Jared Nielsen, Assistant Professor

Department: Psychology


Email: jarednielsen@byu.edu

Office: 1070 KMBL

Phone: 801-422-5294



Like many of you, I have family members and friends who suffer from neurological and psychiatric disorders. It’s heartbreaking to watch loved ones struggle with the effects of these disorders. The bulk of my education and training as a scientist has revolved around studying the brain and how it is affected by brain disorders. My hope is that the information we learn as scientists will inform and improve the way clinicians diagnose and treat their patients—our family members and friends (and maybe even us).


  • Postdoctoral Fellowship in Neuroscience from Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital, 2018
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship in Neuroscience from University of Utah, 2014
  • PhD in Neuroscience from University of Utah, 2013
  • BS in Neuroscience from Brigham Young University, 2009

Research Interests

In the Nielsen Brain and Behavior Lab, we are interested in answering questions about the organization of the brain and how neurological and psychiatric illnesses disrupt its organization. To answer these questions, we use a variety of analytical techniques to extract quantitative information from MRI scans.


  • Outstanding Emerging Investigator from University of Utah’s Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences, 2017
  • T32 Training Grant Fellowship from National Institutes of Health, 2009

Professional Affiliations

  • International Society for Autism Research
  • Society for Neuroscience

Recent Publications