David is an adjunct professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine. He is the writer and presenter of The Brain, an international 6-hour television series that asks what it means to be human from a neuroscientist's point of view. He has authored several books on neuroscience, including the New York Times bestseller Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain, which introduced the issues of neurolaw into the public dialogue. David regularly speaks on neurolaw on NPR, BBC, and CNN, and has been profiled in venues from the New Yorker to the Colbert Report. He is a Guggenheim Fellow, a council member on the World Economic Forum, a research fellow in the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, and a board member of The Long Now Foundation.
Pablo Ormachea, JD Co-Director
Pablo is a graduate of Harvard Law School, where he won its largest student writing prize, served as co-editor-in-chief of the Harvard Latino Law Review, and co-Chair of the Harvard Latin American Law Society. He also holds a Masters of Science in data analytics from Texas A&M University's department of statistics, where he served as a research assistant, won an award for the highest GPA, and received an endowed prize for best capstone project from a non-profit. He has won several fellowships for international work, both for public service and for research abroad.
Gabe Haarsma, PhD Postdoctoral Programmer
Gabe spearheads the Center's big data analysis of millions of crime records. He was trained as a chemical engineer with a specialization in Process Control. This experience exposed Gabe to his love of data analysis, visualization and mathematical model building. Gabe spends his days coding in the statistical language R to analyze and visualize patterns of crime and recidivism.
Sasha Davenport Research Fellow
Sasha has over ten years’ experience in areas related to neuroscience and law. As a Ronald E. McNair Scholar, she researched psychological coercion, false confessions and interrogations while she worked toward her bachelor's in forensic psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Sasha is currently a graduate student working toward her doctorate in behavioral neuroscience at Queens College. Her work on neuropsychology and warfare has been presented at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
Anna Jarman Research Fellow
Anna joined the Center to study how early psychosocial and biological factors contribute to criminal behavior. As an undergraduate at Rice University, she became interested in developmental psychopathology while interning in the Baylor/Menninger Human Neuroimaging Laboratory. Her background includes health policy research for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and three years refining ethical and methodological standards for surgical trials at the Methodist Hospital Research Institute.
Sameer Birring Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Sameer’s interest in neurolaw began when he was a student at Harvard Law School, where he earned his degree in 2011. Prior to joining the Center, Sameer was a law clerk for Judge George P. Kazen of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas and practiced law in New York City.
Joshua Jackson Programmer
Josh is a computer guru who has been writing software since he first found a book on the subject in his elementary school library. While at the University of Houston he founded the UH Linux Users Group. He provides programming services in any programming language. He is currently studying neuroscience with a focus on deep problems in philosophy of mind.
Seán Patrick Judge Lab Manager
Seán is the Lab Manager, bringing organization and sanity to the activities here. Outside the lab, he is one of Houston's most sought-after actors. Seán has always been fascinated by the inner workings of the human brain, and thrives as part of an exciting research environment.
Kristian Marlow Research Fellow
Kristian focuses on selecting and implementing psychological measures to better predict recidivism. A student at South Texas College of Law, Kristian also serves as the Associate Director of the Brogaard Lab of Multisensory Research at the University of Miami. Kristian's recently published book, The Superhuman Mind: Free the Genius in Your Brain, explains how we can develop the extraordinary power latent in every brain.
Joshua P. Preston Research Fellow
Joshua received his bachelor's in political science and history from the University of Minnesota Morris in 2013. While still a student, he was a political organizer and public speaker who presented on an array of topics related to science and the humanities. Joining the Center in 2012, Joshua’s research focuses on Big Data analysis and bioethics.
Ricky Savjani Research Fellow
Ricky studied electrical engineering and neuroscience at MIT and is now pursuing an MD/PhD with Texas A&M University and Baylor College of Medicine. He is working on developing real-time fMRI feedback as a potential therapy for substance abuse, which presently aims to allow cocaine-addicted individuals to strengthen the regions of the brain involved in impulse control, as well as weaken brain areas underlying cravings for the drug.
Shruthi Velidi Student Researcher
Shruthi is a sophomore at Rice University studying cognitive science, with minors in statistics and business. She became fascinated by the interdisciplinary nature of neurolaw after serving as the youth judge for the Plano Municipal Court in Collin County, Texas. Her research focuses on the combination of neuroscience, big data and technology. She is also intrigued by the applications this research can have on the market.
Board of Directors
Leslie Ribnik, JD
Attorney at Law
Francis X. Shen, JD, PhD
Associate Professor, University of Minnesota Law School // Director, Shen Neurolaw Lab
Eyal Aharoni, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychology and Philosophy, Georgia State University
Amanda C. Pustilnik, JD
Professor, University of Maryland School of Law
Tobey Forney, JD
Attorney at Law
Pablo Ormachea, JD
Co-Director, Center for Science and Law
Doak Bishop, JD
Senior Partner, King and Spalding
Baruch Brody, PhD
Former Director, Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Baylor College of Medicine
Peter De Leef, JD
Defense Attorney, De Leef Law
David Dow, JD
Distinguished Professor, University of Houston Law Center // Founder, Texas Innocence Network
Amir Halevy, MD, JD
Attorney at Baker Botts // Former Professor of Internal Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine
J. Ray Hays, PhD, JD
Clinical Psychologist, Ben Taub Hospital // Menninger Department of Psychiatry, Baylor College of Medicine
Craig Iscoe, JD, LLM
Judge, Superior Court of the District of Columbia // Adjunct Professor of Law, Georgetown Law School
Former Chief of Police, Maryland Heights, Missouri
Laura Marsh, MD
Mental Health Care Line Executive, Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center // Professor, Meninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Baylor College of Medicine
John Mixon, JD
Law Alumni Professor, University of Houston Law Center
Barry Scheck, JD
Director, The Innocence Project // Professor, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
William Winslade, Phd, JD
Professor of Philosophy of Medicine, Institute for Medical Humanities, University of Texas Medical Branch
Benjamin Bumann, JD Research Fellow
Associate, McCafferty & Company
Jennie Choe, MS Research Fellow
Medical Student, Yale Medical School
Daniel S. Goldberg, JD, PhD Research Associate
Assistant Professor, Department of Bioethics and Interdisciplinary Studies, Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University
Sarah Isgur Flores, JD Research Fellow
Associate, Oaks, Hartline, and Daly
Joseph Kass, JD, MD Research Associate
Assistant Professor of Neurology and Medical Ethics, Baylor College of Medicine
Adam Kolber, JD Research Associate
Professor, Brooklyn Law School // Founder, Center for Health, Science, and Public Policy
Amy McGuire, JD, PhD Research Associate
Director, Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Baylor College of Medicine
Andrea Nelson, MD Research Fellow
Psychiatry Resident, Baylor College of Medicine
Federico Gustavo Pizzetti Faculty Associate
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Milan
Jayme Reisler Research Fellow
Law Student, University of Houston
JP Singh, JD Research Fellow
Associate, Oaks, Hartline, and Daly
Tamara Tabo, JD Research Fellow
Instructor, Center for Legal Pedagogy, Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Texas Southern University
Daisy Thompson-Lake Research Fellow
Clinical Research Manager, Baylor College of Medicine