Shreya Lakhan-Pal is a PhD candidate in the Developmental Psychopathology and Clinical Sciences track. She is completing her pre-doctoral clinical residency (2022-2023) at the UC Davis Medical Center. Her research examines the development of emotion regulation and psychopathology during the transition to adolescence with an emphasis on parenting as a protective factor and early adversity as a risk factor. She uses neuroscientific (fMRI, EEG) and behavioral methodology. Shreya was awarded the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship in 2017. Prior to joining ICD, Shreya completed her undergraduate degree at UC Berkeley and worked as a lab manager at the Stanford Psychophysiology Lab.
In clinical settings, Shreya enjoys working with youth who are healing from traumatic experiences. She has also been committed to outreach, diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts: she founded the Growing Brains Neuroscience Outreach Program and has been an active member of ICD’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee.
Meriah is a Ph.D. candidate and Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellow at the University of Minnesota’s Institute of Child Development. Prior to joining ICD, she received a B.S. in cognitive neuroscience from the University of California, San Diego, a M.A. in psychology from Columbia University, and worked for several years as a lab manager for Drs. Clancy Blair and Cybele Raver at New York University. Currently, under the mentorship of Drs. Dan Berry and Katie Thomas, her research examines how the type and timing of child poverty influence adaptive self-regulation development across levels of behavior, physiology, and the brain. Outside of research, she is committed to mentoring the next generation of scientists and founded and currently directs the NextGen Psych Scholars Program (NPSP).
Finola Kane-Grade is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and Ph.D. student on the Developmental Psychopathology and Clinical Science track at the Institute of Child Development (ICD). She is interested in neurobiological mechanisms linking early life stress and later psychopathology and health outcomes. Additionally, she hopes to identify protective mechanisms underlying resilience (such as social buffering) and translate this knowledge in ways that can be used to inform prevention efforts. At the University of Minnesota, she works with Dr. Megan Gunnar, Dr. Kathleen Thomas, and Dr. Bonnie Klimes-Dougan. Finola received her B.A. in Psychology and Music Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2016 and completed an honors thesis on stress and learning with Dr. Seth Pollak. She then completed a postgraduate research fellowship at the Yale Child Study with Dr. Katarzyna Chawarska studying early markers of autism risk, and most recently worked as a research coordinator at Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School with Drs. Charles Nelson and Michelle Bosquet Enlow studying emotional development and risk markers for childhood anxiety.
Sally Stoyell is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and Ph.D. student in Developmental Psychology at the University of Minnesota’s Institute of Child Development. She is interested in studying the structural and physiological processes behind infant memory and cognitive development in both typically and atypically developing populations. Prior to joining the CDN Lab, Sally received her BS from Cornell University where she did her undergraduate thesis in a lab looking at EEG and behavioral measures of infant memory as related to iron status. Most recently she worked at Massachusetts General Hospital in the Chu Lab studying the brain processes and structure behind seizures and cognitive dysfunction in infantile and childhood epilepsies.
Maddie is a Ph.D. student in the Developmental Psychology program at the Institute of Child Development, working with Drs. Kathleen Thomas and Megan Gunnar. She is interested in studying the influence of puberty and stress hormones on structural and functional brain development, and using both neurobiological and neuroimaging methods to explore these changes during adolescence. Currently, she is involved in the MRI Study of Stress and Social Support. Maddie received her B.S. in Biology from Creighton University in 2019 and completed a postgraduate research fellowship with Dr. Tony Wilson at the Institute for Human Neuroscience, studying neurophysiological development using magnetoencephalography (MEG).