After graduating from the University of California, San Diego in 2005, I worked as a Clinical Research Coordinator at the University of California, Irvine?s Women and Children?s Health and Well-being Project. Since Fall 2007, I have been a Clinical Science doctoral student in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Indiana University. I am investigating pregestational, prenatal, and early postnatal risk factors for adverse birth outcomes, infant mortality, childhood neurodevelopmental disorders, and adult psychiatric (e.g. suicide) and physical (e.g. obesity) outcomes. Some of the early risk factors I examine are stress exposure and low birth weight. I am interested in possible differential risk associated with the timing of risk exposure and if associations are consistent with causal inferences. My research benefits from an amazing opportunity to utilize Swedish and Danish population-based, longitudinal datasets.
I have been graciously supported by an Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute Career Development Award (5TL1RR025759-02) and I am currently supported by a Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA, MH094011, 2nd percentile).