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


Russell Richie, Associate Director of Cognitive Science
Jessica Marcus, Program Manager

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Faculty & Associates

Click here for the list of MindCORE 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. Typically two Fellows are appointed to MindCORE each year.

Learn more about applying to be a MindCORE Fellow here.

MindCORE-sponsored Research Initiatives also have postdoctoral scholars.

MindCORE Fellows

Vlad Ayzenberg (2023-present), MindCORE Fellow

Linda Chang (2021-present), MindCORE Fellow

Sam Clarke (2021-present), MindCORE Fellow

Tyler Knowlton (2021-present), MindCORE Fellow

Emily Perkins (2022-present), MindCORE Fellow

Diego Reinero (2023-present), MindCORE Fellow

Sami Yousif (2022-present), MindCORE Fellow


Julia Leonard (2018-2021), MindCORE Fellow, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Yale

Colin Twomey (2018-2021), MindCORE Fellow

Andrea Beltrama (2019-2022), MindCORE Fellow

Jessie Sun (2020-2022), MindCORE Fellow, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences, Washington University

Rista Plate (2020-2023), MindCORE Fellow

Other MindCORE-sponsored Postdoctoral Scholars

Emerson Arehart (2022-present), SCEW Fellow

Sandy LaTourette (2022-present), ILST Fellow

Martin Ho Kwan Ip (2019-2022), ILST Fellow

Rafael Ventura (2020-2022), 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 fill out this survey.

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 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