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Maki Koyama

Maki S. Koyama, PhD

Research Scientist, Center for the Developing Brain (CDB) Head of Data Assessment, Refinement, and Testing (DART)
Child Mind Institute

Maki S. Koyama, PhD, is a research scientist at the Center for the Developing Brain (CDB) and the head of Data Assessment, Refinement, and Testing (DART) at the Child Mind Institute.

Dr. Koyama uses scientifically rigorous approaches to test, validate and evaluate accessible, remotely deliverable digital tools generated through Child Mind Institute projects. Those projects include the Next-Generation Digital Therapeutics (NGDT) program that aims to develop, validate, and deploy digital therapeutics and biometric response monitoring tools specifically designed to support children and adolescents with mental health and learning disorders.  

Dr. Koyama is a neuroscientist by training, and her research interests include investigating the relationship between the brain, physiology, and behavior in children with learning disorders (e.g., dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia) and mental health disorders (e.g., ADHD, anxiety disorders). She has extensive experience in experimental design, data collection, and data analysis for research that uses behavioral, eye-tracking, and neuroimaging (e.g., EEG, MRI) measures.

Before her current position at the Child Mind Institute, Dr. Koyama was the director of research and evaluation at the CUNY Early Childhood Professional Development Institute. Her primary role was to promote evidence-based policies for early childhood care and education by facilitating research-policy-partnership projects. Between 2013 and 2017, Dr. Koyama worked at the Child Mind Institute as a research scientist and clinical-research integration project manager.


  • Director of Research and Evaluation, CUNY Early Childhood Professional Development Institute (2022 – 2023)
  • Senior Research Scientist, Haskins Laboratories (2016 – present)
  • Research Scientist, The Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research (2013 – 2017)
  • Research Scientist & Clinical-Research Integration Project Manager, Child Mind Institute (2013 – 2017)
  • Research Scientist, Rutgers University Infancy Studies Laboratory (2011 – 2013)


  • Training Fellow, Insight Data Science NYC (2016 – 2016)
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, NYU Child Study Center (2008 – 2010)


  • PhD, Physiology, University of Oxford
  • BSc, Psychology, University of Durham