Ask The Expert
Our "Ask the Expert" series is the newest facet of Music Mends Minds mission to educate the public about music's effect on the brain. Our amazing research volunteers interview music experts in their field whether they are world renowned music cognition researchers or music producers.
Meet The Team
Katie is a third-year Psychobiology major and prospective Music Industry minor at UCLA. She is passionate about music healing and is honored to be a part of MMM's new public education project with leaders in the field of music cognition. She is working for the Institute for Music and Brain Science's 2020 revisioning under the mentorship of Dr. Mark Tramo. She is also a research and evaluation intern for Jazz Hands for Autism based in Los Angeles. In her free time, she teaches music and vocal performance with YOUTHphonics A Cappella at Fairfax High School in addition to writing music of her own and collaborating with college artists nationally as a campus representative for Quadio Media. She continues to be inspired by the MMM community and hopes to use this inspiration in her continuation of educational and professional aspirations.
Brandon is a research associate for Dr. Amy Jak on the longitudinal LIMBIC-CENC study aimed at gaining a better understanding of how TBI affects veterans throughout their life. He graduated from UCLA as a Cognitive Science major with a specialization in Computing and plans on earning his PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience in order to conduct research on music cognition. He is especially interested in examining the neural underpinnings of spontaneous creativity and music memory in those with neurodegenerative diseases. Brandon has been a musician since the age of 7 and began working with MMM in 2017. Working alongside Carol was always special to him, and he is happy to continue doing so by expanding MMM’s Public Education Platform that they spearheaded together. When he isn't working, he enjoys playing and writing music, exercising, and traveling with his friends