I'm currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Emory University. For the most up-to-date information about my research and opportunities to join our research group, please visit: https://www.thelumenlab.org/

I completed my postdoctoral training in the Department of Psychology and Center for Neural Science at New York University working with Cate Hartley and in collaboration with Lila Davachi. My research focuses on understanding the neural and cognitive mechanisms underlying how motivationally salient learning experiences influence memory processes across adolescence, from childhood to adulthood.

I received my B.S. in Neuroscience from Duke University and Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences. My dissertation work with BJ Casey focusing on reactivity to emotional information across development led me to become interested in how emotion and motivation shape learning and memory and influence later behavior. Outside the lab, I spend most of my time engaging in science outreach.

For more about me, you can read or listen to my profile by Stories of Women in Neuroscience.


Email: ali.cohen [at] emory.edu