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Michelle R. Madore, Ph.D., Director

Dr. Madore is multiracial, Filipina woman working as a Clinical Neuropsychologist at VA Palo Alto Healthcare System (VAPAHCS) in the Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC).  Here she serves as the Director of the National Clinical Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Program whose mission is to: 1) increase the availability of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) for treatment-resistant depression in Veterans and (2) gain a greater understanding of the treatment efficacy of TMS in our complex Veteran population. She is also the Co-Director of the Sierra Pacific MIRECC Advanced Fellowship at VAPAHCS. Dr. Madore is the site PI on two multi-site funded studies looking at neuroimaging biomarkers of treatment response to TMS in treatment-resistant depression. Dr. Madore is also a Clinical Assistant Professor (Affiliated) at Stanford University School of Medicine’s Department in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.


She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Cincinnati, where she received specialized training in neuropsychology. Dr. Madore completed her pre-doctoral internship at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS).  She has completed postdoctoral training focused on clinical neuropsychology and neurorehabilitation research at VA Martinez, San Francisco VA Medical Center and VAPAHCS.


Dr. Madore is involved in several professional organizations and serves in several leadership positions. She is the Secretary for the Society of Clinical Neuropsychology, a Co-Finance Officer for the Asian American Psychological Association, and Treasurer for the Asian Neuropsychological Association.


Meet the Team

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Nicole Walker, PsyD
Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Nikki Walker is a second-year neuropsychology research fellow at the VA Palo Alto Sierra Pacific Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC) and the department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford School of Medicine. She graduated with her PsyD from the California School of Professional Psychology and completed her clinical internship at the VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System in Reno, NV. Her research interests include measuring early neurocognitive changes in older adults and rTMS biomarkers for the successful treatment of depression. Her clinical interests include working with veterans with neurodegenerative diseases and comorbid psychiatric conditions, such as depression and posttraumatic stress disorder.


LaRoman Chauncey Green, BA
Program Specialist

LaRoman Chauncey Green is a Program Specialist tasked with the coordination of the National Clinical TMS Pilot Program, under the direction of Michelle Madore Ph.D. Chauncey supports 50+ clinical sites throughout the Department of Veterans Affairs. He develops program-specific tools and resources and assists with program evaluation of TMS utilization and efficacy.  Chauncey graduated from San Jose State University with a bachelor’s degree in Health Science and a concentration in Health Services Administration. Before joining the pilot program, he was a clinical research associate with Stanford University School of Medical, where he coordinated an education and skill-building, technology-based, caregiver intervention.

In his spare time, Chauncey is an avid musician, specializing in percussion instruments. He also owns and is currently restoring a classic 1967 Ford Mustang.

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Robert Hickson
Practicum Student

Bobby Hickson is a doctoral student at Palo Alto University's clinical psychology program. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2012 with his bachelor's degree in psychology, and then he graduated from University College London in 2020 with his master's degree in Cognitive Neuroscience. Bobby has a strong interest in cognitive neuroscience, neuropsychology, and statistical methods in research. His current research interest is related to the durability of symptom reduction in depression and PTSD after TMS treatment.


Jairelisse Morales-Morales, B.S.

Jairelisse received her B.S. in Biology and a minor in Chemistry from the University of Puerto Rico at Humacao. Prior to joining the Padula BRAVE Lab, she conducted research identifying how prenatal maternal stress affects the mental health of the baby and its epigenetic and microbial profiles. On the other hand, she did personal research on understanding the impact of ammonium production from salivary bacteria on cardiometabolic diseases and oral health. She is interested on doing translational science on TMS therapies for alcohol use disorder (AUD) and depression to understand more effective treatments to improve neurologic circuits affected by this psychiatric condition through alleviate cravings and relapse, as well as to find biomarkers that can lead us to know if a patient will be able to benefit from TMS therapies. Jairelisse’ s further projections are educating Puerto Rican communities about effectiveness of TMS for AUD and depression, and make these therapies accessible for them. Jairelisse plans to pursue either an MD/PhD or MD.


Jasmine Hargrove
Research Practicum Student

Jasmine Hargrove is a graduate student volunteer in the NEAT lab. She is an incoming master’s student at the University of Minnesota Duluth under Dr. Robert Lloyd. She graduated from the University of Tennessee at Martin in the Fall of 2022 with a B.S. in Psychology, where she studied the effects of parental divorce in childhood on adult attachment styles. Her interests are broad but include the effects of early childhood stress in individuals from diverse populations and the biopsychological differences that manifest and traumatic brain injury (TBI). Jasmine’s ultimate career goal is to become a neuropsychologist, and she plans on applying to PhD programs the fall of 2024. 


Tanvi Tovar
Research Practicum Student

Tanvi is an international trainee with the NEAT Lab. She is currently pursuing M.A. Applied Psychology from Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, India. Her research interests are diverse, however they primarily involve the understanding of how various psychosocial factors impact our brain and body. She is navigating her work around the themes of stress, resilience, psychoneuroimmunology and technological advances in healthcare. Under the supervision of Dr. Michelle Madore, she intends to learn neuroimaging techniques to further explore how mental illnesses like depression alters neural functioning, thus shaping our health behaviors. Additionally, she is working as one of the remote research assistants with UCLA Laboratory for Stress Assessment and Research. Tanvi plans to apply for PhD programs that align well with her interest areas. Besides this, she is a MCU fan and enjoys dancing as a hobby. 

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Sonia Rehman
Research Practicum Student

Sonia Syed Rehman is a doctoral candidate at Fielding Graduate University’s clinical psychology program and a neuropsychology extern at the Washington DC VA Medical Center. Her prior academic background includes a master’s degree in psychological counseling. Her academic and professional experiences have led her to explore the differences in disease presentation and treatment in culturally and linguistically diverse populations, especially understanding the bidirectional relationship between psychiatric and neurological conditions in South Asian communities within the US. Her current research project includes examining the cross-national differences in the interaction between vascular burden and depressive symptoms on cognitive outcomes in older adults.


Bruno Gamboa
Research Practicum Student

Bruno Gamboa is a graduate student volunteer at the NEAT lab. He is in the Clinical Psychology Fieldwork M.A. at California State University, Northridge. He graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a B.S. in Biopsychology, earning Honors and Distinction in Major for senior thesis work investigating retinal development at the Neuroscience Research Institute Reese lab. More specifically, he oversaw the conception, design, and analysis of the lab’s first mouse behavioral assay. Bruno intends to apply to clinical neuropsychology PhD programs this upcoming fall. He is still developing his research interests. In his free time, Bruno coaches youth volleyball and enjoys walking his dog. 


Nathan R. Ramirez
Research Practicum Student

Nathan R. Ramirez is a graduate student volunteer in the NEAT Lab, under Dr. Michelle Madore. He is a fourth-year clinical psychology PsyD student at the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP), currently on internship at the Burrel Behavioral Health/Cox Health Center. His research interests consist of the affective neuroscience of self-compassion, the relationship between bilingualism and cognition, and traumatic brain injury (TBI). He also has clinical interests in forensic psychological assessment, sports neuropsychological assessment, and cross-cultural assessment. Ultimately, he aspires to become board-certified in clinical neuropsychology. Outside of academia and clinical work, Nathan enjoys backpacking, brazilian jui-jitsu, and running.

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