News and Updates
Nathalie Dumornay and Felix Pichardo will be joining the Fam CAN lab in Fall 2021 as Developmental Psychopathology and Clinical Science (Nathalie) and Developmental Science (Felix) graduate students! We are so excited to have them!
Kayla Nelson, graduate student, received an Honorable Mention from the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship! Congratulations, Kayla!
Dr. Jeremy Harper learned that his paper, “Using Multivariate Endophenotypes to Identify Psychophysiological Mechanisms Associated With Polygenic Scores for Substance Use, Schizophrenia, and Education Attainment,” was accepted for publication in Psychological Medicine!
Dr. Jeremy Harper learned that his paper, “Orbitofrontal Cortex Thickness and Substance Use Disorders in Emerging Adulthood: Causal Inferences From a Cotwin Control Study,” was accepted for publication in Addiction!
Dr. Jon Schaefer learned that his paper, “Associations Between Adolescent Cannabis Use and Young-Adult Functioning in Three Longitudinal Twin Studies,” was accepted for publication in Proceedings for the National Academy of Sciences!
Lauren Doescher, Pengmai Qiu, Kathryn Taterka, and Anabelle Vo join the Fam CAN lab as CPSY 4994 undergraduate researchers! We’re so excited to have them!
Dr. Sylia Wilson learned that her paper, “A Developmental Perspective on Personality and Psychopathology Across the Lifespan,” was accepted for publication in a Special Issue of the Journal of Personality!
Dr. Jeremy Harper learned that his paper, “The Effects of Alcohol and Cannabis Use on the Cortical Thickness of Cognitive Control and Salience Brain Networks in Emerging Adulthood: A Co-Twin Control Study,” was accepted for publication in Biological Psychiatry!
Drs. Jon Schaefer and Sylia Wilson learned that a paper they co-authored, “Polygenic Risk score for Smoking Is Associated with Externalizing Psychopathology and Disinhibited Personality Traits but not Internalizing Psychopathology in Adolescence,” was accepted for publication in Clinical Psychological Science!
Mallory Olsen and Paige Raymond graduate from the University of Minnesota. Congratulations, Mallory and Paige!
Paige Raymond completed her Honors Thesis–summa cum laude!
Dr. Jon Schaefer learned that his invited commentary, “Enduring Mental Health: The High Lifetime Prevalence of Psychiatric Disorder and Emerging Science of Persistent Mental Wellness,” was accepted for publication in Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry!
Dr. Sylia Wilson joins the Journal of Abnormal Psychology (new journal name coming soon!) as an Associate Editor!
Dr. Sylia Wilson learned that a paper she co-authored, “A Co-Twin Control Analysis of Adolescent and Young Adult Drinking Effects on Learning and Memory,” was accepted for publication in Addiction!
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!
Kasey Stack, undergraduate researcher, learned that her Undergraduate Research Opportunity Project (UROP) was accepted! Kasey will examine adolescent psychosocial outcomes associated with pubertal timing.
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.
Dr. Sylia Wilson learned that her invited commentary, “Substance Use and the Brain: It’s Not Straightforward to Differentiate Cause From Consequence – A Commentary on Kim-Spoon et al. (2020),” was accepted for publication in Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry!
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!
Dr. Sylia Wilson learned that her paper, “Associations Between Common Forms of Psychopathology and Fecundity: Evidence From a Prospective, Longitudinal Twin Study,” was accepted for publication in Clinical Psychological Science!
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!
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!
Kayla Nelson and Emily Padrutt will be joining the Fam CAN lab in Fall 2020 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!
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.
Dr. Sylia Wilson learned that a paper she co-authored, “Differential Implications of Persistent, Remitted, and Late-Onset ADHD for Substance Abuse in Women and Men: A Twin Study From Age 11 to 24,” was accepted for publication in Drug and Alcohol Dependence!
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!
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!
Dr. Sylia Wilson learned that her paper, “Multimodal Indicators of Risk for Consequences of Substance Use Disorders: Executive Functions and Trait Disconstraint Assessed From Preadolescence Into Early Adulthood,” was accepted for publication in International Journal of Psychophysiology!
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!
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.
Dr. Sylia Wilson learned that her paper, “Minnesota Center for Twin and Family Research,” was accepted for publication in Twin Research and Human Genetics!