Curriculum Vitae



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Current Principal Job Title

Project Manager, Praxis, Inc., Waltham MA



Jan. 2011 (anticipated) M.A. (Psychology), Boston University, Boston, MA

2005 B.A. (Psychology), Saint Michael's College, Colchester, VT


Relevant Experience

2009 - Present Graduate Research Assistant (volunteer), Cognitive Neuroimaging Laboratory, Boston University, Boston, MA

·        Process and analyze fMRI data for research investigating brain activation and hippocampal-orbitofrontal-basal ganglia functional connectivity during disambiguation of well-learned spatial sequences. Activities include preprocessing, executing 1st level, 2nd level and beta-series correlation analyses, creating ROIs and regional masks, creating image contrasts and analyzing results, extracting beta and correlation values, identifying active brain regions and generating images for publication/presentation.

2009 - Present Project Manager, Praxis, Inc., Waltham, MA

·        Responsible for ground up development of translational research project to investigate, design, develop and field test computerized neuropsychological testing battery of attention and memory for use with traditionally difficult to test populations e.g. non/preverbal children and demented adults. Devise and implement research protocol for experimental sessions. Collaborate with faculty of the University of Massachusetts Medical School - Shriver Center on instructional procedures and test design. Continue responsibility for Research Associate I, III, and III tasks noted below. Supervise Research Associates.

2009 - 2010 Graduate Research Assistant (volunteer), Vision and Cognition Laboratory, Boston University, Boston, MA

·        Administered custom battery of neuropsychological assessments to clinical and control subjects for research investigating visuospatial and cognitive functioning in Parkinson's disease. Coded, scored and entered data into database.

2006- 2009 Research Associate I, II, III, Praxis, Inc., Waltham, MA

·        Manage multiple research projects and their development into computer-based training programs for individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Develop all programming specifications. Recruit appropriate participants, conduct experimental sessions and analyze data. Program stimuli for use in-session. Calibrate and maintain all experimental equipment.

2006 Research Assistant - Psychological Sciences, University of Massachusetts Medical School - Shriver Center, Waltham, MA

·        Provided support for multiple research projects investigating stimulus control, discrimination learning, attention, symbolic relations, eye tracking and computer-based instruction. Conducted experimental sessions with ASD diagnosed children and coded, analyzed and archived data as required.


2004-2005 Intern - Vermont Intensive Treatment Program for Aggressive Adolescents, Woodside Juvenile Detention Center, Colchester, VT

·        Aided in the cognitive-behavioral treatment of 13 adolescents with numerous psychological diagnoses residing in a locked facility operated by Vermont Department of Children and Families. Participated in all treatment and leisure activities of the program.


Relevant Coursework

Boston University (Graduate)

Memory Systems

Development Behavioral Genetics

Psychological Statistics

Basic Neuroscience


Directed Study (Cognitive Neuroimaging Laboratory)

Proseminar: Trends in Clinical Psychology

Neural Models of Memory Function


Saint Michael’s College

General Psychology

Psychological Statistics

Abnormal Psychology

Research Methods

Social Psychology

Cognitive Psychology

Psychological Measurement

Personality Theories

Drugs and Behavior

History of Psychology

Case Study: Methods of Clinical Psychology

Practicum I/II

Philosophy of Mind

Cellular and Molecular Biology

Independent Study: Introduction to Neural Networks


Bryant University

Calculus I/II



Honors and Awards

Graduated Cum Laude 2005

Dean's List, Saint Michael's College 2002-2005

Presidential Academic Scholarship, Saint Michael's College 2002-2005


Publications and Presentations

Brown, T.I., Ross, R.S., Tobyne, S.M. and Stern, C.E. (2010, November). The functional connectivity of the hippocampus and caudate during successful disambiguation of well-learned spatial sequences. Society for Neuroscience 40th Annual Meeting (Poster Presentation)


Tobyne, S., Mahon, K.L., Warecki, E.A., Lockerbie, A.A., and Pasterchik, D.C. (2009, May). Picture Reader: Using Video Modeling, Picture Cues, and Matrix Training for Novel Task Instruction. 35th Annual Convention of the Association for Behavior Analysis, Phoenix, AZ. (Poster Presentation)


Tobyne, S.M., Mahon, K.L., Warecki, E.A., Lockerbie, A.A., Hurlbut, D., and Pasterchik, D.C. (2009, March). Picture Reader: Combining video modeling and picture cues for novel task instruction [Abstract]. Proceedings of the 39th annual Gatlinburg Conference on Research & Theory in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 87.


Tobyne, S.M., Mahon, K.L., Warecki, E.A., Lockerbie, A.A., Hurlbut, D., and Pasterchik, D.C. (2009, March). Picture Reader: Combining video modeling and picture cues for novel task instruction. 39th Annual Gatlinburg Conference on Research & Theory in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, New Orleans, LA. (Poster Presentation)


Tobyne, S.M. and Boynton, D.M. (2005, April). Computer modeling of human neural activity:Associative learning processes and retinal inhibition during edge enhancement. Saint Michael's College Psychology Senior Symposium, Colchester, VT. (Oral and Poster Presentation)


Technical Skills

MATLAB, SPM5/8, SPSS/PSAW, JMP8, Microsoft Office including Visio, XML, Microsoft Visual Studio 2008, HTML, Stylus Studio, PhotoImpact, UNIX/LINUX os, MAC os


Professional Affiliations

Society for Neuroscience since 2010

American Psychological Association since 2010

Association of Behavior Analysis International 2008-2009

Psi Chi since 2005


Research Interests

Prefrontal - hippocampal interactions during learning/memory function

Changes in functional and effective brain connectivity due to neurodevelomental disorder, neurodegenerative disease, or insult

Neuroimaging techniques for preclinical diagnosis of neurodegenerative disease; multi-voxel pattern analysis

Semantic memory and Alzheimer's disease; translational and therapeutic research

Structural and functional differences in medial temporal lobe areas in Autism Spectrum Disorders

Multivariate statistical analysis in neuroimaging