News and Events


Nirvi Ajmera presenting poster

Nirvi Ajmera, undergraduate research assistant, won the “Best Poster Award” at the 2019 Minnesota Symposium on Addiction for her poster, titled “ Longitudinal Analysis of Marijuana Initiation and Usage On Verbal Learning and Memory”. Kudos to Nirvi, who competed against faculty members, postdoctoral trainees, and graduate students.


In 2018, lab director Monica Luciana won the University of Minnesota’s highest mentoring honor, the Award for Outstanding Contributions to Graduate and Professional Education!

We are excited to announce that graduate student Hannah Weiss has received a three-year NSF Predoctoral Fellowship (2018-2021) to support her research! Hannah was the only graduate student in the Psychology Department to receive the award.

Congratulations to ABCD staff member, Marina Bryants, who was named ABCD Staff Member of the Month in January 2018!

Congratulations to lab member, Sandra Thijssen, who delivered a data blitz talk at the 2018 annual meeting of the Flux Congress in Developmental Neuroscience.


Kudos to former staff member, Duncan Cleveland, who just began a Ph.D. training program in the Biology of Brain and Behavior area at the University of Wisconsin's Department of Psychology!

Lab director, Monica Luciana was one of six individuals selected University-wide to receive a 2016-2017 Distinguished McKnight University Professorship Award from the University of Minnesota.  The Distinguished McKnight University Professorship program recognizes outstanding faculty members who have recently achieved full professor status. Recipients hold the title “Distinguished McKnight University Professor” for as long as they remain employed at the University of Minnesota.




Former lab member Ryan Muetzel has won the 2016 Organization of Human Brain Mapping Editors Award for his paper, Resting-State Networks in 6-to-10-Year-Old Children.