Professional Biography


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I grew up in Marshfield, WI, a small city with some great people (including my brother, David Sutterer). My education took me to Madison, WI, where I discovered my passion for neuroscience. Following this passion took me to Iowa City, IA, where I am currently finishing my doctoral degree. My future plans are to continue my work studying plasticity in brain networks and higher cognitive functions, in both healthy and clinical populations.

Undergraduate and Postbaccalaureate

I attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison for my undergraduate education, where I initially focused on Biology, with a neurobiology option. However, my experiences working with human cognition and behavior in the lab of Prof. Richard Davidson, led me to gain an additional major in Psychology, and honed my current interests in cognitive neuroscience. Working in Prof. Davidson's lab during my junior and senior years, I completed a senior thesis with Prof. Carien van Reekum and Dr. Brendon Nacewicz. I graduated with distinction and was invited to join Phi Beta Kappa. Following graduation, I worked as a Research Assistant in Prof. Davidson's lab at the Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior. I worked on several projects relating amygdala volumetric data to behavioral measures of interest.


After completing my bachelor’s degree at UW-Madison, I moved to the University of Iowa to join the Neuroscience Graduate Program, working with Prof. Daniel Tranel. During one of my first-year rotations in at Iowa, I learned about the novel and high-caliber research with neurosurgical patients occurring in Dr. Matthew A. Howard's Human Brain Research Laboratory, and sought joint-mentorship with Prof. Tranel and Dr. Howard. In my studies at Iowa, I have learned a tremendous amount about working with clinical populations (participants undergoing brain surgery as well as those with chronic brain damage), neuropsychological assessment, the lesion method, electrocortiography, manuscript reviewing, scientific writing, and grant-writing. In addition, I have learned a great deal about structural and functional imaging in patient populations, working closely with my mentors as well as Prof. Michelle Voss, who has provided significant mentorship in learning how to work with resting and task-based fMRI data.

Future Directions

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Having finished my PhD, I am currently exploring the best fit for my scientific training for the next stage of my career, including both academic and non-academic options.