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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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Stress and Development Lab research is featured in the Wall Street Journal

January 18, 2018

The article describes research conducted by Dr. Maya Rosen, a postdoc in the Stress and Development 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-...

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Hilary Lambert, graduate student in the Stress and Development Lab, wins dissertation award

December 19, 2017
Hilary Lambert, a graduate student in the Stress and Development Lab, wins the Frank W. Putnam Research Scholars award from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.  This award is named in the honor of Frank W. Putnam, a leader in the study of traumatic stress in children.  The award is given to a graduate student whose dissertation is judged to have the potential to make the greatest contribution to the field of traumatic stress.  Hilary's project will examine the role of associative learning in risk for PTSD among children who have experienced trauma. ... Read more about Hilary Lambert, graduate student in the Stress and Development Lab, wins dissertation award
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Katie McLaughlin, Lab Director, receives the Neuropsychopharmacology Editor's Award for a Transformative Original Report

December 15, 2017

Kaite 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...

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Stress and Development Lab research featured on NPR

October 16, 2017

A recent paper from the Stress and Development lab, published in Nature Communications, raises questions about existing research on "normal" brain development.  Most studies of brain development in children have been comprised of samples that look very different than the United States population in terms of race, ethnicity, parental education, and family income.  Specifically, most children in these studies come from families that have greater levels of education and income than children in the U.S. overall, and they are more likely to be White.  The study suggests that...

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