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Welcome! I am a psychologist at the intersection of developmental and clinical science. I study how our earliest experiences contribute to our neurobiological development and our risk for difficulties in socioemotional and cognitive functioning. By clarifying the environmental origins of mental health difficulties, my research informs the optimal type and timing of interventions and public health policies for children and families.

 

Broadly, my research program focuses on:

  1. Improving how researchers measure the early environment, including both in utero and postnatally, through the use of multi-modal and ecologically valid assessments. 

  2. Examining how infants develop in the context of psychosocial neglect and enrichment.

  3. Characterizing the effects of early adversity on developing neurobiology during sensitive periods (i.e., infancy and adolescence). 

 

I am currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at Tulane University and UT Austin. My research has received funding from the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development, the National Science Foundation, the American Psychological Foundation, and the Stanford Institute for Research in the Social Sciences.