I received my BS in psychology with honors from Michigan State University. In 2007 I received my PhD. from the University of California, Berkeley in Clinical Psychology. My dissertation, jointly supervised by Drs. Mark D'Esposito and Stephen Hinshaw, focused on the function of the prefrontal cortex in ADHD. Following my clinical internship (Bellevue Hospital/NYU Child study Center), I was a Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholar at Harvard's School of Public Health where I investigated the association between exposure to environments associated with socioeconomic status, stress reactivity, and function of the prefrontal cortex. During my time as an RWJ Scholar I established lasting collaborations with Dr. Charles Nelson (Harvard Medical School) and Dr. John Gabrieli (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). I am currently an Instructor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and the principal investigator in the Sheridan Lab. In addition, I am a visiting scientist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. My specific interests are in the development of the prefrontal cortex in typical and atypical (ADHD) populations. I use neuroimaging (MRI, fMRI, ERP) and psychophysiology techniques to assess neural function and stress system reactivity.
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I received my PhD in Psychology with a concentration in Brain, Behavior and Cognition from the University of California, Berkeley in May 2010. In September 2010 I joined both the Sheridan lab at Children's and Gabrieli lab at MIT as a post-doctoral fellow. My long-term research goal is to understand age related differences in learning and memory systems in general and sensitive periods for language learning in particular. In current and previous work I ask 1) how differences in experience and plasticity give rise to distinct learning outcomes for children and adults, and 2) how asynchronies in the development of neural substrates important for learning generate a different balance of available learning mechanisms for children. To better understand this second question, I am currently investigating the relationship between the development of the basal ganglia and procedural memory.
I received my PhD in Psychology & Neuroscience from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where I worked with Drs. Yuko Munakata and Tim Curran. In graduate school I worked on studies examining the relationship between individual differences in executive functions (particularly, working memory and cognitive flexibility) and related processes, such as abstract reasoning (in children) and filtering-task-irrelevant information (in children and in adults). I used behavioral, computational, and electrophysiological methods to examine these issues. In the Sheridan Lab I look forward to extending my work to understanding the function of working memory and filtering task-irrelevant information in children with ADHD using fMRI.
I received a BA with honors in psychology and philosophy from Amherst College in 2010. Currently, I am Dr. Sheridan's lab coordinator and am involved in several projects using fMRI and behavioral tasks to examine (1) prefrontal cortex structure and function in childhood ADHD and typical development; (2) how environmental factors such as familiar socioeconomic status, stress, and early deprivation influence brain structure and executive functioning in developing children; and (3) how incentive salience modulates response inhibition in children and adolescents. Prior to joining the Sheridan Lab, I assisted with behavioral and neuroimaging research on social decision-making at Amherst and Harvard. In the next few years, I plan to pursue a PhD in psychology with a topical focus on the neural mechanisms of cognitive and behavioral flexibility in health and psychopathology.
I graduated from Smith College in 2010 with a B.A. in Psychology and Education. I joined the Sheridan Lab in October of 2010 as a full time research assistant on the Stress and Adolescent Study. Specifically, this is a psychophysiology study observing how stress in adolescents' everyday lives affects their mental and physical health. To study this occurrence, we are testing stress hormone and autonomic nervous system reactivity in adolescents, in addition to asking them questions about their health. We are particularly interested in how health is related to hormone and heart rate measures. To assess these measures we collect saliva samples as well as heart rate recordings. I plan on attending graduate school in the next few years to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology.
I received a BA in Philosophy and Religion from Wellesley College and a post-bac diploma in Pre-Medical Studies from Harvard Extension School. After working on the Stress and Adolescent study, I joined the Sheridan Lab and am currently the lead RA on the longitudinal ADHD study which seeks to identify neural markers of the transition from risk of ADHD to a stable diagnosis of ADHD. Prior to joining the Sheridan Lab I worked construction, as a landscaper, babysitter, and orphanage coordinator. In the future, I hope to continue working with clinical populations and plan to apply to Medical school.
I received a BS in Biochemistry and Psychology from the University of Cape Town in South Africa before I decided to move to Boston and complete the post-baccalaueate program in Pre-Medical Studies from the Harvard Extension School. I am currently working on the ADHD study in the Sheridan Lab, as well as taking classes at the Extension School and working as a mental health counselor for kids. My clinical work with children has made me very interested in the subject of trauma in the developing brain. In future, after attending graduate school in clinical psychology, I hope to contribute to research in this field and to continue working clinically with children.
I graduated from Colgate University with a BA in Cellular Neuroscience in 2011. I joined the Sheridan Lab in the fall of 2011 after my graduation and am currently working on the longitudinal ADHD study attempting to identify neural markers important in the early development of ADHD. For my senior thesis, I explored the effects of chronic stress and ADHD stimulant medication on HPA activation in mice. I am ultimately interested in studying the connection between stress and ADHD and I hope to pursue a career in medicine.
I received a BSc (hons) in Psychology from Sheffield Hallam University in England, and went on to further study for a PgDip in Cognitive Neuropsychology from Oxford Brookes University. In addition to working with adults with developmental disabilities at Northeast Arc, I am involved at the Sheridan Lab in a longitudinal study of children aged 3-7 with ADHD, using neuroimaging and neuropsychological tests to investigate diagnoses of ADHD. In the future, I hope to pursue a doctoral degree in clinical neuropsychology and continue working, through both research and clinical practice, with cognitively impaired children and adults.
I am a senior at Harvard University concentrating in Neurobiology. As a research assistant, I am interested in studying functional and structural differences in the prefrontal cortex associated with socioeconomic status and executive function. Hopefully, characterizing these structural differences with MR images can shed light on the processes, like stress and language exposure, that may mediate these changes in brain development. I am also currently involved in the longitudinal ADHD study, helping administer fMRI scans to children with and without ADHD. After graduating, I hope to continue doing research or to work in a health-related job for a couple years before going back to school, probably in public health or medicine.
I am a senior at Northeastern University concentrating in Psychology. As a research assistant in the Sheridan Lab, I am currently studying the effects of development on the prefrontal cortex and executive function in children. I am interested in psychology, neuroscience, education, behavior, and children. Upon graduating, I plan on attending graduate school and continuing research in the fields of psychology and neuroscience.
I am a senior Neurobiology concentrator pursuing a secondary field in Psychology at Harvard University. I am interested in neurobehavioral developmental disorders and studying how children with these developmental disorders learn in order to uncover ways of better facilitating their ability to learn. Currently, I assist in EEG data collection and administer neuropsychological batteries in the longitudinal ADHD study, which seeks to uncover a more accurate diagnostic tool for ADHD in children aged 3-7. Before joining the Sheridan Lab, I was a research assistant in the Harvard University Lab for Developmental Studies, which focuses on exploring the basic cognitive capacities of children. Upon graduation, I plan on going to graduate school to study cognitive neuroscience.
John Gabrieli (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Charles Nelson (Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School)
Katie McLaughlin (Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School)
Chris Blattman (Yale University)
Julian Jamison (Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and Yale University)