February 2016 - Dr. Katie McLaughlin wins the Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology from the American Psychological Association.

February 22, 2016

Dr. Katie McLaughlin wins the Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology from the American Psychological Association (APA).  The APA Distinguished Scientific Awards for an Early Career Contribution to Psychology honor early career scientists for contributions in the first nine years post-PhD.  These awards are given across 10 areas of psychology.  Dr. McLaughlin won the award in the area of Psychopathology.  Thank you to the APA for this incredible honor!

December 2015 - Stress and Development Lab research highlights pervasive exposure to trauma among US children and adolescents

December 2, 2015

Research conducted by the Stress and Development Lab has shown that more than 60% of children and adolescents in the United States will experience a traumatic event, such as being the victim of violence or a life-threatening accident or injury, by the time they reach adulthood.  This work identifies risk factors for trauma exposure as well as for the onset of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among youths who have experienced trauma.  The original paper can be found on the publications page (provide link to pdf to the McLaughlin et al, 2013 paper on trauma exposure and PTSD in a national sample).  The importance of this research for prevention of trauma and PTSD is reviewed by Marylene Cloitre and can be found here: (http://www.jneurosci.org/content/34/40/13435.full.pdf+html)

August 2015 - Lab Director Katie McLaughlin receives the Rising Star Award from the IMHRO One Mind Institute.

September 2, 2015

The IMHRO One Mind Institute Rising Star Awards aim to identify and funding critical and cutting edge research on the neural underpinnings of mental disorders.  Dr. McLaughlin will be examining Neural Mechanisms of Stress Vulnerability in Youth Depression and Anxiety Disorders with the award.  The Stress and Development Lab is thrilled to receive this support from the IMHRO One Mind Institute.

 

You can read more about the research project here: https://www.imhro.org/news/dr-katie-mclaughlin-understanding-how-stress-causes-anxiety-and-depression-youth

August 2015 - Charlotte Heleniak, 5th year graduate student, receives a National Research Service Award from the National Institute of Mental Health

August 25, 2015

Charlotte Heleniak, fifth year graduate student, has been awarded a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral Fellowship. These awards enable promising predoctoral students to obtain individualized, mentored research training from outstanding faculty sponsors while conducting dissertation research in scientific health-related fields relevant to the missions of the participating NIH Institutes and Centers. The NRSA will support Charlotte as she conducts her dissertation research study, “Child Maltreatment and Neurobiological Underpinnings Of Social Cognition” under the mentorship of Drs. Katie McLaughlin and Lori Zoellner. Congratulations Charlotte!

August 2015 - Stress and Development Lab research uncovers how child maltreatment influences brain responses to emotional information.

August 25, 2015

A study published this week by the Stress and Development Lab examined brain responses to emotional information in children exposed to maltreatment.  Maltreated children exhibited greater activation than children who had never experienced violence in the amygdala and other brain regions when looking at negative images, suggesting that negative emotional cues are more salient to children who have been maltreated.  However, maltreated children were just as able to modulate amygdala responses to negative cues as children who had never experienced violence after being taught specific strategies for regulating their emotions.  These findings have promising implications for treatment, as the strategies participants used in the study to regulate their emotions are similar to those used in trauma therapy for children.

You can read more about these findings here: http://www.washington.edu/news/2015/08/20/maltreated-childrens-brains-show-encouraging-ability-to-regulate-emotions/

April 2015 - Research from the Stress & Development Lab identifies an early sensitive period for stress response system development.

April 21, 2015
New research from the stress and development lab suggests that the early social environment has a lasting impact on the development of stress response systems in children and that early intervention can mitigate the effects of early environments but only during the first two years of life.  The findings were published this week in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
 
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See our publication page for the full paper from PNAS.

April 2015 - Lab Director Dr. Katie McLaughlin gives a talk at Seattle’s Town Hall for the NW Children’s Fund 30th Year Anniversary

April 6, 2015

Dr. McLaughlin presented to a sold out audience of 200+ members of the child welfare community (representing 40 child-serving nonprofits, 3 school districts, 3 county public health departments, and more) on the lab’s research.  Her talk, Childhood Adversity and the Developing Brain: Using Neuroscience to Inform Effective Interventions, can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBniIExUVgs

April 2015 - Aaron Flaster is accepted to the University of Washington Postbaccalaureate Speech and Hearing Sciences Program

April 3, 2015

Aaron Flaster is a Research Coordinator in the Stress & Development and he was recently accepted to the 1 year Postbaccalaureate Speech and Hearing Sciences Program at the University of Washington. This is his first step towards pursuing a career as a Speech & Language Pathologist. Congrats Aaron! 

March 2015 - Lab Director, Katie McLaughlin, receives an R01 grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to study the impact of violence exposure on brain development in children

March 11, 2015

Lab Director, Katie McLaughlin, receives an R01 grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to study the impact of violence exposure on brain development in children.  Specifically, we will be studying how exposure to violence influences the way that children learn about threat and safety in the environment.  We will also be studying how violence exposure influences children’s ability to regulate their emotional responses.  Our goal is to identify mechanisms linking violence exposure to the onset of anxiety and depression in children.  We hope this research will help us to develop more effective interventions to prevent the onset of mental health problems in children who have been victims of violence.


March 2015 - Charlotte Heleniak, fourth year graduate student, has been awarded a Doris Duke Fellowship

March 9, 2015

Charlotte Heleniak, fourth year graduate student, has been awarded a Doris Duke Fellowship for the Promotion of Child Well-Being by Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago in collaboration with the Doris Duke Foundation. These extremely competitive fellowships are designed to identify and develop a new generation of leaders interested in and capable of creating practice and policy initiatives that will enhance child development and improve the nation's ability to prevent all forms of child maltreatment. Congratulations Charlotte!