Education

  • Iowa State University, BS
  • Virginia Commonwealth University, PhD

Research Interests

  • Psychiatric Genetics
  • Neuroimaging Genetics
  • Childhood Adversity
  • Resilience
  • Genetic and Environmental Factors Conferring Risk for Internalizing Conditions in Children

Research Description

My research focuses on integrating genetic and neuroimaging modalities to inform on the biological basis of risk and protective factors for developing psychiatric disorders after experiencing adversity. I use publicly available datasets such as the Adolescent Brain and Cognitive Development study as well as collecting novel laboratory and MRI data to address these questions. A recent laboratory study I have started with Dr. James Bjork examines the interactive effects of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and traumatic brain injury on social information processing in adolescent psychiatry patients using eye-tracking tasks.

Mentor/Lab

James M. Bjork, PhD

Awards

  • Lindon J. Eaves Award for Excellence in Post-Doctoral Research, Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics
  • Post-doctoral fellowship, T32MH020030, Research Training: Psychiatric and Statistical Genetics
  • Roscoe D. Hughes Fellowship for Excellence in Graduate Studies and Research in Human Genetics, Human and Molecular Genetics Department
  • Pre-doctoral fellowship, T32MH020030, Research Training: Psychiatric and Statistical Genetics
  • Roscoe D. Hughes Award for Excellent Progress in Graduate Studies in Human Genetics, Human and Molecular Genetics Department
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