Our Team

Aaron Kucyi, PhD

Principal Investigator

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences, Drexel University

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I joined Drexel University as Assistant Professor in fall 2022. I received a PhD at the University of Toronto, where I used functional MRI to examine neural dynamics during mind-wandering and rumination in relation to pain perception. I was a postdoctoral fellow in neuroimaging at Harvard Medical School and then a Banting Fellow in cognitive intracranial electrophysiology at Stanford University. My research has been funded by the the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation (BBRF), and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Outside of the lab, I enjoy wandering in nature, snowboarding, and exploring Philadelphia.

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Lotus Shareef-Trudeau, BA

Research Coordinator

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I am a research coordinator in the Dynamic Brain & Mind Lab. I am involved in an ongoing study that examines EEG ability to measure anticorrelated activity between the default mode and dorsal attention networks using simultaneous EEG-fMRI. More broadly, I am interested in variability in spontaneous thought experience and how neuromodulation interventions may expand access to mental well-being. I received my BA in psychology and French and francophone studies at Swarthmore College. Outside of the lab, I enjoy creative writing and martial arts.


Swetha Rao

Undergraduate Research Assistant

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I am a junior psychology student in Drexel’s BS/MD program with minors in biology, neuroscience, and performing arts. As an undergraduate co-op student, I will be assisting with EEG and simultaneous EEG-fMRI studies that look at mind wandering/spontaneous thought. In general, I am interested in ties between neuroscience and psychology and observing neural connections that may be linked back to various facets of mental health. Outside of the lab, I enjoy photography and playing musical instruments.