About the SCAN Lab

SCAN Lab researcher studying imaging of the brain

The SCAN lab is focused on trying to understand neurobiological risk factors for psychopathology in at-risk individuals across the lifespan, with an emphasis on early life adversity/trauma, neurodevelopment, and women’s mental health. We take a translational approach across our studies, meaning we bridge basic science with psychotherapuetic intervention. Most of our studies center on periods of heightened neuroplasticity that are not only periods of vulnerability but also of potential heightened responsivity to intervention. The goal of our work is to use basic cognitive and affective neuroscience to identify core processes that can be targeted in preventive interventions for individuals at heighted risk of psychopathology.