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    Jamie L. Hanson

    My research focuses on the neural circuitry children and adolescents use to learn about different aspects of their environment, how such circuits are shaped by early life stress, and why neural changes due to this stress confer risks for negative outcomes. Through this work, I have found that the risks for different forms of psychopathology associated with early life stress are conveyed by specific alterations in brain circuitry responsible for reward and socio-emotional information processing. Before coming to Pittsburgh, I received my Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, in a degree program that integrated developmental psychology, the neuroscience of emotion, public policy, and biostatistics. I also completed a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Developmental Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as in the Laboratory of Neurogenetics and Center for Child and Family Policy at Duke University. Also, see my work on google scholar and my curriculum vitae.


    Research Lab Coordinator: Ally Gilmore

    Alysha is our Research Lab Coordinator. She is involved with study organization and planning, community outreach, RA training, and general lab up-keep. She received her bachelors degree in biology with a concentration in neuroscience from The Pennsylvania State University in 2015. Before coming to Pittsburgh, Alysha worked on research related to early childhood temperaments and risk for anxiety at the Cognition Affect and Temperament Lab (CATLAB) in State College, PA. In the future Alysha hopes to pursue a graduate degree in clinical psychology, and is interested in developing real-life-context measures and interventions for mental health adversities. She is also interested in developing devices and programs that improve the quality of life for individuals living with neurodegenerative diseases. When Alysha isn’t working in the lab she enjoys playing jeopardy and reading. [CV]

    Undergraduate Research Assistants

    Shutian Shen

    Shutian is a junior at the University of Pittsburgh. She is majoring in Psychology with minors in French and Social Work. After graduation, she hopes to work or study in France as well as go to graduate school in the Psychology field. Her research interests include the underlying mechanisms and treatments for anxiety and depression as well as parenting and the family environment and their influences on adolescent mental well-being.

    Aaron Vasilow

    Aaron is a senior psychology major at Pitt, enjoys PC gaming, Star Wars, and doing cool science.

    Amanda Nichols

    Amanda is a sophomore Psychology major with Neuroscience and Studio Arts minors. Interests include graphic design, music, and baby animals. New Jersey native and (long-suffering) Knicks fan