Michal Assaf, M.D.
Director, Autism & Functional Mapping (AM-FM) Laboratory,
Olin Neuropsychiatry Research Center, Institute of Living at Hartford Hospital;
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry,
Yale University School of Medicine; Visiting Assistant Professor of Neuroscience,
Trinity College Institute of Living
Functional MRI – How Emerging Technology Is
Transforming Diagnosis and Treatment of Neuropsychiatric Disorders
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 5:00 pm in the Student Union Theatre
Dr. Michal Assaf has studied mental illnesses by implementing cognitive neuroscience and advanced neuroimaging methods such as fMRI and DTI. Her research encompasses a variety of brain disorders including autism, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, Alzheimer’s disease, and anxiety disorder, as well as substance abuse and addiction. In addition to her research activities, Dr. Assaf leads the Presurgical Functional Mapping program at Hartford Hospital in collaboration with the Department of Neurosurgery, and directs the implementation of structural and functional navigation for the Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) research program.
After earning her M.D. at Tel Aviv University, Dr. Assaf completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Division of Psychiatric Neuroimaging at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. In 2004, she joined the Olin Neuropsychiatry Research Center at the Institute of Living. Dr. Assaf has been collaborating with researchers from Yale University’s Psychiatry Department, Comparative Medicine Department, and Child Study Center, as well as researchers from the University of Connecticut’s Department of Psychology, the Wohl Institute for Advanced Imaging in Israel, and the Mind Research Network. Dr. Assaf is a member of the Society for Neuroscience, the International Society for Autism Research, and the Organization of Human Brain Mapping.