Introduction to Appendices

Last Updated: 9/20/22


The Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Brain Imaging is dedicated to pursuing structural and functional magnetic resonance studies using state-of-the-art techniques, to contributing to the development of future brain imaging modalities, and to disseminate knowledge about brain, mind, and imaging to students and the public.



The administrative team encompasses a Director, a Steering Committee, a Technical Committee, and a Proposal Review Committee. The Director and all committee members are OSU faculty and staff who contribute part of their effort to the Center. The staff also encompasses a full- time MRI Physics Manager, a full-time Facility Specialist, a full-time MRI Technologist, and a part-time Administrative Assistant.

The administrative team is as follows:

  • Director: Dr. Ruchika Prakash
  • Associate Director: Dr. Xiangrui Li
  • Facility Specialist: Position Vacant
  • MRI Physicist: Dr. Claudiu Schirda 
  • MRI Technologist: Mr. Deron Foltz
  • Office Admin Associate: Mr. Adam Sharp
  • Graduate Research Assistant: Ms. Jin Li


Oversight Committee: The committee is charged with setting the general direction of the Center and evaluating its performance. Appointed by the Dean of the college and composed of ex officio and faculty members from different units in the College, the committee will meet once or twice a year.

Please note: This team is currently in transition.

  • Dr. Jan Box-Steffensmeier, Dean, Social and Behavioral Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Dr. Robert A. Fox, Chair, Department of Speech and Hearing Science
  • Dr. Mary Fristad, Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health
  • Dr. Deborah Larsen, Director, School of Allied Medical Professions; Associate Dean, College of Medicine; Associate Vice President for Health Sciences
  • Dr. Andrew Leber, Department of Psychology
  • Dr. Richard E. Petty, Department of Psychology


Steering Committee: The committee is charged with setting and monitoring policy, including the guidelines for day-to-day operation. The committee is also charged with evaluating the quality and feasibility of proposed studies and allocating scanner time. The committee will meet once a month. The committee aims to reach decisions via unanimous consensus. When no consensus can be reached, the decision will be made by a simple majority. 

  • Dr. Ruchika Prakash (Chair), CCBBI Director, Department of Psychology
  • Dr. Julie Golomb, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
  • Dr. Dylan Wagner, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
  • Dr. Lei Wang, Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health
  • Dr. Baldwin Way, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee: The committee is charged with maintaining the center's ADNiR Initiative in addition to fostering better relationships with historically underrepresented communities. The committee will meet once a month. 

  • Dr. Baldwin Way (Co-Chair), Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
  • Dr. Kristen Hoskinson (Co-Chair), Research Assistant Professor Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health
  • Dr. Stephanie Gorka, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health
  • Ms. Megan Fisher, CCBBI Graduate Student
  • Ms. Fiona Molloy, CCBBI Graduate Student
  • Ms. Anita Shankar, CCBBI Graduate Student


Outreach and Talk Series Committee: The committee is charged with evaluating and selecting speakers for CCBBI Users' Meetings and other events throughout the year. Additionally, the committee is tasked with exploring new ways to interact and liaise with the broader community for educational purposes. The committee will meet once a month. 

  • Dr. Lei Wang (Co-Chair), Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health
  • Dr. Zeynep Saygin (Co-Chair), Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology 
  • Dr. Jewel Crasta, Assistant Professor, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
  • Dr. Anthony King, Associate Professor, Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research
  • Dr. David Osher, Research Scientist, Department of Psychology 
  • Ms. Kelly Hiersche, CCBBI Graduate Student
  • Ms. Elizabeth Duraney, CCBBI Graduate Student


Technical Committee: The committee is charged with the monitoring of equipment-related issues, including maintenance and operation of the magnet. The committee will meet once a month. Achieving maximum safety for users, subjects, and staff is the main goal of the committee’s activities.

  • Dr. Dylan Wagner (Chair), Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
  • Dr. Jay Fournier, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology and Behavioral Health
  • Dr. Xiangrui Li, CCBBI Assistant Director
  • Ms. Jin Li, CCBBI Graduate Student


Fellows: The Center will grant Fellow status to a limited number of faculty members from OSU or other institutions. The fellows will be nominated by members of the Center and be approved by the Steering Committee. The fellows will receive information about the Center and be invited to meetings and seminars held at the Center.


External Advisory Board: A three-person External Advisory Board is anticipated to conduct reviews of the Center’s activity at regular intervals and to provide guidance.

In addition to the meetings of standing committees, the Center will schedule meetings for investigators and staff that are aimed at presenting ongoing work. The Center also anticipates holding public meetings, open to scientific and lay communities, aimed at explicating the Center’s wider educational mission.



