACAPAN) and of the American Psychological Association (APA).
She has been working in the field of pediatric mental health for over a decade and has played a major role in raising awareness about ASD and other neurodevelopmental disorders in her community.
Elizabeth is very interested in understanding how the brain of children with neurodevelopmental conditions works, and to use this knowledge to inform interventions. Her goal is to pursue advanced studies in Neuropsychology.
Outside the lab, Lizzy loves to play with kids, to cook and try new dishes, and to spend time with her lovely and cute son Elliot.