Aggie McMahon

Program Specialist and International Brain Initiative Program Director

Aggie McMahon joined The Kavli Foundation in 2018 and currently serves as the International Brain Initiative program director and as a science program specialist. The International Brain Initiative (IBI) convenes large-scale nationally sponsored neuroscience programs to maximize their global impact. As IBI program director, Aggie has the opportunity to facilitate international collaboration, working across borders to unite a diverse body of scientists and other stakeholders. Her work as a science program specialist supports Kavli’s catalyzing and enabling activities such as the Brain Initiative Alliance, neuroethics, and convergent science.

Prior to joining the foundation, Aggie was the program manager for the ENIGMA Consortium with Dr. Paul Thompson at the University of Southern California. ENIGMA is an innovative, worldwide collaboration in neuroimaging and genomics which leverages archival data by distributing openly available analysis protocols.

Aggie began her career with a post-baccalaureate fellowship at the Duke-UNC Brain Imaging and Analysis Center under Dr. Aysenil Belger. She then earned her Master of Science degree at the University of Colorado Clinical and Translational Science Institute in 2015 with Dr. Joseph Sakai and Dr. Thomas Crowley. Her thesis focused on structural covariance of grey matter volume in clinical adolescent populations. Through her past experiences, Aggie grew particularly passionate about incentivizing team science, data harmonization, and broadening the dissemination of neurotechnologies and progressive science practices.

Aggie is an east-coast transplant who received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. When not in the office or traveling, she can be found outside enjoying the Southern California landscape.


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