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Minnesota Center for Twin and Family Research Winter/Spring 2020

News and Updates

September 2020
Addie Cavender
, Lauren Hagart, Lucie Han, and Claire Swain join the Fam CAN lab as CPSY 4994 undergraduate researchers! Anna Martin and Tessa Nichols-Meade join the Fam CAN lab as postbaccalaureate researchers. We’re so excited to have them!

August 2020
Kasey Stack
, undergraduate researcher, learned that her Undergraduate Research Opportunity Project (UROP) was accepted! Kasey will examine adolescent psychosocial outcomes associated with pubertal timing.

July 2020
Dr. Jeremy Harper
, postdoctoral researcher, joins the Fam CAN lab! Jeremy’s research involves testing how biobehavioral correlates of cognitive control, impulse regulation, and executive functioning reflect the risk for, and consequence of, substance misuse and other disinhibitory behaviors in adolescence through young adulthood. He approaches these research questions by applying his expertise in EEG-based cognitive neuroscience, behavioral genetics, and dimensional psychopathology.

June 2020
Dr. Jon Schaefer
, postdoctoral researcher, presented a poster, titled “Developmental Pathways Connecting Polygenic Risk of Smoking Initiation to Adolescent and Young-Adult Substance Use,” at the Behavioral Genetics Association (BGA) meeting. Congratulations, Jon!

Addie Cavender, visiting undergraduate researcher, joins the Fam CAN lab this summer! We are so excited to have her!

May 2020
Allison Dai
and Samantha Gardow, formerly Fam CAN lab undergraduate researchers, now join the lab as postbaccalaureate researchers. We’re so happy you’re here, Allison and Sam!

Maddie Belrose, Allison Dai, Samantha Gardow, Thunder Lee, and Nikki Tsakonas graduate from the University of Minnesota. Congratulations, Maddie, Allison, Sam, Thunder and Nikki!

Felix Pichardo, postbaccalaureate researcher, learned that his NIAAA Diversity Supplement will be funded! This program aims to promote diversity in the field of alcohol research by increasing participation of individuals from groups historically underrepresented in the biomedical, clinical, behavioral and social sciences. Felix will examine brain outcomes associated with persistence, moderation, or desistance of alcohol use. Congratulations, Felix!

April 2020
Emily Padrutt
, incoming graduate student, received the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship! This program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported disciplines and has a long history of selecting recipients who achieve high levels of success in their future academic and professional careers. Emily will examine the role of parenting in the development of early self-regulation in infants of mothers with and without depression. Congratulations, Emily!

Abigayle McClendon, postbaccalaureate researcher, would have presented a poster, titled, “Problematic Alcohol Use and Brain Structure: A Meta-Analytic Review,” at the NIDA/NIAAA/NIMH Diversity Supplement Scholars Workshop, but the workshop was cancelled due to COVID-19. Congratulations, Abigayle!

Allison Dai and Brinley Montour, undergraduate researchers, presented posters from their UROPs, titled (Allison) “Maladaptive Personality Traits and Interpersonal Dysfunction Within Romantic and Family Relationships: A Monozygotic Co-Twin Control Analysis” and (Brinley) “The Effects of Substance Abuse in a Parent on Environment of Child,” at the University of Minnesota’s Undergraduate Research Symposium. Congratulations, Allison and Brinley!

March 2020
Kayla Nelson and Emily Padrutt
join the Fam CAN lab as Developmental Psychopathology and Clinical Science graduate students! We are so excited to have them!

Dr. Sylia Wilson received the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology (SSCP)’s 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 in one or more content areas, including groundbreaking conceptual or theoretical approaches to a problem, innovative methodological contributions, or highly significant and impactful empirical findings.

Dr. Sylia Wilson presented a talk, titled “Problematic Alcohol Use and Brain Structure and Functioning: Disentangling Cause From Consequence Using a Co-Twin Control Study Design,” at the American Psychopathological Association (APPA) meeting.

Dr. Jon Schaefer, postdoctoral researcher, presented a poster, titled “Associations Between Cannabis Use Disorder and Psychosocial Outcomes in Young Adulthood: A Longitudinal Co-Twin Control Study,” at the American Psychopathological Association (APPA) meeting. Congratulations, Jon!

February 2020
Dr. Sylia Wilson
was named a 2020 – 2022 McKnight Land-Grant Professor! The goal of this professorship is to advance the careers of the most promising junior faculty members at the University of Minnesota who are at the beginning stages of their professional careers, and who have the potential to make significant contributions to their departments and to their scholarly fields.

January 2020
Dr. Jon Schaefer
, postdoctoral researcher, received a travel award for the upcoming American Psychopathological Association (APPA) meeting! Dr. Schaefer will present a poster on effects of adolescent marijuana use on adult outcomes. Congratulations, Jon!

Dr. Sylia Wilson received the American Psychopathological Association (APPA)’s Robins/Guze award! This award is given to early career researchers who have made significant contributions to the field of psychopathology. Dr. Wilson will give a talk on her recent research at the APPA meeting in March.

Dr. Sylia Wilson was named as an Association for Psychological Science (APS) Rising Star! This award 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.

Maddie Belrose, Paige Raymond, and Mehrnaz Mirhosseini join the Fam CAN lab as CPSY 4994 undergraduate researchers!

Allison Dai, Thunder Lei, and Brinley Montour learned that their Undergraduate Research Opportunity Projects (UROPs) were accepted! Allison will examine associations between personality pathology and functioning in different interpersonal domains. Thunder will examine brain networks in children at high and low risk for substance abuse. Brinley will examine indicators of functioning among mothers with substance use disorders. Congratulations, Allison, Thunder, and Brinley!

December 2019
Nikki Tsakonas
, undergraduate researcher, presented her Undergraduate Research Opportunity Project (UROP), titled “Effects of ADHD Onset and Course on Brain Outcomes,” at the Psychology Capstone presentation session. Congratulations, Nikki!

September 2019
Dr. Sylia Wilson
chaired a symposium, titled, “Neurobehavioral Indicators of Risk for the Development and Familial Transmission of Internalizing, Externalizing, and Psychotic Psychopathology,” and presented a talk, titled “Intergenerational Transmission of Risk for Substance Misuse: Examining Multimodal Indicators of Control in a Children of Twins Study Design,” at the Society for Research in Psychopathology (SRP) meeting.

Allison Dai, Samantha Gardow, Thunder Lei, Brinley Montour, Mallory Olsen, and Kasey Stack join the Fam CAN lab as CPSY 4994 undergraduate researchers!

August 2019
Dr. Jonathan Schaefer
, postdoctoral researcher, joins the Fam CAN lab! Jon’s research takes a multi-modal, multidisciplinary approach to understanding why some individuals develop mental health problems following exposure to stress or adversity whereas others remain resilient, and identify the mechanisms through which these experiences “get under the skin” and influence mental and physical health.

Nikki Tsakonas, undergraduate researcher, learned that her Undergraduate Research Opportunity Project (UROP) was accepted! Nikki will examine brain outcomes associated with age of onset and course of ADHD in adults.