Andrey Vyshedskiy

Andrey Vyshedskiy

Founder & CEO

Andrey Vyshedskiy, Ph.D., is the Founder and CEO of ImagiRation LLC. Dr. Vyshedskiy was trained in neuroscience, biomedical engineering, and astrophysics. He received a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Boston University and has conducted research in child psychology, neuroscience, cardiopulmonary acoustics, and optical vibrometry. He has co-founded several successful companies, received numerous awards from the NSF, the NIH, and the DOD, and directed the development of several FDA approved medical devices. He has been teaching Human Physiology and Neurobiology to BU students for over two decades. He has also periodically taught Tufts Medical School students. He has authored over 100 scientific publications, book chapters, and conference presentations. His work has appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine, Thorax, Chest, the Journal of Neuroscience and other leading scientific journals. Dr. Vyshedskiy currently lives in Boston with his wife and two children.

Rita Dunn

Rita Dunn

Founder & Chief Scientific Officer

Rita Dunn, M.A., is the Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of ImagiRation LLC. Mrs. Dunn has received a Master of Arts degree in Math Education from Harvard University. She has been working for over a decade as an educator devoted to honing the cognitive skills of both neurotypical and developmentally-delayed kids. Her years of experience informed her that proper, early instruction utilizing building blocks, educational manipulatives, puzzles and games can have a profound effect on the development of a child. She also saw, firsthand, that there is a shortage of materials that are appropriately designed for use with individuals with developmental disorders, the population that has the most to benefit from proper developmental training. For Mrs. Dunn, the ImagiRation project is a culmination of over a decade of education, research and practical experience that has led her to conclude that brain training can and will have a profound effect on kids with developmental disorders such as ASD.

Alex Faisman

Alex Faisman

Founder & Chief Software Architect

Alexander Faisman is the Founder and Chief Software Architect of ImagiRation. Mr. Faisman has over 20 years of experience in software development in companies such as  IBM, Moody’s, Morgan Stanley, Venado Technologies, and PRI Automation. Mr. Faisman brings to ImagiRation essential software experience and a profound dedication to the education of children with ASD.

Jonah Elgart

Jonah Elgart

Art Director

Jonah Elgart serves as Art Director for ImagiRation LLC. Mr. Elgart received a Bachelors of Science from MIT. He has designed, animated, illustrated, and programmed educational software for over ten years. In his work, he fuses a quirky child-like sense of humor with a conceptual interest in learning. The end product is innovative software that uses intuitive affordances to make learning natural and engaging. Mr. Elgart’s work straddles research and commercial projects, and he has worked with clients including Harvard University’s EdX platform, Columbia University School of Education, PBS, and Pearson. He has also launched several children’s apps under his own brands.

Lisa Lokshina

Lisa Lokshina

Founder & Director of User Experience

Lisa Lokshina is the Founder and Director of User Experience of ImagiRation LLC. Ms. Lokshina brings to ImagiRation extensive experience in digital design and user research as well as an outstanding journalistic talent. She has worked with a variety of creative agencies for clients like Estee Lauder, Comcast, DemanyByte and Le Pain Quotidien (to name a few). Ms. Lokshina has a Masters degree in Interaction Design from New York University and a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Boston University.

Ben Kannel

Ben Kannel

Intern

Ben Kannel is studying Cognitive Science and Business at Franklin and Marshall College with focuses in Neuroscience and Economics. He conducted research at ImagiRation during summer of 2017. This research resulted in two publications: Mahapatra, S., Khokhlovich, E., Martinez, S., Kannel, B., Edelson, S. M., & Vyshedskiy, A. (2018). Longitudinal Epidemiological Study of Autism Subgroups Using Autism Treatment Evaluation Checklist (ATEC) Score. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 10.1007/s10803-018-3699-2 and  Mahapatra, S., Vyshedskiy, D., Martinez, S., Kannel, B., Braverman, J., Edelson, S. M., & Vyshedskiy, A. (2018). Autism Treatment Evaluation Checklist (ATEC) Norms: A “Growth Chart” for ATEC Score Changes as a Function of Age. Children, 5(2), 25.

Emma Mugford

Emma Mugford

Intern

Emma Mugford is an undergraduate student at Gettysburg College, class of 2019. There, she is a psychology and studio art dual major with an interest in pursuing a career in the psychology field. In addition to interning for ImagiRation in 2018, Emma does research in a social psychology aggression lab and in a taste/ odor perception lab. She has also worked at a summer camp for kids with learning differences. Emma has enjoyed her time collaborating ideas, writing papers, and testing participants with the ImagiRation team.

Megan DuBois

Megan DuBois

Intern

Megan DuBois joined ImagiRation as an intern in 2018. She will receive her B.A. in Psychology and American Studies from St. Olaf College in Minnesota in 2019. She has previously assisted with child development related research and worked as a camp counselor for children on the autism spectrum.

Samantha Martinez

Samantha Martinez

Intern

Samantha Martinez graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a major in psychology. She conducted research at ImagiRation during summer of 2017. This research resulted in two publications: Mahapatra, S., Khokhlovich, E., Martinez, S., Kannel, B., Edelson, S. M., & Vyshedskiy, A. (2018). Longitudinal Epidemiological Study of Autism Subgroups Using Autism Treatment Evaluation Checklist (ATEC) Score. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 10.1007/s10803-018-3699-2 and  Mahapatra, S., Vyshedskiy, D., Martinez, S., Kannel, B., Braverman, J., Edelson, S. M., & Vyshedskiy, A. (2018). Autism Treatment Evaluation Checklist (ATEC) Norms: A “Growth Chart” for ATEC Score Changes as a Function of Age. Children, 5(2), 25.

Shreyas Mahapatra

Shreyas Mahapatra

Intern

Shreyas Mahapatra was raised in northern Virginia. After graduating from the College of William and Mary with a degree in neuroscience, he moved to Boston to pursue a master’s degree in Medical Sciences. His interests include exploring the neural mechanisms underlying cognition and neuronal metabolism. Shreyas joined ImagiRation in 2017 as an intern and subsequently spent a year working on publications relevant to MITA. His research resulted in three publications: Longitudinal Epidemiological Study of Autism Subgroups Using Autism Treatment Evaluation Checklist (ATEC) Score. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 10.1007/s10803-018-3699-2 and  Mahapatra, S., Vyshedskiy, D., Martinez, S., Kannel, B., Braverman, J., Edelson, S. M., & Vyshedskiy, A. (2018). Autism Treatment Evaluation Checklist (ATEC) Norms: A “Growth Chart” for ATEC Score Changes as a Function of Age. Children, 5(2), 25.  A randomized controlled pilot trial of a parent-administered tablet-computer-based conditional discrimination exercises for children with autism: Mental Imagery Therapy for Autism (MITA) (in preparation)