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Congrats to Taylor on BBRF Young Investigator Grant!

October 2023

Congratulations to Taylor Keding, who was awarded the Young Investigator Grant from the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation (BBRF)! This grant provides support for the most promising young scientists conducting neurobiological and psychiatric research. This program facilitates innovative research through support of early-career basic, translational, and clinical investigators. Congratulations, Taylor!

Congrats to Jessica Duda on Smadar Levin Award from SRP!

September 2023

Congratulations to Jessica Duda, who received the Smadar Levin Award from the Society for Research in Psychopathology (SRP)! This award is given to the individual who gives the most outstanding poster presentation at the annual meeting and was awarded for Jessie's poster entitled Exposure to unpredictable environments in early life is associated with amygdala activation during early extinction in adulthood. Congrats, Jessie! 

Congrats to Lucinda on SRCD Dissertation Research Funding Award Honorable Mention!

August 2023

Lucinda Sisk, a Ph.D. student in the CANDLab, has been recognized by the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) Student and Early Career Council with an Honorable Mention for the 2023 Dissertation Research Funding Award. This award recognizes dissertation research proposals that are exceptionally noteworthy and display a strong potential to contribute to the field of child development. Congratulations, Lucinda! 

Congrats to Em on award from ISDP!

July 2023

Emily Cohodes has been selected as this year’s recipient of the Sandra G. Wiener Student Investigator Award from the International Society for Developmental Psychobiology (ISDP). Emily will deliver a talk on her research focused on early-life stress, brain development, and youth mental health at the upcoming ISDP annual meeting. Congratulations, Em!

Congrats to Ariana!

June 2023

Ariana Reichler, an undergraduate in the CANDLab, has received a summer research fellowship through the Wu Tsai Institute at Yale. Ariana’s project this summer will focus on mechanisms linking childhood adversity exposure with risk for posttraumatic stress disorder and will help to prepare Ariana for conducting her senior thesis in the lab in the upcoming academic year. Congratulations, Ariana!

Emily Cohodes receives Kessen Teaching Award

June 2023

Congratulations to CANDLab graduate student Emily Cohodes, who received this year's William Kessen Teaching Award from Yale's Department of Psychology! The William Kessen Teaching Award is presented annually to a graduate student in psychology who best exemplifies the spirit, vitality, and commitment to teaching that Professor Kessen was known for.

Congrats to Jordan on SCCAP award!

May 2023

Congratulations to Jordan Foster, who has received the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (SCCAP) 2023 Student Achievement Award in Research! The SCCAP/APA Division 53 Student Achievement Award in Research recognizes contributions to the field of clinical child and adolescent psychology, primarily through a research project but also through teaching, mentoring, clinical work, and other forms of community engagement.

Congrats to Dr. Ip and team!

February 2023

Dr. Ka Ip's paper entitled "Associations among Household and Neighborhood Socioeconomic Disadvantages, Resting-state Frontoamygdala Connectivity, and Internalizing Symptoms in Youth" published in the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience was recently selected as a Finalist for the Yale Office of Health Equity Research's OHER Award for Yale Research Excellence. Congratulations to Ka and team!

Congrats to Ka, who is joining the faculty at UMN!

January 2023

Dr. Ka Ip has officially wrapped up his postdoc in the CANDLab and has launched his lab as an Assistant Professor in the Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota. We miss you already, Ka, and are so grateful for all of your contributions to the lab! We can't wait to see all of the important research to come from the DANCE Lab!

 

Congrats to Jordan!

November 2022

Congrats to Jordan Foster, a Ph.D. student in the CANDLab, who has been selected as an inaugural Future Directions Fellow! Jordan will present his research and be honored with this award at the 2022 Future Directions Forum.

Dr. Gee receives Yale's Postdoctoral Mentoring Prize

November 2022

Dr. Gee was awarded Yale’s 2022 Postdoctoral Mentoring Prize. The Office of the Provost awards this prize annually to a faculty member who exemplifies the role of a mentor to their postdoctoral trainees. Each year, nominations are solicited from all of Yale’s postdoctoral fellows and associates. Congrats, Dylan!

Congrats to Dr. Kribakaran!

November 2022

Sahana Kribakaran, an MD/PhD student in the CANDLab, successfully defended her dissertation titled “Investigating the Associations Between Trauma Exposure and Conditioned Inhibition of Fear in Development”! Next she will be returning to medical school to complete the remainder of her MD/PhD program. Congratulations, Dr. Kribakaran!

Dr. Gee receives 2022 Early Career Award from the Society for Research in Psychopathology

September 2022

Dr. Gee received the Society for Research in Psychopathology's 2022 Early Career Award, which was presented at the annual meeting in Philadelphia. This award was created to recognize exceptional young scholars in the field of psychopathology, who have shown considerable promise and productivity in the formative years of their career. Congrats, Dylan!

Congrats to Bailey on NRSA!

July 2022

Bailey Holt-Gosselin, a Ph.D. student in the CANDLab, was recently awarded an NIMH NRSA F31! Bailey's research will focus on "Neurobiological markers of risk and resilience for psychopathology in youth at familial risk for mood disorders." Congratulations, Bailey!!

