August 2015 - Stress and Development Lab research uncovers how child maltreatment influences brain responses to emotional information.
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.
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
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
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
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
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!
January 2015 - Pat Helgren joins the lab as a Research Coordinator!
Pat Helgren joins the lab as a Research Coordinator! Welcome Pat!
December 2014 - Dennis Gu joins the lab as a Research Coordinator!
Dennis Gu joins the lab as a Research Coordinator! Dennis volunteered with the Stress & Development Lab several years ago and is now returning as a full time staff member. We are excited to have you (back)!
November 2014 - Good luck to the UrsineDroids Team at the upcoming robotics competition sponsored by FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology)
Good luck to the UrsineDroids Team at the upcoming robotics competition sponsored by FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). They developed an amazing app for helping to monitor and manage stress. The Stress and Development Lab is happy to support the team and their hard work to help people cope with stress. Good luck at the upcoming competition!
November 2014 - NPR Documentary on the Biology of Stress and Resilience features research from the Stress and Development Lab.
NPR Documentary on the Biology of Stress and Resilience features research from the Stress and Development Lab. Karen Brown of New England NPR created a documentary about the effects of early life trauma and adversity on children’s development. The Stress and Development Lab worked closely with Karen in the filming of the documentary. Click here to hear more.