I completed my doctoral training in Clinical Psychology with a developmental focus at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, followed by a clinical internship at the University of Washington Medical School and a postdoctoral fellowship focused on Clinical Developmental Neuroscience at the University of Oregon. Throughout this training and continuing as an Assistant Professor of Psychology, I have been interested in bridging biological and behavioral science disciplines to better understand how risk for stress-related disorder is passed down within families, and how we can better identify and intervene to interrupt such risk pathways. As part of this work, I have investigated both early risk predictors and mental health outcomes associated with neuroendocrine (cortisol), neural, and behavioral responsiveness to interpersonal stress in romantic couples and parent-child dyads. My growing interest in mindfulness as a potential protective factor has led to research showing that dispositional and/or situation-specific mindfulness predict differences in brain and neuroendocrine responses to challenging interactions that may help to explain mental health benefits. In my current work, I will extend these (correlational) findings with tests of how mindfulness training may shift mothers’ biobehavioral responses to their infant, and how this shift may mitigate intergenerational transmission of risk.
This profile was last updated on December 4, 2018