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.