Roya Homayouni

Roya Homayouni

Doctoral Candidate
Research Design and Analysis Consultant

Office Phone: 313-664-2646

Office: Institute of Gerontology 008, 87 E Ferry Detroit, MI 48202

Roya Homayouni

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.

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

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.


  • 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

Awards and grants

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

Selected publications

  • 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

Courses taught

  • Introduction to Data Management and Statistics in R, RDA Unit, WSU (Fall 2020, Winter 2021, Spring-Summer 2021, Fall 2021)
  • PSY 3060 Lecture, Psychology of Learning and Memory, WSU (Spring-Summer 2020)
  • PSY 2030 Lab, Statistical Methods in Psychology, WSU (Winter 2019, Fall 2019, Winter 2020)
  • PSY 1030 Lab, Introductory Psychology, WSU (Fall 2018)
  • PSY 1010 Lab, Introductory Psychology, WSU (Winter 2018)