 

Congrats to Dr. Brieant!

July 2022

Congrats to Dr. Alexis Brieant, a postdoc in the CANDLab, who has received a Loan Repayment Program award from the NIMH! Alexis's research focuses on the role of early experiences in shaping adolescent trajectories of brain development and mental health.

Congrats to Dr. Nook on lab launch at Princeton!

July 2022

Dr. Erik Nook has officially wrapped up his postdoc in the CANDLab and is starting as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Princeton. It has been such a joy to work with you, Erik. We are going to miss you so much but are so excited to see all of the innovative research to come from the Logic of Emotion Lab!

Congrats to Em!

June 2022

Congratulations to CANDLab Ph.D. student Em Cohodes who was honored with the P.E.O. Scholar Award! Recipients of the $20,000 merit-based award are a select group of women chosen for their high level of academic achievement and their potential for having a positive impact on society.

CANDLab collaborative research featured in Yale Alumni Magazine

June 2022

The CANDLab's studies on neural mechanisms of symptom reduction in psychosocial treatments for youth with anxiety disorders and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) were recently featured in an article by Dr. Randi Epstein in the Yale Alumni Maganize. The lab is examining how children's brains change as their anxiety is treated through a parent-based treatment in collaboration with Dr. Eli Lebowitz's group and how trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy helps to strengthen emotion regulation and reduce symptoms of PTSD in collaboration with Dr. Carla Stover's group at the Child Study Center.

Congratulations to Dr. Odriozola on graduation and UCLA Postdoctoral Fellowship!

May 2022

Dr. Paola Odriozola has graduated from Yale's Psychology Ph.D. program and accepted a postdoctoral position at UCLA to work with Dr. Adriana Galván! Congratulations, Paola! We are going to miss you so much and can't wait to see all of your exciting work to come.

Congratulations to our CANDLab seniors!

May 2022

Congratulations to our incredible graduating undergraduate research assistants: Reta Behnam, Mikah Covelli, Isabel Santiuste, Georgia Spurrier, Alissa Wong, and Daphne Zhu! We are so grateful for your contributions to our research and are so excited to see what you all accomplish next! Pictured top left to bottom right: Alissa Wong, Isabel Santiuste, Georgia Spurrier, Mikah Covelli, Reta Behnam, and Daphne Zhu.

Congratulations to Erik for best flash talk at Yale Postdoctoral Association Symposium!

May 2022

Dr. Erik Nook, a postdoctoral fellow in the CANDLab, received an award for best flash talk at the Yale Postdoctoral Association Symposium for his research on affective language in parent-child dyads. Congratulations, Erik!

Congratulations to Elizabeth on SCCAP Student Achievement Award Honorable Mention!

May 2022

Elizabeth Kitt, a PhD student in the CANDLab, has been recognized by the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology/APA Division 53 (SCCAP) with an Honorable Mention for the 2022 Early Stage Student Achievement Award in Research! The Student Achievement Award in Research recognizes students who have made a significant contribution to the field of clinical child and adolescent psychology through research, teaching, mentoring, and community engagement. Congratulations, Elizabeth!

Congratulations to Dr. Odriozola!

May 2022

Paola Odriozola, a PhD student in the CANDLab, successfully defended her dissertation titled “Learning About Safety: Conditioned Inhibition as a Novel Approach to Fear Reduction Targeting the Developing Brain”! We are incredibly proud of you, Dr. Odriozola!

CANDLab senior undergraduates present their thesis research

May 2022

CANDLab senior undergraduate research assistants, Isabel Santiuste, Georgia Spurrier, Alissa Wong, and Daphne Zhu, presented their senior theses at our final lab meeting of the semester. Isabel presented on “The Effects of Caregiver Involvement in Early Life Stress on Neural Circuitry in Adults”, Georgia presented on “The Effect of Stressor Controllability on Physiological Responsivity and Perceived Stress: The Potential Modulating Effect of Trauma Exposure," Alissa presented on “Amygdala Functional Connectivity during Safety Signal Learning in Anxious and Non-Anxious Individuals," and Daphne presented on “Bridging the Laboratory and the Field: Neural Correlates of Dimensions of Reappraisal”.  It was so exciting to hear about their research on a wide range of topics relating to child and adolescent brain and behavioral development. Congratulations on your incredible thesis work, we are so proud of you!

Dr. Gee receives Yale's Graduate Mentor Award

May 2022

Congratulations to Dr. Gee, who has been awarded Yale's Graduate Mentor Award! Each year, the Graduate Mentor Award recognizes faculty members who are exceptional in fostering the intellectual, professional, and personal development of their students. It is the University's principal award for superb teaching, advising, and mentoring of graduate students. 

Ka receives grant from the Society for Research on Child Development

May 2022

Dr. Ka Ip, a postdoctoral fellow in the CANDLab, has received a grant from the Society for Research on Child Development for his project titled "Parsing Heterogeneity in Culturally-Salient Stressors among Communities of Color and the Intergenerational Effect on Child Socio-emotional Outcomes". More information about the program and Ka's work is available here: https://www.srcd.org/news/announcing-2022-recipients-small-grants-progra.... Congratulations, Ka!

