The Stress and Development Lab will be moving to Harvard University in Cambridge, MA! The lab is currently operating both at Harvard and at UW, and the SD lab at the University of Washington will remain open until November of 2018. Many thanks to our team members at UW for all the amazing work they have done, and thank you to all our study participants in Washington.
June 2018 - Hilary Lambert, graduate student in the Stress and Development Lab, receives an NRSA fellowship award from the National Institute of Mental Health!
Hilary Lambert, graduate student in the Stress and Development Lab, receives an NRSA fellowship award from the National Institute of Mental Health. Her project is entitled, "Impaired Hippocampus-Dependent Associative Learning as a Novel Mechanism Underlying PTSD." Her study will examine the role that difficulties with associative learning and differences in hippocampal function and connectivity play in the etiology of post-traumatic stress disorder in children and adolescents. Congratulations Hillary!
June 2018 - Charlotte Heleniak, a graduate student in the Stress and Development Lab, receives her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Washington!
Charlotte Heleniak, a graduate student in the Stress and Development Lab, receives her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Washington. Her dissertation was entitled "Interpersonal Violence Exposure, Social Cognition, and Aggression." Charlotte's dissertation identified social cognitive factors, as well as differences in the neural networks that underlie social cognition, that are involved in explaining the link between violence exposure in childhood and aggressive behavior in adolescence. Congratulations to Charlotte, who is moving on to a post-doc in Nim Tottenham's lab at Columbia University!
May 2018 - SD Lab Research is Featured in an Op-Ed in the New York Times Arguing Forcefully Against the Trump Administration's Policy of Separating Children from Their Parents at the Border
Stress and Development Lab research is featured in an op-ed in the New York Times arguing forcefully against the Trump administration's policy of separating children from their parents at the border. The piece was written by Stress and Development Lab collaborators Margaret Sheridan and Charles Nelson and reviews the extensive evidence for harmful effects of separating children from their parents on brain and behavioral development.
May 2018 - Honors student, McKenzie Hagen, wins the 2018 Guthrie Prize from the University of Washington Psychology Department!
McKenzie Hagen, a senior honors student, has won the Guthrie Prize for the best honors thesis in Psychology at the University of Washington! This prize was established to encourage excellence in psychology research and writing complex concepts for a broad audience. McKenzie won this award for her paper entitled “Child language experience as a mediator between childhood socio-economic status and executive function.” Congratulations to McKenzie! We are very proud of you!
May 2018 - Katie Mclaughlin, SD Lab Director, Is Interviewed About How Neuroscience Can Help Youth Who Have Been Victims of Sex Trafficking
Katie McLaughlin, Lab Director, is interviewed in a story about how neuroscience research can help us develop better interventions for youth who have been the victims of sex trafficking. Read more about how Stress and Development Lab research is being applied in the real world to come up with better methods for helping children and adolescents who have encountered trauma and abuse: https://psmag.com/social-justice/how-neuroscience-can-help-us-treat-traf...
May 2018 - SD Lab Post-Doc's Paper Featured on Cover of This Month's Issue of Developmental Science
Maya Rosen's paper on developmental changes in the salience network was selected for the Cover Image of this month's issue of Developmental Science.
Read the paper here: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/desc.12571
April 2018 - SD Lab Director, Katie McLaughlin, Featured on the Today Show!
Lab Director, Katie McLaughlin, speaks with the Today Show about how stress influences the brain and how to help teenagers manage stress.
Watch this clip for important tips from the Stress and Development Lab about helping children and adolescents respond effectively to stress: https://www.today.com/video/stressed-out-teens-schools-take-new-approach...
January 2018 - Stress and Development Lab research is featured in the Wall Street Journal!
The article describes research conducted by Dr. Maya Rosen, a postdoc in the lab, and Dr. Katie McLaughlin, the lab’s director. The study found that adolescents have heightened neural activity in the salience network of the brain when the emotional expressions of other people change (e.g., from a smile to a frown) as compared to children. Moreover, greater salience network recruitment in response to these changes was associated with better social functioning, including fewer social problems and less social anxiety. This work shows that adolescent-specific sensitivities to social and emotional information may confer advantages that promote adaptive behavior during this unique developmental period.
Read the story here: What Teenagers Gain From Fine-Tuned Social Radar
December 2017 - Dr. Katie McLauglin, Lab Director, Receives the Neuropsychopharmacology Editor's Award for a Transformative Original Report!
Dr. McLaughlin, lab Director, receives the Neuropsychopharmacology Editor's Award for a Transformative Original Report. This award was given to lab research examining how exposure to maltreatment in childhood influences how children learn about threat and safety in the environment, and the role that differences in brain structure play in these learning differences. The paper demonstrates that children who have experienced maltreatment have a difficult time discriminating between threat and safety cues, which is linked to reductions in amygdala volume. These alterations in emotional learning are a mechanism linking child maltreatment to higher levels of externalizing symptoms in children.
You can read the full paper here