Allison is a 1st year Ph.D. student in the Clinical Psychology program at Washington University in St. Louis, working with Dr. Ryan Bogdan. She received her bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from Wheaton College (MA) in 2013.
After graduating, she began working with Dr. Bruce Fischl at the Laboratory for Computational Neuroimaging in the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. There she was responsible for managing several imaging projects on various clinical populations, including traumatic brain injury, focal cortical dysplasia and the effects of HIV on nervous system development. Allison processed and analyzed in vivo and ex vivo terabyte-scale structural and diffusion MRI data using FreeSurfer, other neuroimaging software packages, and custom scripts. She also acquired high resolution, experimental ex vivo human brain imaging on 7 T, 3 T (including the one-of-a-kind Connectom) and 1.5 T Siemens MRI scanners, using custom coils and sequences. In addition to acquiring and analyzing MRI data for the lab’s own studies, she was also highly involved in supporting the lab’s FreeSurfer neuroimaging software package – testing for the latest v6.0 release, troubleshooting user problems and teaching members of the neuroscience community how to use FreeSurfer at domestic and international courses.