Kristina Rewin Ciesielski
- (505) 277-3876
- Logan Hall, 106
- Ph.D. Biological Brain Sciences, Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology, Polish Science Academy, Warsaw
- Clinical Psychology-Pediatric Neuroscience
Accepting students? Please email Dr. Ciesielski if you are interested in pursuing graduate studies.
Strong empirical evidence pointing to the developmental and heritable/biological basis of anxiety disorders,including obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), provides the motive for my dual-track research program, with the main focus on brain networks underlying the top-down inhibitory control. One track examines the familial patterns of structural and functional connectivity of dorsal and ventral visual networks engaged in top-down inhibitory control during the course of healthy development, using working memory and functional resting-state paradigms. The other track characterizes structural and functional deviation of visual networks connectivity in adults and children with OCD, and in those with high-risk for the disorder. I use neuropsychology and combined brain imaging technology (MEG, ERP, MRI, fMRI, DSI) in collaboration with the MGH/MIT/HMS Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. The ultimate aim of my research is to identify a heritable functional and structural pattern of neural connectivity in OCD that will help to refine the neurodevelopmental model of the disease and to inform future efforts for neuroimaging-inspired strategies of early preventive intervention.
Ciesielski KT, Rauch SL, Ahlfors SP, Vangel ME, Wilhelm S, Rosen BR, Hämäläinen MS. Role of Medial Cortical Networks for Anticipatory Processing in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Human Brain Mapping, 33:2125–2134 , 2012.
Ciesielski KT, Rowland LM, Harris RJ, Kerwin AA, Reeve A, Knight JE. Increased anterior brain activation to correct responses on high-conflict Stroop task in obsessive–compulsive disorder. Clinical Neurophysiology, 122: 107-113, 2011.
Ciesielski KT, Ahlfors, SP, Bedrick, EJ, Kerwin AA, Hämäläinen MS. Top-down control of MEG alpha-band activity in children performing Categorical N-Back Task. Neuropsychologia, 48: 3573–79, 2010.
Ciesielski KT, Hämäläinen SM, Geller DA, Wilhelm S, Goldsmith TE, Ahlfors SP. Dissociation between MEG Alpha Modulation and Performance Accuracy on Visual Working Memory Task in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Human Brain Mapping, 28: 1401-1414, 2007.
Ciesielski KT, Lesnik PG, Savoy RL, Grant EP, Ahlfors SP. Developmental Neural Networks in Children Performing a Categorical N-Back Task. NeuroImage, 33: 980-990, 2006.
Ciesielski, KR, Stephen J. (2014: Pediatric MEG: Investigating Spatio-Temporal Connectivity of Developing Networks. In S. Supek and C. J. Aine (eds.), Magnetoencephalography, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-33045-2_24, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, pp. 525-555.
I teach courses and seminars, and provide graduate mentorship in the area of Pediatric Neuroscience and Developmental Psychopathology.
Current courses include:
(i) Developmental Psychopathology, Psych 539/439;
(ii) Anxiety Disorders, Psych 650/450;
(iii) Neural Basis of Cognitive Development, Psych 650/450;
(iv) Developmental Neuroscience Laboratory, Psych 450/650.