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Department of Psychology

Neurodevelopmental Research Program

Our research program is devoted to the understanding of the way that early life experiences shape physical and mental health across the lifespan.
 
Two complementary approaches are used to evaluate the influence of prenatal stress and stress hormones for development. The first approach evaluates the effects of prenatal exposure to synthetic glucocorticoids and the second identifies the consequences of natural variations in maternal psychosocial stress and stress hormones. These projects, supported by grants from NICHD and NIMH, investigate the role that fetal exposure to stress and stress hormones play in programming individual differences in stress and emotional regulation, cognitive functioning and brain development.