Moriah Thomason


Dr. Moriah E. Thomason is an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics of the Wayne State University School of Medicine and in the Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute for Child and Family Development at Wayne State University.  Lab web page 

The work of Dr. Thomason's research group stems from an interest in determining how function across multiple, distributed brain networks impacts the individual developmental trajectories of children. How does the maturation of wide-scale brain neural networks coincide with the development of cognitive abilities in children? How does development proceed in a characteristically different fashion in children with early emotional psychopathology? How are these brain systems altered as the brain chemistry of children differs? Dr. Thomason's lab uses novel methods for detecting and characterizing large-scale human brain networks. Her work has already provided new insights into how human brain networks develop, mature, and are altered with specific variations in genetic composition.

Dr. Thomason has served as a reviewer for federal grant funding agencies, and she currently serves on the Editorial Board for Frontiers in Developmental Psychology, and on the scientific advisory board for


Ph.D., Neurosciences, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford CA (2006)

B.A., Psychology, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA (1997)

Office Location

71 East Ferry Street, Detroit, Michigan


Visiting Researcher: Department of Neurology
Laboratory of NeuroImaging (LONI), David Greffen School of Medicine
University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, 2009-2011

Postdoctoral Research Fellow: Departments of Psychology and Radiology
Stanford University, Stanford, CA, 2006-2011  (Advisors: Ian H. Gotlib, Gary H. Glover)

Visiting Researcher: Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences
McGovern Institute for Brain Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
Cambridge, MA, 2005-2006

Social Science Researcher: Department of Psychology
Gabrieli Neuroimaging Laboratory, Stanford University, Stanford, CA. 1999-2001

Office Phone

Lab Manager: (313) 664-2523

Professional Service

2013-    Scientific Program Committee, Flux International Congress for Integrative Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
2013-    International Organizing Committee, New Horizons in Human Brain Imaging:
 A Focus on Neuroimaging of the Developing Brain
2013-    Reviewer, Center of Scientific Review (CSR), Early Career Reviewer Program, NIH
2005-    Board Member, Lumos Labs Scientific Advisory Board

2013    Planning Committee Member, 'Brain Day' presented at the Michigan Science Center, Detroit
2013    Presenter, 'Medicine That Matters' community-wide science night, Birmingham Education Foundation
2008    Volunteer Contributor, 'Meet a Neuroscientist', Fundraising Auction for Adolescent Counseling Services
04-05   Planning Committee Member, Dalai Lama Symposium, Stanford 2005
02-04   Director, 'Brain Day' Visits to Palo Alto Middle Schools

2010    Consultant for concept on "brain training" reality television program, ABC Television Network, Los Angeles, CA
2009    Consultant for neuroscience-related investment concerns, Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers, Menlo Park, CA

Professional Associations

International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
Cognitive Neuroscience Society
Society for Neuroscience
Organization for Human Brain Mapping
Society of Biological Psychiatry

Honors and Awards

2007 Travel Award, Organization for Human Brain Mapping's 13th Annual
Meeting, Chicago
2004 Service Award, James W. Lyons Service Award given annually in
recognition of individual students who demonstrated exemplary
service, Stanford University
2004 Travel Award, International Society for Magnetic Resonance in
Medicine's Twelfth Annual Meeting, Kyoto, Japan
2003 Fellowship Award, Summer Institute in Cognitive Neuroscience at
Squaw Valley, CA
2002 Fellowship Award, Summer Institute in Cognitive Neuroscience
at Dartmouth College
1997 High Honors, distinction for baccalaureate thesis from U.C. Berkeley,
1994 Academic Scholarship, Mead Clark and Senator Herbert W. Slater
1994 Academic Scholarship, Will and Ruth Craig Scholarship

Courses Taught

Wayne State University, Psychology 8440: Developmental Neuropsychology
Wayne State University, Psychology 6995: Advanced Manuscript Preparation
Stanford University, RAD 227: Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Methods
Stanford University, Psychology 202: Cognitive Neuroscience