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Pilyoung Kim, PhD

Pilyoung Kim

Associate Professor
Frontier Hall, Room 355
Phone: 303-871-4132
Email: [email protected]
Website: Family & Child Neuroscience Lab

 

 

INTERESTS

My research program aims to examine the early life origins of socioeconomic disparities in health from a neurobiological perspective. My current work focuses on the prospective effects of perinatal exposures to poverty-related chronic stress on the neural systems in new mothers and infants. In my lab, we also investigate how early exposure to poverty may continue to influence brain development in later childhood and young adulthood. In these research projects, my research team aims that the knowledge gained from research would advance understanding of specific neurobiological processes by which poverty is associated with magnified risks for negative parent-child relationships, and for psychopathology for both generations – parents, and children.

ongoing project

The RISE (Relationships of Parent-Infant Social, Emotional, and Brain Development) Project
Our lab's research program focuses on examining the early life origins of socioeconomic disparities in health from a neurobiological perspective. We are currently conducting a longitudinal study to examine the effects of prenatal exposure to poverty on brains of two generations – new mothers and newborns. We use a multidisciplinary approach, including neuroimaging (MRI, fMRI, fNIRS), neuroendocrine, observational and behavioral methods. We are also working on various projects on delineating (1) the roles of stress on neural regulation of emotion and parenting among new parents; and (2) the roles of early exposure to poverty on brain development for emotion regulation in young children.

To learn more about our research, visit our lab website.