The safety of visitors and Center staff is of paramount importance. It takes precedence over any research considerations and over the convenience of any investigator. For this reason, the Center has prepared a manual of safety procedures (see Appendix I) to which adherence is required. The Technical Committee ensures compliance with these procedures and updates the manual as needed and reviews it annually. All personnel working at the Center must participate at least once a year in safety training.

The Center is prepared to study, as part of a research protocol, normal adults, elderly subjects, adolescents, children, and patients with stable conditions compatible with MR imaging. There is not currently a provision for the use of contrast materials or for sedation. None of the studies to be conducted at the Center are to have a clinical purpose, and there is no medical or radiological staff on the premises. In recognition of the fact that, on occasion, incidental findings may need to be investigated medically, and in a best-faith effort to inform research subjects of that possibility, the policy of the Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Brain Imaging is to have all structural scans of normal research subjects reviewed by a neuroradiologist.


Subject Identification

Subjects to be scanned in the Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Brain Imaging are given a code number followed by the initials of the investigator. This is the “name” to be entered during patient registration on the MR console. Neither the subject’s actual name nor any other identifying information is to be entered in the MR computer file, to make certain that subject privacy can be fully observed. Individual investigators are responsible for keeping records in order to identify the raw data collected in the Center.


Subject Procedures

Each investigator is responsible for obtaining IRB approval for their study and for filing the approval document with the Center’s Office Admin Assistant. Investigators are also responsible for explaining informed consent procedures to every subject and for having every subject sign the informed consent form. No subject can be scanned without a signed informed consent form. The signed consent forms must be presented prior to the scan being performed and a copy must be given to the Center for filing. The code number assigned to the study will be added to the form.

A MR safety screening will also be performed by the Center staff and will be signed by the subject and by the MR personnel performing the screening. The screening results may preclude a subject from participating in a study. This screening will be filed together with the informed consent form. For subjects with a history of cerebro-vascular disease, neurosurgical procedures, or accidents in connection with which metallic objects or particles might have been lodged inside soft brain or eye tissue, it is necessary to submit a medical report, signed by a physician, stating that it is safe for the subject to undergo an MRI. This report needs to be filed together with the signed IRB and screening questionnaire.

Each investigator is responsible for bringing along one MRI User or MRI operator (see Safety Manual for definition) to help perform the actual study for studies conducted during working hours. Two MRI operators are required for studies conducted during off hours, and one of them must be certified to operate the scanner off-hours. Certification in this capacity requires taking the course offered at the Center or an approved equivalent course. Certification requirements are detailed in Appendix II.


Fee Structure

The MRI Technologist will help perform scans conducted in the Center without extra charge.


Pilot studies: Pilot studies are meant to produce preliminary results to facilitate the submission of grant requests, and they are not meant to produce, by themselves, publishable results. A maximum of 10 hours of free pilot studies per investigator / per year may be granted after submission and approval of a proposal to the Proposal Review Committee.


Funded research with OSU accounts: A fee of $550.00 per hour is charged for funded research for studies performed between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm on working days. 


Funded research with non-OSU accounts: An overhead fee (currently 52.5%) will be added to OSU rates for qualified external researchers holding a funded protocol.


Research Proposals

Proposals are to be submitted to the Proposal Review Committee. Each pilot proposal will be reviewed by three referees from within or outside the committee as appropriate. Requests for pilot studies are to be accompanied by a brief description of the proposed study in which the hypothesis is clearly stated along with a rationale, description of the subjects to be scanned, their number, and the specification of the protocol to be used.

There should also be a brief statement regarding the type of analysis to be performed and a mention of the source(s) from which the investigator plans to seek funding once the pilot studies have been completed. The proposal must also include the names of any personnel involved in obtaining MR data and their qualification to run the study. Proposals should be 3 to 4 pages (double spaced) in length.

Approval of a proposal depends on its feasibility, merit, the availability of time on the magnet as assessed by the Committee, and on securing IRB approval by the responsible investigator (see Appendix III).

Requests for approved and funded studies also require a brief proposal, similar to the one outlined above, to assist the Committee in deciding if the Center is equipped to perform the proposed studies (see Appendix IV).

Before submitting an external grant request involving MRI scans, the investigators are urged to contact the Director or Associate Director and make certain that the Center is prepared to commit the resources necessary for the particular study. The Center will not be required to honor scanning requests for funded studies unless a prior agreement was reached between the investigator and the Director or Associate Director of the Center.


Scheduling of Studies

Once a study is approved by the committee, the scheduling of the date and time for each study is accomplished on-line by the investigators (Appendix V). No scheduling distinction is made between free pilot studies and funded studies.

All scheduling is coordinated by the MRI Technologist, Deron Foltz. To cancel a reservation or amend an erroneously entered time slot, please contact the Technologist for assistance with the schedule.