Dr. Rachel A. Diana is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Virginia Tech and is the director of the MEM lab. She received her BS in Psychology from Presbyterian College in 2001 and her PhD from Carnegie Mellon University in Cognitive Psychology in 2006 (funded by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship). Dr. Diana was a trainee at the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition (a joint training program of the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University) during her graduate studies, receiving a certificate in Cognitive Neuroscience. Dr. Diana was a postdoctoral researcher with Charan Ranganath and Andy Yonelinas at the University of California, Davis Center for Neuroscience from 2006-2011. During her postdoctoral training, Dr. Diana received funding for her training and research programs through a Kirschstein National Research Service Award and then through a Pathway to Independence grant (K99/R00) from the National Institute of Mental Health.
Dr. Diana's area of specialization is the psychology and cognitive neuroscience of human memory. She has conducted research into the retrieval processes operating in recognition memory using behavioral techniques, event-related potentials, and computational modeling to assess the predictions of single and dual-process models of recognition. She has extended this research into the study of the brain by developing and testing a model of medial temporal lobe function in episodic memory processing using Event-Related Potential (ERP), Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), and patient approaches. Current areas of focus in Dr. Diana's lab include the role of parahippocampal cortex in episodic memory encoding and retrieval, understanding the cognitive and neural signatures of memory for context information, and the process of unitizing/binding information into new representations in memory.Rachel Diana, Ph.D. Lab Director CV
Jefferson is a 2nd year student in the Department of Psychology's PhD program, specializing in Biological Psychology. He received his Bachelor's degree from Florida International University where he later worked as a full-time research assistant.Jefferson Salan Graduate Student
Dr. Hsiao-Wei Tu was a postdoctoral researcher in the MEM lab before taking a position as an instructor in the School of Neuroscience. She is currently working in the private sector. She has a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Maryland and a M.S. in Zoology from the National Taiwan University.
Fang Wang received her PhD in Psychology from Virigina Tech in 2016. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Thorsten Kahnt's lab at Northwestern University.
Meagan O'Neill received her PhD in Psychology from Virigina Tech in 2017. She is currently an instructor in the University of Maryland College Park Dept. of Psychology.
Paul Hill received his PhD in Psychology from Virigina Tech in 2017. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Mick Rugg's lab at the University of Texas, Dallas.
Tanner joined the MEM Lab as manager in the summer of 2013.
Roger joined Virginia Tech as the lab manager of the MEM Lab after receiving his undergraduate degree in neuroscience from Washington and Lee University (Lexington, VA) in 2012. Roger is currently in graduate school at Harvard University.
Ashley Fehr was a research intern in MEM Lab during summer, 2012.