Congrats to Dylan on Society for Affective Science Early Career Award!

April 2022

Dr. Gee has been awarded a 2022 Early-Career in Affective Science Award from the Society for Affective Science (SAS)! Highlighted by the award is her work on neurodevelopmental mechanisms linking early adversity with risk for internalizing psychopathology, specifically identifying ways in which the developing brain adapts to its early environment and providing novel insight into the impact of early experiences on corticolimbic circuitry and mental health.

Elizabeth receives award from ADAA

March 2022

Elizabeth Kitt, a PhD student in the CANDLab, received the Anxiety and Depression Association of America's Child and Adolescent SIG Student/Early Career Award for her abstract on "Using Family-Level Factors to Optimize Treatment for Childhood Anxiety during the COVID-19 Pandemic"! Congratulations, Elizabeth!

Dr. Gee receives a 2022 APA Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology

January 2022

Congratulations to Dr. Gee, who has been selected as a recipient of the 2022 American Psychological Association (APA) Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology for her research in the area of psychopathology. Created in 1974, the APA Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology recognizes “excellent psychologists who are at early stages of their research careers.”

Congratulations to Erik on NSF SBE Fellowship!

July 2021

Erik Nook, Postdoctoral Fellow in the CANDLab, has been awarded a National Science Foundation Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (NSF SPRF)! Erik's research will use experience sampling and fMRI to examine the neural mechanisms that support emotion differentiation and the psychological mechanisms linking emotion differentiation with mental health. Congratulations, Erik! 

Congrats to Gillian!

May 2021

Gillian Gold, an undergraduate conducting research on early-life stress and brain development in the CANDLab, has been awarded a Benjamin Franklin Richter Summer Fellowship to support her summer research. Congratulations, Gillian!

Congrats to Isabel!

April 2021

Isabel Santiuste, an undergraduate conducting her thesis research in the CANDLab, has received a summer research fellowship through the Wu Tsai Institute at Yale. As a MIND Scholar, Isabel is among the first cohort of Wu Tsai Undergraduate Scholars. Isabel's project this summer will examine dimensions of stress exposure associated with corticolimbic brain development and emotional behavior. Congratulations, Isabel!

Congrats to Daphne!

April 2021

Daphne Zhu, an undergraduate conducting her thesis research in the CANDLab, has been awarded a Kavli Fellowship to support her summer research. Daphne's project will focus on the neural circuitry supporting emotion regulation and links with daily life. Congratulations, Daphne!

Congratulations to Lucinda on NSF Fellowship!

March 2021

Lucinda Sisk, Ph.D. student in the CANDLab, has been awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program award. Congratulations, Lucinda! 

Congratulations to Jordan on NSF Fellowship!

March 2021

ESI PREP Fellow and incoming Ph.D. student Jordan Foster has been awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program award! Congratulations, Jordan! 

Dr. Gee receives the Susan Nolen-Hoeksema Early Career Research Award from SSCP

March 2021

Congratulations to Dr. Gee, who has been selected by the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology to receive the 2021 SSCP Susan Nolen-Hoeksema Early Career Research Award. This award is given to outstanding early career research scientists who have provided exceptional contributions to the science of clinical psychology, and is “dedicated to the memory of Susan Nolen-Hoeksema, Chair and Professor of Psychology at Yale University and SSCP member, who was known during her career as an outstanding clinical research scientist and a strong advocate and mentor to many students in clinical psychology. Dr. Nolen-Hoeksema passed away on January 2, 2013.”

Congratulations to Sahana on NRSA!

February 2021

Sahana Kribakaran, M.D./Ph.D. student in the CANDLab, was recently awarded an NIMH NRSA F30! Sahana's research will focus on "Investigating the Associations Between Safety Cue Learning and Trauma Exposure in Development." Congratulations, Sahana!

Dr. Gee elected to ACNP!

January 2021

Congratulations to Dr. Gee, who has been elected to Associate Membership of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP). Founded in 1961, ACNP is a professional, international organization of leading brain scientists. Membership is by nomination only, on the basis of original research contributions, drawing from scientists in diverse subfields of neuroscience. You can read more in the announcement here.

Congratulations to Lucinda!

November 2020

Ph.D. student Lucinda Sisk was recently named a Michal Nivan fellow by Yale’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Congratulations, Lucinda!

 

Congratulations to Ka on dissertation award!

November 2020

Congratulations to postdoctoral fellow Dr. Ka Ip, who has received the Marquis Dissertation Award from the University of Michigan! Ka's dissertation work was entitled “Emotion Regulation in Three Cultures: A Multi-contextual and Multi-level Study of Preschool-age Children in the United States, China and Japan.”

Congrats to Em on SRCD dissertation award!

September 2020

Congratulations to CANDLab Ph.D. candidate Emily Cohodes who was awarded a 2020 Student and Early Career Council (SECC) Dissertation Research Funding Award from the Society for Research in Child Development! The awards are given for dissertation research proposals that merit special recognition and display strong potential to contribute to the field of child development, and Em will be recognized at the 2021 SRCD meeting.

