Current members of the lab are listed below.

Lab Director 

Dr Stephane De Brito BSc, MPhil, PhD



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Dr De Brito conducts functional and structural MRI research to 1: examine the neural substrates associated with the development and the persistence of severe antisocial behaviour in children and adults; 2. shed light on the relationship between childhood maltreatment and brain structure and functioning; and 3. Identify structural and functional neural markers of resilience.


Dr Jack Rogers BSc, MSc, PhD



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As a member of the SCAN lab I help conduct research investigating the neural substrates associated with the development and prognosis of antisocial behaviour in children and adolescents. This work uses functional and structural MRI. Amongst other aspects of behaviour and neural processing, my work helps explore the relationship between processing of emotional faces and vocalizations and brain structure/functioning. Before moving to the University of Birmingham to work in the SCAN lab, I was a Wellcome Trust funded post-doctoral researcher at the University of Oxford using functional MRI, and combined functional MRI and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) techniques to explore the functional and anatomical organization of the human brain. My PhD work, completed at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit in Cambridge, explored speech processing and comprehension in the human brain.

PhD Students

Roberta Clanton



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Roberta graduated from the University of South Florida in 2011 with a Bachelors degree in Psychology and Minor concentrations in Behavioural Healthcare and Criminology. During her undergraduate studies she was a research assistant and project coordinator at the Florida Mental Health Institute. After graduation, Roberta received an Intramural Research Training Award to complete a post-baccalaureate fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health with Dr. James Blair in the section on affective cognitive neuroscience. She then joined the SCAN Lab in September 2013 as a PhD Student, and her doctoral project is on the neuroimaging correlates of empathic responsiveness in children with Conduct Disorder.


Ruth Pauli



I am a PhD student with Dr De Brito in the SCAN lab. I am applying multivariate pattern classification techniques to structural and functional MRI data, in order to better characterise subtypes of conduct disorder in children and adolescents. Prior to joining the SCAN lab I gained my BSc in Psychology from the University of Birmingham (2010), my MSc in Developmental Neuroscience and Psychopathology from UCL and Yale (2015), and worked for several years as a research assistant in NHS mental health services.

Master Students

Mélanie Lafanechére



My name is Mélanie and recently graduated from Aston University with a degree in Psychology. As part of my degree I did a Professional Placement volunteering as an intern as part of the Lenroot Group at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) and as a research assistant for Dr. Caroline Moul at the University of New South Wales. I am currently undertaking an MSc in Brain Imaging and Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Birmingham. My project this year will be exploring the structural neural correlates of callous unemotional traits in girls with conduct disorder using surface-based morphometry.


Jamie Ford



My name is Jamie and I gained a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Southampton in 2014.  After working in hospital settings and mental health services for two years, I am now studying Brain Imaging and Cognitive Neuroscience. My main project is using fMRI to examine the neural correlates of subconscious facial processing in females with conduct disorder and a history of maltreatment. My aim is to pursue a career in Clinical Psychology.


Karolina Dobrowolska



My name is Karolina and I completed my Psychology Bachelor’s degree in 2016 at the University of Birmingham. For my final research project I investigated the influence of regular cannabis use on learning, inhibition and psychotic symptoms in the student population. My main area of interest is forensic psychology, particularly research in the area of psychopathy. I am currently enrolled on the MSc Psychology and my main project is focusing on psychopathic traits and their relation to emotional face processing in a community sample. In the future I am planning on completing a doctorate course in Forensic Clinical Psychology.

Undergraduate Students

Philippa Birch



I’m Pip, I’m an Undergraduate Psychology student working as a Research Assistant/Lab Manager in the SCAN lab for a year. This is part of a placement programme at Cardiff University. I lead the behavioural sessions and conduct interviews with participants. I also help with scanning and running the lab on a day-to-day basis. Once I graduate I want to specialise in Forensic Psychology and Research.


Lisandra Ferreira



Hi my name is Lisandra, and I am an undergraduate student at Aston University. I am currently a member of the SCAN lab (Research Assistant/Lab Manager), in which I help with the recruitment of participants and the collection of genetic data