Our Team



Director: Fadel Zeidan, PhD

Fadel is an assistant professor of neurobiology and anatomy at Wake Forest School of Medicine. His research is focused on determining the neural mechanisms that mediate the relationship between self-regulatory practices and health. He is especially interested in determining the neural mechanisms supporting mindfulness meditation-based pain relief.    


Postdoctoral Research Fellow


Jennifer N. Baumgartner, PhD

Jennifer is originally from the beautiful city of Chicago, where she received her Bachelor of Arts with distinction in Philosophy and Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She received her Master's and PhD in Human Factors Psychology from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. Jennifer is driven by understanding the psychological, psychophysiological, and neural mechanisms that influence stress and pain processes, with a particular emphasis on exploring mechanisms underlying mindfulness-based resilience. In her free time she likes to indulge in other nerdy things, such as playing video games, collecting comic books, as well as immersing herself in nature.

Research Assistants 


Research Assistant: Afrayem "Fry" Morgan, MD

Fry is a psychiatry resident at Wake Forest Baptist Hospital. He received his MBBCh from the Cairo University School of Medicine in Egypt, MD (Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates [ECFMG].) Fry's research interests include the Theory of Mind, neuroplasticity, and the clinical applications of meditation modalities in psychiatric disorders. In his free time Fry enjoys playing the Arabic oud, hiking, and open water diving whenever he can get enough vacation days off!


Research Assistant: Grace Posey, BA

Grace received her Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Wake Forest University, and is an aspiring medical student. Her research interests include alcohol addiction, migraines, and the clinical application of mindfulness meditation. In her free time, Grace enjoys running, cooking, reading, and playing the violin.


Research Scientist: Bill Vaughan, PhD

Bill came to the world of central mechanisms of pain in humans from a background of extracellular, single unit electrophysiology in animals. That being said, Bill is excited for the opportunity to using cutting-edge neuroimaging techniques for assessing fundamental questions related to the central management of pain. He believes that in our current era of opioid abuse, the possibility of mindful approaches to pain management offers substantive practical and translational value to a fundamental problem of the human condition. Interestingly, presented with his first opportunity to vote in a presidential election, Dr. Vaughan voted for Ronald Reagan. In retrospect, he does not hold this as his proudest moment. In fact, this fact only seems funny in the light of his current condition as a card-carrying Socialist. "Aye, the follies of my youth."


Research Assistant: Elena Vidrascu

Elena's research interests include the utilization of mindfulness meditation as a prevention tool for drug abuse and addiction and the neurological underpinnings of its effectiveness. In her free time, Elena likes to do 1000-piece puzzles and aspires to be on the American Ninja Warrior show. 

Intervention Facilitators 


Tim Auman, M.Div, PhD

Tim is the Chaplain at Wake Forest University. He received his Master of Divinity from Duke University Divinity School and his PhD from Mahidol University. Dr. Auman is interested in how mindfulness-based practices improve focus and performance, and reduce toxic stress in curricular and co-curricular settings. For over 20 years, he has simultaneously maintained two root spiritual traditions as an ordained United Methodist minister and a student of Buddhist philosophy and practice.


Rossana Lorentz Magalhaes, MS, EdS, LPCA, NCC

Rossana earned a Master's degree in counseling and education in addition to being a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in North Carolina. Her research interests broadly focus on understanding more about how mindfulness works in clinical settings and the neuroscience behind the potential results of meditation and mindfulness practices. She has led interventions in multiple NIH-sponsored projects.  Rossana is from Brazil and loves to spend time in nature and with her 5-year old Pomeranian, Duke.

Undergraduate Students


Cat Cherubin

Cat is a senior at Wake Forest University majoring in psychology  and plans on continuing her education at the graduate level with a focus in cognitive/behavioral psychology and neuroscience.  Her research interests lie primarily in the field of cognitive and behavioral neuroscience. In her free time Cat likes to dabble in the visual and performing arts, and some of her latest endeavors include making experimental films and learning how to play the violin.   


Tatianaide Medina

Tatianaide is a senior at Wake Forest University majoring in psychology with a minor in neuroscience and plans on continuing her studies in neuroscience after graduation. She is interested in understanding the neural mechanisms of behavior, and is currently studying the effects of multimodal sensory stimuli on cognitive modulations of pain. In her free time, Tatianaide enjoys spending time with her family, learning new languages, and attending plays, musicals, and recitals.