Dr. Gee awarded APA Early Career Award

August 2020

Congratulations to Dr. Gee who has received the APA's Early Career Award for Outstanding Contributions to Benefit Children, Youth, and Families! This award from the APA Committee on Children, Youth and Families recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions in science, policy and practice that benefit the psychological functioning and well-being of children, youth, and families.

Dr. Gee receives Flux Young Investigator Award

August 2020

Dr. Gee has received the 2020 Flux Young Investigator Award. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to developmental cognitive neuroscience by scientists early in their careers. Congratulations!

Emily Cohodes awarded Koppitz Child Psychology Fellowship!

July 2020

Congratulations to Emily Cohodes, who has received the Elizabeth Munsterberg Koppitz Child Psychology Graduate Student Fellowship! The Koppitz Fellowship provides $25,000 for innovative research in child psychology and will support Em's work on early adversity, brain development, and mental health.

Jasmyne Pierre awarded Crowder Prize!

May 2020

Congratulations to graduating senior Jasmyne Pierre, who has been awarded the Robert G. Crowder Undergraduate Research Prize! The Crowder Prize is awarded to a graduating senior of Yale College who has completed an especially novel research project during their college years and who contributed to the quality of undergraduate life in the Department of Psychology through their generosity, service, and willingness to share learning and knowledge with other students. Jasmyne's thesis is entitled "Protection and Vulnerability in the Face of Trauma: Discrimination, Ethnic Identity, and Perceived Stress." Jasmyne's work examined associations between trauma exposure, frontoamygdala connectivity, and three factors that may confer risk or resilience for individuals following trauma exposure: perceived stress, discrimination, and ethnic identity. We are so proud of you, Jasmyne!

Congratulations 2020 Graduates!

May 2020

Congratulations to our amazing graduating research assistants! We are so grateful for your incredible contributions to our research on the developing brain and so proud of all that you have accomplished! (From top left to bottom right: Lizzie Adelson, Brittany Clarke, Haley Hegefeld, Hannah Logan, Lexi Hopkins, Raissa Muller, Jasmyne Pierre, Beatriz Rios, Hopewell Rogers, Sterling Strother).

Dr. Gee featured in Association for Psychological Science Observer

May 2020

Dr. Gee was interviewed in the latest issue of the APS Observer after being awarded the APS Janet Taylor Spence Award for Transformative Early Career Contributions. You can read more about Dr. Gee and the CANDLab's work here.

Elizabeth Kitt receives NSF Fellowship!

April 2020

Congratulations to incoming Ph.D. student Elizabeth Kitt on receiving a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program award! So well deserved!

CANDLab Senior Undergraduate Research Assistants Present Thesis Projects!

April 2020

CANDLab senior undergraduate research assistants Beatriz Rios, Haley Hegefeld, and Jasmyne Pierre presented blitz talks about their theses over Zoom for our last lab meeting of the semester. Beatriz presented on "Threat and Safety Learning following Early-Life Trauma," Haley presented on "The Use of Acceptance to Reduce Anxiety in Daily Life," and Jasmyne presented on "Protection and Vulnerability in the Face of Trauma: Discrimination, Ethnic Identity, and Perceived Stress." It was so exciting to hear about their hard work on a wide range of important topics relating to the development of the child and adolescent brain. Congratulations on your incredible senior projects and theses!

Congrats to Paola Odriozola on P.E.O. Scholar Award!

April 2020

Congratulations to CANDLab Ph.D. student Paola Odriozola who was honored with the P.E.O. Scholar Award! Recipients of the $15,000 merit-based award are a select group of women chosen for their high level of academic achievement and their potential for having a positive impact on society.

Congrats to Dr. Gee on APA Division 53 Early Career Award!

March 2020

Dr. Gee has been named the 2020 recipient of the Richard “Dick” Abidin Early Career Award and Grant from the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. The award is intended to recognize an early career psychologist who has established a program of empirical research that has had a major impact on the field’s understanding of psychopathology, prevention, assessment, treatment, or public policy relative to child and adolescent development or mental health. Congrats, Dr. Gee!

Emily Cohodes awarded SCCAP Routh Dissertation Grant!

March 2020

CANDLab Ph.D. student Emily Cohodes was selected to receive the Routh Dissertation Grant from the Society for Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology for her dissertation entitled "Parsing heterogeneity in the effects of stress on frontolimbic circuitry across development." The Routh Dissertation Grant provides support for student research that shows promise to add significantly to the research literature in the area of clinical child and adolescent psychology. Congratulations, Em! 

Paola Odriozola receives NIH OSNAP Award!

March 2020

CANDLab Ph.D. student Paola Odriozola has been selected for the NIH's Outstanding Scholar in Neuroscience Award Program! The OSNAP is designed to recognize and support senior predoctoral candidates and early stage postdoctoral fellows who are conducting exceptional research and have great academic potential in their scientific PhD programs across the nation. Congratulations, Paola!

