- UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS
- GRADUATE PROGRAMS
My program of research is heavily focused on understanding emotional development and how environmental or pharmacological stressors incurred early in life alter the developmental trajectory of brain centers involved in cognitive and emotional regulation.
My lab is focused on understanding emotional development, and the mechanisms through which early life adversity alters brain development to increase susceptibility to later emotional dysfunction. Specifically, I am interested in the role of neurotrophins in brain organization and the impact of early life psychological stress or exposure to prescription drugs on neurodevelopmental outcomes. I use mice as a model system and employ a multidisciplinary approach that relies heavily upon behavioral techniques and integrates genetic, cell & molecular, and anatomical, methods to address this important question. Furthermore, I leverage my expertise in rodent behavior to develop novel translational models of human pathology and collaborate heavily with clinical scientists to investigate the mechanistic basis of sex differences in disease susceptibility and genetic factors that serve to predispose or protect from the effects of early life stressors.