Graduate Students

Fourth Year

Shreya Lakhan-Pal

Shreya Lakhan-Pal

Shreya Lakhan-Pal is a graduate student in the Cognitive Development and Neuroimaging Lab. Her core interests are in the development of emotion processing and regulation during childhood and adolescence. As a student in the Developmental Psychopathology and Clinical Sciences track, Shreya is also particularly interested in the relationship between early adverse experiences and the development of psychopathology. She is investigating how emotion regulation is instantiated in the brain through EEG data collection during the transition to adolescence, and fMRI secondary data analyses. Shreya is also a practicum student at the Minnesota Epilepsy Group, working on pediatric neuropsychological assessment.

First Year

Danruo Zhong

Danruo is a first-year doctoral student in the Developmental Science track in the Institute of Child Development at UMN. Her research interests lie in stress neurobiology and development through early childhood and adolescence. She is particularly interested in how early life adversity and environmental toxins shape children and adolescents’ central stress response system (e.g. HPA Axis), and how they might affect children’s brain development, as well as their mental and physical health in the long run.

Meriah DeJoseph

Meriah DeJoseph

Meriah DeJoseph is a Developmental Psychology Ph.D. student at the University of Minnesota’s Institute of Child Development (ICD). She holds a B.S. in Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and a M.A. in Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to joining ICD, she worked as a Lab Manager at New York University, where she coordinated various projects examining the long-term effects of poverty-related adversity on children’s self-regulation development. She hopes to continue this line of inquiry in graduate school while further exploring the neurobiological mechanisms linking cumulative poverty exposure and later child adjustment. She is especially interested in identifying protective mechanisms underlying resilience and translate this knowledge in ways that can be used to inform prevention efforts.