Jasmyne Pierre's Mellon Forum talk

February 2020

This week CANDLab senior Jasmyne Pierre presented her thesis on "Protection and vulnerability in the face of trauma: discrimination, ethnic identity, and perceived stress" at her residential college's Mellon Forum. Congratulations to Jasmyne on a wonderful talk!

Dr. Gee awarded 2020 APS Janet Taylor Spence Award

January 2020

Congrats to Dr. Dylan Gee on receiving the 2020 Janet Taylor Spence Award for Transformative Early Career Contributions from the Association for Psychological Science! Named for APS’s first elected President, the Spence Award recognizes early-career researchers who have made transformative contributions to the field of psychological science, such as establishing new paradigms within a subject area or advancing research that cuts across fields of study. Dr. Gee will be honored at the upcoming APS Convention in Chicago. Read more about this award here.

New study on safety signal learning from CANDLab and Weill Cornell collaborators

December 2019

A cross-species collaborative study between the CANDLab and Dr. Francis Lee's lab at Weill Cornell Medicine was recently published in PNAS. In this new research we found that learned safety signals reduced threat responding across mice and humans. In mice (led by co-first author Dr. Heidi Meyer), fiber photometry recordings demonstrated that ventral hippocampal neurons projecting to prelimbic cortex (but not infralimbic cortex or the basolateral amygdala) were involved in conditioned inhibition via learned safety. Parallel findings in humans (led by co-first author Paola Odriozola) demonstrated the involvement of hippocampal-dorsal ACC (but not hippocampal-ventromedial PFC or hippocampal-amygdala). Importantly, this pathway differed from the ventromedial PFC-amygdala pathway implicated in fear extinction. These findings have broad implications for optimizing interventions for anxiety disorders and for investigating novel approaches to fear reduction. Read more about these findings here.

New CANDLab study on PTSD in youth

September 2019

The CANDLab has published a new study on brain development in youth with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This research was led by MD/PhD student Sahana Kribakaran and conducted in collaboration with Drs. Andrea Danese, Konstantinos Bromis, and Matthew Kempton. You can find the study here and a summary below:

In this work we aimed to address the following questions: What differences in brain volume are associated with pediatric PTSD? Do findings in pediatric PTSD differ from those in adults with PTSD? To what extent do these differences relate to PTSD vs trauma exposure itself? To what extent are these differences specific to PTSD vs anxiety and depression, which are often co-occurring in youth with PTSD?

Findings from individual studies of youth with PTSD have been varied, and some have suggested that there are no differences in hippocampal or amygdala volumes between youth w/ and w/o PTSD. In this meta-analysis we found that pediatric PTSD was associated with smaller gray matter volume in various regions including the hippocampus. This hippocampal alteration was similar to that observed in adults with PTSD. Age was a moderator for hippocampal volume, with studies of older individuals more likely to observe smaller volume in pediatric PTSD. Sex was a moderator for hippocampal and amygdala volume, with studies with higher percentages of females more likely to observe smaller volume in pediatric PTSD.

Youth with PTSD differed from youth who were exposed to trauma but did not develop PTSD. Whereas pediatric PTSD was associated with smaller hippocampal and amygdala volumes, trauma exposure without PTSD was associated with larger volumes. Thus, volumetric differences in pediatric PTSD are unlikely to be explained solely by trauma exposure. Findings suggested that the volumetric differences observed in pediatric PTSD may be distinct from pediatric depression and partially overlapping with pediatric anxiety.

Future research will benefit from examining co-occurring clinical presentations that are common among youth exposed to trauma, dimensional approaches that may better capture heterogeneous symptoms, and study designs that can clarify developmental effects of trauma and PTSD. In the discussion we highlight important details on interpretations and implications of this study. Much work remains to be done, and we hope this study helps to provide insight into the nature of brain development among youth with PTSD!

Summer interns from Yale Summer Science Institute present final projects!

August 2019

Congratulations to our high school summer interns from the Yale Summer Science Institute on presenting your final projects! Thank you Lesly Mellado, Manny Candelo-Diaz, and Achintya Bairat for your work in CANDLab this summer!

Nisha Sridhar presents at the CSC summer poster session!

August 2019

Congrats to Nisha Sridhar, CANDLab summer intern, who delivered a stellar presentation at the Yale Child Study Center summer poster session! Nisha's summer project focused on the effects of early adversity on fear learning.

Jasmyne Pierre awarded undergraduate research grant!

June 2019

CANDLab undergraduate Jasmyne Pierre was recently awarded the Mamie Phipps Clark Diversity Undergraduate Research Grant from Psi Chi! This award will fund Jasmyne's senior thesis on discrimination-related stress and mental health. Congratulations to Jasmyne on this very well deserved award!

Welcome, CANDLab summer RAs!

June 2019

Welcome to our CANDLab summer research assistants! We're looking forward to a summer of exciting science together!

Congratulations, CANDLab Seniors!

May 2019

Congratulations to all of our amazing graduating research assistants! Thank you for your important contributions to our work on the developing brain. We are so lucky to have had you in lab, and you will all be so missed! We can’t wait to hear of all of your future accomplishments!

