Our Team

Chris Poulin, Director & Principal Investigator

Poulin is the Director of the Durkheim Project and the study’s Principal Investigator. He is also Principal Partner of Patterns and Predictions, where he is co-inventor of Centiment™, a semantic-analysis based event-prediction system with recent research support from DARPA. Poulin also was co-author of the Patterns and Predictions software tool, a statistical classification and decision engine used worldwide in universities and industry. He was most recently Co-Director of the Dartmouth College Metalearning Working Group at Dartmouth Thayer School of Engineering. Poulin’s other research affiliations include the University of Massachusetts — in the area of high performance computing (HPC)/Supercomputing. He is a patent holding inventor in Federated Web, Information Retrieval, and Predictive Analytics related systems.

Paul Thompson, Study Co-Principal Investigator

A leader in the linguistics of deception and the security study of cognitive hacking, Thompson is currently an instructor at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth’s Department of Genetics. He has published numerous papers, journal articles and book chapters, and has served as a reviewer for various conferences, journals, and the National Science Foundation. Thompson has worked with the Santa Fe Institute, General Motors Research & Development, The Sedona Conference, and the TREC conferences.


Key Personnel:

Thomas W. McAllister, M.D.

Dr. Thomas W. McAllister is the Millennium Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology, director of the section of neuropsychiatry at Dartmouth Medical School, and vice chair for neuroscience research for the Department of Psychiatry. He is a past president of the American Neuropsychiatric Association. Dr. McAllister received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and his medical degree from Dartmouth Medical School. He served on the faculties of the University of Kentucky and the University of Pennsylvania before returning to Dartmouth Medical School in 1990. He has a long-standing interest in the neuropsychiatric problems of individuals with traumatic brain injury, and his current research explores catecholaminergic modulation of cognitive deficits following mild and moderate TBI as well as neurobiological effects and genetic predictors of outcome of brain injury in athletes.

Ben Goertzel, Ph.D.

After receiving his Ph.D. in mathematics in 1989 from Temple University, Goertzel spent eight years as a university professor and theoretical researcher. He has spent the period since 1998 leading teams constructing and deploying large-scale software systems based on ambitious cognitive architectures oriented toward artificial general intelligence (AGI). In 2008 he initiated the OpenCog project, an open-source software framework for artificial general intelligence. He is also a past chairman, and continual keynote of the AAAI conference for Artificial General Intelligence. Goertzel’s other affiliations include Dartmouth.

Brian Shiner, MD

Brian Shiner MD, MPH is a board-certified psychiatrist and preventive medicine physician. He is on staff at the White River Junction VA Medical Center. He did his training at Dartmouth, where he is a faculty member. His academic interests are in operations research and in helping to promote a safe, effective, timely, efficient, patient-centered, and equitable healthcare system.



Dr. Craig J. Bryan, PsyD, ABPP

Dr. Craig J. Bryan is a board-certified clinical psychologist in cognitive behavioral psychology, and is currently the Associate Director of the National Center for Veterans Studies at the University of Utah. Dr. Bryan received his PsyD in clinical psychology in 2006 from Baylor University, and completed his clinical psychology residency at the Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland Air Force Base, TX. He was retained as faculty in the Department of Psychology at Wilford Hall Medical Center, where he was Chief of the Primary Care Psychology Service, as well as the Suicide Prevention Program Manager for Lackland AFB. Dr. Bryan deployed to Joint Base Balad, Iraq, in 2009, where he served as the Director of the Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic at the Air Force Theater Hospital. He has additionally chaired the American Association of Suicidology’s Primary Care Task Force to develop training curriculum for primary care medical providers in the assessment and management of suicidal patients. Dr. Bryan is a consultant to the U.S. Air Force for psychological health promotion initiatives, and to the U.S. Marine Corps for suicide prevention. He regularly provides training to clinicians and medical professionals about managing suicidal patients, and has dozens of publications in the areas of suicide and military mental health, including the book Managing Suicide Risk in Primary Care. For his contributions to primary care behavioral health and military suicide prevention, Dr. Bryan was recognized by the Society for Military Psychology with the Arthur W. Melton Award for Early Career Achievement.


Research Staff:

Linas Vepstas – Lead Machine Learning Programmer

Brian Nauheimer – Technical Project Manager

Chhean Saur – Lead Web/API Programmer

Kevin Watters – Principal Programmer, Middleware

Ken Krugler – Lead Distributed Systems Expert

Ann Marion – User Experience (UX) Design

Jane Nisselson – User Interface (UI) Design

Andrew Chen – Social Media Applications Developer

Alex Kozlov – Real-time/Distributed Classifier Development

Vivek Magotra – Cassandra Database Developer


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