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Research Interests

 

I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, NY. I am mentored by Dr. Megan Horton and Dr. Cheuk-Yin Tang.

 

My research focuses on the neurocognitive and environmental mechanisms underlying individual differences in self-control in children and adolescents. My work can be divided into 3 interrelated lines of research:

  • The effects of early-life exposure to environmental toxicants (e.g., metals, flame retardants, air pollutants) on self-control and its neural circuitry in children and adolescents
  •  The neurobiological and cognitive mechanisms underlying individual differences in self-control in adolescents
  • The effects of the social environment (e.g., prenatal maternal stress, peer status, friendship) on self-control and its neural circuitry in children and adolescents

My research is highly interdisciplinary. I combine methods from neuroscience (task-based fMRI, resting state fMRI, DTI), exposure science (metal and flame retardant exposure determined in teeth and blood), behavioral economics (temporal discounting tasks, gambling tasks), endocrinology (sex-steroid hormones), developmental social psychology (sociometric questionnaires), and psychiatry (substance use, ADHD, internalizing symptoms).