CANDLab Seniors Present Theses

May 2019

CANDLab senior undergraduate research assistants, Adrian Lin, Amy Kwarteng, Cristian Hernandez, Emma Goodman, Janeen Thomas and Rob Colgate, presented blitz talks about their theses at our last lab meeting of the semester. It was amazing getting to hear about their hard work on a wide range of important topics relating to the development of the child and adolescent brain. Congratulations on your incredible senior projects and theses!

 

Dr. Gee receives Yale research prize

March 2019

Congratulations to Dr. Gee, who was awarded the Arthur Greer Memorial Prize for Outstanding Research!

Dr. Gee receives Jacobs Foundation Early Career Research Fellowship

February 2019

Dr. Gee was recently awarded the Jacobs Foundation Early Career Research Fellowship. This unique global program supports cutting-edge research on youth development. The three-year grant will support exciting new work in the lab on the role of caregivers and early experiences in shaping emotional learning and regulation during childhood and adolescence! You can read more about the program and Dr. Gee's work here.

Dr. Gee awarded Yale teaching prize

December 2018

Congratulations to Dr. Gee who was awarded the Poorvu Family Fund for Academic Innovation award! Read more about this honor here.

Emily Cohodes named Nathan Hale Fellow

November 2018

Ph.D. student Emily Cohodes was recently named a Nathan Hale Associates fellow by Yale’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Congratulations, Em!

CANDLab research featured in NIMH Director's update

September 2018

The CANDLab is excited to be launching a new clinical trial of a novel treatment for pediatric anxiety disorders! We will be studying how the brain changes during treatment in ways that help to reduce children's anxiety. The study was recently featured in a newsletter from the NIMH Director, and you can read more here!

Congrats to Emily Cohodes on ISDP travel award!

September 2018

PhD student Emily Cohodes was recently awarded a travel award to attend and present her research at the 51st annual meeting of the International Society for Developmental Psychobiology, which will take place in San Diego this fall. Congrats to Em! You can read more about the upcoming meeting here: http://isdp.org/current/

CANDLab now accepting applications for full-time research assistant!

August 2018

The Clinical Affective Neuroscience & Development Lab at Yale, directed by Dr. Dylan Gee, is seeking a full-time research assistant to begin in summer or fall 2018 (start date flexible) to coordinate a new NIMH-funded study of the neural mechanisms underlying a novel psychosocial treatment for pediatric anxiety disorders. The lab uses behavioral, psychophysiological, and neuroimaging techniques to study the development of anxiety and stress-related disorders across childhood and adolescence and ways to optimize interventions based on the developing brain.

Primary responsibilities will include recruiting and screening participants; acquiring, managing, and analyzing data (behavioral, psychophysiological, MRI); working with children, adolescents, and their parents in a research setting; performing administrative duties (e.g., assisting with IRB protocols and grants); and coordinating the lab’s collaboration with the Yale Child Study Center (co-PI: Dr. Eli Lebowitz).

Requirements include a Bachelor’s degree in psychology, neuroscience, or related field; interest in clinical psychology and neuroscience; and excellent organizational, interpersonal, communication, and time management skills. Competitive candidates will have prior research experience with children and adolescents and/or neuroimaging experience. A 2-year commitment is preferred.

This position is ideal for those interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in clinical or developmental psychology or neuroscience. The laboratory is located within the Department of Psychology and collaborates closely with the Yale Child Study Center, thus providing an excellent training environment at the intersection of research and clinical practice. The research assistant will participate in all aspects of the research process, have opportunities to work on a variety of exciting research projects, and gain experience working with both typically developing and clinical populations. The ideal candidate will likely make intellectual contributions to the lab’s research, which may result in opportunities to co-author manuscripts, and will benefit from the vibrant scientific community at Yale.

Applicants should send a cover letter (describing research experiences, interests, and long-term goals), CV, and contact information for 2-3 references to Dylan Gee at dylan.gee@yale.edu.

Congrats, CANDLab Seniors!

May 2018

Congratulations to CANDLab seniors Aviva Abusch, Elizabeth Kitt, Sarah McCauley, Hopewell Rogers, and Mackenzye Smith on their excellent senior projects, theses, and graduations from Yale! We are going to miss you so much!

Camila Caballero awarded Ford Fellowship!

April 2018

The CANDLab congratulates Ph.D. student Camila Caballero on her recent Ford Foundation Fellowship! Through its Fellowship Programs, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. This national competition is administered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on behalf of the Ford Foundation. Read more here: http://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/FordFellowships/index.htm. Way to go, Camila! 

Congrats to Camila Caballero on Bourne Fellowship!

January 2018

We're excited to share that CANDLab Ph.D. student Camila Caballero was recently selected as a Jonathan Bourne Fellow at Yale. Congratulations, Camila!

Congrats to Emily Cohodes on APA Early Graduate Student Researcher Award!

December 2017

Congrats to CANDLab Ph.D. student Emily Cohodes, who has received the APA's Early Graduate Student Researcher Award! This award recognizes students for conducting outstanding research early in their graduate training.

Luise Pruessner receives DAAD travel award!

