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Sujeeta Bhatt, Ph.D


Postdoctoral Fellow


B.S. -- University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1997, Biopsychology
M.A. -- American University, Washington, DC, 1999, Psychology
Ph.D. -- American University, Washington, DC, 2004, Behavioral Neuroscience


Dr. Bhatt’s current work focuses on understanding the cognitive processes involved in deception. Specifically, her studies are designed to identify neural signatures of varying forms of deception by using the event-related fMRI BOLD (blood oxygen level dependent) effect of in hopes to create a cognitive model of deception. Further, she is cross-validating the results from the deception fMRI studies with the polygraph, a traditional measure of deception. Dr. Bhatt’s graduate work examined spatial memory loss on a delayed alternation task in a rat model of experimental head injury while her doctoral dissertation work focused on the integrity of the corpus callosum in individuals following mild traumatic brain injury as determined by performance on a series of interhemispheric tasks. Dr. Bhatt had collaborated with a number of researchers investigating bone quality assessment via proton spectroscopy, the cortical redistribution of the BOLD tonotopic map in tinnitus patients, the perception of emotion in patients with frontal and temporal lobe damage and Alzheimer’s disease, and the regeneration and retrograde axonal transport of the olfactory bulbs in mice prior to joining CFMI in June 2004. In addition to her research, Dr. Bhatt is an active member in a number of local and national organizations such as Hands-on-DC Organizing Committee Member, College Summit Writing Coach, National Women’s Alliance Board Member, Association for Women in Science, American Association of University Women, and Suited for Change.


2005        American Psychological Association Summer Fellow in Department of Defense Counterintelligence

Invited Presentations

August 2005        National Science Foundation Security Evaluation Workshop – Invited speaker

June 2005        Coalition for National Science Funding – Invited speaker on behalf of the American Psychological Association

Scholarship and Research

June 2005  The Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Toronto, Canada
Poster Presentation (submitted)- Kim, K.H.S., Maisog, J., Mbwana, J., Bhatt, S., Hailu, A., Tan, L.-H., & Zeffiro, T. “Categorical and Complexity-Modulated Effects in Neural Systems for Chinese Ideograph Reading.”

May 2005 International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, Miami, FL
Poster Presentation- Kim, K.H., Maisog, J., Mbwana, J., Bhatt, S., Hailu, A., Tan, L-H., and Zeffiro, T. “Neural Systems for Chinese Ideograph Reading: Categorical and Complexity-Modulated Effects

June 2003 International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, Toronto, Canada
Poster Presentation- Lin, C., Bhatt, S., Buassiou, N., Nguyen, D., Makariou, E., and Schellinger, D. “1H MRS Analysis of Marrow Fat of Rat Tibia After Hind Leg Unweighting”

November 2001 Society for Neuroscience, San Diego, CA
Poster Presentation- Bhatt, S., Fantie, B., Bailey, C., and Kolb, B. “Mild Closed Head Injury Can Affect the Ability to Produce Emotional Facial Expressions”

April 2001 Eastern Psychological Association, Washington, DC
Poster Presentation- Fantie, B., Bhatt, S., Bailey, C., and Kolb, B. “Reduced Salience of Emotional Facial Expressions Following Closed Head Injury”

Papers Currently Under Submission
Bhatt, S., Fishbein, D., & Zeffiro, T. (2005). A review of the neural signatures of deception using functional neuroimaging.. Submitted June 2005.

Research Support
NGA501-05-BAA-0003 (PI) 7/1/05-6/30/08
Director of Central Intelligence Postdoctoral Fellowship Grant

This study investigates the existence of a neural signature for deception using functional magnetic resonance imaging and near infrared spectroscopy simultaneously with polygraphy.

Role: Postdoctoral Fellow