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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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Stress and Development Lab research is featured in the New York Times

September 8, 2017

The article describes research conducted by Katie McLaughlin, Lab Director, on children's mental health following Hurricane Katrina.  Specifically, the results of the study showed that children affected by Hurricane Katrina had meaningful increases in clinically significant mental health problems after the storm that persisted for many children for years after the storm.  Children exposed to a high number of hurricane-related stressors - such as seeing someone get hurt or killed, having to evacuate their home, living in a shelter, and losing their home, pet, or meaningful...

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Jessica Jenness, a postdoc in the Stress and Development Lab, has been awarded a Career Development Award from the National Institute of Mental Health that will support a faculty appointment in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at UW

August 1, 2017
Jessica Jenness, a postdoc in the Stress and Development Lab, has been awarded a Career Development Award from the National Institute of Mental Health that will support a faculty appointment in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at UW. Her project is entitled “Targeted Intervention for Adolescents following Child Maltreatment: Examining Neural and Behavioral Mechanisms within the Positive Valence System.” Childhood maltreatment is linked to an increased risk of developing depression and not responding to current best practice depression interventions, including cognitive... Read more about Jessica Jenness, a postdoc in the Stress and Development Lab, has been awarded a Career Development Award from the National Institute of Mental Health that will support a faculty appointment in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at UW
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Katie McLaughlin, Lab Director, speaks about the neuroscience of trauma and adversity to journalists at the University of Southern California Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism

July 17, 2017

Katie McLaughlin, Lab Director, speaks about the neuroscience of trauma and adversity to journalists at the University of Southern California Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism. The journalists were participating in the 2017 National Fellowship program at the Center for Health Journalism and will be undertaking ambitious investigative journalism projects on the topic of vulnerable children and families with support from the Fellowship program, which is run by Michelle Levandar.  

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Katie McLaughlin, Lab Director, speaks with the BBC about how poverty influences children’s brain development and their chances for success in life

June 1, 2017

Katie McLaughlin, Lab Director, speaks with the BBC World Service about how poverty influences children’s brain development and their chances for success in life.  You can listen to the story here.

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Katie Mclaughlin, Lab Director, gives the 12th annual Edwards Lecture for the UW Department of Psychology

May 31, 2017

Each year, the Psychology Department hosts the Edwards Lecture series for the community.  In 2017, the topic of these lectures was Improving Society through Brain Science.  The lectures cover 3 topics each year, including one talk from a UW Psychology Professor paired with one talk from an outside expert. Katie McLaughlin, Lab Director, gave one of these lectures on the topic of Environmental Experience and Brain Development.  You can find a video recording of all six of the lectures...

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Natalie Colich, post-doc in the Stress and Development Lab, receives a National Research Service Award from the National Institute of Mental Health!

May 12, 2017
Natalie was awarded a National Research Service Award from the National Institute of Mental Health that will begin in fall 2017 when she joins the lab.  The project is entitled “Neurodevelopmental Mechanisms linking Childhood Adversity with Adolescent Psychopathology: Pubertal Timing and Cortico-Limbic Circuitry.”  The grant will identify mechanisms through which childhood adversity, pubertal timing, and brain development influence risk for psychopathology in adolescents. Specifically, Natalie will examine how different dimension of childhood adversity influence pubertal timing,... Read more about Natalie Colich, post-doc in the Stress and Development Lab, receives a National Research Service Award from the National Institute of Mental Health!
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Stress and Development Lab research is featured as a Science Brief by the American Psychological Association

April 21, 2017

Stress and Development Lab Research is featured as a Science Brief by the American Psychological Association. Read more about the Long Shadow of Childhood Adversity, as discussed by Dr. Katie McLaughlin, Director of the Stress and Development Lab, here.

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Katie McLaughlin, Lab Director, speaks about the neuroscience of trauma and adversity to journalists at the Dart Center at the Columbia Journalism School participating in the reporting institute on Early Experience and the Developing Brain

March 10, 2017

Katie McLaughlin, Lab Director, speaks about the neuroscience of trauma and adversity to journalists at the Dart Center at the Columbia Journalism School participating in the reporting institute on Early Experience and the Developing Brain.  Journalists from 26 countries participated in the institute, which was designed for reporters covering a wide range of issues, from local education and social policy to refugees, conflict and international public health. It focused on advancements in neuroscience and their implications for child development, concentrating especially on...

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