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SD Lab research finds that violence in childhood leads to accelerated aging

November 5, 2018

Katie McLaughlin, Lab Director, publishes findings from SD Lab research demonstrating that violence in childhood leads to accelerated aging. University of Washington, where Dr. McLaughlin completed the study, wrote a short piece synthesizing the findings, which you can read here.

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Harvard researches, including Katie McLaughlin, Lab Director, examine evolution of emotion differentiation

September 21, 2018
Katie McLaughlin, Lab Director, and Leah Somerville, Director of the Affective Neuroscience and Development Lab collaborate on research examining the evolution of emotional differentiation. Their findings suggest that adolescents do not distinguish between negative emotions as clearly as younger children and adults. You can read more about their collaboration in the... Read more about Harvard researches, including Katie McLaughlin, Lab Director, examine evolution of emotion differentiation
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Katie McLaughlin, Lab Director, makes the 2018 Highly Cited Researchers List from Clarivate Analytics

September 5, 2018
Congratulations to Lab Director, Kate McLaughlin, who has been identified in the 2018 Highly Cited Researchers list from Clarivate Analytics. What does this mean? According to Clarivate Analytics analyses, Kate has produced multiple highly cited papers during the last decade, which are defined as those ranking in the top 1% by citations for a publication field and year. This is a tremendous accomplishment as very few researchers earn this distinction. We are all so proud of her! 
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Maya Rosen, postdoc in the Stress and Development Lab, receives the Developmental Science Early Career Research Prize

August 21, 2018

Maya Rosen, a postdoc in the Stress and Development Lab, receives the Developmental Science Early Career Research Prize for her paper “Salience network response to changes in emotional expressions of others is heightened during early adolescence: relevance for social functioning.” This prize is awarded to an early career stage investigator for the best paper accepted or published in Developmental Science in 2017. In this paper, Maya’s work revealed evidence of a developmental window in early adolescence when the Salience Network showed heightened activation in response to changes in...

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Hilary Lambert, graduate student in the Stress and Development Lab, receives an NRSA fellowship award from the National Institute of Mental Health

June 12, 2018
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!
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Charlotte Heleniak, graduate student in the Stress and Development Lab, receives her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Washington

June 9, 2018
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... Read more about Charlotte Heleniak, graduate student in the Stress and Development Lab, receives her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Washington
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McKenzie Hagen, honors student in the Stress and Development Lab, wins the 2018 Guthrie Prize from the University of Washington Psychology Department

May 31, 2018
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!
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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

May 30, 2018

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. Read the story ...

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Katie Mclaughlin, Lab Director, is interviewed about how neuroscience can help youth who have been victims of sex trafficking

May 1, 2018

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. Read the story...

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