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Our work focuses on identifying brain-behavior relationships in information
processing and studying developmental shifts in neural circuitry to understand the emergence and maintenance of psychopathology during adolescence. We examine behavioral and neural correlates of affective processing as it relates to social and non-social stimuli. We are interested in understanding associations among social contextual risk and protective factors and neural mechanisms that are associated with three common forms of psychopathology in adolescence: anxiety, depression, and substance use.

Overarching questions of our research include:

  • What concurrent and longitudinal patterns of brain function and structure can help us to identify which adolescents are at the greatest risk for developing psychopathology?
  • How do individual differences, social settings and environmental factors operate in conjunction with neural responses to emotionally-salient stimuli to predict psychopathology?
  • How do these processes unfold in typical development and change with age or vary by gender?Picture1

Take a look at our website to learn more about current projects underway, the people in our lab, and how you can get involved!