November 2017

Luise Pruessner, a visiting Fulbright scholar in the CANDLab and current Ph.D. student at the University of Heidelberg, received a travel award from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst to present her research on fear learning and intolerance of uncertainty at the 51st annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) in San Diego. Congrats to Luise!

CANDLab accepting full-time RA applications

October 2017

The CANDLab is seeking a full-time research assistant to begin in early or mid 2018 (start date flexible). The lab uses behavioral, psychophysiological, and neuroimaging techniques to study the development of anxiety disorders across childhood and adolescence. We are especially interested in typical and atypical trajectories of brain development related to emotional behavior, the effects of early-life adversity, and translating knowledge from basic science to optimize clinical treatments for anxiety and stress-related disorders. The laboratory is located within the Department of Psychology, which provides an excellent research and training environment.

Primary responsibilities will include screening and recruiting participants; acquiring data (behavioral, psychophysiological, MRI); managing and analyzing data; working with children, adolescents, and their parents in a research setting; assisting in experimental paradigm development; and managing the lab and performing administrative duties (e.g., assisting with IRB protocols and grants).

Requirements include a Bachelor’s degree in psychology, neuroscience, or related field; interest in clinical developmental neuroscience; strong statistical and technical skills (e.g., R, MATLAB, Python); and excellent organizational, interpersonal, communication, and time management skills. Competitive candidates will have prior research experience with children and adolescents, neuroimaging experience (e.g., fMRI data analysis in FSL, AFNI, or a similar platform), and familiarity with IRB protocol submissions. A 2-year commitment is required.

This position is ideal for those interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in clinical or developmental psychology or neuroscience. The research assistant will participate in all aspects of the research process, have opportunities to work on a variety of exciting research projects, and gain experience working with both typically developing and clinical populations. The ideal candidate will likely make intellectual contributions to the lab’s research, which may result in opportunities to co-author manuscripts, and will benefit from the vibrant scientific community at Yale.

Applicants should send a cover letter (describing research experiences, interests, and long-term goals), CV, and contact information for 2-3 references to Dylan Gee at dylan.gee@yale.edu.

CANDLab accepting postdoc applications

October 2017

The CANDLab is currently accepting applications for a postdoctoral fellow to begin in summer or fall 2018 (flexible start date). The lab uses behavioral, psychophysiological, and neuroimaging techniques to study the development of anxiety disorders across childhood and adolescence. We are especially interested in typical and atypical trajectories of brain development related to emotional behavior, the effects of early-life adversity, and translating knowledge from basic science to optimize clinical treatments for anxiety and stress-related disorders. The laboratory is located within the Department of Psychology, which provides an excellent research and training environment.

The postdoctoral fellow will have the opportunity to contribute to ongoing NIH-funded research on pediatric anxiety and to develop independent studies within the broader aims of the lab. Requirements include a Ph.D. in psychology, neuroscience, or a related field. Applicants should have a strong publication record, experience with human neuroimaging, strong statistical training, and technical experience with fMRI analysis (e.g., FSL, AFNI, SPM) and programming. The ideal candidate will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, the ability to work independently, and experience conducting research with developmental and/or clinical populations.

Applicants should send a cover letter describing relevant experience and interests, CV, and contact information for three references to Dylan Gee at dylan.gee@yale.edu.

Emily and Paola selected to attend longitudinal imaging workshop

September 2017

Ph.D. students Emily Cohodes and Paola Odriozola have been selected to attend the "Modeling Developmental Change: Practical Integration of Advanced Neuroimaging and Statistical Methods" pre-meeting workshop at the Flux Congress in Portland, OR, and Paola received a travel award. Longitudinal MRI datasets require special consideration for processing and analysis, yet the field as a whole has not standardized best practices for these datasets, which could be one reason why it is difficult to replicate results across laboratories and research studies. This two-day workshop will teach best practices for processing, analyzing, modeling, and interpreting longitudinal neuroimaging data. This will help researchers conduct robust and reproducible research on how the brain and cognition change across development. We're excited to apply these methods to our ongoing longitudinal studies in the CANDLab! Congrats, Paola and Em!

Welcome to Camila Caballero!

August 2017

Welcome to Camila Caballero, who joins the CANDLab as a first-year graduate student in Yale's clinical psychology program!

Dr. Gee attends WEF Annual Meeting of the New Champions

July 2017

Dr. Gee recently participated in the World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting of the New Champions in Dalian, China. She was selected as part of the Young Scientists community, which "brings together the most forward-thinking and advanced young scientific minds in the world. They are selected from all regions and a wide range of disciplines, and have a track record of advancing the frontiers of science, technology and environment in areas of high societal impact. In their work, they exhibit exceptional creativity, thought leadership and high growth potential. Under the age of 40, these individuals have demonstrated their commitment to public service and actively play a transformational role in integrating scientific knowledge into society for the public good." Dr. Gee discussed her research and the role of neuroscience in the Fourth Industrial Revolution alongside 2,000 business leaders, policymakers, and fellow scientists. You can read more about the scientists selected for the 2017 cohort here.

 

Emily Cohodes awarded NSF GRFP!

