Shawn Rhoads

National Science Foundation Predoctoral Fellow 
Lindau Nobel Young Scientist 
Mistletoe Research Fellow 

I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with Dr. Xiaosi Gu and the Center for Computational Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. I earned my Ph.D. while working in the Laboratory on Social and Affective Neuroscience at Georgetown University under the mentorship of Dr. Abigail Marsh. I graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor's Degree in both physics and psychology.

"What key factors impair or improve human welfare?"
I approach this question by studying the neurocomputational basis of human interpersonal perception, learning and decision-making in social contexts, and emotional experiences that are shared (i.e., interactions with others) or vicarious (i.e., affective empathy). I examine sources of individual variation in these phenomena relevant to mental health and socioemotional well-being.

Research methods include: computational modeling, functional magnetic resonance imaging, and intracranial electroencephalography

I am also an avid social justice, environmental, and open-science advocate. I have been involved with advocacy work for environmental sustainability and social justice on the local and national level.

I'm always open to collaborate! Please feel free to contact me on the Brainhack Mattermost or through any of the links below.