Welcome to the Brain Development, Psychopathology, and Mental Health Lab!

The goal of our research is to identify factors that interact at multiple levels of analysis (brain, behavior, social contexts) to predict the development of mental health problems during adolescence.  We are particularly interested in understanding how people react to stress, and the factors that increase resilience or vulnerability to stress-related psychopathology.

Exciting lab news: Dr. Johnna Swartz was recently awarded a grant from NIH! This grant will support a longitudinal follow-up of a cohort of adolescents recruited in Porto Alegre, Brazil, and will include a second fMRI scan. The goal of this grant will be to examine how risk for depression relates to developmental changes in brain function during adolescence.