MindCORE Executive Committee

Joseph Kable, Director
Heather Calvert, Executive Director
Meredith TammingaAssociate Director of Outreach
Russell Epstein, Associate Director of Research
Florian Schwarz, Associate Director of Education
Sharon Thompson-Schill, Founding Director


Jessica Marcus, Program Manager
Michelle Johnson, Outreach Coordinator

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MindCORE Postdoctoral Fellows

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.


MindCORE Fellows

Andrea Beltrama (2019-present), MindCORE Fellow

Rista Plate (2020-present), MindCORE Fellow

Jessie Sun (2020-present), MindCORE Fellow

Linda Chang (Starting Fall 2021), MindCORE Fellow

Sam Clarke (Starting Fall 2021), MindCORE Fellow

Tyler Knowlton (Starting Fall 2021), MindCORE Fellow


Julia Leonard (2018-2021), Assistant Professor of Psychology, Yale University

Colin Twomey (2018-2021), Postdoctoral Fellow, Biology, University of Pennsylvania



Other MindCORE-sponsored Postdoctoral Scholars

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



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.

Click here for the MindCORE Faculty & Associate page.

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.

Click here for the MindCORE Postdocs and Graduate Students page.

MindCORE Faculty Advisory Board

MindCORE Faculty Advisory Board

Faculty Advisory Board FY21 

Vijay Balasubramanian, Physics (FY17-20, FY21-23)
Liz Brannon, Psychology (FY20-22)
John Detre, PSOM (FY17-20, FY21-23)
Russell Epstein, Psychology (FY20-22)
Emily Falk, Annenberg (FY17-20)
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)

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