Arianna Gard

Arianna Gard

Postdoctoral Fellow, Population Studies Center.
Ph.D., Psychology, University of Michigan

PSC Mentor: Jeffrey Morenoff

Research Interests:  Dr. Gard studies the neurobiological mechanisms linking poverty and poverty-related adversities to youth socioemotional development. She integrates perspectives and methods from Developmental and Clinical Psychology, Affective Neuroscience, Sociology, and Human Genetics to evaluate (1) the development of neural systems that underlie emotion processing and psychopathology, (2) which poverty-related adversities uniquely sculpt youth brain development and when in development these processes occur, and (3) individual differences in environmental sensitivity and risk for psychopathology, using molecular and statistical genetic approaches. At the Population Studies Center, Dr. Gard will be using large, nationally representative datasets to make population-level inferences about youth neurobiological development. In particular, she will be expanding her research evaluating neighborhood effects on adolescent brain development.

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