Laura Stroud


Laura Stroud, PhD is Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, and founding director of the Maternal-Infant Studies Laboratory and the Child and Adolescent Stress Laboratory at the Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine.  Dr. Stroud’s research focuses on  biobehavioral mechanisms of mood and addictive disorders. Her work involves a transdisciplinary, developmental framework incorporating both neurobiological and behavioral markers of risk and a focus on novel neurobehavioral and stress response paradigms. Her work focuses on two sensitive periods of development: fetal-infant transition and the adolescent/ pubertal transition. Within the fetal-infant period, Dr. Stroud's work has focused on novel ultrasound measures of fetal development and biological pathways through which effects of maternal substance use and depression are transmitted to the fetus and infant. Within the adolescent period, Dr. Stroud’s work has focused on novel neural and neuroendocrine biomarkers of risk for adolescent depression.  Dr. Stroud has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health since 2001, and her work has also been supported by several foundation and research career awards.