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: 

“What convinced me to attend Iowa was the Neuroscience Program. There's a deep commitment to neuroscience research at the University of Iowa, and it's reflected in the strength of the Neuroscience Program. Annually, it's ranked as one of the highest doctoral programs at the university, and the ongoing research conducted by the faculty and students is excellent. The interdisciplinary aspect of the program is tremendous for one's graduate education. There's a conflux of molecular/cellular, cognitive, systems, and behavioral research in the program and it really allows each student in the program to gain a broad spectrum of skills and knowledge in the field of neuroscience. But, the program was also attractive to me for reasons outside of the curriculum and research. From the moment I arrived on campus, the program has felt like a family. Students help each other out, and offer a great support system. And after several years of being in the program, I can undoubtedly say, Iowa was the perfect choice for me.”