March 2017

Congratulations to Emily Cohodes, who has received the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program award! Read more about the GRFP here.

Luise Pruessner receives SPR travel award!

February 2017

Congrats to Luise Pruessner, who received a travel award to attend the Society for Psychotherapy Research annual meeting! The meeting will be held in Toronto in June.

Emily Cohodes selected for Multimodal Neuroimaging Training Program!

February 2017

Congrats to CANDLab Ph.D. student Emily Cohodes, who received a travel award to attend the Multimodal Neuroimaging Training Program hosted by Pitt and Carnegie Mellon! The symposium will take place in May, and this year's topic is "Advances in Health Neuroscience and Multimodal Neuroimaging." Learn more about the training here.

Dr. Gee selected as APS Rising Star!

February 2017

Dr. Gee has been selected as a Rising Star by the Association for Psychological Science. The Rising Star designation recognizes outstanding psychological scientists in the earliest stages of their research career post-PhD whose innovative work has already advanced the field and signals great potential for their continued contributions. More information on the Rising Star award is available here.

Paola selected for SRCD Millenium Scholars Program!

February 2017

Congrats to CANDLab Ph.D. student Paola Odriozola, who was selected for the SRCD Millenium Scholars Program! The program will take place at the 2017 annual meeting in Austin, TX, in April. The Frances Degen Horowitz Millennium Scholars Program was developed as a vehicle to encourage and support scholars from under-represented ethnic/racial groups from North America in pursuing graduate work in developmental science. To that end, the program provides educational and professional development for these scholars, giving them a launching point for a career in the field of child development. Read more about the program here.

Paola Odriozola to attend UCLA Tools of the Trade Workshop

January 2017

Congratulations to Paola, who received a travel fellowship for the upcoming Tools of the Trade Workshop at UCLA! The workshop will focus on best practices in human neuroimaging methods and is funded by the NIH and Stanford Center for Reproducible Neuroscience. Read more about the workshop here.

Dr. Gee's research featured on the NIH Director's Blog

August 2016

Dr. Gee and her research were recently profiled on the NIH Director's Blog by Dr. Francis Collins. Read more here: https://directorsblog.nih.gov/2016/07/21/creative-minds-helping-more-kid...

Dr. Gee featured on The Academic Minute

July 2016

Dr. Gee was recently interviewed on The Academic Minute to discuss the increased risk for anxiety in adolescence. Hear more on the research at http://academicminute.org/2016/07/dylan-gee-weill-medical-college-at-cor...

Paola Odriozola awarded NSF fellowship!

April 2016

Ph.D. student Paola Odriozola has been awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship! Congrats, Paola!

Welcome to Jason Haberman!

April 2016

The CANDLab welcomes Jason Haberman, our new lab manager!

Welcome to Paola Odriozola!

April 2016

The CANDLab welcomes incoming Ph.D. student Paola Odriozola! Paola is joining Yale's neuroscience program.

Welcome to Emily Cohodes!

April 2016

The CANDLab welcomes incoming Ph.D. student Emily Cohodes! Emily is joining Yale's psychology program.

Dr. Gee named one of "fifty scientists under 40" by World Economic Forum

April 2016

Dr. Gee was recently selected as one of the top "fifty scientists around the world under 40" by the World Economic Forum. The Young Scientist community will engage with business and political leaders at the Forum’s Annual Meeting of the New Champions to contribute their scientific perspective and highlight the most up-to-date trends. Young Scientists are selected for their contributions to advance the frontiers of science, engineering or technology in areas of high societal impact.

PNAS paper featured on PBS News Hour

March 2016

Our new paper in PNAS on adolescent risk for anxiety, which was conducted in the labs of BJ Casey and Francis Lee and in collaboration with the PING Consortium, has been featured in news outlets including PBS News Hour (http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/is-this-mutation-causing-your-teenag...) and the Huffington Post (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/even-more-evidence-anxiety-can-be-bi...?).

Welcome to Luise Pruessner!

March 2016

Welcome to Luise Pruessner, who is a Fulbright scholar from Heidelberg University who will be visiting the CANDLab during the 2016-2017 year!

Dr. Gee attends the NIH’s High Risk High Reward symposium

December 2015

Dr. Gee recently attended the NIH’s High Risk High Reward symposium in Bethesda, MD, to present her latest research and receive the NIH Director's Early Independence Award, which will provide funding of up to $1.25M for a 5-year study of novel mechanisms of fear reduction in pediatric anxiety disorders.

Dr. Gee awarded the NIH Director’s Early Independence Award!

September 2015

Dr. Gee has received the NIH Director’s Early Independence Award! Read more here: https://commonfund.nih.gov/earlyindependence/index

Dr. Gee receives NARSAD Young Investigator Award!

August 2015

Dr. Gee has received a NARSAD Young Investigator Grant! Read more here: https://bbrfoundation.org/sites/bbrf.civicactions.net/files/file-downloa...

CANDLab accepting PhD applications

July 2015

The CANDLab is currently accepting applications for doctoral students to begin in the Fall of 2016 at Yale! Apply here: http://psychology.yale.edu/graduate/admissions/applying-admission