Roya Homayouni

Roya Homayouni

Doctoral Candidate / Research Design and Analysis Consultant

Roya Homayouni

Bio Sketch

 Roya currently is a PhD candidate in Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience at the Department of Psychology, and a pre-doctoral trainee at the Institute of Gerontology at WSU.


  • Ph.D. Candidate, Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience, Psychology, WSU, Detroit, MI (2016-Present)
  • M.A. Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience, Psychology, WSU, Detroit, MI
  • M.A. Psychology, University of Tabriz, Tabriz, Iran
  • B.A. Psychology, University of Tabriz, Tabriz, Iran 


Research Focus

 Roya is mainly interested in structural brain development across the lifespan and how it gives rise to cognitive functioning across age. She is particularly interested in the age trajectories of hippocampal subfields and the sources of individual differences in the developmental changes.

Office Location

Institute of Gerontology 008, 87 E Ferry Detroit, MI 48202 - Office Phone: 313-664-2646


  • Tang, L., Yu, Q., Homayouni, R., Canada, K. L., Yin, Q., Damoiseaux, J. S., & Ofen, N. (2021). Reliability of subsequent memory effects in children and adults: The good, the bad, and the hopeful. Developmental cognitive neuroscience, 52, 101037.
  • Homayouni, R., Yu, Q., Ramesh, S., Tang, L., Daugherty, A. M., Ofen, N. (2021). Test-retest consistency of hippocampal subfields volumetric measures in a developmental sample: implications for longitudinal developmental studies. Journal of Neuroscience Research
  • Lynn, J., Anand, C., Arshad, M., Homayouni, R., Ofen, N., Raz, N., Stanley, J. (2021). Microstructure of human corpus callosum across the lifespan: Regional variation in axon caliber, density, and myelin content. Cerebral Cortex
  • Tang, L., Pruitt, P. J., Yu, Q., Homayouni, R., Daugherty, A. M., Damoiseaux, J. S., & Ofen, N. (2020). Differential functional connectivity in anterior and posterior hippocampus supporting the development of memory formation. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 14
  • Yu, Q., Anderson, D., Homayouni, R., Tang, L., Chen, D., Schoff, D., Nishimura, M., Ofen, N. (2018). Age-associated increase in mnemonic strategy use is linked to prefrontal cortex development. NeuroImage 181, 162-196



  •  Student Award Blue Cross Blue Shield Michigan (BCBSMI) Foundation, $3000 (2020-21)

Honors and Awards

  • Thomas C. Rumble University Graduate Fellowship (2022-23)
  • Julie A. Thomas Memorial Scholarship, Psychology Department, WSU, $1000 (Winter 2022)
  • Olsen Memorial Award for Best Paper in Gerontology, Institute of Gerontology, WSU, $500 ( Spring-Summer 2021)
  • Julie A. Thomas Memorial Scholarship, Psychology Department, WSU, $1000 (Winter 2021)
  • Neitzel Summer Fellowship, Psychology Department, WSU, $4000 (Spring-Summer 2021)
  • Award for Graduate Students who Obtain External Support, OVPR, WSU, $750 (Spring-Summer 2021)

Travel Awards

  • Travel Award, Psychology Department, WSU, $300 (Winter 2021)
  • Travel Award, Psychology Department, WSU, $300 (Winter 2020)
  • Travel Award, Institute of Gerontology, WSU, $400 (Winter 2020)


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