Dr. Micalizzi is an Assistant Professor (Research) in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences. She received her Ph.D. in Developmental Science from Boston University in 2016 where she studied the etiology and developmental significance of executive functioning in early childhood. In 2019, Dr. Micalizzi completed a T32 fellowship funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) at Brown University’s Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies.
Dr. Micalizzi’s program of research focuses on identifying genetic and environmental (specifically prenatal and early postnatal exposures, as well as parenting and other familial dynamics) influences on individual differences in self-regulation and behavior problems in youth. Dr. Micalizzi was granted a K01 career development award to study the effects of exposure to maternal cigarette smoking during pregnancy on the development of self-regulation (executive functioning, effortful control, emotion regulation), externalizing problems (the initiation and escalation of substance use, ADHD, conduct problems), and internalizing problems (anxiety, depression) across early adolescence.