Cherie L. Marvel, Ph.D.

Cherie Lynn Marvel, Ph.D.

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  • Director, Cognitive and Neuropsychiatric Laboratory
  • Associate Professor of Neurology

Research Interests

Cognitive neuroscience; Learning; Memory; Cerebellum; Working memory; Language; Basal ganglia; Motor; Ataxia; HIV; Drug dependence; Lyme disease more


Dr. Cherie Marvel received her PhD in Neuroscience from Georgetown University in Washington, DC in 2002. Her dissertation research examined cerebellar-related cognitive and motor deficits in schizophrenia. She completed her first post-doctoral fellowship in Clinical Neuroscience at the University of Iowa, where she furthered her training in cerebellar cognitive function in psychiatric disorders. She completed her second post-doctoral fellowship in Cognitive Neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University, where she learned to use brain imaging methods (such as functional MRI) to examine cognition.

Now an Associate Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Marvel's research focuses on the interaction of cognitive and motor systems, with special emphasis on the cerebellum, in healthy and clinical populations. 

Dr. Marvel's research with clinical populations includes those with cerebellar ataxia, HIV, substance dependence, and Lyme disease. This work has also led to an overlapping interest in neuroimmunology. Her primary research methods include brain imaging (e.g.,  functional and real-time MRI), brain stimulation (e.g., Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation), and experimental cognitive paradigms to study learning, memory, and behavior. more


  • Director, Cognitive and Neuropsychiatric Laboratory
  • Chair, Neurology's Internal Grant Review Program
  • Associate Professor of Neurology
  • Joint Appointment in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Departments / Divisions

Centers & Institutes



  • Ph.D.; Georgetown University (District of Columbia) (2002)
  • B.S.; Tufts University (Massachusetts) (1994)

Additional Training

  • University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, 2002-2005, Clinical Neuroscience Fellow
  • Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, 2005-2006, Cognitive Neuroscience Fellow

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Our research focuses on interactions between cognitive and motor systems during working memory, with special emphasis on cerebellar function.

We use brain imaging methods (e.g., fMRI) and brain stimulation techniques (e.g., TMS) to examine brain function during working memory in healthy and clinical populations.


Cognitive Neuropsychiatric Research Laboratory

Lab Website: Cognitive Neuropsychiatric Research Laboratory (CNRLab)

Technology Expertise Keywords

MRI; TMS; Cognitive testing

Clinical Trials

NCT05436262: Using Real-time fMRI Neurofeedback and Motor Imagery to Enhance Motor Timing and Precision in Cerebellar Ataxia

NCT05436249: Use of Real-Time Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Neurofeedback to Improve Motor Function in Cerebellar Ataxia (fMRI)

Selected Publications

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Marvel CL, Alm KH, Bhattacharya D, Rebman AW, Bakker A, Morgan OP, et al. (2022) A multimodal neuroimaging study of brain abnormalities and clinical correlates in post treatment Lyme disease. PLoS ONE 17(10): e0271425.

Monick, A.J., Joyce, M.R., Chugh, N. et al. Characterization of basal ganglia volume changes in the context of HIV and polysubstance use. Sci Rep 12, 4357 (2022).

Morgan, O.P., Slapik, M.B., Iannuzzelli, K.G. et al. The Cerebellum and Implicit Sequencing: Evidence from Cerebellar Ataxia. Cerebellum 20, 222–245 (2021).

Kronemer, S.I., Slapik, M.B., Pietrowski, J.R. et al. Neuropsychiatric Symptoms as a Reliable Phenomenology of Cerebellar Ataxia. Cerebellum 20, 141–150 (2021).

Cherie L. Marvel, Owen P. Morgan, Sharif I. Kronemer, How the motor system integrates with working memory, Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, Volume 102, 2019, Pages 184-194,

Activities & Honors


  • Society for Neuroscience, 1996
  • International Society of Behavioral Neuroscience, 2011
  • National Ataxia Foundation, 2016


Professional Activities

  • President, International Society of Behavioural Neuroscience
  • Chair, NIH Study Section FO1B Fellowships: Learning and Memory, Language, Communication and Related Neurosciences

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