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Drexel University Psychology Faculty John Medaglia, PhD

John D. Medaglia, PhD

Associate Professor
Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences


  • PhD, Clinical Psychology, Pennsylvania State University, 2014
  • MS, Psychology, Pennsylvania State University, 2011
  • BS, Psychology, Drexel University, 2008

Curriculum Vitae:

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Research Interests:

  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Clinical Neuropsychology
  • Brain Stimulation
  • Neuroimaging
  • Network Analysis
  • Self-control
  • Neuroethics


John Medaglia, PhD, is the head of the Cognitive Neuroengineering & Wellbeing (CogNeW) Laboratory. His group applies models and methods developed in neuropsychology, cognitive neuroscience, and network science to optimize brain function in healthy and clinical samples. His research group studies control and the human brain – how people control themselves and how control theory can guide noninvasive brain interventions. The laboratory uses network-based approaches in neuroimaging (MRI, fNIRS, EEG), brain stimulation (TMS, tDCS), and behavioral assessment (neuropsychology, cognitive psychology) to meet these goals. Lab members additionally study neuroethical decision making. Dr. Medaglia receives support from the NIH and donors to support his research.

Medaglia and CogNeW Laboratory members use advanced network analysis and brain stimulation to study and improve self-control in health and disorders like dementia, ADHD, and stroke. In addition, CogNeW laboratory studies how the public and professionals view cognitive enhancement – improving the mind – with education and technology. Medaglia and his laboratory members are also advocates for departmental and university-level Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives.