Dr. Akhila Nekkanti defended her dissertation: “The role of parent-child interaction therapy in modifying children’s neural profiles: a resting EEG study of children’s response to experience” last month and knocked it out of the park! We were fortunate to have Akhila as part of our lab these past years and envy those who will be working with her next! To recognize the beautiful complexity of her dissertation project, we commissioned this watercolor by artist (and clinical psychologist in training) Sonia Ruiz:
Elizabeth McNeilly was awarded the 2021 Miller Family Graduate Award in Technology & Science! Congratulations Elizabeth!
It’s been a busy start to the year and the biggest news is that Lucy (Whitmore) will be joining the University of Oregon Doctoral Program in Psychology in the Fall! Lucy and I just finished writing a brief invited commentary for a special issue of Infant and Child Development, which can be viewed as a preprint here. Several members of the lab have been involved in Brainhack for years, and now there is a publication highlighting the many many many benefits of Brainhacks to appear soon in press, but for now you can view the preprint here. I love Brainhack. And in the final news update: Karlena and Lucy had their abstracts accepted to present at the 2021 APS convention. We will post soon the details for how to view these presentations on: Perceived Social Support Predicts feelings of Gratitude for Adolescents during Social Distancing and The Role of Digital Technology Use in Maintaining Social Connections during Social Distancing. Go team!
We’re all about collaborations in this lab, and I’m excited to share that four papers from four different collaborations have been accepted in the past few weeks!
The first is a true tour de force empirical project led by Theresa Cheng, where she brought together three different studies to investigate the impact of adversity, abuse, and neglect on adolescent amygdala resting-state functional connectivity.
The second is an empirical investigation to appear in Cortex, led by Lia Ferschmann from the PROMENTA team, investigating how cognitive reappraisal and expressive suppression relate to longitudinal structural brain development across adolescence.
The third is an empirical investigation led by Andrik Becht at Eramus University, replicating some of our previous work and relating social brain development to friendship quality.
Finally, last but not least, is a review and resource paper led by Eduard Klapwijk (also at Eramus University), which was the product of a collaboration spurred by a tweet from Eduard proposing a paper full of solutions to increase reproducibility and replicability in developmental neuroimaging.
I won a teaching award for adapting my courses to be taught remotely during the spring term. Learn more about the awardees (including Dr. Sara Weston!) here. Adapting my 150-person undergraduate course on developmental psychology to be taught remotely was tough, but I really enjoyed recording short lectures and demonstrations with my two young children. See one here.
Members of the DBIC lab presented at this year’s virtual Flux 2020 conference! Check out Lucy’s poster presentation and Elizabeth’s poster presentation. Kate helped organize and facilitate the pre-conference workshop on using Neuropointillist in the cloud, and you can access the tutorial here.