The Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience Program at the University of Miami is home to a number of talented researchers, from those just starting their careers to those well-respected in their fields. Hard-working staff support the labs' efforts by providing excellent technical and administrative assistance. Click through the links at the left to learn more about the people who make up our program.


Jennifer C. Britton, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

(305) 284-4943
Dr. Jennifer Britton is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and is affiliated with both the Child Division and the Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience Division. Dr. Britton directs the BRAIN (Bridging Research on Anxiety, Innovations, and Neuroscience) Group.

Mingbo Cai

Asst. Professor

(305) 284-8672
Dr. Mingbo Cai is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and is affiliated with the Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience Division. Before joining the University of Miami, he directed a lab at International Research Center for Neurointelligence at the University of Tokyo, after completing postdoc training with Yael Niv at...

Ekaterina Denkova, Ph.D.

Research Asst. Professor
Assistant Director of Neuroimaging Facility

(305) 284-8148
Dr. Denkova is a Research Assistant Professor in the Division of Cognitive & Behavioral Neuroscience in the Department of Psychology at the University of Miami. She serves as the Assistant Director of the Neuroimaging Facility & Assistant Director of Research for the UMindfulness Initiative. She received her Ph.D. from the University of...

Aaron Heller

Associate Professor
Director, Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience Division
Clinical Psychology Faculty

(305) 284-9498
Dr. Heller is a clinical psychologist and affective neuroscientist. His work integrates neuroimaging, and real-time mobile health (mHealth) methods to track emotion and behavior in humans to better understand the bio-behavioral mechanisms that give rise to the development of depression and anxiety. His work uses computational and data-driven...

Amishi Jha

Director of Contemplative Neuroscience

(305) 284-1931
Dr. Amishi Jha, PhD is Director of Contemplative Neuroscience and Professor of Psychology at the University of Miami. Prior to her current post, she was an Assistant Professor at the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her B.S in Biological Psychology from the University of Michigan, her Ph.D in...

Philip M. McCabe

Chairman, Department of Psychology

(305) 284-5507
I am a Professor of Psychology and Biomedical Engineering, and the Chairman of the Psychology Department at UM. Before I became the Chair, I served as the Director of the interdepartmental Undergraduate Neuroscience Program.  I did my undergraduate studies and also received my Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Illinois at...

Roger Christopher McIntosh

Associate Professor

(305) 243-2047
Dr. Roger McIntosh directs the BREATH (Brain Respiration Embodiment Affect & Translational Health) Lab. and examines the effects of aging, stress and chronic inflammatory immune conditions (e.g., HIV) on neuropsychological functioning. Dr. McIntosh is currently supported by the NHLBI to study how individual differences in cardiovascular...

Pradip M Pattany, Ph.D.

Research Professor
Director, Coral Gables Neuorimaging Facility

(305) 243-3920

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