CAN Lab is a resource and research lab that runs multiple projects in the areas of Executive Function, Diversity and Culture, Neuroethics and Technology, and Optimal Education.

Dr. E. Cruz Eusebio is the Founder and Director of CAN Lab. For seven years prior to moving to D.C., he was an associate professor at the University's Chicago campus and was the Director of the Center for Optimal Performance in Education (COPE). While at the University, he was recognized with the Distinguished Teaching Award in Public Service Teaching, the Faculty of the Year Award for Service Learning, and the Ted Rubenstein Inspired Teaching Award. He is a three-time nominee of the Distinguished Teaching Award for Excellence in Teaching.


Eleazar Cruz Eusebio, Psy.D.

Dr. E. Cruz Eusebio earned his doctorate with high honors from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine with a specialization in School Neuropsychology and certification in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. He holds an M.A. in Psychology and an Ed.S. in School Psychology from The Citadel Graduate College in Charleston, South Carolina and a B.A. in Pre-Medicine/Biology from the University of Redlands in Southern California. He received post-doc experience in Clinical Psychology and Interpersonal Neurobiology. His research is in executive function, culture and diversity studies, neuroethics and technology, and optimal education. He enjoys museums, reading, photography, music, the martial arts, and enjoying D.C. with his family.

Sadiya Khandker, M.A.

Sadiya Khandker is a first year School Psychology Ed.S. student who earned a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi, where she first realized she wanted to work with children. Her research interests are in executive function, cognition, and neuroscience. Her interests are in travel, fashion, photography, modeling, and spending time with her friends and family.   

Rachel Ladysh, M.P.S.

Rachel Ladyshs is a first year doctoral student and holds a master’s degree in Clinical Psychological Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park. Ms. Ladysh is invested in research on emotional regulation, severe mental illness, dialectical and rational emotive behavior therapy, working with survirors of sexual assault and domestic violence, and severe emotional disorders. 

Anita Trivedi, M. Psy.

Anita Trivedi is a second year doctoral student who earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from George Mason University and a Master of Psychology degree from George Washington University. Anita’s interests are in acculturation, identity development, and exploration of mental health stigma amongst the South Asian population.  In her free time, Anita enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching movies, and traveling.

Clarissa Zies, M.S.

Clarissa Zies is a first-year clinical psychology doctoral student who earned a Master of Science degree from Capella University in Clinical Psychology with a Specialization in Applied Research. Her research interests are in improving the community, with a focus on diversity, health, and women’s issues. In her spare time, Clarissa enjoys attending museums, taking improv classes, acting, and taking dance lessons.

Jonathan Peterson, B.S.

Jonathan Peterson is a second year student in the master of science in applied behavior analysis program. His interests are in neuroscience and he is currently exploring research on Executive Function and volition.

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