MindCORE Executive Committee
Joseph Kable, Director
Heather Calvert, Executive Director
Meredith Tamminga, Associate Director of Outreach
Russell Epstein, Associate Director of Research
Florian Schwarz, Associate Director of Education
Sharon Thompson-Schill, Founding Director
Jessica Marcus, Program Manager
Faculty & Associates
MindCORE seeks to bring together faculty and researchers with diverse approaches to the study of the mind, from disciplines across the Arts & Sciences, Medicine, Business, Engineering, and others in order to stimulate and support interdisciplinary investigation in an effort to understand human intelligence and behavior. Central to this goal are the scholarly efforts of our affiliated faculty, staff, and trainees with formal affiliates defined in two appointment tracks.
For University of Pennsylvania (and/or CHOP) faculty or senior staff with an emerging or established record of research on topics connected to mind and brain, MindCORE faculty are appointed for two year terms. To become a MindCORE Faculty or Associate affiliate, please click here.
Other MindCORE Affiliates
MindCORE Postdoctoral Fellows
MindCORE Fellows are postdoctoral scholars, housed within the School of Arts and Sciences of the University of Pennsylvania, who work across disciplinary fields to improve knowledge about human intelligence and behavior. These Fellows are appointed for up to three years and have the freedom to pursue lines of research independent of specific faculty and in collaboration with members of labs filled with world-class talent. Typical Fellows have doctoral degrees in Psychology, Linguistics, Neuroscience, Philosophy, or other disciplines related to Cognitive Science. A call for applications is posted in fall with applications due in January and selections made in March.
Fellows receive a competitive salary and health insurance plus a research budget, are provided with a mentoring committee, and are an integral part of the larger MindCORE community of scholars. Up to two Fellows are appointed to MindCORE each year.
Learn more about applying to be a MindCORE Fellow here.
Each MindCORE-sponsored Research Initiative also has postdoctoral scholars.
Andrea Beltrama (2019-present), MindCORE Fellow
Rista Plate (2020-present), MindCORE Fellow
Jessie Sun (2020-present), MindCORE Fellow
Linda Chang (2021-present), MindCORE Fellow
Sam Clarke (2021-present), MindCORE Fellow
Tyler Knowlton (2021-present), MindCORE Fellow
Sami Yousif (starting July 2022)
Emily Perkins (starting September 2022)
Julia Leonard (2018-2021), MindCORE Fellow, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Yale
Colin Twomey (2018-2021), MindCORE Fellow
Other MindCORE-sponsored Postdoctoral Scholars
Emerson Arehart (2022-present), SCEW Fellow
Martin Ho Kwan Ip (2019-present), ILST Fellow
Rafael Ventura (2020-present), SCEW Fellow
Kristopher Smith (2019-2021), SBSI Fellow
Daniel Yudkin (2019-2021), SBSI Fellow
Jérémy Zehr (2019-2020), ILST Fellow
Postdocs & Grad Students
For Postdoctoral scholars and graduate students at the University of Pennsylvania with emerging or established records of research in the field of mind and brain and are mentored by MindCORE Faculty. To become a MindCORE Postdoc or Grad Student affiliate, please apply here.
The benefits available to all of our affiliates include: Eligibility to apply to the MindCORE Activity Fund and for research support; research dissemination; networking and professional development events; conference and seminars.
MindCORE Faculty Advisory Board
MindCORE Faculty Advisory Board
Faculty Advisory Board FY22
Vijay Balasubramanian, Physics (FY17-20, FY21-23)
Liz Brannon, Psychology (FY20-22)
John Detre, PSOM (FY17-20, FY21-23)
Emily Falk, Annenberg (FY17-20, FY21-23)
Martha Farah, Psychology (FY17-20, FY21-23)
Maria Geffen, Otorhinolaryngology, Neuroscience and Neurology (FY20-22)
Joshua Gold, PSOM (FY17-19, FY20-22)
Jay Gottfried, Psychology and PSOM (FY20-22)
Gary Hatfield, Philosophy (FY21-24)
Konrad Kording, SEAS and PSOM (FY17-19, FY20-22)
Mark Liberman, Linguistics (FY21-24)
Barbara Mellers, Psychology and Wharton (FY17-19, FY20-22)
Anna Papafragou, Linguistics (FY21-24)
Michael Platt, Psychology, PSOM and Wharton (FY17-19, FY20-22)
Marc Schmidt, Biology (FY17-19, FY20-22)
Dan Swingley, Psychology (FY20-22)
Lyle Ungar, Computer Science (FY17-20, FY21-23)
Michael Weisberg, Philosophy (FY21-24)
Faculty Advisory Board ex-officio
David Brainard, Psychology – SAS Associate Dean for the for the Natural Sciences
Coren Apicella, Psychology – Co-Director, SBSI
Geoff Goodwin, Psychology – Co-Director, SBSI
John Trueswell, Psychology – Co-Director, ILST
Charles Yang, Linguistics – Co-Director, ILST
Erol Akcay, Biology – Co-Director, SCEW
Gareth Roberts, Linguistics – Co-Director, SCEW