Major professor: Amanda Guyer
My current research interests lie in understanding the developmental trajectories of substance abuse and the transdiagnostic factors underlying adolescent substance abuse, anxiety and depression. In particular, inspired by my own experiences growing up in an economically depressed region of Ohio, my work with adolescents and young adults in Uganda and Morocco, and my research with adults with substance use disorders, I aim to investigate the interplay of biological and environmental routes of intergenerational transmission of substance use disorders, depression and anxiety. Within this realm, I am interested in the effects of parental socialization on adolescent emotional regulation (e.g. how parents’ patterns of reward responding affects their children’s responses to and ability to self-regulate in the face of reward) and the role these effects might play in the intergenerational transmission of substance abuse disorders.