Research Interests

  • Parenting and life experience effects on activity of children’s biological stress responses, particularly activity of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenocortical system.
  • The effects of prenatal exposure to maternal stress and war-related trauma on biological and behavioral functioning in young children.
  • Epigenetic mechanisms of environmental influence on the developing stress system.
  • Genetic risks for and gene-environment interactions in stress-related mental health outcomes from childhood through adulthood.
  • Emotional and health outcomes related to stress, particularly major depression, anxiety, and drug/alcohol use.
  • Impacts of stress and adversity, and protective effects of family and neighborhood, on behavioral adjustment and biological changes in under-represented groups