Carissa Philippi

PhilippiC001
Saint Paul, MN
B.A. Psychology, Religious Studies, University of Iowa, 2005
Department(s): 
Neurology
Research interests: 

Investigating the role of disconnection in various cognitive domains (e.g. memory, emotion, attention) by utilizing a method which incorporates connectivity information from a probabilistic fiber tract atlas and traditional proportional group-level voxelwise lesion analysis. In addition to studies on disconnection, I am interested in exploring the neural correlates of consciousness.

Living in Iowa City: 

My experience in the Neuroscience program at Iowa has been wonderful. The faculty and students are always very accessible and helpful. I especially enjoyed my rotation experience, as I had the opportunity to meet different faculty and learn new techniques and skills that I am using in my current lab. In terms of my experience in Iowa City, it is a great place. The first time I came to visit, I was struck with how comfortable I felt, and in particular the people here are quite friendly and hospitable. In terms of cost of living, Iowa City is extremely affordable. It truly has a small town feel, but with quite a bit to offer in terms of cultural events, activities, and restaurants.

Degree
Defense date: 
07/12/2011
Thesis project: 

The Dynamic Self: Exploring the Critical Role of the Default Mode Network in Self Referential Processing

Ph.D. Advisor: 

“This is a great place—perhaps the best place—to do cognitive neuroscience research with neurological patients. There is excellent functional imaging work going on here, too, as well as a very interesting assortment of molecular and cellular research.”