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 Washington University 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


Chloe Huston joined the B-BAL in the summer of 2021. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Baldwin-Wallace University and master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at Cleveland State University. Her research interests include tracking the structural and functional brain changes and cognitive outcomes associated with traumatic brain injury and examining factors that help reduce the risk of neurodegenerative diseases. In her free time, Chloe enjoys exercising, reading, and cooking.


Undergraduate Students


Michael Melville joined the B-BAL in the spring of 2021.  He is a sophomore 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.

Shana de Wet joined the B-BAL in the spring of 2021. She is a sophomore undergraduate student studying neuroscience at The Ohio State University and plans to pursue law school after graduation. Shana is interested in investigating the effects of exercise and diet on neurological health, particularly how these factors influence cognitive function and memory. She hopes to gain a better understanding of these relationships in addition to helping advocate for healthy practices that will improve cognitive ability and quality of life. In her free time, Shana enjoys spending time with friends and family, swimming, watching movies, and traveling.

Collin Todd joined the B-BAL in the spring of 2021. He is a junior undergraduate student studying neuroscience at The Ohio State University with plans to attend medical school after graduation. Collin is interested in exploring the relationship between an array of fitness markers and cognition in older adults. Specifically, he aims to apply his knowledge of cognitive decline to help form a precision medicine model, in which cognition, fitness, and neuroimaging factors are considered when tailoring treatment for individuals. In his free time, Collin enjoys playing Spikeball with his friends, learning about the history of his hometown, and shooting baskets with his brothers.

Alexa Shin joined the B-BAL in the summer of 2021. She is a senior undergraduate studying Biochemistry and Neuroscience at the Ohio State University and plans to attend medical school after graduation. Her research interests include neurodegenerative diseases and cognitive decline in adults. In her free time, Alexa enjoys listening to music, playing piano, running, spending time with friends and family, and visiting art galleries.


Lab Alumni

Research Assistants

Kelly Hiersche: Summer 2019 – Fall 2021

  • Attending graduate school in Ohio State’s Cognitive Neuroscience program (advisor: Zeynep Saygin, start: Fall 2021) 

Alex Hasselbach: Summer 2019 – Spring 2022

  • Attending medical school at the University of Toledo (start: Summer 2022)


Alexis Berry: Spring 2020 – Fall 2020

Nicole Tacsar: Fall 2019 – Spring 2020

Laney Saggar: Spring 2019 – Spring 2021

Jess Horvat: Fall 2018 – Summer 2019

Sam Kalmar: Fall 2018 – Spring 2019


Jasmeet Hayes, The MINDSET Lab at The Ohio State University

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

Mieke Verfaellie, Memory Disorders Research Center at VA Boston