• Department of

    Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences

  • About

    THINK Lab stands for Trauma History Investigation of Neurodevelopment in Kids. We study the impact of stress and trauma during childhood on brain development in children and adolescents, as well as pediatric anxiety disorders, depression, and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Our research uses several neuroscientific techniques, including functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and electroencephalography (EEG).

    Wayne State University

    School of Medicine

    Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience

  • People

    Meet the minds of the THINK Lab

    Hilary Marusak, Ph.D.

    Principal Investigator

    Dr. Marusak is a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences, Wayne State University School of Medicine. She is also an Adjunct Professor in the Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute for Child and Family Development, a Scientific Member of the Karmanos Cancer Institute, and a Science Advisor for the nonprofit organization Kids Kicking Cancer.

    Breanna Borg

    Research Coordinator

    Breanna is currently a graduate student at Wayne State University School of Medicine working to earn her Master of Public Health (MPH) degree. She earned her Bachelor of Science from Lyman Briggs College at Michigan State University, majoring in neuroscience. Her previous research was done with the Department of Surgery at Children’s Hospital of Michigan, where she focused on trauma (firearm injuries, sink-bathing burns, circumstances surrounding dog bites).

    Austin Morales

    Research Technologist

    Austin is a graduate student at Wayne State University studying for his Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering. He also earned a Bachelor's degree in Biomedical Physics at Wayne State. Austin is interested in structural and functional changes of developing minds subjected to traumatic experiences. Other research interests include procedural memory, long-term potentiation, and fMRI biophysics.

  • RESEARCH

    Participate in a paid research study!

     

    For a list of the THINK lab's published research, click here

    Wayne State ABCD study

    Children/teens ages 10-17 and one parent/legal guardian:

     

    This two-day study involves ±4 hr visits with us at Wayne State. Includes a noninvasive MRI brain scan, interviews, questionnaires, games, and a blood draw (±1/2 teaspoon). Compensates $180 total.

    Heroes Circle Study

    Parents of 2nd and 3rd grade students at Pepper or Einstein Elementary (Oak Park school district:

     

    Your child may be eligible to participate in a ±3 hr visit with us at Wayne State that compensates $150. For more information about the study, watch this brief video clip here.

     

    Please call, text, or email the research team for more information: (385) 482-0421 or oakparkstudy@gmail.com

     

     

    Research Funding

    We are thankful for research support from various funders. Our current research is supported by the National Institute of Mental Health and by Kids Kicking Cancer.

  • Affiliated Groups

    Collaborators & community partners

    Kids Kicking Cancer

    International nonprofit organization

    Detroit Trauma Project

    PI: Tanja Jovanovic, Ph.D.

    TNP2 Lab

    PI: Christine Rabinak, Ph.D.

    MR Research Facility

    Wayne State Core Facility

    Human Pharmacology Lab

    PI: Mark Greenwald, Ph.D.

    Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

    Division Chief: Jeffrey Taub, M.D., F.A.A.P.

    Behavioral and Field Research Core

    Scientific Director: Felicity Harper, Ph.D.

  • Contact Us!

    You're awesome. Let's talk.

    Phone

    313.242.7464

    Email

    waynestatebrainstudy@gmail.com

    Location

    Tolan Park Medical Building 3901 Chrysler Service Drive, Suite 2B
    Detroit, MI 48201