I research how early life stress may impact the brain and behavior, with a particular interest in the processing of rewards and emotions. Over one million children in the United States suffer some form of early life stress each year (e.g., child maltreatment; severe poverty), but little is known about how these experiences get integrated into the brain.
Currently, I am a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Developmental Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as in the Laboratory of Neurogenetics and Center for Child and Family Policy at Duke University. Before coming to North Carolina, I received my Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, in a degree program that integrated developmental psychology, the neuroscience of emotion, public policy, and biostatistics.
417 Chapel Drive
Duke West Campus
Sociology-Psychology Building, Room 07A
Durham, NC 27710