I am a member of Dr. Elizabeth Redcay's Developmental Social Cognitive Neuroscience Lab. I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Asheville with a dual major in psychology and art, and went on to get a Master’s of Science in Experimental Psychology/Behavioral Neuroscience from Seton Hall University. I have remained an active researcher in social and affective neuroscience since my MS. Through my work with Drs. Elliot Berkman and Jennifer Pfeifer at the University of Oregon, I  have co-authored numerous fMRI papers ranging in topics from self-referential processing in autism, to the neural substrates of inhibitory control training. Before starting at UMD, I worked in Dr. Chandan Vaidya's Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Lab at Georgetown University, examining executive function dysregulation that cut across pediatric psychiatric disorders. I am currently working on a few projects examining the neurocognitive mechanisms underlying social interaction, and how social contexts impact emotional experiences.


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  • BA, MS
    BA: Psychology/Art from UNC Asheville. MS: Experimental Psychology/Behavioral Neuroscience from Seton Hall University


  • 2022-01-11
    Outstanding Graduate Assistant Award


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Junaid Salim Merchant
0112 Biology-Psychology Bldg
Neuroscience and Cognitive Science
jmerch [at] umd.edu