Director: Scott M. Hayes, Ph.D.


Dr. Hayes graduated from Skidmore College (Biology, Psychology) and completed his doctoral work in Clinical Psychology (Neuropsychology) at the University of Arizona.  He completed an NRSA-funded cognitive neuroscience-clinical neuropsychology postdoctoral fellowship in the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at Duke University and the Bryan Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at Duke University Medical Center.  As a Department of Veterans Affairs Career Development Awardee, Dr. Hayes worked at the Boston University Memory Disorders Research Center and served as the Associate Director for the Neuroimaging Research for Veterans Center at VA Boston Healthcare System. A licensed psychologist, Dr. Hayes clinical interests include neuropsychological assessment of age-related neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, microvascular disease, and frontotemporal dementia, as well as medial temporal lobe amnesia. Outside of the lab, he enjoys spending time with his family, playing basketball, competing in Spartan races, and watching the Buckeyes! email: twitter: @scotthayesphd

Graduate Students


Jessica Stark is a clinical psychology graduate student. Her research interests are focused on early identification of cognitive decline and interventions to promote healthy aging. Jessica’s goal is to promote individualized treatments to prevent or ameliorate cognitive dysfunction, and to educate our aging population through community outreach. In her free time, Jessica enjoys spending time with friends and family, running, and exploring new cities.

Matthew Stauder is a graduate student in Clinical Psychology. He graduated in the Ohio State University Class of 2018 with a B.S. in Behavioral Neuroscience. After graduation, Matthew coordinated clinical trials in the Neurological Clinical Research Institute at Massachusetts General Hospital. His research interests involve advancing our understanding and promotion of brain health – physical, cognitive, and emotional functioning – throughout the adult lifespan. In his spare time, Matthew enjoys all sorts of exercise and sports, reading about history and current events, and listening to comedy podcasts.

Annie Lee is a Clinical Psychology graduate student. She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2019 with a B.A. in Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology, and a concentration in Cognitive Neuroscience. Following graduation, she worked at the WashingtonUniversity School of Medicine, running MRI scans, and working with diffusion and EEG data. Her research interests include early detection and prevention of cognitive aging. In her free time, she enjoys finding new restaurants and cafes, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.

Research Assistants


 Abigail Bowsher joined the Buckeye Brain Aging Lab in June 2022. She graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2022 with a B.A. in Psychology and a Certificate in Forensic Populations. Her research interests include age-related cognitive decline, the early detection and prevention of Alzheimer’s disease & mild cognitive impairment, and the implementation of practices to promote healthy aging. In her free time, she enjoys reading, watching movies, and exploring new places with family and friends.


Undergraduate Students


Michael Melville joined the B-BAL in the spring of 2021.  He is a junior undergraduate student studying biochemistry at The Ohio State University and plans to attend medical school after graduation.  Michael is interested in understanding the complex relationship between factors such as physical activity, exercise, BMI, cerebral spinal fluid biomarkers, and many more variables that may predict variance in cognitive and functional decline in older adults.  He hopes to better understand this variance to facilitate timely intervention in clinical settings as well as raise awareness of certain modifiable factors that may result in better outcomes with cognitive and functional abilities.  Outside of the lab, he enjoys working out, playing Euchre, reading books, mentoring, and going to coffee shops.


 Carisa Tanner joined the B-BAL in spring of 2023. She is an undergraduate sophomore studying psychology at the Ohio State University and she plans to attend medical school after graduation. She has been a General Chemistry TA since August 2022 and she loves teaching others/mentoring. She is interested in understanding the relationships between sleep and other every day influences that can shape a person’s mind and cognitive decline. She looks forward to studying neuroimaging and how it can serve as predictive factors for this decline. In her free time, she enjoy playing volleyball, spending time with friends, traveling, and reading.



Jasmeet Hayes, The MINDSET Lab at The Ohio State University

Jeff Volek, The Volek Low Carb Lab at The Ohio State University

William Kraemer, Neuroscience/Neuromuscular Lab at The Ohio State University

Dan Merfeld, Department of Otolaryngology at The Ohio State University

Jimmy Onate, MOvES Lab at The Ohio State University

Lab Alumni

Research Assistants

Kelly Hiersche (Summer 2019 – Fall 2021)

  • Attending graduate school in Ohio State’s Cognitive Neuroscience program

Alex Hasselbach (Summer 2019 – Spring 2022)

  • Attending medical school at the University of Toledo 


Collin Todd: Spring 2021 – Fall 2022

Alexa Shin: Summer 2021 – Fall 2022

Shana de Wet: Spring 2021 – Fall 2022

Laney Saggar: Spring 2019 – Spring 2021

Alexis Berry: Spring 2020 – Fall 2020

Nicole Tacsar: Fall 2019 – Spring 2020

Jess Horvat: Fall 2018 – Summer 2019

Sam Kalmar: Fall 2018 – Spring 2019