Joe Venticinque


Major Professor: Dr. Amanda Guyer


I am a doctoral student in Dr. Amanda Guyer’s Teen Experiences, Emotions, and Neurodevelopment lab. My research interests are broadly in the neural underpinnings of adolescent social-emotional development. I am particularly interested in adolescent risky decision-making in the peer context and peer rejection.

In 2016, I graduated as a first-generation college student from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Geneseo with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. After graduation, I worked for two years as a research assistant in Dr. Eric Nelson’s Brain and Social Development lab at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. From there I knew that I wanted to continue expanding my research skills and pursue doctoral work conducting fMRI research with typically developing adolescents. Overall, I am incredibly excited to move to California and be joining the UCD Human Development Graduate Group.

Tags: Biological, Brain Development, Peers, Social-Emotional