Laura Stroud Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior (Research), Associate Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences (Research)

My research focuses on neuroendocrine and neurobehavioral stress response (dys)regulation over development and as a mechanism underlying the intergenerational transmission of affective and addictive disorders. My work focuses on risk for two key disorders: a) depression and b) smoking/nicotine dependence and two critical periods of development: a) transition from middle childhood to adolescence, and b) transition from the fetal to the neonatal periods. Within adolescence, I am investigating dysregulation of the stress response as a mechanism underlying the emergence of gender differences in depression over adolescence. In particular, I have a strong interest in biological sensitivity to social rejection as a vulnerability marker for depression. Within the fetal/neonatal period, I am examining effects of maternal smoking and depression during pregnancy on fetal and infant neurobehavior and stress response. I have also begun to investigate biological pathways linking maternal smoking/depression with offspring neurobehavior, with a focus on placental neuroendocrine regulation.

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