Nicholas Langer, PhD

Endeavor Scientist Program Alumnus and Volunteer

Child Mind Institute

Nicholas Langer, PhD

Dr. Langer received his PhD in neuropsychology from the University of Zurich, Switzerland. During his doctoral studies, he was involved in several research projects concerning neural plasticity on the systems level using EEG, fMRI, structural MRI and diffusion tensor imaging. His dissertation focused on functional brain connectivity in the context of graph-theoretical network analysis to investigate so-called “small-world networks.” As part of this work, Dr. Langer implemented new methods of network analysis, which were applied to EEG, fMRI and structural MRI data. Nicolas has conducted several other studies, including investigations of working memory training, sensorimotor plasticity, music perception, anxiety and cross-modal perception. Outside of his research, he headed several seminars and workshops at Zurich and supervised master’s students in cognitive neuroscience. In 2012 Nicolas joined the lab of Nadine Gaab at Children’s Hospital Boston (Harvard Medical School) as a postdoctoral research fellow. He studied functional and structural brain differences between children with ADHD, disruptive behavior, and comorbid ADHD and disruptive behavior. He also developed methods for diagnosing or characterizing clinical conditions and predicting clinical outcomes using analysis of these differences. He has also investigated the developmental trajectories of structural connectivity related to reading and language.


  • University of Zurich, Switzerland, MS
  • University of Zurich, Switzerland, PhD in Neuropsychology and Neuroscience
  • Children’s Hospital Boston/Harvard Medical School, Post-doctoral Fellow