Steven Kasparek

Steven Kasparek

Graduate Student
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Steven graduated from Middlebury College in 2016 with a BA in psychology. After graduation, he received an Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA) to conduct research at the National Institutes of Health working in the Social and Behavioral Research Branch within the National Human Genome Research Institute. There, under the mentorship of Dr. Philip Shaw, Steven worked on several longitudinal studies examining relative contributions of genetic and environmental factors to brain, cognitive, and behavioral outcomes associated with the clinical course of ADHD in children and adolescents. Thereafter, Steven joined Dr. McLaughlin in the Stress and Development Lab where he served as a clinical coordinator and project lead on a longitudinal study examining the impact of early-life deprivation (i.e., cognitive/emotional caregiver neglect, food insecurity) on cognitive, social/emotional, and brain development, in addition to psychopathology. Currently Steven is one of two lab managers assisting the SD Lab in its transition to Harvard University where the lab will continue to examine the neurodevelopmental mechanisms associated with early life adversity and psychopathology outcome. Over the next year, Steven will be applying to doctoral programs in clinical psychology to continue studying associations between early-life experiences, social/emotional development, and developmental psychopathology in marginalized populations through a biopsychosocial lens. Beyond his research interests, Steven enjoys vocal and dance performance, fitness-oriented activities, and social justice advocacy work!

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